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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa tour itinerary planning tool.

New York City, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from New York City to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 74°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can 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. On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jinka day trip planning site.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Jinka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (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: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lalibela attractions tool.

Fly from Jinka to Lalibela in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to 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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Axum route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (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 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally make a trip to Falasha Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

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Traveling by flight from Axum to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Gonder, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 16th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls and then take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bahir Dar, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (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.