15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia sightseeing planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Addis Ababa
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Addis Ababa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Arba Minch
— 1 night
Fly
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Lalibela
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gonder
— 1 night
Fly
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Axum
— 1 night
Drive
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Mek'ele
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Spend the 15th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of National Museum of Ethiopia, don't miss a visit to Meskel Square, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and steep yourself in history at Menelik palace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Addis Ababa online tour planner.

Exeter, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Addis Ababa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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Arba Minch

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Chamo Lake.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arba Minch holiday maker app.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Arba Minch: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks · Nature
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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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lalibela online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Arba Minch to Lalibela in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Bahir Dar

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): browse the exhibits of Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip maker app.

You can fly from Lalibela to Bahir Dar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Bahir Dar are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Gonder

— 1 night

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 23rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Axum

— 1 night
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, then delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally steep yourself in history at King Ezana's Inscription.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Axum trip planner.

You can fly from Gonder to Axum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

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Mek'ele

— 1 night
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. On the 25th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale and then take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mek'ele online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Axum to Mek'ele by car takes about 4.5 hours. September in Mek'ele sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks · Nature
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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.