38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia trip planner

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Fly
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Harar
— 1 night
Fly
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Afar Region
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive
5
Axum
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 5 nights
Fly
7
Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar
— 5 nights
Fly
9
Jinka
— 1 night
Drive
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Arba Minch
— 3 nights
Drive to Awasa, Fly to Goba
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Goba
— 1 night
Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 8 nights

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Harar

— 1 night
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Harar Jegol Wall. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Casa Museo di Rimbaud.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Harar trip planner.

Addis Ababa to Harar is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in June: highs in Harar hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Afar Region.

Things to do in Harar

Museums
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 25:

Afar Region

— 2 nights
To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Afar Region travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Harar to Afar Region takes 5 hours. You'll set off for Mek'ele on the 27th (Sun).
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Mek'ele

— 2 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. On the 28th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock and then get a dose of the wild on Dallol Ethiopia Tours. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Wukro Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mek'ele trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Afar Region to Mek'ele takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Mek'ele are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

Hawzen

— 1 night
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hawzen driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Mek'ele to Hawzen in 2 hours. June in Hawzen sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Axum

— 5 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. When in Axum, make a side trip to see Monastery of Debre Damo in Adigrat, approximately Adigrat away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, don't miss a visit to King Ezana's Inscription, and walk around Ezana Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Axum road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hawzen to Axum takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:

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, delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lalibela trip planner.

You can fly from Axum to Lalibela in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:

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 13th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls, get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bahir Dar route planner.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Jinka.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Jinka Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jinka trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Bahir Dar to Jinka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Arba Minch

— 3 nights
Step out of Arba Minch to go to Konso and see Konso Cultural Centre, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Nechisar National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Arba Minch attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jinka to Arba Minch takes 4 hours. In July in Arba Minch, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Goba.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Goba

— 1 night
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bale Mountains.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Goba visit planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Arba Minch to Goba takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Goba

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Addis Ababa

— 8 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 31st (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, and look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Addis Ababa driving holiday planning tool.

Fly from Goba to Addis Ababa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 31:

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.