28 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

28 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia tour planner

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Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
Drive
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Ziway
— 1 night
Drive to Addis Ababa, Fly to Arba Minch
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Konso
— 1 night
Fly
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Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 5 nights
Fly
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Debre Libanos
— 2 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like Adadi Maryam and Spas & Wellness will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Medhane Alem Cathedral and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 1st (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of National Museum of Ethiopia, stop by Salem's Ethiopia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Asni Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder site.

Boston, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Boston to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boston in July: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 70°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ziway.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ziway

— 1 night
Ziway or Zway is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Ziway.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ziway online vacation planner.

You can drive from Addis Ababa to Ziway in 2.5 hours. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Ziway

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Arba Minch

— 2 nights
On the 6th (Fri), wander the streets of Dorze Village. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Chamo Lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Arba Minch trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Ziway to Arba Minch in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Konso.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Konso

— 1 night
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at El Sod and then don't miss a visit to Konso Cultural Centre.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Konso trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Arba Minch to Konso in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Gonder.

Things to do in Konso

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Gonder

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, and finally shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuskuam Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and then get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gonder online trip maker.

Getting from Konso to Gonder by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of Debre Sina Maryam and Ura Kidane Mihret. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St George Church and Azwa Mariam Monastery. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls, make a trip to CHE CHE Ido, and explore the activities along Lake Tana.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar road trip app.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lalibela

— 5 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.
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Biete Medhane Alem and Climbing Tours. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, make a trip to Church of St. George, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Bahir Dar to Lalibela in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Debre Libanos.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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 20th (Fri): snap pictures at Portuguese Bridge and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Debre Libanos Monastery.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Debre Libanos vacation builder site.

Getting from Lalibela to Debre Libanos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Debre Libanos are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Debre Libanos

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.