16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  25​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Norfolk

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of Ethiopia and Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Entoto Hill and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 5th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, view the masterpieces at Asni Gallery, make a trip to Meskel Square, and hunt for treasures at Addis Mercato.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip builder .

Raleigh, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 23-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Raleigh to Addis Ababa. In November, Addis Ababa is a bit warmer than Raleigh - with highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
On the 6th (Wed), explore the activities along Chamo Lake and then wander the streets of Dorze Village. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nechisar National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Arba Minch trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Addis Ababa in November; daily highs in Arba Minch reach 84°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Arba Minch

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

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 8th (Fri): see the sights as you ascend with Ethionorthtrekking, get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. On your second day here, go for a walk through Simien View, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gonder vacation app .

Traveling by flight from Arba Minch to Gonder takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Arba Minch in November, expect nights in Gonder to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George. On your second day here, get in touch with nature with Hiking & Camping Tours and then pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehanna Kristos.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lalibela day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Axum.

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
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, then explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Aksum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, contemplate the long history of Northern Stelae Field, take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, and finally delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Axum tour planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Queen of Sheba's Bath ©
Queen of Sheba's Bath
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field

2
nights
Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa ©
On the 14th (Thu), look for gifts at Sabahar, then pause for some photo ops at Menelik II Square, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Chiromeda Market, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adadi Mariam. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at National Theatre Art Gallery, then delve into the lush surroundings at Menagesha Suba Forest Park, and then appreciate the history behind Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa visit planner .

Getting from Axum to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sabahar ©
Sabahar
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam
Chiromeda Market ©
Chiromeda Market

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