29 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

29 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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29 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Jinka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Axum
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Mek'ele
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Osaka

6
nights
Addis Ababa

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Holy Trinity Cathedral and National Museum of Ethiopia. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Menagesha Suba Forest Park will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Entoto Maryam Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Entoto Natural Park.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa travel site .

Osaka, Japan to Addis Ababa is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Osaka to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Osaka, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Addis Ababa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Wildlife Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
On the 17th (Mon), explore the activities along Chamo Lake and then take a stroll through Dorze Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nechisar National Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arba Minch tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Arba Minch: highs are around 36°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village
Chamo Lake ©
Chamo Lake

2
nights
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jinka trip planner .

Getting from Arba Minch to Jinka by car takes about 4 hours. You will leave for Bahir Dar on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Azwa Mariam Monastery and St George Church. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, and get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Jinka to Bahir Dar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Climbing Tours. Visit Fasil Ghebbi and Debre Berhan Selassie Church for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gonder route planner .

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bahir Dar in February since evenings lows in Gonder dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

4
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.
Visit Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Yemrehanna Kristos for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of St. George and Asheton Maryam Monastery. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela vacation planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

4
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Obelisk of Axum and Medhane Alem Adi Kesho. Visit Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion and Arabtu Ensessa Church for their historical value. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Axum travel site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tigray Region
Highlights from your plan
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

3
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Wukro Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wukro Chirkos Church.

Plan my day in Mek'ele using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Axum to Mek'ele in 4.5 hours. March in Mek'ele sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wukro
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Wukro Chirkos Church ©
Wukro Chirkos Church
Wukro Museum ©
Wukro Museum

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