14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia sightseeing planner

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Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
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Lalibela
— 3 nights
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Axum
— 2 nights
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Gonder
— 1 night
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Addis Ababa

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Holy Trinity Cathedral and Arada Giyorgis. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, browse the exhibits of Ethnological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Bole Medhane Alem Cathedral, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip planning website.

Tallinn, Estonia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Addis Ababa. While traveling from Tallinn, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Addis Ababa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Bahir Dar

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Church of Debre Sina Maryam, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bahir Dar trip planner.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:

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.
Popular historic sites such as Church of St. George and Asheton Maryam Monastery are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehana Krestos Church, contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Fine Art Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Axum

— 2 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 27th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, and finally contemplate the long history of Northern Stelae Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at King Bazen's Tomb, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Tablet, and then delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Axum trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

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 29th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then don't miss a visit to Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gonder travel planning app.

Fly from Axum to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:

Ethiopia travel guide

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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.