60 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

60 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia trip 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
Fly
10
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.
Medhane Alem Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Tiya World Heritage Site and Adadi Maryam are in your itinerary. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Bale Mountains National Park. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Menagesha Suba Forest Park, explore the galleries of National Museum of Ethiopia, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa journey maker app.

Charlotte, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Addis Ababa is 8 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 11:

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and CHE CHE Ido. Escape the urban bustle at Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret, pause for some photo ops at Amhara People's Martyrs' Memorial Monument, and don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam.

Make your Bahir Dar itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll set off for Gonder on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fasiladas Bath Timket and Debre Berhan Selassie Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Falasha Village and Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuskuam Church.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gonder journey planner.

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. June in Gonder sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll set off for Lalibela on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Biete Medhane Alem. Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Abune Yosef. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Church of St. George, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lalibela travel route planner.

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Axum

— 4 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Queen of Sheba Palace. Get some historical perspective at Chapel of the Tablet and Arabtu Ensessa Church. Take a break from Axum with a short trip to Monastery of Debre Damo in Adigrat, about 2h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at King Ezana's Inscription, explore the ancient world of Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and stroll through Ezana Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Axum online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lalibela to Axum in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

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.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hawzen trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Axum to Hawzen in 4 hours. In June in Hawzen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
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. Wukro Chirkos Church and Abraha Atsbeha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wukro Museum and Martyr's Memorial Monument. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock, and browse the exhibits of Emperor Yohannes IV Palace.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mek'ele visit planner.

You can drive from Hawzen to Mek'ele in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Mek'ele are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You will leave for Afar Region on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:

Afar Region

— 2 nights
Afar Region is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Dalol.

To find out how to plan a trip to Afar Region, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Mek'ele to Afar Region in 3 hours. On the 5th (Mon), you're off to Dek Island.

Things to do in Afar Region

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:
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 traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dek Island day trip tool.

Fly from Afar Region to Dek Island in 8 hours. In July, daytime highs in Dek Island are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You will leave for Konso on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Dek Island

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
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.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Konso trip maker app.

You can fly from Dek Island to Konso in 5.5 hours. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Konso

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Jinka

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

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jinka attractions planning app.

You can drive from Konso to Jinka in 3 hours. You will leave for Arba Minch on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Jinka

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

Arba Minch

— 3 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Nechisar National Park and Chamo Lake.

Before you visit Arba Minch, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Jinka to Arba Minch in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Arba Minch can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Goba.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bale Mountains.

Before you visit Goba, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Arba Minch to Goba takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. You will leave for Bale Mountains National Park on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Goba

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:
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 other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bale Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Goba to Bale Mountains National Park. You'll set off for Harar on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Bale Mountains National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Harar

— 2 nights
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Get a sense of the local culture at Casa Museo di Rimbaud and Harar Jegol Wall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Din Agobara Mosque and Juma Mosque. There's more to do: explore the galleries of Harar Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Harar travel app.

Getting from Bale Mountains National Park to Harar by flight takes about 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Harar are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will leave for Debre Libanos on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Harar

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

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 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Debre Libanos Monastery and then take in the views from Portuguese Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Debre Libanos tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Harar to Debre Libanos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect colder weather when traveling from Harar in July: highs in Debre Libanos hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 29th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Debre Libanos

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

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.