30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia journey planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Addis Ababa
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Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
Fly
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jinka
— 1 night
Fly
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 4 nights
Fly
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Axum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Fly

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Addis Ababa

— 9 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.
Spend the 5th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 10th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa planning app.

Exeter, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Exeter to Addis Ababa. In September, daytime highs in Addis Ababa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 10:

Arba Minch

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Nechisar National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): stop by Dorze Village.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Arba Minch trip planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, Arba Minch is somewhat warmer than Addis Ababa - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jinka trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Arba Minch to Jinka takes 4 hours. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
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Bahir Dar

— 4 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.
Bahir Dar is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, and admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bahir Dar online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Jinka to Bahir Dar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

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 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gonder tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In September in Gonder, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, don't miss a visit to Yemrehana Krestos Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and steep yourself in history at Church of St. George.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lalibela trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Axum

— 3 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and contemplate the long history of Queen of Sheba's Bath.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Axum online trip builder.

Fly from Lalibela to Axum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hawzen.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Hawzen

— 1 night
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hawzen online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Axum to Hawzen takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hawzen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Mek'ele

— 2 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. On the 28th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument and then get a dose of the wild on Dallol Ethiopia Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mek'ele tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hawzen to Mek'ele in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mek'ele can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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.