11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia route maker

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Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gonder
— 1 night
Fly
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Lalibela
— 2 nights
Fly
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Axum
— 2 nights
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Addis Ababa

— 3 nights

City of Humans

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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, look for gifts at Sabahar, examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip maker app.

London, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in March: highs in Addis Ababa hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Bahir Dar

— 2 nights
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 25th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then explore the activities along Lake Tana. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bahir Dar sightseeing planner.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. March in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Gonder

— 1 night

Camelot of Africa

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 27th (Sat): get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, make a trip to Falasha Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Gonder trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gonder when traveling from Bahir Dar in March, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Lalibela

— 2 nights
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 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

Axum

— 2 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Axum trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.