17 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

17 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia travel route maker

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Lalibela
— 4 nights
Fly
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Axum
— 2 nights
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Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 5 nights
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Lalibela

— 4 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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and make a trip to Yemrehana Krestos Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lalibela road trip planning site.

Seoul, South Korea to Lalibela is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Lalibela is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Axum

— 2 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field and then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Axum trip planner.

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

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 9th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gonder trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Axum to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

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.
Bahir Dar is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, get a taste of the local shopping with Lions Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar route builder website.

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Addis Ababa

— 5 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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of National Museum of Ethiopia, stop by Salem's Ethiopia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bahir Dar in September, plan for little chillier nights in Addis Ababa, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
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.