14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Axum
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip planner .

London, UK to Bahir Dar is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Bahir Dar due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in March, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Bahir Dar: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

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.
On the 1st (Wed), revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gonder trip planner .

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bahir Dar in March since evenings lows in Gonder dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of St. George and Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lalibela route planning site .

Getting from Gonder to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehana Krestos Church ©
Yemrehana Krestos Church

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, and then explore the historical opulence of Chapel of the Tablet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
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Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

1
night
Hawzen

Hawzen ©
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. On the 8th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hawzen trip planner .

You can drive from Axum to Hawzen in 4 hours. April in Hawzen sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
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Abuna Yemata Guh church ©
Abuna Yemata Guh church

2
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.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Medhane Alem Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, then take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Entoto Maryam Church.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Hawzen to Addis Ababa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Addis Ababa are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia