15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Mek'ele
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Cairo

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Menagesha Suba Forest Park and Lion Zoo. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, stroll through Gullele Botanical Garden, and stop by T&H Designs.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa travel route tool .

Cairo, Egypt to Addis Ababa is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Addis Ababa is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in January, expect nights in Addis Ababa to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Lion Park ©
Lion Park
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Arbaminich town,Nech sar national park, Crocodile two lakes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nechisar National Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Arba Minch day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in January: high temperatures in Arba Minch hover around 36°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Bahir Dar Market and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar road trip planner.

You can fly from Arba Minch to Bahir Dar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Arba Minch in January, with highs in Bahir Dar at 30°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Bahir Dar Market ©
Bahir Dar Market

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 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then contemplate the long history of Kuskuam Church, and finally revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Bahir Dar in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gonder, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

2
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 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and then delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos, make a trip to Church of St. George, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela tour builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites
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

1
night
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gheralta rock.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mek'ele trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and car from Lalibela to Mek'ele in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Mek'ele are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace ©
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace

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