20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

20 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 4 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
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Lalibela
— 4 nights
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Axum
— 2 nights
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Gonder
— 2 nights
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Konso
— 1 night
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Ziway
— 2 nights
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Addis Ababa

— 4 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Adadi Maryam and National Museum of Ethiopia. Explore hidden gems such as Medhane Alem Cathedral and Salem's Ethiopia. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Meskel Square, steep yourself in history at Menelik palace, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa trip planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Addis Ababa is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.8 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Addis Ababa. Traveling from Kathmandu in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Addis Ababa, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Bahir Dar

— 3 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and Lions Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam Monastery. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Tana and take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Lalibela

— 4 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Yemrehana Krestos Church. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, and explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lalibela road trip planner.

Fly from Bahir Dar to Lalibela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Axum

— 2 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, and finally stroll around Ezana Park. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, contemplate the long history of King Ezana's Inscription, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then explore the ancient world of Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and finally contemplate the long history of King Bazen's Tomb.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Axum journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Gonder

— 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuskuam Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Multi-day Tours and then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gonder sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Axum to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Gonder, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Konso.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Konso

— 1 night
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. On the 8th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at El Sod and then don't miss a visit to Konso Cultural Centre.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Konso day trip app.

Fly from Gonder to Konso in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jinka.

Things to do in Konso

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jinka online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Konso to Jinka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ziway.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
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Ziway

— 2 nights
Ziway or Zway is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ziway.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ziway travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Jinka to Ziway by car takes about 9 hours. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ziway

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
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Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.