16 days in Ethiopia, Somaliland & Djibouti Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia, Somaliland & Djibouti Itinerary

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16 days in Ethiopia, Somaliland & Djibouti Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Hargeysa, Somalia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Djibouti, Djibouti
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

2
nights
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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.
On the 31st (Sun), examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa trip tool .

Manchester, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Addis Ababa is 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in May: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and then view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana.

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Getting from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bahir Dar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Lalibela, Ethiopia

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 3rd (Wed): view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela online attractions planner .

Getting from Bahir Dar to Lalibela by combination of car and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery

2
nights
Gonder, Ethiopia

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.
Get outdoors at Walking tours and Climbing Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fasil Ghebbi and Fasiladas Bath Timket. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, contemplate the long history of Kuskuam Church, make a trip to Falasha Village, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

Plan trip to Gonder with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June in Gonder, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hargeysa.

Things to do in Gonder

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

4
nights
Hargeysa, Somalia

Hargeysa ©
A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Get some cultural insight at Saryan Museum and MiG Jet. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Laas Geel, enjoy some diversion at Guul Goals, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and buy something for everyone on your list at Dahabshiil Business Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hargeysa tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Gonder to Hargeysa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gonder in June, with highs in Hargeysa at 36°C and lows at 22°C. You'll set off for Djibouti on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Hargeysa

Shopping Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Livestock Market ©
Livestock Market
Laas Geel ©
Laas Geel
Saryan Museum ©
Saryan Museum

3
nights
Djibouti, Djibouti

Djibouti ©
Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Day Forest National Park. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Molk Mosque and then explore the activities along Lake Assal.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Djibouti online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Hargeysa to Djibouti in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Hargeysa in June, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Djibouti: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 38°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Djibouti

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lake Assal ©
Lake Assal
Day Forest National Park ©
Day Forest National Park
Al Molk Mosque ©
Al Molk Mosque

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