19 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

19 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ethiopia trip itinerary planner

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Addis Ababa
— 6 nights
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Jinka
— 1 night
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Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
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Gonder
— 2 nights
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Lalibela
— 4 nights
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Axum
— 2 nights
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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 8th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, stop by Salem's Ethiopia, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa journey maker tool.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Jeddah in February, things will get slightly colder in Addis Ababa: highs are around 28°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jinka.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:

Jinka

— 1 night
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum.

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Getting from Addis Ababa to Jinka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:
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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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, and don't miss a visit to Monastery of Debre Mariam.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jinka to Bahir Dar takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Bahir Dar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, then 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 18th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gonder tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gonder when traveling from Bahir Dar in February, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

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: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church.

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

You can fly from Gonder to Lalibela in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:

Axum

— 2 nights
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 23rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Axum trip app.

You can fly from Lalibela to Axum in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

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.