50 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

50 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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50 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Addis Ababa
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Jinka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Harar
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Afar Region
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Axum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hawzen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mek'ele
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Gonder
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h
9
Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
10
Addis Ababa
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Arba Minch
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Goba
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
13
Ziway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Awasa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
End: Addis Ababa

2
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 see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jinka sightseeing planning site .

Addis Ababa to Jinka is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Harar.

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

3
nights
Harar

Harar ©
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Harar is known for museums and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Harar Jegol Wall, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo di Rimbaud, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Din Agobara Mosque.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Harar road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Jinka to Harar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 17th (Wed), you're off toAfar Region.

Things to do in Harar

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harar Museum ©
Harar Museum
Harar Jegol Wall ©
Harar Jegol Wall
Casa Museo di Rimbaud ©
Casa Museo di Rimbaud

2
nights
Afar Region

Afar Region
Afar Region is known for nature and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Erta Ale.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Afar Region online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Harar to Afar Region by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. You will leave for Axum on the 20th (Sat).

4
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, nature, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Aksum, steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Church of St. Mary of Zion, and take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Axum trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Afar Region to Axum in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hawzen.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tigray Region
Highlights from your plan
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

2
nights
Hawzen

Hawzen ©
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. On the 25th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hawzen day trip website .

Traveling by car from Axum to Hawzen takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hawzen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for Mek'ele on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Abuna Yemata Guh church ©
Abuna Yemata Guh church

3
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mek'ele: Wukro (Wukro Chirkos Church & Wukro Museum).

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mek'ele trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hawzen to Mek'ele takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wukro
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Wukro Chirkos Church ©
Wukro Chirkos Church

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.
Gonder is known for historic sites, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, and don't miss a visit to Gondar.

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

Traveling by flight from Mek'ele to Gonder takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mek'ele in October since evenings lows in Gonder dip to 17°C. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off toLalibela.

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

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

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.
Bahir Dar is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Tana, get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, and stop by Ura Kidane Mihret.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Bahir Dar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

6
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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, and explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Addis Ababa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Shopping Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

4
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Nechisar National Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Arba Minch online trip planner .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Addis Ababa in November, with highs in Arba Minch at 33°C and lows at 19°C. You'll set off for Goba on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Arba Minch

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

2
nights
Goba

Goba ©
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. Goba is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bale Mountains.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Goba trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Arba Minch to Goba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Ziway on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Goba

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bale Mountains ©
Bale Mountains

2
nights
Ziway

Ziway ©
Ziway or Zway is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia. Go for a jaunt from Ziway to Butajira to see Lake Ara Shetan about 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Lake Ziway and head off the coast to Tulu Gudo.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ziway road trip planning app .

Drive from Goba to Ziway in 5.5 hours. On the 26th (Mon), you're off toAwasa.

Things to do in Ziway

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Ara Shetan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ziway ©
Lake Ziway
Lake Ara Shetan ©
Lake Ara Shetan

4
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.
Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Abidjatta-Shalla National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Fish Market and enjoy some diversion at Hippo watching on Lake Awassa.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Awasa attractions planning site .

You can drive from Ziway to Awasa in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Awasa can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in Awasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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

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