8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia holiday planner

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Addis Ababa
— 1 night
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Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
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Lalibela
— 2 nights
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Gonder
— 2 nights
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Addis Ababa

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of National Museum of Ethiopia, then explore the galleries of Ethnological Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Bob Marley.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Addis Ababa online trip itinerary planner.

Windhoek, Namibia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Windhoek to Addis Ababa is 2 hours. In October, Addis Ababa is slightly colder than Windhoek - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar day trip planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bahir Dar, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and then explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam.

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You can fly from Bahir Dar to Lalibela in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites
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Gonder

— 2 nights

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 9th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lalibela to Gonder in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites
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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.