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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Debre Libanos Monastery and Adadi Mariam. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Menagesha Suba Forest Park and Meskel Square. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Medhane Alem Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, and take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa route planner.

Krakow, Poland to Addis Ababa is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Krakow to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Krakow in December, expect Addis Ababa to be warmer, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Debre Libanos Monastery
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam

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 1st (Wed): stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, then explore the activities along Lake Tana, and then examine the collection at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar vacation maker tool .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

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 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder online travel planner .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gonder, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Climbing Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Tomb of Adam and Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

3
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, then get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to King Bazen's Tomb.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Axum trip builder app .

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

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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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