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
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Tallinn

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Meskel Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, and then stop by Sabahar.

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Tallinn, Estonia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tallinn in January, expect Addis Ababa to be much hotter, temps between 27°C and 11°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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

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 14th (Tue): view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then don't miss a visit to Church of St. George.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lalibela day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum. On the next day, make a trip to King Bazen's Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and finally make a trip to King Ezana's inscription.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Axum holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Gonder.

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

4
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.
You've now added Simien Mountain Trekking and Tours to your itinerary. Fasil Ghebbi and Falasha Village will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Gonder visit planner.

Getting from Axum to Gonder by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Gonder are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will leave for Bahir Dar on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Simien Mountain Trekking and Tours ©
Simien Mountain Trekking and Tours
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

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.
Azwa Mariam Monastery and St George Church will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, browse the exhibits of Lions Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to CHE CHE Ido, and admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip planner .

Getting from Gonder to Bahir Dar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Bahir Dar. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery
St George Church ©
St George Church

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