30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
train + subway + bus + Fly:  19​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Konso
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Jinka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Harar
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Afar Region
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Axum
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
9
Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Philadelphia

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 28th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adadi Mariam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medhane Alem Cathedral, take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, and pause for some photo ops at Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder app .

Philadelphia, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Konso.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tiya World Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Horseback Riding Tours
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam

1
night
Konso

Konso ©
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. On the 1st (Fri), explore the striking landscape at El Sod and then don't miss a visit to Konso Cultural Centre.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Konso travel app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Addis Ababa to Konso in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jinka.

Things to do in Konso

Nature Parks

Side Trip

El Sod
Highlights from your plan
El Sod ©
El Sod
Konso Cultural Centre ©
Konso Cultural Centre

2
nights
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at South Omo Research Centre Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Jinka trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Konso to Jinka takes 3 hours. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll travel to Harar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

1
night
Harar

Harar ©
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
On the 4th (Mon), examine the collection at Harar Museum, don't miss a visit to Harar Jegol Wall, then make a trip to Juma Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo di Rimbaud, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Din Agobara Mosque.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Harar journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Jinka to Harar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Afar Region.

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

1
night
Afar Region

Afar Region
To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Afar Region trip planner .

Fly from Harar to Afar Region in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll set off for Mek'ele on the 6th (Wed).

2
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock, and then pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and then contemplate the long history of Abraha Atsbeha.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mek'ele trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Afar Region to Mek'ele with the Route module. In November, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Axum.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Martyr's Memorial Monument ©
Martyr's Memorial Monument

3
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Explore hidden gems such as Northern Stelae Field and King Ezana's inscription. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, and explore and take pictures at Ezana Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Axum trip planner .

Getting from Mek'ele to Axum by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yeha Archaeological Site
Highlights from your plan
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
King Ezana's inscription ©
King Ezana's inscription
Queen of Sheba's Bath ©
Queen of Sheba's Bath

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Biete Medhane Alem. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lalibela trip maker tool .

Getting from Axum to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Abune Yosef ©
Abune Yosef

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Simien View and Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, steep yourself in history at Kuskuam Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder travel route planner.

Getting from Lalibela to Gonder by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daytime highs in Gonder are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Azwa Mariam Monastery and Monastery of Debre Mariam. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Tana, browse the exhibits of Lions Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Ura Kidane Mihret ©
Ura Kidane Mihret

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