12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Afar Region
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Austin

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: explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Entoto Maryam Church, see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa road trip planning app .

Austin, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Austin to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in June, expect Addis Ababa to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Afar Region.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
Lion Park ©
Lion Park

1
night
Afar Region

Afar Region
For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Afar Region trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Afar Region in 3 hours. You will leave for Lalibela on the 10th (Wed).

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 11th (Thu): view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehanna Kristos and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lalibela trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Afar Region to Lalibela with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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.
On the 13th (Sat), get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, go for a walk through Simien View, 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.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gonder driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, then explore the activities along Lake Tana, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bahir Dar online tour planner .

Getting from Gonder to Bahir Dar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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