16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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16 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Addis Ababa
1
Addis Ababa
— 4 nights
2
Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Addis Ababa

4
nights
Addis Ababa

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.
Spend the 23rd (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 24th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Addis Ababa. In May, daytime highs in Addis Ababa are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Aman Ethiopia Tour And Travel ©
Aman Ethiopia Tour And Travel
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

4
nights
Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar
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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery, stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, and examine the collection at Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bahir Dar online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

3
nights
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.
Gonder is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, go for a walk through Simien View, and revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gonder trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

4
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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Church of St. George.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lalibela route maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

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