16 days in Ethiopia & Dubai Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia & Dubai Itinerary

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Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 10 nights
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Lalibela, Ethiopia

— 1 night
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 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and then contemplate the long history of Church of St. George. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Biete Medhane Alem and then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lalibela day trip planner.

Addis Ababa to Lalibela is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 4 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.
On the 26th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Bob Marley, see Off-Road Tours, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Dubai.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 10 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Zayed Sports City, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more), Sharjah Heritage Museum (in Sharjah) and Al Ain (Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain Oasis, &more). Make the 6th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa, admire the natural beauty at Dubai Miracle Garden, observe the fascinating underwater world at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai itinerary planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Dubai in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in December: high temperatures in Dubai hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Ethiopia travel guide

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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.