20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Mangalore
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Axum
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
5
Addis Ababa
— 6 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Mangalore

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and contemplate the long history of Church of St. George.

To see photos, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lalibela online travel planner .

Mangalore, India to Lalibela is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mangalore to Lalibela is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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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

3
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Axum tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
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Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church

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 historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, go for a walk through Simien View, and pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gonder online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Axum to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Walking tours
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

3
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, browse the exhibits of Lions Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in February, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Bahir Dar. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

6
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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa vacation builder website .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Addis Ababa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Mount Entoto ©
Mount Entoto

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