15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
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Bahir Dar
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Lalibela
— 3 nights
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Gonder
— 2 nights
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Axum
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Addis Ababa
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Adadi Maryam and Bole Medhane Alem Cathedral. Visit Melka Kunture Prehistoric Site and Meskel Square for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Menagesha Suba Forest Park, stop by ZAAF Collection, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Addis Ababa tour itinerary builder.

London, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Addis Ababa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:

Bahir Dar

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lions Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. On the next day, look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bahir Dar attractions planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. February in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Tomb of Adam. Popular historic sites such as Biete Medhane Alem and Asheton Maryam Monastery are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef, and view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lalibela itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:

Gonder

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then make a trip to Falasha Village, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuskuam Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gonder online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lalibela to Gonder in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March in Gonder, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

Axum

— 2 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Queen of Sheba's Bath. Get some historical perspective at Queen of Sheba Palace and Tekle. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Tablet, stroll around Ezana Park, get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, and steep yourself in history at King Bazen's Tomb.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Axum trip maker tool.

You can fly from Gonder to Axum in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Addis Ababa

— 1 night

City of Humans

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Axum to Addis Ababa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Shopping
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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.