38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive
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Axum
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 5 nights
Fly to Gonder, Drive to Debark
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Debark
— 1 night
Drive
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Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar
— 5 nights
Fly
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Jinka
— 1 night
Drive
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 13 nights
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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 7th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Dallol Ethiopia Tours and then pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mek'ele trip builder app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Mek'ele is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Mek'ele. When traveling from Tel Aviv in August, plan for slightly colder days in Mek'ele, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Hawzen

— 1 night
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hawzen itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mek'ele to Hawzen in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Axum

— 4 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Change things up with a short trip to Monastery of Debre Damo in Adigrat (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, contemplate the long history of Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Axum online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hawzen to Axum takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehana Krestos Church, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Ethiopian Landscape Tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Lalibela itinerary planner.

You can fly from Axum to Lalibela in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Debark.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Debark

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Simien Mountains National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Debark holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Lalibela to Debark in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Debark

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

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.
Gonder is known for historic sites and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuskuam Church, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder online road trip planner.

Getting from Debark to Gonder by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Bahir Dar

— 5 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: explore the activities along Lake Tana, make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam, stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, and admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bahir Dar trip tool.

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum and then hit the best photo ops around with Mamaru Ethiopian Tours.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Jinka day trip site.

Getting from Bahir Dar to Jinka by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Arba Minch

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nechisar National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Chamo Lake and then take a stroll through Dorze Village.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Arba Minch trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jinka to Arba Minch takes 4 hours. August in Arba Minch sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Addis Ababa

— 13 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 2nd (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 5th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, steep yourself in history at Adadi Maryam, examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Addis Ababa day trip planning app.

Getting from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Arba Minch in August, with highs in Addis Ababa at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 12:

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.