13 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

13 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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13 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Kigali
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Kigali

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adadi Mariam and Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, stop by Salem's Ethiopia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa travel planner.

Kigali, Rwanda to Addis Ababa is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kigali to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kigali in August, with highs in Addis Ababa at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bahir Dar trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Highlights from your plan
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Ura Kidane Mihret ©
Ura Kidane Mihret

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 20th (Tue), explore the ancient world of The Ruins of Aksum, explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of King Bazen's Tomb, stroll around Ezana Park, then explore the historical opulence of Chapel of the Tablet, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Axum trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Axum takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Queen of Sheba's Bath ©
Queen of Sheba's Bath
King Ezana's inscription ©
King Ezana's inscription

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Abune Yosef and Climbing Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Tomb of Adam. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and contemplate the long history of Church of St. George.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lalibela travel route planner .

Getting from Axum to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Abune Yosef ©
Abune Yosef
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, then take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally make a trip to Falasha Village. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip planning app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Gonder are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

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