34 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

34 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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34 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  16​h
1
Mek'ele
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Axum
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Awasa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Arba Minch
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Jinka
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Riyadh

1
night
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument and then take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abraha Atsbeha, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mek'ele tour itinerary website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Mek'ele is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh in July, things will get cooler in Mek'ele: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car 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. Axum is known for historic sites, nature, museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of The Ruins of Aksum, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Saturday market.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Axum trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mek'ele to Axum takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yeha Archaeological Site
Highlights from your plan
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Saturday market ©
Saturday market
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.
Visiting Climbing Tours and Abune Yosef will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehanna Kristos, steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lalibela online attractions 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 30th (Tue) so you can 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
Abune Yosef ©
Abune Yosef
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George

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.
Get outdoors at Walking tours and Climbing Tours. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gonder day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Gonder, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.
Get outdoors at Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana. For shopping fun, head to Lions Art Gallery or Ura Kidane Mihret. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Awasa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Awasa

Awasa ©
Although Awasa doesn't offer much in the way of traditional sightseeing, the fact that it lies on the shores of the lake bearing the same name allows it to be a destination for those seeking a natural setting.
Get in touch with nature at Hippo watching on Lake Awassa and Abidjatta-Shalla National Park. There's more to do: hunt for treasures at Fish Market and tour the pleasant surroundings at Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Awasa tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Awasa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Awasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Hippo watching on Lake Awassa ©
Hippo watching on Lake Awassa
Abidjatta-Shalla National Park ©
Abidjatta-Shalla National Park
Fish Market ©
Fish Market

3
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Step out of the city life by going to Nechisar National Park and Nechisar National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Arba Minch trip maker site .

Getting from Awasa to Arba Minch by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Awasa in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Arba Minch, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park

3
nights
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Jinka is known for nature and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mago National Park and see the interesting displays at South Omo Research Centre Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jinka trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Arba Minch to Jinka in 4 hours. On the 14th (Wed), you're off toAddis Ababa.

Things to do in Jinka

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mago National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mago National Park ©
Mago National Park
Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

9
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.
Do your shopping at Addis Mercato and Lela Gallery. Get outdoors at Entoto Hill and Menagesha Suba Forest Park. On the 19th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Spend the 20th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, stroll through Entoto Natural Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and examine the collection at Ethnological Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa tour itinerary maker app .

Fly from Jinka to Addis Ababa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
Salem's Ethiopia ©
Salem's Ethiopia

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