15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 2 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
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Krakow

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: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip itinerary planning website .

Krakow, Poland to Addis Ababa is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 2 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Krakow in December, with highs in Addis Ababa at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

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Getting from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Here are some ideas for day two: revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Bahir Dar to Gonder by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Bahir Dar in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Gonder. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough 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.
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, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lalibela trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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

3
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, explore the historical opulence of Chapel of the Tablet, then don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, then explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath, and finally make a trip to King Bazen's Tomb.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Axum route builder .

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

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

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