53 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

53 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia planner

Make it your trip
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Harar
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mek'ele
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive
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Axum
— 7 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 6 nights
Fly
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Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar
— 5 nights
Fly
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Jinka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arba Minch
— 4 nights
Fly to Addis Ababa, Drive to Ziway
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Ziway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Addis Ababa
— 16 nights

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Harar

— 3 nights
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Harar is known for museums and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Harar Jegol Wall, explore the galleries of Harar Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Din Agobara Mosque.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Harar holiday builder.

Addis Ababa to Harar is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Addis Ababa in July, plan for much hotter days in Harar, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Harar

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Mek'ele

— 3 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Step out of Mek'ele to go to Wukro and see Wukro Museum, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours, browse the exhibits of Emperor Yohannes IV Palace, take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock, and appreciate the history behind Martyr's Memorial Monument.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mek'ele trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Harar to Mek'ele in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Harar in July, plan for much colder days in Mek'ele, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Hawzen

— 1 night
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hawzen road trip planner.

Getting from Mek'ele to Hawzen by car takes about 2 hours. In July in Hawzen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Axum

— 7 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. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, steep yourself in history at King Ezana's Inscription, make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Axum journey maker.

Traveling by car from Hawzen to Axum takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 30:

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and make a trip to Yemrehana Krestos Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lalibela trip planner.

Getting from Axum to Lalibela by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 5:

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 8th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

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, browse the exhibits of Church of Debre Sina Maryam, hunt for treasures at Bahir Dar Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery.

Plan my day in Bahir Dar using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Bahir Dar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Jinka.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:

Jinka

— 2 nights
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 14th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Jinka Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jinka attractions planner.

Fly from Bahir Dar to Jinka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Arba Minch

— 4 nights
Take a break from Arba Minch with a short trip to Konso Cultural Centre in Konso, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Nechisar National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arba Minch day trip site.

You can drive from Jinka to Arba Minch in 4 hours. August in Arba Minch sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ziway.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Ziway

— 2 nights
Ziway or Zway is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Tulu Gudo and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ziway.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ziway trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Arba Minch to Ziway takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Ziway

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

Addis Ababa

— 16 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.
Go for a jaunt from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos to see Debre Libanos Monastery about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 24th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 28th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, see Off-Road Tours, stop by Salem's Ethiopia, and steep yourself in history at Adadi Maryam.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip maker website.

You can drive from Ziway to Addis Ababa in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — Sep 6:

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.