30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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30 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Asni Gallery and Ethnological Museum. Visit Adadi Mariam and Melka Kunture Prehistoric Site for their historical value. Make the 18th (Mon) an awe-inspiring day at Menagesha Suba Forest Park. On the 19th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Medhane Alem Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Meskel Square, look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, and delve into the distant past at Tiya World Heritage Site.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Addis Ababa journey planner.

Manchester, UK to Addis Ababa is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Addis Ababa is 3 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in November: highs in Addis Ababa hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tiya World Heritage Site
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Food Tours
Adadi Mariam ©
Adadi Mariam
Medhane Alem Cathedral ©
Medhane Alem Cathedral

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: examine the collection at South Omo Research Centre Museum and explore the striking landscape of Mago National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jinka itinerary planner.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Jinka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You will leave for Goba on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Jinka

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mago National Park
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
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South Omo Research Centre Museum ©
South Omo Research Centre Museum
Mago National Park ©
Mago National Park

1
day
Goba

Goba ©
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bale Mountains.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Goba sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Jinka to Goba takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Harar.

Things to do in Goba

Nature Parks
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Bale Mountains ©
Bale Mountains

1
day
Harar

Harar ©
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Din Agobara Mosque, make a trip to Juma Mosque, then examine the collection at Harar Museum, then examine the collection at Casa Museo di Rimbaud, and finally make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Harar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Goba to Harar takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Harar can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Afar Region.

Things to do in Harar

Museums Historic Sites
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Casa Museo di Rimbaud ©
Casa Museo di Rimbaud
Harar Jegol Wall ©
Harar Jegol Wall
Harar Museum ©
Harar Museum

1
night
Afar Region

Afar Region ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see a world frozen in time at Dalol.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Afar Region trip website .

Fly from Harar to Afar Region in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You will leave for Mek'ele on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Afar Region

Historic Sites
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Dalol ©
Dalol

1
night
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
On the 30th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Assale, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock, and then pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and then contemplate the long history of Abraha Atsbeha.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mek'ele trip itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Afar Region to Mek'ele. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Axum.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
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Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Abraha Atsbeha ©
Abraha Atsbeha

3
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Northern Stelae Field and Arabtu Ensessa Church will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Chapel of the Tablet and Yeha Archaeological Site. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Queen of Sheba Palace, make a trip to King Ezana's inscription, contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, and hunt for treasures at Saturday market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Axum trip app .

Drive from Mek'ele to Axum in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yeha Archaeological Site
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
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Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church
Chapel of the Tablet ©
Chapel of the Tablet

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab and Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tomb of Adam and Abune Yosef. The adventure continues: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Church of St. George.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lalibela journey planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Kuskuam Church. Get some historical perspective at Fasil Ghebbi and Falasha Village. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, and get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gonder trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Gonder are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll set off for Bahir Dar on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Kuskuam Church ©
Kuskuam Church
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Azwa Mariam Monastery and Church of Debre Sina Maryam. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret, admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, and appreciate the history behind Amhara People's Martyrs' Memorial Monument.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bahir Dar day trip planning app .

Getting from Gonder to Bahir Dar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Bahir Dar. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Debre Libanos.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

2
nights
Debre Libanos

Debre Libanos ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Debre Libanos Monastery, steep yourself in history at Debre Libanos, and then take in the views from Portuguese Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Debre Libanos day trip planning site .

Getting from Bahir Dar to Debre Libanos by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. December in Debre Libanos sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for home on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Debre Libanos

Historic Sites
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Debre Libanos ©
Debre Libanos
Debre Libanos Monastery ©
Debre Libanos Monastery

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