38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

38 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive
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Axum
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lalibela
— 5 nights
Fly to Gonder, Drive to Debark
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Debark
— 1 night
Drive
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Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar
— 5 nights
Fly
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Jinka
— 1 night
Drive
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 13 nights
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Mek'ele

— 2 nights
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 5th (Tue): gain interesting insight with Dallol Ethiopia Tours and then pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock and then explore the activities along Lake Assale.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Mek'ele journey maker website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Mek'ele is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Mek'ele, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in January: highs in Mek'ele hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Hawzen

— 1 night
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hawzen trip planner.

You can drive from Mek'ele to Hawzen in 2 hours. January in Hawzen sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
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Axum

— 4 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Change things up with a short trip to Monastery of Debre Damo in Adigrat (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of the Tablet.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Axum day trip website.

Getting from Hawzen to Axum by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Lalibela

— 5 nights
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, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Church of St. George, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam, push the limits with Lalibela Eco Trekking Tours, and steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela day trip planner.

Getting from Axum to Lalibela by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Debark.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Debark

— 1 night
On the 17th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Simien Mountains National Park.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Debark online visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Lalibela to Debark in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Debark

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Gonder

— 3 nights

Camelot of Africa

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.
On the 19th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gonder attractions planner.

You can drive from Debark to Gonder in 2 hours. January in Gonder sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Bahir Dar

— 5 nights
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Tana, take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam, take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, and view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bahir Dar, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Jinka.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

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Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the galleries of Jinka Museum and then hit the best photo ops around with Mamaru Ethiopian Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jinka day trip site.

You can fly from Bahir Dar to Jinka in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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Arba Minch

— 2 nights
On the 27th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nechisar National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Chamo Lake and then wander the streets of Dorze Village.

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Getting from Jinka to Arba Minch by car takes about 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Arba Minch are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
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Addis Ababa

— 13 nights

City of Humans

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.
Spend the 31st (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. On the 3rd (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, browse the exhibits of Ethnological Museum, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa day trip planning app.

You can fly from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Arba Minch in January, expect Addis Ababa to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Ethiopia travel guide

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Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.