A fantastic insight to this little visited corner of Africa, this tour allows you to discover the highlights of the country.
We start and end with the charming capital Asmara, at 2,300m pleasant at any time of the year. You will have plenty of time to check out some of the Italian style cafes and bars before we head north to Keren, famous for its Monday camel market. Next we travel towards the Red Sea Coast and the city of Massawa, a place with an engaging, exotic character and a delight to explore. Returning to the capital, we make an excursion to the interesting town of Decamhere and also the historical site of Quohaito.
A great trip through a truly exciting part of Africa.
Day 1 - Asmara
Arrive in Asmara and transfer from the airport to your hotel. Overnight Sunshine Hotel or similar.
Day 2 – Asmara
Explore beautiful Asmara on a city tour to see many examples of Art Deco architecture dating from the Italian period, and enjoy the perfect year round climate by taking a cappuccino at one of the many outdoor cafes. Overnight Sunshine Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 3 - Keren
Today we leave the capital and head north through the highlands past steep terraces of coffee and orange groves to Keren, set on a plateau at 1392m surrounded by dusty ochre mountains. One of the country's most attractive towns, Keren is also the heart of Eritrea's agricultural community. Visits include Keren’s popular markets, including one for livestock and camels, which attracts traders from a wide area. Overnight Sarina Hotel or similar. (BL)
Day 4 - Keren
Today we will continue with tour of Keren focusing on the historical and architectural areas of the town. We will visit Mariam Da’arit a statue of Mary inside a baobab tree, The British and Italian cemeteries from Second World War and the architectural buildings that shows the creativity and beauty of the Italian era. Overnight Sarina hotel or similar (B)
Day 5 – Massawa
We continue from Keren to the Red Sea Coast and the city of Massawa. Our leisurely drive will take us through Filfil, home to Eritrea’s last remnant of tropical forest. It forms part of the Semenawai Bahri or ‘Green Belt’ area and, amid the arid starkness of the surrounding landscape, rises up oasis-like before you, cool, lush and verdant. It is also one of the best places in the country to see birds and mammals. There is a good chance of spotting vervet monkeys and hamadryas baboons. Overnight Grand Dahlak Hotel or similar. (BL)
Day 6 – Massaw /Excursion to Adulis and the Gulf of Zula
Visit the ancient port of Adulis- one of the ancient ports once numbering among the greatest ports of the ancient world with links to the Roman, Egyptian and Greek Empires. From there continue to the Gulf of Zula - a deep cleft in Eritrea's coastline which is the birthplace of the Great Rift Valley on the African continent. Return to Massawa at noon. Spend the rest of the day exploring Massawa. Stroll among the many white Turkish, Egyptian and Italian buildings and through the maze of narrow alleyways to soak up the atmosphere and maybe sample some of the mouth-watering seafood available. Overnight Grand Dahlak Hotel or similar. (BL)
Day 7 – Asmara
Return to Asmara, with more time to explore the capital upon arrival. Overnight Sunshine Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 8 –Decamhare to Adikeyih
Travel to Decamhare, a charming town once called secondo Roma (Second Rome) designed to be the transport hub of the Italian Empire in the Horn of Africa. It was once a favourite settlement of the Italians and contains some good examples of old colonial architecture. The town was built by the Italians, planned to be the industrial capital of Eritrea. It was a favourite settlement of the Italians by all account and was a beautiful town. Then continue to Adikeyih passing by the beautiful sycamore valley and stay overnight there. Overnight Central hotel or similar. (BL)
Day 9 – Adikeyih – Qohaito
Quohaito is the archaeological and historical site located about 20km from Adikeyih. It is 2600 meters above sea level and 121Km south of Asmara. As legends say, it was built during the time of Queen Sheba, approximately 750BC. The historical relics include an engraved stele 4-5 meters high and buildings of Axumite period and many cave writing and tombs. After seeing all these and the canyons we will be back to Asmara. Overnight Sunshine hotel. (B)
Day 10 – Asmara
Free time to explore further until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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