11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Afar Region
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Axum
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lalibela
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Jinka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Arba Minch
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Afar Region

Afar Region
To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Afar Region itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Afar Region is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Axum.

1
night
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Axum online tour builder .

You can fly from Afar Region to Axum in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehanna Kristos, then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, then view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Church of St. George.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Lalibela travel route planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gonder online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

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.
On the 7th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market, then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): explore the galleries of Lions Art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, and finally stop by Ura Kidane Mihret.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar holiday maker .

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bahir Dar when traveling from Gonder in January, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Highlights from your plan
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

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night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Omo National Park and River.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jinka trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Jinka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Omo National Park and River ©
Omo National Park and River

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night
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
On the 10th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nechisar National Park.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arba Minch travel route planner.

You can drive from Jinka to Arba Minch in 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park

2
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 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Meskel Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Entoto Natural Park, and then take a peaceful walk through Menagesha Suba Forest Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa tour itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Arba Minch in January, with highs in Addis Ababa at 27°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

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