21 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

21 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Train + Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Jinka
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Awasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Gonder
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Lalibela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 15 min
8
Axum
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Addis Ababa

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Entoto and Entoto Natural Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, trot along with a tour on horseback, and admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Menelik II.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Addis Ababa is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Addis Ababa, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Mount Entoto ©
Mount Entoto
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jinka road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Jinka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
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Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nechisar National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Arba Minch journey maker website.

You can drive from Jinka to Arba Minch in 4 hours. October in Arba Minch sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. You'll set off for Awasa on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Arba Minch

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park

2
nights
Awasa

Awasa ©
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 21st (Mon): hunt for treasures at Fish Market and then stroll through Hippo watching on Lake Awassa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Abidjatta-Shalla National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Awasa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Arba Minch to Awasa in 4 hours. Traveling from Arba Minch in October, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Awasa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Awasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hippo watching on Lake Awassa ©
Hippo watching on Lake Awassa
Abidjatta-Shalla National Park ©
Abidjatta-Shalla National Park
Fish Market ©
Fish Market

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, then stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church, then view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bahir Dar road trip planning site.

Fly from Awasa to Bahir Dar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Walking tours and Climbing Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see the top attractions with Simien View Tour & Travel, get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gonder online holiday builder.

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. October in Gonder sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Walking tours
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Abune Yosef. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, make a trip to Yemrehana Krestos Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Climbing Tours
Abune Yosef ©
Abune Yosef

2
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, contemplate the long history of King Ezana's Inscription, then delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): walk around Ezana Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Tablet, then contemplate the waterfront views at Queen of Sheba's Bath, and finally delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Axum trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Queen of Sheba's Bath ©
Queen of Sheba's Bath
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field

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