36 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

36 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
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Gonder
— 3 nights
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Debark
— 2 nights
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Lalibela
— 6 nights
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Axum
— 4 nights
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights

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9
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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 inner history buff will appreciate Debre Libanos Monastery and Adadi Maryam. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Ethiopia and Asni Gallery. When in Addis Ababa, make a side trip to see Portuguese Bridge in Debre Libanos, approximately Debre Libanos away. Spend the 22nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, stroll through Menagesha Suba Forest Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to East Africa Time is 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Addis Ababa reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Debre Libanos
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery
Adadi Maryam ©
Adadi Maryam

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
On the 30th (Wed), take a stroll through Dorze Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nechisar National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Arba Minch road trip planning site.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in September, expect Arba Minch to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

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

1
night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 2nd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Jinka holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Arba Minch to Jinka in 4 hours. On the 2nd (Fri), 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

4
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 some historical perspective at Azwa Mariam Monastery and St George Church. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam, stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip maker.

You can fly from Jinka to Bahir Dar in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Highlights from your plan
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls

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.
Visit Fasil Ghebbi and Kuskuam Church for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, and get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gonder road trip website.

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daytime highs in Gonder are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Debark.

Things to do in Gonder

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

2
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Debark

Debark ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Simien Mountain Guides. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Simien Mountains National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Debark itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Debark takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Debark

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Simien Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Simien Mountain Guides ©
Simien Mountain Guides

6
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Ethiopian Landscape Tour. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Biete Medhane Alem. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef, delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela route planning site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Debark to Lalibela in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

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

4
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Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Explore hidden gems such as Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and King Ezana's Inscription. Get a sense of the local culture at Chapel of the Tablet and Obelisk of Axum. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Queen of Sheba's Bath, make a trip to King Bazen's Tomb, explore the ancient world of Yeha Archaeological Site, and pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Axum trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Lalibela to Axum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time 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
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho ©
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

2
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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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale and then surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours. On the next day, examine the collection at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock.

Start your trip to Mek'ele by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Axum to Mek'ele in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · 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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