20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​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
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Addis Ababa
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, nature, museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, and make a trip to King Ezana's inscription.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Axum road trip planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Axum is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Axum, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tigray Region
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

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.
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, pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and don't miss a visit to Yemrehanna Kristos.

To see ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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
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 11th (Fri): revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, explore the historical opulence 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. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Falasha Village and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gonder trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. October in Gonder sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, and get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bahir Dar online vacation planner .

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature 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
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take a stroll through Dorze Village and then explore the activities along Chamo Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nechisar National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arba Minch trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Bahir Dar to Arba Minch by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Bahir Dar in October, things will get a bit warmer in Arba Minch: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

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

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: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and see Multi-day Tours.

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Getting from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arba Minch in October: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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