11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 2 nights
Fly
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Addis Ababa

City of Humans

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.
Gullele Botanical Garden has been added to your itinerary. Spend the 22nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, appreciate the history behind Menelik II Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Addis Ababa. In November, daily temperatures in Addis Ababa can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

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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 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Gonder

Camelot of Africa

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 26th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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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 28th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then make a trip to Yemrehana Krestos Church.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Lalibela trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Gonder to Lalibela by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Jinka

Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jinka trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Jinka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.