14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  26​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gonder
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Denver

4
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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip itinerary website .

Denver, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in June, expect nights in Addis Ababa to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, then explore the activities along Lake Tana, and then take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar road trip site .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, go for a walk through Simien View, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gonder trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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 24th (Wed): browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehanna Kristos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lalibela road trip tool .

Getting from Gonder to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 26th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and finally don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Axum tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion