12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bahir Dar
— 1 night
Drive
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Gonder
— 1 night
Fly
4
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Mek'ele
— 1 night
Fly
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Konso
— 1 night
Fly to Addis Ababa, Drive to Ziway
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Ziway
— 2 nights
Drive to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Fly to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport

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Addis Ababa

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medhane Alem Cathedral, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip maker website.

Tallinn, Estonia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tallinn in September; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Bahir Dar

— 1 night
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.
On the 7th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then see Bona Fide Ethiopia Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar online holiday maker.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Gonder

— 1 night

Camelot of Africa

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 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, and finally see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Lalibela

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, take a memorable excursion with Ethiopian Landscape Tour, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam, and take in the awesome beauty at Abune Yosef.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Lalibela day trip planning website.

Getting from Gonder to Lalibela by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Mek'ele

— 1 night
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. On the 12th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Assale.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mek'ele tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lalibela to Mek'ele takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September, daily temperatures in Mek'ele can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Konso.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Konso

— 1 night
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at El Sod and then make a trip to Konso Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Konso travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mek'ele to Konso takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Ziway.

Things to do in Konso

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Ziway

— 2 nights
Ziway or Zway is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia. On the 14th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Ziway.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ziway driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Konso to Ziway in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ziway

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

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.