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
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Adadi Mariam and Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at St. George Brewery, take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, and stop by ZAAF Collection.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa online trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Addis Ababa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Addis Ababa is 6 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, things will get little chillier in Addis Ababa: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
St. George Brewery ©
St. George Brewery
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam and then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lalibela trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Climbing Tours
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then don't miss a visit to Falasha Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Simien View.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ura Kidane Mihret and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bahir Dar sightseeing planner .

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Bahir Dar, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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
Ura Kidane Mihret ©
Ura Kidane Mihret

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