5 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

5 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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5 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Gonder
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lalibela
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Axum
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Addis Ababa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Nairobi

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night
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.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gonder driving holiday planner .

Nairobi, Kenya to Gonder is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

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night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam, then explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lalibela trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

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

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Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, then explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Aksum.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Axum trip planner .

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 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adadi Mariam, then look for gifts at Sabahar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa travel route planner .

You can fly from Axum to Addis Ababa in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In June in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©

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