Eritrea Relax 9 days

1° day

ASMARA

At your arrival at the Asmara International Airport, after processing custom formalities you will be transferred at your hotel.

The day will continue with the discovery of Asmara. A guided tour will lead you to the most interesting and unusual places that Asmara, UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers. From October to March Asmara is an explosion of jacarande, ibiscus and cascades of buganville. The beauty of Asmara is not finished here …………. you’ll realize it in person.

Overnight in Asmara Albergo Italia or similar

Bed & Breakfast

2° day

ASMARA

Today will start with the discovery of Asmara. A guided tour will lead you to the most interesting and unusual places that Asmara, UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer.

Located on a highland plateau at the centre of Eritrea, Asmara, a Modernist city of Africa is the capital of the country and is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a colonial planned city, which resulted from the subsequent phases of planning between 1893 and 1941, under the Italian colonial occupation.

Overnight in Asmara Albergo Italia or similar

Bed & Breakfast

3° – 6° day

ASMARA – MASSAWA

Departure to Massawa, in just 100 km the road, that from Asmara brings to the beach of Massawa, descend to 2450 metres.

Several stops on the way on point of interest. Will see Nefasit, Ghinda, Dogali and will reach Massawa in the afternoon.
In those four days you are free to organize yourself, visiting the city, going to Gurgusum Beach or Green island beach or you can go further for a day excursion to Madote or Dissei, the nearest islands to Massawa. (all those excursions are optional, not included in your program, and must be paid locally).

We will use the classic one: the “Road of the Italians”, because the Italians owe the credit in the modernization starting from 1936, of the main road artery of the town, which was a masterpiece of civil engineering. It is not the only one, all it takes is thinking about the railway that still runs, in several places, parallel to the road, and the cableway built for the transport of goods from the port of Massawa to Asmara, the largest ever created in the world, unfortunately dismantled by English Army. The road climbed from 1,220 meters in Keren to 2,356 in Asmara and then down, in just 115 kilometers, to the harbor city of Massawa.

Finally, we arrive in sight of the sea! The two attractive islands that make up Massawa are called Taulud and Massawa, and both are connected to the mainland by earthworks that act as bridges.
Overnight in Massawa, Grand Dahlak Hotel or similar.
Overnight only

7° day

MASSAWA –ASMARA

In the afternoon, transfer to Asmara. Leisure time for a walk to discover Asmara by night, maybe sitting in a bar, enjoying an excellent coffee and the quiet and cheerful coming and going of young people and tourists.

The bars of Asmara are part of the history of the bright African city, from the early twentieth century to today, some unaltered in a time that seems suspended. On the main avenue, Harnet Street, the most popular bars, such as the historic bar Empire, have outdoor tables, sit down, drink coffee, “espresso”, tea or the excellent cappuccino, you can taste the brioche or pastries, and you watch the passing people. In what was once the avenue of the Queen, another historic bar, the bar Vittoria, still has the old mirrors, the old counter and the bottles with vintage labels, a fifties bar also frequented by the few and astonished travelers who they pass through Asmara.

Overnight in Asmara, Albergo Italia or similar

Bed & Breakfast

8° day
ASMARA

This is the last day and will be dedicated to Asmara. It is a free day that you will organize as you wish.

Located on a highland plateau at the centre of Eritrea, Asmara, a Modernist city of Africa is the capital of the country and is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a colonial planned city, which resulted from the subsequent phases of planning between 1893 and 1941, under the Italian colonial occupation.
Asmara’s urban character and strong urban form exhibits a human dimension in the relationship between buildings, streets, open spaces, and related activities adapted to the local conditions, which embodies both colonial and post-colonial African life, with its public spaces, mixed-use fabric and place-based material culture. These spaces and use patterns also bear witness to interchange and cultural assimilation of successive encounters with different cultures as well as to the role played by Asmara in building a collective identity that was later instrumental in motivating early efforts for its preservation. 

Overnight in Asmara, Albergo Italia or similar

Bed & Breakfast

9° day
ASMARA – DEPARTURE

A free leasure time before your departure.

This is the last day and will be dedicated to Asmara. It is a free day that you will organize as you wish.

At a suitable time with your flight,you will be transferred to the airport.

Highlights:

* Asmara, the city that boasts one of the world’s finest collections of early 20th-century architecture – with UNESCO awarding it World Heritage Site status.

* Sturdy and tenacious, like Eritreans themselves, Massawa City has survived throughout the centuries, this old port city preserves an ensemble of wonderful Ottoman architecture and gorgeous colonial building.

Price per person: USD 595
Individual departure
Accomodation: as per program
Minimum 4 guests

Price include:

  • Four nights in Asmara, B&B accomodation, Albergo Italia or similar.
  • Four nights in Massawa, Grand Dahlak Hotel or similar,  overnight only.
  • Private transfer from Asmara to Massawa and return
  • Welcome at arrival and farewell at departure
  • Guided tour of Asmara.
  • Local taxes, tourist permits, entrance fees and Dahlak tax

Price do not include:

  • Entry visa
  • Meals and drinks in Asmara and Massawa
  • Breakfast in Massawa
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance: is a MUST to have a comprehensive travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, medical, emergency travel and assistance, as this is compulsory on all our trips. Personal expenses
  • All what is not included in the “Price include”
Our first goal is to organize a journey that can satisfy all your wishes. Do not hesitate then to ask any information you feel useful, and explain all the details that you consider important so that your journey really remains in your memory as one of the most beautiful experiences in your life.

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