14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Manchester

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adadi Mariam and Meskel Square. Get out of town with these interesting Addis Ababa side-trips: Debre Libanos (Debre Libanos Monastery & Debre Libanos Monastery). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, get to know the fascinating history of Tiya World Heritage Site, explore the galleries of Asni Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Medhane Alem Cathedral.

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Manchester, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Manchester to Addis Ababa. While traveling from Manchester, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Addis Ababa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Debre Libanos, Tiya World Heritage Site
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Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery
Adadi Maryam ©
Adadi Maryam
Medhane Alem Cathedral
Medhane Alem Cathedral

3
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 5th (Wed): stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Tana and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Ura Kidane Mihret
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

2
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 7th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. On your second day here, revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gonder trip site .

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 February, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Asheton Maryam Monastery and The Fine Art Gallery. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and make a trip to Biete Medhane Alem.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip website .

Getting from Gonder to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, steep yourself in history at King Bazen's Tomb, then explore the historical opulence of Chapel of the Tablet, then explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Axum road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Chapel of the Tablet ©
Chapel of the Tablet
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

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