27 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

27 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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27 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Jinka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Bahir Dar
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Axum
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Awasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Yabelo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Jimma
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Ambo
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Harar
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Brussels

3
nights
Addis Ababa

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.
Get in touch with nature at Menagesha Suba Forest Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Adadi Mariam and Medhane Alem Cathedral. On the 5th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at St. George Brewery, stop by Salem's Ethiopia, and explore the galleries of Asni Gallery.

Discover how to plan a Addis Ababa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Addis Ababa is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brussels to Addis Ababa. July in Addis Ababa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam
Medhane Alem Cathedral
Medhane Alem Cathedral

1
night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at South Omo Research Centre Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jinka online itinerary planner .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Jinka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

1
night
Bahir Dar

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.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, hunt for treasures at Bahir Dar Market, pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bahir Dar online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Jinka to Bahir Dar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. July in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bahir Dar Market ©
Bahir Dar Market
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

3
nights
Gonder

Gonder ©
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.
Visiting Walking tours and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kuskuam Church and Falasha Village. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gonder trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Bahir Dar to Gonder by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Falasha Village ©
Falasha Village
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

3
nights
Lalibela

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Asheton Maryam Monastery. Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Abune Yosef. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, make a trip to Church of St. George, and take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, delve into the distant past at Tekle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Church of St. Mary of Zion, then take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum, and finally make a trip to Ezana Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Axum tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Chapel of the Tablet ©
Chapel of the Tablet
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

2
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
On the 16th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Martyr's Memorial Monument, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock, and then explore the activities along Lake Assale.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mek'ele day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Axum to Mek'ele takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Awasa.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace ©
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock

2
nights
Awasa

Awasa ©
Although Awasa doesn't offer much in the way of traditional sightseeing, the fact that it lies on the shores of the lake bearing the same name allows it to be a destination for those seeking a natural setting.
To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Awasa trip planner .

Fly from Mek'ele to Awasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yabelo.

Things to do in Awasa

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Abidjatta-Shalla National Park ©
Abidjatta-Shalla National Park
Fish Market ©
Fish Market

2
nights
Yabelo

Yabelo ©
Yabelo is a town in southern Ethiopia. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yabelo trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Awasa to Yabelo takes 4.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Yabelo

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yabelo Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yabelo Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Jimma

Jimma
Jimma, also spelled Jima, is the largest city in south-western Ethiopia. To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Jimma trip maker website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yabelo to Jimma in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will leave for Ambo on the 23rd (Tue).

2
nights
Ambo

Ambo ©
For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ambo online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Jimma to Ambo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Jimma in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ambo: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. You will leave for Harar on the 25th (Thu).

Things to do in Ambo

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wenchi Crater Lake ©
Wenchi Crater Lake

1
night
Harar

Harar ©
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
On the 25th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Din Agobara Mosque and then examine the collection at Casa Museo di Rimbaud.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Harar trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Ambo to Harar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Ambo in July, expect nights in Harar to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are much hotter, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Harar

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo di Rimbaud ©
Casa Museo di Rimbaud
Harar Jegol Wall ©
Harar Jegol Wall
Harar Museum ©
Harar Museum

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