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
— 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:  26​h
End: Tallinn

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.
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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Entoto Maryam Church, contemplate the long history of Meskel Square, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Addis Ababa trip itinerary maker site .

Tallinn, Estonia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Addis Ababa is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Tallinn in January, with highs in Addis Ababa at 27°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity 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 14th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls. On your second day here, examine the collection at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip builder site .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gonder.

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

2
nights
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.
Gonder is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gonder route planning app .

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Bahir Dar in January, Gonder is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then contemplate the long history of Church of St. George. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehanna Kristos and then steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lalibela online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) 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. Axum is known for historic sites, nature, museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, walk around Ezana Park, and don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Axum travel route planning tool .

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 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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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