22 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

22 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Jinka
— 1 night
Drive
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Drive to Awasa, Fly to Goba
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Goba
— 1 night
Fly
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Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive
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Axum
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
Fly

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Addis Ababa

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 19th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medhane Alem Cathedral, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jeddah in January: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 27°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

1
night
Jinka

Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Jinka trip builder site.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Jinka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your trip

2
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Arba Minch

Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): wander the streets of Dorze Village. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Chamo Lake.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Arba Minch trip website.

You can drive from Jinka to Arba Minch in 4 hours. In January in Arba Minch, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Goba.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

1
night
Goba

Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. On the 23rd (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Bale Mountains.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Goba trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Arba Minch to Goba takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hawzen.

Things to do in Goba

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Hawzen

Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hawzen driving holiday app.

Fly from Goba to Hawzen in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Hawzen, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

2
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Axum

Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, and finally steep yourself in history at King Ezana's Inscription. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum, then make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, then stroll around Ezana Park, and finally contemplate the long history of King Bazen's Tomb.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Axum trip planner.

You can drive from Hawzen to Axum in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

4
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Lalibela

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehana Krestos Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

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Traveling by flight from Axum to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

2
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Gonder

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 31st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally make a trip to Falasha Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip maker tool.

You can fly from Lalibela to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Bahir Dar

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, and pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bahir Dar day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Bahir Dar, with lows around 14°C. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty 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.