15 days in Ethiopia & Eritrea Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia & Eritrea Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, look for gifts at ZAAF Collection, then see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Meskel Square.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa visit planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Addis Ababa is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Addis Ababa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in September; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
Specialty Museum
National Museum of Ethiopia
3.5
Mount Entoto ©
Mountain
Mount Entoto
4.0

2
nights
Axum, Ethiopia

Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, and finally steep yourself in history at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at King Bazen's Tomb, stroll around Ezana Park, explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, steep yourself in history at King Ezana's Inscription, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Axum travel planning app.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Axum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Obelisk of Axum ©
World heritage site
Obelisk of Axum
4.1
Northern Stelae Field ©
Religious Site
Northern Stelae Field
4.2

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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

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 2nd (Fri): explore the world behind art 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 3rd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bahir Dar journey planning app.

Traveling by flight from Axum to Bahir Dar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Lake Tana
Must see
Lake Tana
4.2
Blue Nile Falls ©
Waterfall
Blue Nile Falls
3.9
Lions Art Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Lions Art Gallery
5.0

2
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Gonder, Ethiopia

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 4th (Sun): revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, make a trip to Falasha Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gonder day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
World heritage site
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
4.6
Fasil Ghebbi ©
World heritage site
Fasil Ghebbi
4.6
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Religious Site
Fasiladas Bath Timket
4.2

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Lalibela, Ethiopia

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehana Krestos Church.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lalibela trip planner.

Fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

4
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Asmara, Eritrea

Little Rome

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). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave), admire the striking features of Cinema Roma, have fun at Cinema Impero, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin Mosque.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Asmara trip itinerary app.

Getting from Lalibela to Asmara by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Nda Mariam Othodox Church ©
Architectural Building
Nda Mariam Othodox Church
4.8
Cattedrale di Asmara ©
Architectural Building
Cattedrale di Asmara
4.3

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