31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  28​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 11 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Axum
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lalibela
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bahir Dar
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Jinka
— 3 nights
Fly:  38​h
End: Auckland

11
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum and Asni Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adadi Mariam and Meskel Square. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, and look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa road trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Addis Ababa is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Auckland to Addis Ababa. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Addis Ababa: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Adadi Maryam ©
Adadi Maryam
Medhane Alem Cathedral
Medhane Alem Cathedral

4
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Northern Stelae Field, then explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to King Bazen's Tomb.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Axum trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Axum in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

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

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Highland Eco Trekking Tours Ethiopia. Get a sense of the local culture at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. Popular historic sites such as Tomb of Adam and Yemrehanna Kristos are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Church of St. George.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

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

2
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.
You've now added Simien Mountains National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Simien Mountains National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, and then get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Plan my day in Gonder using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Simien Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Simien Mountains National Park ©
Simien Mountains National Park
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Nile Falls as well as Lake Tana. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar trip site .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

3
nights
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Omo National Park and River.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jinka day trip app .

You can fly from Bahir Dar to Jinka in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 31st (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Jinka

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Omo National Park and River ©
Omo National Park and River

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