18 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

18 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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18 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly:  27​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Las Vegas

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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, browse the eclectic array of goods at Addis Mercato, and explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa tour itinerary planner .

Las Vegas, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in Addis Ababa hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

3
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.
Bahir Dar is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret, view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bahir Dar trip planner .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 18th (Fri), get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gonder online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehanna Kristos, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lalibela using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Axum.

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
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, contemplate the long history of Northern Stelae Field, then explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath, then don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and finally steep yourself in history at King Bazen's Tomb.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Axum driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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

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