38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Debre Libanos
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
2
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gonder
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Axum
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Mek'ele
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Afar Region
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Harar
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Jinka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Konso
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
Addis Ababa
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Debre Libanos

Debre Libanos ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Debre Libanos Monastery, contemplate the long history of Debre Libanos, and then take in the views from Portuguese Bridge.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Debre Libanos trip itinerary app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Debre Libanos is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Debre Libanos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Debre Libanos. You will leave for Bahir Dar on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Debre Libanos

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery

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 a sense of the local culture at Azwa Mariam Monastery and Church of Debre Sina Maryam. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ura Kidane Mihret and Lions Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, hunt for treasures at Bahir Dar Market, explore the activities along Lake Tana, and appreciate the history behind Amhara People's Martyrs' Memorial Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar trip website .

Getting from Debre Libanos to Bahir Dar by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Debre Libanos, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bahir Dar, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Ura Kidane Mihret
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kuskuam Church and Debre Berhan Selassie Church. Get some cultural insight at Fasil Ghebbi and Falasha Village. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, and revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gonder attractions website .

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In April in Gonder, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Falasha Village ©
Falasha Village
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

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 Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Climbing Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Tomb of Adam and Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef, make a trip to Church of St. George, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lalibela trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to 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 ©
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): make a trip to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, admire all the interesting features of Queen of Sheba's Bath, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Saturday market, then don't miss a visit to King Ezana's inscription, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Church of St. Mary of Zion.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Axum travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Axum

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

3
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wukro Chirkos Church and Wukro Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Gheralta Rock and Lake Assale.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Mek'ele trip planner .

Traveling by car from Axum to Mek'ele takes 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Mek'ele can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Afar Region.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Wukro
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Wukro Chirkos Church ©
Wukro Chirkos Church
Abraha Atsbeha ©
Abraha Atsbeha

3
nights
Afar Region

Afar Region
Start your trip to Afar Region by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mek'ele to Afar Region. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Harar.

2
nights
Harar

Harar ©
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Harar Jegol Wall and Casa Museo di Rimbaud. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Harar Museum and Juma Mosque. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Din Agobara Mosque.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Harar holiday maker app .

Fly from Afar Region to Harar in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. May in Harar sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for Jinka on the 9th (Thu).

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

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: see the interesting displays at South Omo Research Centre Museum and explore the striking landscape of Mago National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jinka route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Harar to Jinka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You will leave for Konso on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Jinka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Konso

Konso ©
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at El Sod and then don't miss a visit to Konso Cultural Centre.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Konso tour itinerary planning app .

Drive from Jinka to Konso in 3 hours. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Konso

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

8
nights
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 some cultural sightseeing at Adadi Mariam and Tiya World Heritage Site. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Medhane Alem Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral. On the 16th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. On the 19th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: stop by Salem's Ethiopia, browse the collection at Alliance Ethio-Francaise Library, appreciate the history behind Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square, and sample the tasty concoctions at St. George Brewery.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Konso to Addis Ababa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Addis Ababa are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tiya World Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam
Medhane Alem Cathedral
Medhane Alem Cathedral

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