20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 5 nights
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Drive
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Axum
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
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Addis Ababa

City of Humans

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Abyssinia Ballooning. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adadi Maryam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Tewodros Square, and examine the collection at Ethnological Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa tour itinerary builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to Addis Ababa is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 2 hours. When traveling from Stockholm in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Addis Ababa, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

5
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Climbing Tours and Ethiopian Landscape Tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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Mek'ele

Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument and then get engrossed in the history at Wukro Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale and then get a dose of the wild on Dallol Ethiopia Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mek'ele tour planner.

Traveling by car from Lalibela to Mek'ele takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In June, daytime highs in Mek'ele are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Axum.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

2
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Axum

Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Northern Stelae Field, steep yourself in history at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and then contemplate the long history of Queen of Sheba's Bath.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Axum trip planner.

You can drive from Mek'ele to Axum in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

3
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lions Art Gallery and Bona Fide Ethiopia Tours. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and explore the activities along Lake Tana.

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You can fly from Axum to Bahir Dar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

2
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Addis Ababa

City of Humans

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Menelik II, stop by Salem's Ethiopia, and then pause for some photo ops at Meyazia 27 Square Monument.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.