25 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

25 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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25 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  31​h
1
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Axum
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Addis Ababa
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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: explore the activities along Lake Tana, make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, and view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar itinerary maker website .

Washington DC, USA to Bahir Dar is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern African Time is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Bahir Dar hover around 77°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gonder trip planner.

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Off-Road Tours
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos, and contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lalibela day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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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: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, and don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Axum route site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Mek'ele.

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

2
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Assale and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Abraha Atsbeha and then take an in-depth tour of Wukro Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mek'ele sightseeing site .

Getting from Axum to Mek'ele by car takes about 4.5 hours. In November in Mek'ele, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wukro Museum
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Wukro Museum ©
Wukro Museum

2
nights
Arba Minch

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Dorze Village and then explore the activities along Chamo Lake.

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Traveling by flight from Mek'ele to Arba Minch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mek'ele in November, things will get a bit warmer in Arba Minch: highs are around 84°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Tours Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village
Chamo Lake ©
Chamo Lake

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.
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, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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You can fly from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Arba Minch in November; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 73°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

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

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