AFRICA

I'LL TAKE A PLANE DOWN TO AFRICA

  right:  Hagia Sophia in Turkey  middle:  Lake Abbe in Djibouti  left:  Danakil Depression in Ethiopia

right: Hagia Sophia in Turkey middle: Lake Abbe in Djibouti left: Danakil Depression in Ethiopia

 

I've outlined the itinerary for my 16-day trip below. This daily breakdown includes the cities I will be exploring, what I’ll be doing, where I’ll be sleeping, and how I’m getting there.

 
 

DAY 1

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

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BEGIN

CITY: Chicago, USA

TRAVEL

FLIGHT: TK 6, ORD to IST, 10 hours 15 minutes
Departure: Tue, Nov 6, 9:30pm, ORD (O'Hare International Airport)

 

DAY 2

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (+8 hours)

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DESTINATION

CITY: Istanbul, Turkey

TRAVEL

FLIGHT: TK 6, ORD to IST, 10 hours 15 minutes
Arrival: Wed, Nov 7, 4:45pm, IST (Istanbul Atatürk Airport)

EXPLORE

DO: Explore + Dinner

SLEEP: Galata Antique Hotel, Mesrutiyet Caddesi No: 119, Istanbul 34430. +90 212 245 59 44


DAY 3

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 (+8 hours)

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DESTINATION

CITY: Istanbul, Turkey

EXPLORE

DO: City Tour: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome of Constantinople, and Grand Bazaar

SLEEP: N / A (red-eye flight)


DAY 4

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Istanbul, Turkey + Djibouti, Djibouti

TRAVEL

FLIGHT: TK 686, IST to JIB, 5 hours 40 minutes
Departure: Fri, Nov 9, 12:50am, IST (Istanbul Atatürk Airport)
Arrival: Fri, Nov 9, 6:30am, JIB (Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport)

EXPLORE

DO: Dolphin Excursions Whale Shark Snorkeling

SLEEP: Hotel Residence de l'Europe, Place 27 Juin, Djibouti, Djibouti. +253 21 35 50 60


DAY 5

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Djibouti, Djibouti


DAY 6

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Djibouti, Djibouti

EXPLORE

DO: Rushing Water Adventures Lake Abbe / Lake Assal Overnight Tour

SLEEP: Hotel Residence de l'Europe, Place 27 Juin, Djibouti, Djibouti. +253 21 35 50 60


DAY 7

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Djibouti, Djibouti + Harar, Ethiopia

TRAVEL

FLIGHT: ET 363, JIB to DIR, 45 minutes
Departure: Mon, Nov 12, 11:00am, JIB (Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport)
Arrival: Mon, Nov 12, 11:45am, DIR (Dire Dawa International Airport)

EXPLORE

DO: Feed Hyenas, Tour the Old City

SLEEP: Winta Hotel, Abdulhafiz Kalifa St, Harar, Ethiopia. +251 91 574 0050


DAY 8

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Harar, Ethiopia

EXPLORE

DO: Tour the Old City

SLEEP: Winta Hotel, Abdulhafiz Kalifa St, Harar, Ethiopia. +251 91 574 0050


DAY 9

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (+8 hours)

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DESTINATION

CITY: Harar, Ethiopia + Lalibela, Ethiopia

TRAVEL

FLIGHT: ET 207, DIR to ADD, 1 hour
Departure: Wed, Nov 14, 10:00am, DIR (Dire Dawa International Airport)
Arrival: Wed, Nov 14, 11:00am,
ADD (Addis Ababa Bole International Airport)

LAYOVER: ADD, 40 minutes

FLIGHT: ET 120, ADD to LLI, 1 hour
Departure: Wed, Nov 14, 11:40am, ADD (Addis Ababa Bole International Airport)
Arrival: Wed, Nov 14, 12:40pm, LLI (Lalibela Airport)

EXPLORE

DO: Lalibela Cooking Class + Dinner at Ben Abeba

SLEEP: TBD


DAY 10

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (+8 hours)

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DESTINATION

CITY: Lalibela, Ethiopia

EXPLORE

DO: Lalibela Churches Tour

SLEEP: Included in tour


DAY 11

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (+8 hours)

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DESTINATION

CITY: Lalibela, Ethiopia + Mekele, Ethiopia

TRAVEL

FLIGHT: ET 121, LLI to ADD, 1 hour
Departure: Fri, Nov 16, 1:10pm, LLI (Lalibela Airport)
Arrival: Fri, Nov 16, 2:10pm,
ADD (Addis Ababa Bole International Airport)

LAYOVER: ADD, 30 minutes

FLIGHT: ET 104, ADD to MQX, 1 hour 25 minutes
Departure: Fri, Nov 16, 2:40pm, ADD (Addis Ababa Bole International Airport)
Arrival: Fri, Nov 16, 4:05pm, MQX (
Mekele Airport)

EXPLORE

DO: Explore

SLEEP: Planet Hotel, Hawulti, Mekele, Ethiopia. +251 344405660


DAY 12

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Mekele, Ethiopia

EXPLORE

DO: Danakil Depression Tour

SLEEP: Included in tour


DAY 13

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Mekele, Ethiopia

EXPLORE

DO: Danakil Depression Tour

SLEEP: Included in tour


DAY 14

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Mekele, Ethiopia

EXPLORE

DO: Danakil Depression Tour

SLEEP: TBD


DAY 15

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 (+8 hours)

DESTINATION

CITY: Mekele, Ethiopia + Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

TRAVEL

FLIGHT: ET 161, MQX to ADD, 1 hours 25 minutes
Departure: Tue, Nov 20, 10:00am, MQX (Mekele Airport)
Arrival: Tue, Nov 20, 11:25am, ADD (Addis Ababa Bole International Airport)

EXPLORE

DO: Explore

SLEEP: N/A (early flight)


DAY 16

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (+8 hours)

END

CITY: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia + Istanbul, Turkey + Chicago ,USA

TRAVEL

FLIGHT: TK 677, ADD to IST, 5 hours 40 minutes
Departure: Wed, Nov 21, 1:50am, ADD (Addis Ababa Bole International Airport)
Arrival: Wed, Nov 21, 7:30am, IST (Istanbul Atatürk Airport)

LAYOVER: IST, 7 hours 30 minutes

FLIGHT: TK 5, IST to ORD, 11 hours 55 minutes
Departure: Wed, Nov 21, 3:00pm, IST (Istanbul Atatürk Airport)
Arrival: Wed, Nov 21, 5:55pm, ORD (O'Hare International Airport)

 
 
 

ABOUT TURKEY

Population: 80,810,525

Official Language: Turkish

Capital: Ankara

Currency: Turkish lira ($1 = ₺5.07)

ABOUT DJIBOUTI

Population: 942,333

Official Language: Arabic, French, Somali

Capital: Djibouti

Currency: Djiboutian franc ($1 = 177.94f)

ABOUT ETHIOPIA

Population: 102,403,196

Official Language: Amharic

Capital: Addis Ababa

Currency: Ethiopian birr ($1 = Br27.70)

 
Logan Nolin