7 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

7 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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7 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Lagos
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Gonder
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Addis Ababa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Lagos

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 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehanna Kristos, then take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela trip itinerary app .

Lagos, Nigeria to Lalibela is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western African Time to Eastern African Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, go for a walk through Simien View, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gonder sightseeing app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then see the interesting displays at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bahir Dar route planner .

Getting from Gonder to Bahir Dar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

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Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, then take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip website .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bahir Dar in October, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Addis Ababa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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