8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Gonder
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Sao Paulo

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 11th (Mon): examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia and then contemplate the long history of Meskel Square. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Addis Ababa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in November, things will get little chillier in Addis Ababa: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

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

1
night
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 13th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, then take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, and then contemplate the long history of Church of St. George.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lalibela attractions planning site .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George

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 14th (Thu), revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, go for a walk through Simien View, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder tour site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Gonder, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Shopping
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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.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip planner .

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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