36 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

36 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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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
— 3 nights
Drive
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Debark
— 2 nights
Drive to Gonder, Fly to Lalibela
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Lalibela
— 6 nights
Fly
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Axum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Debre Libanos Monastery and Adadi Maryam. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Ethiopia and Ethnological Museum. When in Addis Ababa, make a side trip to see Portuguese Bridge in Debre Libanos, approximately Debre Libanos away. Spend the 22nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, and see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa online tour itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Addis Ababa at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 29:

Arba Minch

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Wed), take a stroll through Dorze Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nechisar National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Arba Minch road trip planning site.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in September, expect Arba Minch to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 2nd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Jinka holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Arba Minch to Jinka in 4 hours. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Azwa Mariam Monastery and St George Church. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam, stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip maker.

You can fly from Jinka to Bahir Dar in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

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.
Visit Fasil Ghebbi and Falasha Village for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Kuskuam Church. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

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You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In October in Gonder, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Debark.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Debark

— 2 nights
Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Simien Mountains National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Debark trip website.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Debark takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Debark

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Abune Yosef. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Tomb of Adam. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Ethiopian Landscape Tour, and don't miss a visit to Church of St. George.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela route planning site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Debark to Lalibela in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

Axum

— 4 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Explore hidden gems such as Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Queen of Sheba's Bath. Get a sense of the local culture at Chapel of the Tablet and Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to King Ezana's Inscription, steep yourself in history at King Bazen's Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, and delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace.

Before you visit Axum, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:

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 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale and then surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours. On the next day, examine the collection at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock.

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You can drive from Axum to Mek'ele in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

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.