31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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Mek'ele
— 2 nights
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Axum
— 4 nights
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Lalibela
— 4 nights
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Gonder
— 3 nights
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Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Arba Minch
— 3 nights
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Addis Ababa
— 9 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. Get outdoors at Lake Assale and Gheralta Rock. Museum-lovers will get to explore Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and Wukro Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Wukro Chirkos Church in Wukro (about 54 minutes away). It doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Martyr's Memorial Monument.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mek'ele tour itinerary planning tool.

Vienna, Austria to Mek'ele is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vienna to Mek'ele due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vienna in August, expect nights in Mek'ele to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Axum.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Axum

— 4 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Visit Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Abuna Yemata Guh church and King Ezana's Inscription. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Tablet, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, walk around Ezana Park, and explore the activities along Queen of Sheba's Bath.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Axum trip maker app.

You can drive from Mek'ele to Axum in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

Lalibela

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Abune Yosef. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, and don't miss a visit to Biete Medhane Alem.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Axum to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

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.
Visit Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Fasiladas Bath Timket for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and make a trip to Falasha Village.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gonder online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Gonder are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

Bahir Dar

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana. Appreciate the collections at Lions Art Gallery and Church of Debre Sina Maryam. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret, pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar online journey builder.

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Bahir Dar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 19th (Mon), examine the collection at Jinka Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Jinka trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Bahir Dar to Jinka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:
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Arba Minch

— 3 nights
Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Nechisar National Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Arba Minch planner.

Getting from Jinka to Arba Minch by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

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.
Let the collections at National Museum of Ethiopia and Asni Gallery capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adadi Maryam and Salem's Ethiopia. Spend the 29th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Menagesha Suba Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Medhane Alem Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Arba Minch in August: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 31:

Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty 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.