16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  10​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Jinka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Axum
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Salem's Ethiopia. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Adadi Mariam, examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill.

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London, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from London to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Addis Ababa: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam
Salem's Ethiopia ©
Salem's Ethiopia

2
nights
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at South Omo Research Centre Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jinka trip app .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Jinka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, and then look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Jinka to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In November in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Ura Kidane Mihret ©
Ura Kidane Mihret

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 7th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gonder online day trip planner .

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Abune Yosef, browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and don't miss a visit to Yemrehanna Kristos.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time 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
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Abune Yosef ©
Abune Yosef

1
night
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the ancient world of The Ruins of Aksum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Church of St. Mary of Zion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, then don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Axum trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
King Ezana's inscription ©
King Ezana's inscription
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum

2
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock, and then pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mek'ele travel planner .

Traveling by car from Axum to Mek'ele takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Martyr's Memorial Monument ©
Martyr's Memorial Monument

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