8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Gonder
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dublin

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, then see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, and then make a trip to Meskel Square.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa online itinerary planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Addis Ababa is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 3 hours. While traveling from Dublin, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Addis Ababa, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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

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 11th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery, and then make a trip to Church of St. George. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Yemrehanna Kristos and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip planner .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gonder trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January in Gonder, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Axum.

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
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 14th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, and finally contemplate the long history of Northern Stelae Field.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Axum road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Gonder to Axum in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

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

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