20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia trip planner

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

— 6 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 7th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, explore the galleries of Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa trip maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Addis Ababa is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Addis Ababa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
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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: explore the activities along Lake Tana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bahir Dar trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

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 11th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

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: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and don't miss a visit to Yemrehana Krestos Church.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lalibela travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Lalibela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:

Axum

— 4 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, steep yourself in history at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Axum vacation planner.

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
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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.