18 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

18 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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18 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Explore hidden gems such as Northern Stelae Field and Chapel of the Tablet. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Obelisk of Axum and Medhane Alem Adi Kesho. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Axum attractions planner.

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

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites

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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Abune Yosef and Climbing Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Biete Medhane Alem. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, and delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and finally go for a walk through Simien View.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Gonder holiday site .

Getting from Lalibela to Gonder by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 5th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, then explore the activities along Lake Tana, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

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Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Debre Libanos Monastery and National Museum of Ethiopia. Explore hidden gems such as Adadi Mariam and Meskel Square. Go for a jaunt from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos to see Debre Libanos Monastery about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medhane Alem Cathedral, make a trip to The Mausoleum of Menelik II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Entoto Maryam Church, and explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Addis Ababa road trip 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, daytime highs in Addis Ababa are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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