31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 5 nights
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Lalibela
— 5 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
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Gonder
— 3 nights
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Axum
— 3 nights
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Afar Region
— 2 nights
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
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Hawzen
— 2 nights
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Goba
— 1 night
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Addis Ababa

— 5 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 17th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and browse the exhibits of Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa day trip tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Addis Ababa is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Addis Ababa is much hotter than Ottawa - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 17:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Jinka Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jinka holiday tool.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Jinka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
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Lalibela

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, make a trip to Biete Medhane Alem, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lalibela day trip tool.

You can fly from Jinka to Lalibela in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, and make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Bahir Dar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:

Gonder

— 3 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 29th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Bahir Dar to Gonder by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. November in Gonder sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Axum

— 3 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and contemplate the long history of King Ezana's Inscription.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Axum driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Gonder to Axum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Afar Region.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

Afar Region

— 2 nights
For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Afar Region trip maker tool.

You can fly from Axum to Afar Region in 3 hours. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Mek'ele.
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Mek'ele

— 2 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock and then surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wukro Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mek'ele trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Afar Region to Mek'ele in 3 hours. In December in Mek'ele, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Hawzen

— 2 nights
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Abuna Yemata Guh church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Abraha Atsbeha.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hawzen trip tool.

You can drive from Mek'ele to Hawzen in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hawzen are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Goba.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Goba

— 1 night
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. On the 10th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bale Mountains.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Goba tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hawzen to Goba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goba

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Ethiopia travel guide

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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.