15 days in Ethiopia & Eritrea Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia & Eritrea Itinerary

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
2
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
3
Gonder, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
4
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
5
Axum, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
6
Asmara, Eritrea
— 5 nights

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then look for gifts at ZAAF Collection, and finally make a trip to Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, then steep yourself in history at Meskel Square, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa trip builder tool.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Addis Ababa is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to East Africa Time (EAT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in March; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 29°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

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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.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then explore the activities along Lake Tana. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar attractions planning site.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery

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nights
Gonder, Ethiopia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, make a trip to Falasha Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gonder trip planner.

Getting from Bahir Dar to Gonder by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehana Krestos Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Lalibela trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehana Krestos Church ©
Yemrehana Krestos Church

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Axum, Ethiopia

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's Inscription, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and finally delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, explore the ancient world of Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Axum day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
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

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Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara ©
Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Change things up with a short trip to Former Imperial Palace in Massawa (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Asmara, don't miss a visit to Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave), admire the landmark architecture of Cinema Roma, and have fun at Cinema Impero.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Asmara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Axum to Asmara in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Former Imperial Palace
Highlights from your plan
Nda Mariam Othodox Church ©
Nda Mariam Othodox Church
Cattedrale di Asmara ©
Cattedrale di Asmara