20 days in Eritrea & Ethiopia Itinerary

20 days in Eritrea & Ethiopia Itinerary

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Asmara, Eritrea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Massawa, Eritrea
— 1 night
Drive to Axum, Fly to Lalibela
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gonder, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 6 nights
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Asmara, Eritrea — 3 nights

Little Rome

Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Venture out of the city with trips to Qohaito (in Debub Region) and Metera (in Senafe). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave), admire the striking features of Fiat Tagliero, have fun at Cinema Impero, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Asmara.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asmara trip maker.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Asmara is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Massawa.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife
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Massawa, Eritrea — 1 night

Massawa, also known as Mitsiwa, Miṣṣiwa, Batsiʿ, is a city on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea located at the northern end of the Gulf of Zula beside the Dahlak Archipelago. On the 15th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Former Banco d'Italia, step into the grandiose world of Former Imperial Palace, then don't miss a visit to Memorial Plaza for Victims of Massawa Battle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Old railway station.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Massawa route maker website.

Getting from Asmara to Massawa by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Lalibela.
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Historic Sites
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Lalibela, Ethiopia — 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, pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehana Krestos Church, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lalibela trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Massawa to Lalibela takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Gonder.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Gonder, Ethiopia — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip maker tool.

You can fly from Lalibela to Gonder in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bahir Dar.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia — 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, explore the activities along Lake Tana, take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar day trip planning app.

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Addis Ababa.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — 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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and browse the fresh offerings at Mercato.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip planner.

Getting from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Bahir Dar in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Addis Ababa, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Eritrea travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Monuments
Little Eritrea boasts diverse landscapes that include mountains, an arid coastline, and fertile swathes of land to the west. With tourism in Eritrea still a burgeoning industry, the country represents a place of adventure for daring travelers looking to get of that beaten path. The Art Deco architecture of the capital shows off the cultural complexity and interesting facets of the former Italian colony's recent history, while a number of archaeological sites provide evidence of once-thriving ancient kingdoms. The country gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but the areas bordering Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti remain dangerous and, as a result, off the map for most foreign tourists.
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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.
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