16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  12​h
1
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Jeddah

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, then explore and take pictures at Queen of Sheba's Bath, then make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and finally contemplate the long history of King Bazen's Tomb.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Axum trip itinerary builder .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Axum is an approximately 12-hour flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature 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

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos, and explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lalibela road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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

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 21st (Sat): get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Falasha Village and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gonder online day trip planner .

Getting from Lalibela to Gonder by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

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

3
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, hunt for treasures at Bahir Dar Market, stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, and admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip planner.

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arba Minch.

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
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
On the 26th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Nechisar National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): wander the streets of Dorze Village and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chamo Lake.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Arba Minch trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Bahir Dar to Arba Minch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In September, Arba Minch is a bit warmer than Bahir Dar - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village
Chamo Lake ©
Chamo Lake

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.
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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa travel planner.

You can fly from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Arba Minch in September, things will get a bit cooler in Addis Ababa: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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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