17 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

17 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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17 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly:  23​h
1
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Addis Ababa
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Krakow

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Northern Stelae Field and Chapel of the Tablet. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Queen of Sheba Palace and Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, contemplate the long history of King Bazen's Tomb, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, and pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Axum trip planner .

Krakow, Poland to Axum is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Krakow to Axum is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
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Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Chapel of the Tablet ©
Chapel of the Tablet
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Tomb of Adam. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Abune Yosef and Climbing Tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, make a trip to Church of St. George, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela online trip builder .

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 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fasil Ghebbi and Falasha Village. Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Simien View. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Gonder, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Bahir Dar, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

5
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 Debre Libanos Monastery and Medhane Alem Cathedral for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Menagesha Suba Forest Park and Entoto Hill. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Adadi Mariam, don't miss a visit to Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square, see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Addis Ababa can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Debre Libanos Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam

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