30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia tour planner

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Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 6 nights
Fly
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Axum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Fly
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Konso
— 1 night
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Debre Libanos Monastery and Medhane Alem Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Holy Trinity Cathedral and Melka Kunture Prehistoric Site. Step out of Addis Ababa to go to Debre Libanos and see Portuguese Bridge, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the long history of Adadi Maryam, view the masterpieces at Asni Gallery, and enjoy unforgettable views with Abyssinia Ballooning.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Addis Ababa. In April in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 10:

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lions Art Gallery and Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Popular historic sites such as Azwa Mariam Monastery and St George Church are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Tana, get outside with Bona Fide Ethiopia Tours, and admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Addis Ababa in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bahir Dar, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuskuam Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then make a trip to Falasha Village, and finally revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gonder itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In April in Gonder, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Lalibela

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Biete Medhane Alem. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehana Krestos Church, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:

Axum

— 3 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Queen of Sheba Palace. Your inner history buff will appreciate Obelisk of Axum and King Ezana's Inscription. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Tablet, walk around Ezana Park, contemplate the long history of King Bazen's Tomb, and delve into the distant past at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Axum route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Mek'ele

— 2 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale and then get outside with Dallol Ethiopia Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock and then examine the collection at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mek'ele online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Axum to Mek'ele in 4.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Mek'ele can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

Arba Minch

— 2 nights
On the 28th (Thu), wander the streets of Dorze Village. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Nechisar National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arba Minch trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Mek'ele to Arba Minch in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mek'ele in April, with highs in Arba Minch at 36°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Konso.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Konso

— 1 night
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. On the 30th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at El Sod and then make a trip to Konso Cultural Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Konso route planner.

You can drive from Arba Minch to Konso in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Konso

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

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.