15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Addis Ababa
— 5 nights
2
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
4
Lalibela
— 3 nights

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.
Spend the 31st (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa online day trip planner.

Madison, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Madison to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madison in July, expect Addis Ababa to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Mount Entoto ©
Mount Entoto
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Bahir Dar trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery

2
nights
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 5th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuskuam Church. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gonder online vacation planner.

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Walking tours

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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, and make a trip to Church of St. George.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lalibela driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery

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