15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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15 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Mek'ele
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Afar Region
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Jinka
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Addis Ababa
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: London

1
day
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
On the 13th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Assale, then stroll through Gheralta rock, and then appreciate the history behind Martyr's Memorial Monument.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mek'ele trip planner .

London, UK to Mek'ele is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Mek'ele. When traveling from London in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mek'ele: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Afar Region.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks
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Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Martyr's Memorial Monument ©
Martyr's Memorial Monument

1
night
Afar Region

Afar Region ©
On the 14th (Mon), see a world frozen in time at Dalol.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Afar Region itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Mek'ele to Afar Region with the Route module. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Axum.

Things to do in Afar Region

Historic Sites
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Dalol ©
Dalol

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ezana Park, explore the historical opulence of Chapel of the Tablet, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Saturday market, and finally explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, contemplate the long history of Queen of Sheba's Bath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, then delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Aksum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Axum vacation planning website .

Fly from Afar Region to Axum in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church
Chapel of the Tablet ©
Chapel of the Tablet

2
nights
Lalibela

Lalibela ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam, then view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, then go for a walk through Bilbala St. George rock hewn church, and then make a trip to Biete Medhane Alem.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lalibela online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©

2
nights
Gonder

Gonder ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, steep yourself in history at Kuskuam Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Gonder, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Kuskuam Church ©
Kuskuam Church
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

1
night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at South Omo Research Centre Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jinka online trip maker .

Fly from Gonder to Jinka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
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South Omo Research Centre Museum ©
South Omo Research Centre Museum

4
nights
Addis Ababa

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.
Visit Adadi Mariam and Medhane Alem Cathedral for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Melka Kunture Prehistoric Site. Make the 25th (Fri) an awe-inspiring day at Menagesha Suba Forest Park. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, steep yourself in history at Meskel Square, don't miss a visit to The Mausoleum of Menelik II, and pause for some photo ops at Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip builder website .

You can fly from Jinka to Addis Ababa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Addis Ababa can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Trails Nature
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Food Tours
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam
Medhane Alem Cathedral ©
Medhane Alem Cathedral

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