9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Addis Ababa
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Axum
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​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:  1​h 15​min
5
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Bale Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Addis Ababa

1
day
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, then don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Axum tour planner .

Addis Ababa to Axum is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Queen of Sheba's Bath ©
Queen of Sheba's Bath
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lalibela online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Nature Parks Museums
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Abune Yosef ©
Abune Yosef

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 20th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, don't miss a visit to Falasha Village, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, then go for a walk through Simien View, and finally revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gonder road trip planner.

Getting from Lalibela to Gonder by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Shopping
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Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Falasha Village ©
Falasha Village

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 21st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, pause for some photo ops at Amhara People's Martyrs' Memorial Monument, take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, then look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret, and then don't miss a visit to CHE CHE Ido.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bahir Dar day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Bahir Dar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ura Kidane Mihret
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Ura Kidane Mihret ©
Ura Kidane Mihret
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

3
nights
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 Blac Kite Tour to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern Art/Goethe Institut Ethiopia, buy something for everyone on your list at Edna Mall, and steep yourself in history at Meyazia 27 Square Monument.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Addis Ababa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Addis Ababa when traveling from Bahir Dar in July, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Bale Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours
Entoto Maryam Church ©
Entoto Maryam Church

1
night
Bale Mountains National Park

Bale Mountains National Park ©
On the 26th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Sof Omar Cave.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bale Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Addis Ababa to Bale Mountains National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bale Mountains National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sof Omar Cave ©
Sof Omar Cave

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