16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  26​h
1
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Harar
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Tallinn

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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar online attractions planner .

Tallinn, Estonia to Bahir Dar is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Tallinn to Bahir Dar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tallinn in March, expect Bahir Dar to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery
St George Church ©
St George Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gonder driving holiday planner .

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Bahir Dar in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gonder, with lows of 20°C. You will leave for Lalibela on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Outdoors 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
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.
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Church of St. George will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos and take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lalibela tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 28th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere 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.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Axum day trip planning website .

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Harar.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
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

2
nights
Harar

Harar ©
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Casa Museo di Rimbaud.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Harar trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Axum to Harar takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Harar are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Harar

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo di Rimbaud ©
Casa Museo di Rimbaud
Harar Jegol Wall ©
Harar Jegol Wall

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.
Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral and Medhane Alem Cathedral for their historical value. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and stop by Sabahar.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip planning tool .

Getting from Harar to Addis Ababa by combination of car and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Harar in April, expect Addis Ababa to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Arada Giyorgis ©
Arada Giyorgis

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