8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Fly
1
Lalibela
— 1 night
Fly
2
Gonder
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights

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night
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 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and then make a trip to Yemrehana Krestos Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip itinerary builder.

Addis Ababa to Lalibela is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

1
night
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 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and finally revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gonder vacation planner.

You can fly from Lalibela to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Gonder, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Shopping

2
nights
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 16th (Wed): examine the collection at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then explore the activities along Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gonder in December since evenings lows in Bahir Dar dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Menelik palace, don't miss a visit to Meskel Square, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Bahir Dar in December, expect Addis Ababa to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
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.