Eritrean Taste 4 days

1° day – Friday

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 Saturday

ASMARA – MASSAWA

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

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.

Along the way you will meet the towns of Nefasit, Embatcalla, Ghinda, Dongollo Alto and lastly Dongollo Basso famous for its mineral waters.

In those two 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).

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

3° day – Sunday

MASSAWA –ASMARA

In the afternoon return to Asmara.

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 dimensions 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

4° day – Monday
ASMARA – DEPARTURE

This is a free day dedicated to visit Asmara on your own.

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. 

At a suitable time for 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 385
Departure: every friday from  Asmara
Accomodation: B&B in Asmara, full board, overnight in igloo tent with camp beds in Dahlak islands
Minimum 4 maximum 10 guests

Price include:

  • Two nights in Asmara, B&B accomodation, Albergo Italia or similar.
  • One night 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
  • 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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