18 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

18 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Train to Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina, Fly to Addis Ababa
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Addis Ababa
— 4 nights
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Konso
— 1 night
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Gonder
— 2 nights
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Axum
— 2 nights
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Lalibela
— 3 nights
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Harar
— 4 nights
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Addis Ababa

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Debre Libanos Monastery and Adadi Maryam. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Menagesha Suba Forest Park will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medhane Alem Cathedral, admire the striking features of The Mausoleum of Menelik II, stop by Salem's Ethiopia, and view the masterpieces at Asni Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa trip builder tool.

Krakow, Poland to Addis Ababa is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or ride a ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Krakow to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Krakow in December, things will get warmer in Addis Ababa: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Konso.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Konso

— 1 night
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at El Sod and then make a trip to Konso Cultural Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Konso tour itinerary maker app.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Konso in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Konso

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Sat), get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Falasha Village and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gonder itinerary maker website.

Getting from Konso to Gonder by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Axum

— 2 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of King Ezana's Inscription, then delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, and finally explore the ancient world of Tekle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Ezana Park, make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, then contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of the Tablet, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Axum trip planner.

Getting from Gonder to Axum by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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.
Visit Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Biete Medhane Alem for their historical value. Get outdoors at Abune Yosef and Climbing Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lalibela day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Axum to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Harar.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Harar

— 4 nights
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Step off the beaten path and head to Casa Museo di Rimbaud and Juma Mosque. Do some cultural sightseeing at Harar Museum and Din Agobara Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall.

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Getting from Lalibela to Harar by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Harar are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Harar

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

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.