11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Axum
— 1 night
Fly:  29​h
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adadi Mariam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Meskel Square.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Addis Ababa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Addis Ababa. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in December; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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 (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Tana and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar day trip planning website .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

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

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 (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Simien View, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder online visit planner .

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In December, daytime highs in Gonder are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem, and then delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lalibela trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam

1
night
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 5th (Sun), explore the ancient world of The Ruins of Aksum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Church of St. Mary of Zion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Axum trip itinerary planning website .

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

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
The Ruins of Aksum ©
The Ruins of Aksum
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

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