37 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

37 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia trip planner

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Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
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Goba
— 2 nights
Fly to Awasa, Drive to Arba Minch
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jinka
— 1 night
Fly
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Harar
— 2 nights
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Afar Region
— 2 nights
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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive
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Axum
— 3 nights
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Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bahir Dar
— 4 nights
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Lalibela
— 5 nights
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Addis Ababa

— 9 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 14th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see Off-Road Tours, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip planning website.

Istanbul, Turkey to Addis Ababa is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in June: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly to Goba.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 16:

Goba

— 2 nights
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Bale Mountains.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Goba holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Goba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Goba

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Arba Minch

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take a stroll through Dorze Village. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nechisar National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Arba Minch trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Goba to Arba Minch in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In June in Arba Minch, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 21st (Mon), browse the exhibits of Jinka Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jinka trip planning app.

Drive from Arba Minch to Jinka in 4 hours. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Harar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

Harar

— 2 nights
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Harar Jegol Wall and then explore the galleries of Harar Museum. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Casa Museo di Rimbaud and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Din Agobara Mosque.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Harar tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Jinka to Harar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Afar Region.

Things to do in Harar

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Afar Region

— 2 nights
To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Afar Region online day trip planner.

Getting from Harar to Afar Region by flight takes about 5 hours. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Mek'ele.
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Mek'ele

— 2 nights
Mek'ele, also transliterated as Makale, Mekelle or Meqele, is the capital city in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wukro Chirkos Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Gheralta Rock and then surround yourself with nature on Dallol Ethiopia Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mek'ele trip planner.

Fly from Afar Region to Mek'ele in 3 hours. In June in Mek'ele, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Hawzen

— 1 night
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hawzen road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Mek'ele to Hawzen takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hawzen can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Axum

— 3 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, steep yourself in history at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Tablet, and don't miss a visit to King Ezana's Inscription.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Axum trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Hawzen to Axum takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

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.
Gonder is known for historic sites and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Axum to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Gonder, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Bahir Dar

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, make a trip to Biete Medhane Alem, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lalibela route app.

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

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.