15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  20​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Tallinn

3
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: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Addis Ababa travel planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Addis Ababa. When traveling from Tallinn in December, plan for much hotter days in Addis Ababa, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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

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 19th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bahir Dar road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, and make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

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

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, then contemplate the long history of Northern Stelae Field, then delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at King Bazen's Tomb.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Axum trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Traveling by flight from Axum to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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