16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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16 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 + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa itinerary builder website .

Tallinn, Estonia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tallinn in November, expect nights in Addis Ababa to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

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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.
Bahir Dar is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Tana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, and take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bahir Dar trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

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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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lalibela vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car and flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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

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nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at 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. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, then don't miss a visit to King Bazen's Tomb, and finally walk around Ezana Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Axum visit website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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nights
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.
Gonder is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip maker tool .

You can fly from Axum to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

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