10 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

10 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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10 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lalibela
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  31​h
End: New York City

3
nights
Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa ©
A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
On the 28th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Menelik II, look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, and take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa online trip itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from New York City to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

2
nights
Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to CHE CHE Ido and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip planner .

Getting from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls

2
nights
Gonder

Gonder ©
A former royal city, Gonder once served as the Ethiopian Empire's capital--it still boasts well-preserved remains of 17th-century castles and palaces that shed light on the opulent lifestyle of the bygone times.
On the 1st (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church and then revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket and then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gonder trip app .

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Shopping
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Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

1
day
Lalibela

Lalibela ©
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery