16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 4 nights
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Lalibela
— 3 nights
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Axum
— 1 night
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Gonder
— 2 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
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Addis Ababa

City of Humans

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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Entoto Maryam Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Menelik II.

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New York City, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to East Africa Time is 8 hours. In February, Addis Ababa is warmer than New York City - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

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Jinka

Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jinka road trip app.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Jinka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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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, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Lalibela route maker tool.

You can fly from Jinka to Lalibela in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Axum

Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, 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.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Axum trip app.

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites

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Gonder

Camelot of Africa

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 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gonder travel route planner.

Getting from Axum to Gonder by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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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 27th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls and then view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Bahir Dar. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.