15 days in Ethiopia & Eritrea Itinerary

15 days in Ethiopia & Eritrea Itinerary

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15 days in Ethiopia & Eritrea Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  9 h
1
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Gonder, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 15 min
5
Axum, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
6
Asmara, Eritrea
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then stop by ZAAF Collection, and finally pause for some photo ops at Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, then don't miss a visit to Meskel Square, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa road trip site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Addis Ababa is an approximately 9- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Addis Ababa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, Addis Ababa is slightly colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Mount Entoto ©
Mount Entoto
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

2
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.
On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

Before you visit Bahir Dar, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) 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
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gonder when traveling from Bahir Dar in March, with lows around 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 Wildlife Tours
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Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

2
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.
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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehanna Kristos.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lalibela road trip website.

Getting from Gonder to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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, Ethiopia

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

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Axum trip maker website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Axum

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

5
nights
Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara ©
Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Explore Asmara's surroundings by going to Keren (Mariam Da'arit, Keren War Cemetery, &more) and Massawa (Adulis, Covered Bazaar, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cattedrale di Asmara, enjoy some diversion at Cinema Impero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara, and appreciate the history behind Cimitero Italiano Di Asmara.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Asmara trip maker app.

You can drive from Axum to Asmara in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites Fun & Games Nightlife

Side Trips

Massawa, Keren
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Nda Mariam Othodox Church ©
Nda Mariam Othodox Church
Cattedrale di Asmara ©
Cattedrale di Asmara