38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
2
Hawzen
— 1 night
3
Axum
— 4 nights
4
Lalibela
— 5 nights
5
Debark
— 1 night
6
Gonder
— 3 nights
7
Bahir Dar
— 5 nights
8
Jinka
— 1 night
9
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
10
Addis Ababa
— 13 nights

2
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
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 25th (Tue): gain interesting insight with Dallol Ethiopia Tours and then appreciate the history behind Martyr's Memorial Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock and then explore the activities along Lake Assale.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Mek'ele trip builder tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Mek'ele is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Mek'ele, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Mek'ele, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:
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Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Martyr's Memorial Monument ©
Martyr's Memorial Monument

1
night
Hawzen

Hawzen ©
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawzen vacation planning tool.

Drive from Mek'ele to Hawzen in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 27:
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Abuna Yemata Guh church ©
Abuna Yemata Guh church

4
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Go for a jaunt from Axum to Adigrat to see Monastery of Debre Damo about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, make a trip to Ezana Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, and contemplate the long history of Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Axum road trip planner.

You can drive from Hawzen to Axum in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Monastery of Debre Damo
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:
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Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Monastery of Debre Damo
Monastery of Debre Damo
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church

5
nights
Lalibela

Lalibela ©
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, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lalibela trip maker website.

You can fly from Axum to Lalibela in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Debark.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 5:
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehana Krestos Church ©
Yemrehana Krestos Church

1
night
Debark

Debark
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Simien Mountains National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Debark day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Lalibela to Debark takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Debark

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Simien Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

3
nights
Gonder

Gonder ©
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.
Gonder is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Debark to Gonder in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

5
nights
Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar
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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and get in touch with nature with Bona Fide Ethiopia Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

1
night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at Jinka Museum and then head outdoors with Mamaru Ethiopian Tours.

Find out how to plan Jinka trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Jinka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mamaru Ethiopian Tours
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
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Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nechisar National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Chamo Lake and then wander the streets of Dorze Village.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arba Minch travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jinka to Arba Minch takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Arba Minch can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village
Chamo Lake ©
Chamo Lake

13
nights
Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa ©
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 20th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 23rd (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, admire the striking features of The Mausoleum of Menelik II, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa itinerary builder.

Fly from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Arba Minch in September, expect Addis Ababa to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Mount Entoto ©
Mount Entoto
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

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