30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 8 nights
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
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Konso
— 1 night
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
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Gonder
— 2 nights
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Lalibela
— 6 nights
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Axum
— 3 nights
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
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Afar Region
— 1 night

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Addis Ababa

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.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Ethiopia and Ethnological Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Debre Libanos Monastery and Menagesha Suba Forest Park. Change things up with a short trip to Portuguese Bridge in Debre Libanos (about 1h 55 min away). Spend the 4th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with Abyssinia Ballooning, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Asni Gallery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at St. George Brewery.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa online day trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Addis Ababa. In April, daytime highs in Addis Ababa are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery

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Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): wander the streets of Dorze Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Nechisar National Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Arba Minch driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in April: high temperatures in Arba Minch hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Konso.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village

1
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Konso

Konso ©
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at El Sod and then don't miss a visit to Konso Cultural Centre.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Konso trip planner.

Getting from Arba Minch to Konso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jinka.

Things to do in Konso

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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El Sod ©
El Sod
Konso Cultural Centre ©
Konso Cultural Centre

1
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Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jinka trip planner.

Drive from Konso to Jinka in 3 hours. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lions Art Gallery and Bona Fide Ethiopia Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and St George Church. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Tana and take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar trip maker.

You can fly from Jinka to Bahir Dar in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Bona Fide Ethiopia Tours ©
Bona Fide Ethiopia Tours
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery

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Gonder

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 17th (Mon), see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuskuam Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In April, daytime highs in Gonder are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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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.
Get outdoors at Climbing Tours and Abune Yosef. Explore hidden gems such as Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Ethiopian Landscape Tour. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, make a trip to Yemrehana Krestos Church, browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, and explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab

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Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Step off the beaten path and head to Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Queen of Sheba Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Obelisk of Axum and Northern Stelae Field. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Tablet, make a trip to King Bazen's Tomb, steep yourself in history at King Ezana's Inscription, and explore the ancient world of Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Axum online day trip planner.

You can fly from Lalibela to Axum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho ©
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

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Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. On the 28th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Assale and then surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and then take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Mek'ele journey planner.

You can drive from Axum to Mek'ele in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Afar Region.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace ©
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock

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Afar Region

Afar Region
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Afar Region trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Mek'ele to Afar Region in 4 hours. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sun).

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