14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

14 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia route planner

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Awasa
— 1 night
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Oromiya Region
— 1 night
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Drive to Adama, Train to Addis Ababa Lebu, Fly to Harar
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Harar
— 2 nights
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Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
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Lalibela
— 2 nights
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Gonder
— 1 night
Fly
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
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Awasa

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Hippo watching on Lake Awassa and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Awasa travel route planner.

Addis Ababa to Awasa is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in September, you will find days in Awasa are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Oromiya Region.

Things to do in Awasa

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Oromiya Region

— 1 night
Surrounding the capital city of Addis Ababa, Oromiya Region encompasses a vast natural beauty with plenty of wildlife tourism potential.
For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Oromiya Region journey site.

Traveling by car from Awasa to Oromiya Region takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and car. You will leave for Harar on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Oromiya Region

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Harar

— 2 nights
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Harar is known for museums and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall, browse the exhibits of Casa Museo di Rimbaud, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Din Agobara Mosque.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Harar trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of car, train, and flight from Oromiya Region to Harar in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. September in Harar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll set off for Addis Ababa on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Harar

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Addis Ababa

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the galleries of Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, explore the galleries of National Museum of Ethiopia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Harar to Addis Ababa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. While traveling from Harar, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Addis Ababa, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Bahir Dar

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Tana.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar travel website.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Lalibela

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, then delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and finally shop like a local with The Fine Art Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lalibela, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Bahir Dar to Lalibela in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Gonder

— 1 night

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 14th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gonder trip builder site.

Drive from Lalibela to Gonder in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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 15th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument, then browse the exhibits of Emperor Yohannes IV Palace, then make a trip to Abraha Atsbeha, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mek'ele trip maker app.

You can fly from Gonder to Mek'ele in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gonder in September, Mek'ele is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. You will leave for home on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

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.