9 days in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar & Lalibela Itinerary

9 days in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar & Lalibela Itinerary

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9 days in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar & Lalibela Itinerary

Start: Addis Ababa
1
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Addis Ababa

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.
You've now added Yama Ethiopia Tours to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, and stop by ZAAF Collection.

Before you visit Addis Ababa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Addis Ababa can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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

3
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 4th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Museums

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

3
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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela tour planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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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

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