36 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

36 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Addis Ababa
— 7 nights
2
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
3
Konso
— 1 night
4
Jinka
— 2 nights
5
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
6
Gonder
— 3 nights
7
Axum
— 3 nights
8
Lalibela
— 4 nights
9
Afar Region
— 1 night
10
Debre Libanos
— 1 night
11
Wukro
— 2 nights
12
Bale Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
13
Harar
— 2 nights

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas & Wellness, Wenchi Crater Lake and Menelik palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Menagesha Suba Forest Park. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Mount Entoto. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adadi Maryam, get to know the fascinating history of Tiya World Heritage Site, see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, and stop by Salem's Ethiopia.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Addis Ababa sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Addis Ababa is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 11 hours. In October, daytime highs in Addis Ababa are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wenchi Crater Lake, Tiya World Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Adadi Maryam ©
Adadi Maryam
Medhane Alem Cathedral ©
Medhane Alem Cathedral

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
On the 10th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nechisar National Park. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Chamo Lake and then take a stroll through Dorze Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Arba Minch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in October: high temperatures in Arba Minch hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Konso.

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

1
night
Konso

Konso ©
Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at El Sod and then don't miss a visit to Konso Cultural Centre.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Konso road trip planner.

You can drive from Arba Minch to Konso in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jinka.

Things to do in Konso

Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. You've now added Omo National Park and River to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Omo National Park and River and then see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Jinka sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Konso to Jinka in 3 hours. You will leave for Bahir Dar on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Jinka

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

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.
You've now added Bahir Dar Market to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lions Art Gallery and Azwa Mariam Monastery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of Debre Sina Maryam and Ura Kidane Mihret. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bahir Dar online holiday planner.

Getting from Jinka to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gonder.

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
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

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.
Simien Mountains National Park has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. Get some historical perspective at Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Falasha Village. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuskuam Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gonder trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October in Gonder, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 20th (Tue), you're off to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yeha Archaeological Site as well as King Bazen's Tomb. Your inner history buff will appreciate Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal. Get some cultural insight at Queen of Sheba Palace and Chapel of the Tablet. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to King Ezana's Inscription, explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and contemplate the long history of Northern Stelae Field.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Axum trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Axum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tigray Region
Highlights from your plan
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho ©
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace
King Ezana's Inscription ©
King Ezana's Inscription

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.
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Church of St. George will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tomb of Adam and Yemrehana Krestos Church. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, contemplate the long history of Biete Medhane Alem, explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Lalibela vacation planner.

You can fly from Axum to Lalibela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Afar Region.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Biete Medhane Alem ©
Biete Medhane Alem
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam

1
night
Afar Region

Afar Region ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dalol, Danakil Depression and Erta Ale. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get impressive views of Erta Ale, take in the dramatic natural features at Dalol, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Danakil Depression.

Plan a trip to Afar Region easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lalibela to Afar Region. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Debre Libanos.

Things to do in Afar Region

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dalol ©
Dalol
Danakil Depression ©
Danakil Depression
Erta Ale ©
Erta Ale

1
night
Debre Libanos

Debre Libanos ©
Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia, lying northwest of Addis Ababa in the Semien Shewa Zone of the Oromia Region. On the 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Debre Libanos Monastery and then take in the views from Portuguese Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Debre Libanos vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Afar Region to Debre Libanos takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wukro.

Things to do in Debre Libanos

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

2
nights
Wukro

Wukro ©
Wukro OverviewWukro town, center of the 'Kilte awlaelo' district is a beautiful town just 45 km north of Mekelle, capital of Tigray in Ethiopia.Wukro is one of the famous towns in Tigray.The rock-hewn churches around Wukro are the town's most distinctive landmarks; in the early 20th century the town's name was changed from "Dongolo" (Ge'ez: ዶንጎሎ) to the Tigrigna word for a structure carved from the living rock, Wukro.Local industry includes Sheba Tannery, which is capable of processing 6,000 hides a day. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abuna Yemata Guh church, Gheralta Rock and Abraha Atsbeha. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock, thenget engrossed in the history at Wukro Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abraha Atsbeha.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wukro sightseeing tool.

Fly from Debre Libanos to Wukro in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. October in Wukro sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bale Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Wukro

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gheralta Rock, Abuna Yemata Guh church, Abraha Atsbeha
Highlights from your plan
Wukro Chirkos Church ©
Wukro Chirkos Church
Abuna Yemata Guh church ©
Abuna Yemata Guh church
Abraha Atsbeha ©
Abraha Atsbeha

2
nights
Bale Mountains National Park

Bale Mountains National Park ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bale Mountains as well as Sof Omar Cave. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Bale Mountains and then explore the fascinating underground world of Sof Omar Cave.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bale Mountains National Park itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Wukro to Bale Mountains National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll set off for Harar on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Bale Mountains National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bale Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Sof Omar Cave ©
Sof Omar Cave
Bale Mountains ©
Bale Mountains

2
nights
Harar

Harar ©
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
You've now added Harar Jegol Wall to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Din Agobara Mosque and then make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Harar online vacation planner.

Fly from Bale Mountains National Park to Harar in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Harar sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harar Jegol Wall ©
Harar Jegol Wall

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