60 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

60 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia trip planner

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Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
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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
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Adadi Maryam and Holy Trinity Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bole Medhane Alem Cathedral and Menagesha Suba Forest Park. Change things up with a short trip to Tiya World Heritage Site in Tiya (about 2 hours away). Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Bale Mountains National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, browse the exhibits of Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Asni Gallery, and admire the striking features of The Mausoleum of Menelik II.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Addis Ababa trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Charlotte to Addis Ababa. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in December; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 20:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of Debre Sina Maryam and Ura Kidane Mihret. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market, and pause for some photo ops at Amhara People's Martyrs' Memorial Monument.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You will leave for Gonder on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

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.
Visit Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Falasha Village for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kuskuam Church and Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gonder trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In December, daytime highs in Gonder are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Abune Yosef and Climbing Tours. Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Biete Medhane Alem will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, get a taste of the local shopping with The Fine Art Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip builder website.

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Axum

— 4 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and King Ezana's Inscription. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal and Obelisk of Axum. Step out of Axum to go to Adigrat and see Monastery of Debre Damo, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, contemplate the long history of Queen of Sheba's Bath, take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum, and make a trip to King Bazen's Tomb.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Axum online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

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 find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hawzen online travel route planner.

Getting from Axum to Hawzen by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Mek'ele on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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 in touch with nature at Lake Assale and Gheralta Rock. Get a sense of the local culture at Wukro Chirkos Church and Abraha Atsbeha. Go for a jaunt from Mek'ele to Wukro to see Wukro Museum about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the galleries of Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and appreciate the history behind Martyr's Memorial Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mek'ele itinerary planner.

Getting from Hawzen to Mek'ele by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mek'ele are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Afar Region.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Afar Region trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Mek'ele to Afar Region in 3 hours. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Dek Island.

Things to do in Afar Region

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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 find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dek Island travel route site.

Getting from Afar Region to Dek Island by flight takes about 8 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Konso.

Things to do in Dek Island

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Konso

— 2 nights
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Konso Cultural Centre and El Sod.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Konso day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dek Island to Konso takes 5.5 hours. You will leave for Jinka on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Konso

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Jinka

— 4 nights
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mago National Park and Jinka Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jinka trip maker tool.

Drive from Konso to Jinka in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Arba Minch on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Jinka

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Arba Minch

— 3 nights
Get outdoors at Nechisar National Park and Chamo Lake.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Arba Minch online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Jinka to Arba Minch by car takes about 4 hours. January in Arba Minch sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Goba.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

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.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Goba trip itinerary site.

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. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Bale Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Goba

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
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.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bale Mountains National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Goba to Bale Mountains National Park. On the 1st (Tue), you're off to Harar.

Things to do in Bale Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your trip

Harar

— 2 nights
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Casa Museo di Rimbaud and Harar Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Din Agobara Mosque and Juma Mosque. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall.

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Traveling by flight from Bale Mountains National Park to Harar takes 5 hours. In February in Harar, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll set off for Debre Libanos on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Harar

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Debre Libanos Monastery and then take in the views from Portuguese Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Debre Libanos travel route planner.

Fly from Harar to Debre Libanos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Harar in February, with highs in Debre Libanos at 28°C and lows at 13°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Debre Libanos

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 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.