31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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31 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  18​h
1
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Axum
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Jinka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Arba Minch
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Addis Ababa
— 9 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Vienna

2
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and Wukro Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Assale and Gheralta Rock. Take a break from Mek'ele with a short trip to Wukro Chirkos Church in Wukro, about 1h 05 min away.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mek'ele road trip app .

Vienna, Austria to Mek'ele is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vienna in August: highs in Mek'ele hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Axum.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Wukro
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Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Wukro Chirkos Church ©
Wukro Chirkos Church
Wukro Museum ©
Wukro Museum

4
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Northern Stelae Field and Chapel of the Tablet will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Queen of Sheba Palace and Archeological Museum. Step out of Axum with an excursion to Abuna Yemata Guh church in Hawzen--about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Queen of Sheba's Bath, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, and explore the ancient world of The Ruins of Aksum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Axum trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Mek'ele to Axum takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Abuna Yemata Guh church, Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
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Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Chapel of the Tablet ©
Chapel of the Tablet
Queen of Sheba Palace ©
Queen of Sheba Palace

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab. Tomb of Adam and Church of St. George will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Abune Yosef, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem, and trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lalibela holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab ©
Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam

3
nights
Gonder

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Fasiladas Bath Timket. Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Climbing Tours. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, go for a walk through Simien View, and don't miss a visit to Falasha Village.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lions Art Gallery and St George Church. Get some cultural insight at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and Azwa Mariam Monastery. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, look for gifts at Ura Kidane Mihret, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 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

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls

1
night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 19th (Mon), examine the collection at South Omo Research Centre Museum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jinka journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Jinka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or 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
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Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

3
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nechisar National Park and Dorze Village. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Nechisar National Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arba Minch trip itinerary site .

Getting from Jinka to Arba Minch by car takes about 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Arba Minch are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village

9
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.
Get in touch with nature at Menagesha Suba Forest Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum and National Museum of Ethiopia. On the 27th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Spend the 29th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, sample the tasty concoctions at St. George Brewery, see Multi-day Tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip planner .

You can fly from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Arba Minch in August, expect Addis Ababa to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Adadi Maryam ©
Adadi Maryam
Medhane Alem Cathedral
Medhane Alem Cathedral

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