15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  25​h
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:  1​h 15​min
4
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Kansas City

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 Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Meskel Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa trip itinerary maker app .

Kansas City, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Kansas City to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kansas City in June, with highs in Addis Ababa at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (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 ©
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.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then examine the collection at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip planner .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive 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.
On the 13th (Sat), get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gonder online trip builder .

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In June in Gonder, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

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

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath, then make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and finally don't miss a visit to King Bazen's Tomb.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Axum vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Gonder to Axum by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature 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

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, browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and make a trip to Church of St. George.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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

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