22 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

22 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Axum
— 5 nights
Fly
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Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Jinka
— 1 night
Fly
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Addis Ababa
— 6 nights
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Axum

— 5 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. You've now added Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Monastery of Debre Damo in Adigrat (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and stroll around Ezana Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Axum day trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Axum is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Axum due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Gonder

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Sun), revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, make a trip to Falasha Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gonder online attractions planner.

Getting from Axum to Gonder by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daytime highs in Gonder are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

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.
Bahir Dar is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, and explore the galleries of Lions Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar journey maker app.

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bahir Dar when traveling from Gonder in March, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Church of St. George.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lalibela day trip planner.

Getting from Bahir Dar to Lalibela by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jinka tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Lalibela to Jinka by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Addis Ababa

— 6 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 21st (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Addis Ababa online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Jinka to Addis Ababa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 22:

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.