9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Kampala
Drive + Fly:  4​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
End: Kampala

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 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Addis Ababa itinerary builder tool .

Kampala, Uganda to Addis Ababa is an approximately 4-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kampala in July; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©

2
nights
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.
You've now added Simien Mountains National Park to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Fasiladas Bath Timket. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fasil Ghebbi and Kuskuam Church. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Simien View, revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Simien Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Simien Mountains National Park ©
Simien Mountains National Park
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lalibela trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery

2
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gheralta Rock. On the 20th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock and then pause for some serene contemplation at Abraha Atsbeha.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Mek'ele trip maker website .

Getting from Lalibela to Mek'ele by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Mek'ele are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Abraha Atsbeha ©
Abraha Atsbeha

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