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:  3​h
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 30​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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Meskel Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, and then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip 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. In January, Addis Ababa is much hotter than Tallinn - with highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Arada Giyorgis ©
Arada Giyorgis

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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Lions Art Gallery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bahir Dar trip planning app .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 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 Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery
St George Church ©
St George Church

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 16th (Thu): make a trip to Falasha Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gonder vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Bahir Dar in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Gonder. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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.
Get some historical perspective at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Asheton Maryam Monastery. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehanna Kristos.

Plan my day in Lalibela using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for 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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Axum trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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

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