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
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Tallinn

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Debre Libanos Monastery and Adadi Maryam. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square and Menelik II Square. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, don't miss a visit to Karls Square, and contemplate the long history of Meskel Square.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa tour itinerary maker tool .

Tallinn, Estonia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Tallinn in March: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Debre Libanos Monastery
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Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery
Adadi Maryam ©
Adadi Maryam

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and The Fine Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lalibela trip website .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, then don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, and finally make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Axum journey planner .

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Falasha Village are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Gonder trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Axum to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Gonder sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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

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