18 days in Ethiopia & Warsaw Itinerary

18 days in Ethiopia & Warsaw Itinerary

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18 days in Ethiopia & Warsaw Itinerary

Start: Krakow, Poland
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Gonder, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Axum, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Hawzen, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Mek'ele, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Goba, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
8
Warsaw, Poland
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Krakow, Poland

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.
Church of St. George and Asheton Maryam Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Yemrehanna Kristos and Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lalibela online road trip planner .

Krakow, Poland to Lalibela is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Krakow to Lalibela is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos
Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gonder online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

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

2
nights
Axum, Ethiopia

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 31st (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Saturday market, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, walk around Ezana Park, contemplate the long history of King Bazen's Tomb, then step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, then delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Axum trip planner .

Fly from Gonder to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

1
night
Hawzen, Ethiopia

Hawzen ©
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hawzen trip website .

Drive from Axum to Hawzen in 4 hours. In January in Hawzen, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Abuna Yemata Guh church ©
Abuna Yemata Guh church

1
night
Mek'ele, Ethiopia

Mek'ele ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Martyr's Memorial Monument, see the interesting displays at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace, then take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock, and finally explore the activities along Lake Assale.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mek'ele trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hawzen to Mek'ele takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mek'ele are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Goba.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks Nature Museums
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Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace ©
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace

1
night
Goba, Ethiopia

Goba ©
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bale Mountains.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Goba tour builder site .

You can fly from Mek'ele to Goba in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Goba

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bale Mountains ©
Bale Mountains

2
nights
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 5th (Sun): stop by ZAAF Collection, examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Tiya World Heritage Site, then explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then don't miss a visit to Menelik II Square, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Goba to Addis Ababa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tiya World Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©

5
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Treblinka Memorial and Polish Army Museum (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego). Your inner history buff will appreciate Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach and Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski). Venture out of the city with trips to Church of the Holy Trinity (in Bolimow), Muzeum w Nieborowie i Arkadii. Oddział Muzeum Narodowego w Warszawie (in Nieborow) and Railway Station (in Skierniewice). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza), explore the world behind art at The National Museum in Warsaw, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Wsi Radomskiej, and get to know the fascinating history of Ksiezy Mlyn.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Warsaw trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Warsaw takes 12 hours. Traveling from Addis Ababa to Warsaw, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Addis Ababa in January, things will get cooler in Warsaw: highs are around 0°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lodz, Sierpc, Radom, Plock, Muzeum w Nieborowie i Arkadii. Oddział Muzeum Narodowego w Warszawie
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