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
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Arba Minch
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Axum
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Tallinn

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.
Debre Libanos Monastery and Holy Trinity Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Adadi Maryam and Meskel Square. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, look for gifts at Sabahar, pause for some photo ops at Menelik II Square, and make a trip to Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip maker site .

Tallinn, Estonia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Addis Ababa. When traveling from Tallinn in November, plan for much hotter days in Addis Ababa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Arba Minch

On the 14th (Thu), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

Plan a Arba Minch trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Addis Ababa in November, with highs in Arba Minch at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Outdoors Tours
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Photography Tours

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 15th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, explore the activities along Lake Tana, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Arba Minch to Bahir Dar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Arba Minch in November; daily highs in Bahir Dar reach 29°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
St George Church ©
St George Church
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Tomb of Adam. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Church of St. George and take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Lalibela trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam

1
night
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 20th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, and then delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Axum trip itinerary maker app .

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 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church

3
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 21st (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Gonder holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Axum to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daytime highs in Gonder are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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