21 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

21 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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21 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  29​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Axum
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Edmonton

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, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Addis Ababa online tour planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Addis Ababa is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Edmonton to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Edmonton, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Addis Ababa, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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

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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos, and steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lalibela day trip planner.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Lalibela by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can 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

3
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: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, and contemplate the long history of Northern Stelae Field.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Axum trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
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

3
nights
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.
Gonder is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, see Off-Road Tours, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, and revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder attractions planning site .

Traveling by flight from Axum to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Gonder, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

4
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: explore the activities along Lake Tana, take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam, make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bahir Dar trip planner .

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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

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