21 days in Ethiopia & Djibouti Itinerary

21 days in Ethiopia & Djibouti Itinerary

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21 days in Ethiopia & Djibouti Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  10 h
1
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Gonder, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Axum, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
6
Dikhil Region, Djibouti
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
7
Djibouti, Djibouti
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Entoto Hill will get you outdoors. Debre Libanos Monastery and Arada Giyorgis will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adadi Maryam, examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medhane Alem Cathedral, and look for gifts at ZAAF Collection.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder tool .

London, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Addis Ababa: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Debre Libanos Monastery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery
Adadi Maryam ©
Adadi Maryam

3
nights
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

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.
Church of Debre Sina Maryam and Azwa Mariam Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Lions Art Gallery and Ura Kidane Mihret. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Tana and take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bahir Dar travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Addis Ababa in October since evenings lows in Bahir Dar dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) 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
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

2
nights
Gonder, Ethiopia

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 2nd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gonder journey planner.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

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

3
nights
Axum, Ethiopia

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Northern Stelae Field and Chapel of the Tablet. Get some cultural insight at Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Queen of Sheba's Bath. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and steep yourself in history at King Bazen's Tomb.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Axum online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
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Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho ©
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

4
nights
Lalibela, Ethiopia

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 cultural insight at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Church of St. George. Visiting Abune Yosef and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, make a trip to Biete Medhane Alem, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehanna Kristos, and explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Axum to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dikhil Region.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Biete Medhane Alem ©
Biete Medhane Alem

1
day
Dikhil Region, Djibouti

Dikhil Region ©
The Dikhil Region is a region in southern Djibouti. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Abbe.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dikhil Region online route maker .

Traveling by car from Lalibela to Dikhil Region takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Djibouti.

Things to do in Dikhil Region

Nature Parks
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Lake Abbe ©
Lake Abbe

2
nights
Djibouti, Djibouti

Djibouti ©
Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the activities along Lac Abbe. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Day Forest National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Djibouti day trip website .

You can drive from Dikhil Region to Djibouti in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Djibouti

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Lac Abbe ©
Lac Abbe
Day Forest National Park ©
Day Forest National Park

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