17 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

17 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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17 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Gonder
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Afar Region
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Mek'ele
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 30​min
End: Budapest

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, then contemplate the long history of Kuskuam Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip maker .

Budapest, Hungary to Gonder is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Gonder is 2 hours. When traveling from Budapest in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Gonder: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, then take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, and finally delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Biete Medhane Alem, take in the pleasant sights at Bilbala St. George rock hewn church, then explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lalibela day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum, delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Aksum, take in the spiritual surroundings of New Church of St. Mary of Zion, then explore the historical opulence of Chapel of the Tablet, and finally explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, then hunt for treasures at Saturday market, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally make a trip to Ezana Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Axum trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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

1
night
Afar Region

Afar Region ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see a world frozen in time at Dalol.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Afar Region online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Axum to Afar Region in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Afar Region

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dalol ©
Dalol

1
night
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gheralta rock, then see the interesting displays at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mek'ele trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Afar Region to Mek'ele. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace ©
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace

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 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery and then explore the activities along Lake Tana. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam, don't miss a visit to CHE CHE Ido, then admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, and finally admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

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Traveling by flight from Mek'ele to Bahir Dar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): have fun at Dorze tribe and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arbaminich town,Nech sar national park, Crocodile two lakes. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Nechisar National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Arba Minch route planner.

Getting from Bahir Dar to Arba Minch by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Bahir Dar in July, expect Arba Minch to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Entoto Hill and Menagesha Suba Forest Park. Popular historic sites such as Holy Trinity Cathedral and Meskel Square are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa holiday planning site .

You can fly from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July, Addis Ababa is a bit cooler than Arba Minch - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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