60 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

60 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia sightseeing planner

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Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
Fly
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gonder
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 3 nights
Fly
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Axum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hawzen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mek'ele
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Afar Region
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dek Island
— 3 nights
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Konso
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jinka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arba Minch
— 3 nights
Drive to Awasa, Fly to Goba
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Goba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bale Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Harar
— 2 nights
Fly
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Debre Libanos
— 2 nights
Drive to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Fly to Charlotte

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Menagesha Suba Forest Park and Bale Mountains National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Adadi Maryam and Medhane Alem Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Addis Ababa to Tiya to see Tiya World Heritage Site about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, browse the exhibits of Ethnological Museum, and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa itinerary app.

Charlotte, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Addis Ababa, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 29:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of Debre Sina Maryam and Ura Kidane Mihret. Get outdoors at Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, appreciate the history behind Amhara People's Martyrs' Memorial Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and make a trip to CHE CHE Ido.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bahir Dar online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Addis Ababa in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bahir Dar: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 17°C at night. You will leave for Gonder on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

Gonder

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Kuskuam Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Falasha Village and Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi.

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Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Lalibela on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Lalibela

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Abune Yosef and Climbing Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Yemrehana Krestos Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Axum

— 4 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Chapel of the Tablet. Popular historic sites such as King Ezana's Inscription and Queen of Sheba Palace are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Axum to Adigrat to see Monastery of Debre Damo about 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, and steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Axum trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Hawzen.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

Hawzen

— 3 nights
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Hawzen is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawzen trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Axum to Hawzen by car takes about 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will leave for Mek'ele on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Mek'ele

— 3 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Get some historical perspective at Wukro Chirkos Church and Abraha Atsbeha. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Assale and Emperor Yohannes IV Palace. Take a break from Mek'ele with a short trip to Wukro Museum in Wukro, about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock and appreciate the history behind Martyr's Memorial Monument.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mek'ele tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Hawzen to Mek'ele takes 2 hours. In May in Mek'ele, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to Afar Region.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Afar Region

— 2 nights
Afar Region is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Dalol.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Afar Region trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mek'ele to Afar Region takes 3 hours. You will leave for Dek Island on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Afar Region

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Dek Island

— 3 nights
Dek Island is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Narga Selassie.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dek Island planning tool.

You can fly from Afar Region to Dek Island in 8 hours. In May, daytime highs in Dek Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Konso.

Things to do in Dek Island

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Konso

— 2 nights
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Konso Cultural Centre and El Sod.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Konso day trip planner.

You can fly from Dek Island to Konso in 5.5 hours. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Konso

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Jinka

— 4 nights
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mago National Park and Jinka Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jinka day trip app.

You can drive from Konso to Jinka in 3 hours. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:

Arba Minch

— 3 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Chamo Lake and Nechisar National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Arba Minch trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jinka to Arba Minch in 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Arba Minch can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Goba.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Goba

— 2 nights
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. Goba is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Bale Mountains.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Goba tour site.

Do a combination of car and flight from Arba Minch to Goba in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. You will leave for Bale Mountains National Park on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Goba

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Bale Mountains National Park

— 3 nights
Bale Mountains National Park is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Sof Omar Cave.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Bale Mountains National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Goba to Bale Mountains National Park. You'll set off for Harar on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Bale Mountains National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Harar

— 2 nights
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa Museo di Rimbaud and Din Agobara Mosque. Step off the beaten path and head to Harar Museum and Juma Mosque. The adventure continues: make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Harar trip maker website.

Fly from Bale Mountains National Park to Harar in 5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Harar are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for Debre Libanos on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Harar

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

Debre Libanos

— 2 nights
Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia, lying northwest of Addis Ababa in the Semien Shewa Zone of the Oromia Region. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Debre Libanos Monastery and then snap pictures at Portuguese Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Debre Libanos route planning tool.

You can fly from Harar to Debre Libanos in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Harar in June: highs in Debre Libanos hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Debre Libanos

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
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.