12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Axum
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Santiago

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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, pause for some photo ops at Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square, take in the exciting artwork at National Theatre Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Sabegn.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa attractions website .

Santiago, Chile to Addis Ababa is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Santiago to Addis Ababa. In January in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Arada Giyorgis ©
Arada Giyorgis
Meskel Square ©
Meskel Square
Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square ©
Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square

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.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and then pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lalibela holiday planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab

1
night
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 12th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field.

Make your Axum itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church

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.
On the 13th (Mon), get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre and then take in the pleasant sights at Simien View.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gonder trip maker tool .

You can fly from Axum to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Gonder are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Shopping

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 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery and then examine the collection at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar vacation maker .

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bahir Dar, with lows of 12°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Monastery of Debre Mariam ©
Monastery of Debre Mariam
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

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