21 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

21 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Arba Minch
— 2 nights
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Awasa
— 2 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
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Gonder
— 3 nights
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Lalibela
— 3 nights
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Axum
— 2 nights
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Addis Ababa

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Entoto and Entoto Natural Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, explore the galleries of National Museum of Ethiopia, take a pleasant ride 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 tourist information, read Addis Ababa trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Addis Ababa is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Addis Ababa: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Jinka Museum.

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

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Jinka takes 3.5 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
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
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Arba Minch

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nechisar National Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, 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

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Awasa

— 2 nights
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.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, 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 fly to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Awasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

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.
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 get engrossed in the history at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

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

Fly from Awasa to Bahir Dar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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 · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

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.
Visiting Walking tours and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gonder sightseeing planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Lalibela

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Abune Yosef. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, 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 see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip maker app.

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Axum

— 2 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere 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 steep yourself in history at Queen of Sheba's Bath, and finally delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace.

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

You can fly from Lalibela to Axum in 3 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
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

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.