16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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

2
nights
Arba Minch

Step off the beaten path and head to Nechisar National Park and Photography Tours. Go for a jaunt from Arba Minch to Konso to see Konso Cultural Centre about 1h 20 min away.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arba Minch sightseeing tool .

Addis Ababa to Arba Minch is an approximately 1.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in October, expect Arba Minch to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Konso Cultural Centre
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Entoto Hill. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adadi Maryam and Debre Libanos Monastery. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and stop by Salem's Ethiopia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip planning website .

Getting from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Arba Minch in October, with highs in Addis Ababa at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Debre Libanos Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
Adadi Maryam ©
Adadi Maryam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, then explore the activities along Lake Tana, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bahir Dar online tour planner .

Getting from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Addis Ababa in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Bahir Dar. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Falasha Village. There's lots more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gonder online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Falasha Village ©
Falasha Village

1
night
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, then don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Axum online journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
King Ezana's inscription ©
King Ezana's inscription
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Abune Yosef and Tomb of Adam. There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lalibela trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Abune Yosef ©
Abune Yosef
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab

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