Unveiling Eritrea: 9-Day Adventure to Must-See Destinations

Overview

Embark on a mesmerizing 9-day adventure in Eritrea, uncovering its must-see destinations. Explore the vibrant streets of Asmara, delve into the historic charm of Massawa, discover the ancient wonders of Kohaito archaeological site, and immerse yourself in the culture of Keren and Adi Quala. A journey that reveals the hidden gems of Eritrea.

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.

* The multi-ethnic Keren with its languid atmosphere boasts a seductive amalgam of architectural elements: mosques, churches and colonial buildings.

* The ancient ruins of Kohaito with its perfectly preserved cave paintings.

* Adi Quala and its beautiful Coptic church, the Shrine of Daàro Khonat where the soldiers died in the battle of Adwa rest and the site from which from which you can admire one of the most beautiful views of Eritrea

* 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.

At a glance

Duration

9 days

Start Date

monthly

Highlights

Asmara, Keren, Kohaito, Adi Quala, Massawa,

Transport

car, minibus

Accomodation

Hotel

Group Size

2-10 persons

Tourist guide

english/italian speaking

Meals

8 days BB

Departure

Scheduled departure, confirmed with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 guests:

2024: 3/2 * 2/3 * 13/4 * 4/5 * 1/6 * 6/7 * 10/8 * 7/9 * 5/10 * 26/10 * 30/11

2025: 11/1 * 8/2 * 8/3 * 5/4

Prices

Please  contact our booking for updated prices.

Day by day itinerary

ASMARA

On the first day of the tour in Asmara, you’ll arrive at the international airport and be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon features a guided exploration of Asmara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing its unique early 20th-century architecture and vibrant colours. Highlights include the Lombard Romanesque-style Santa Maria Cathedral, and the Coptic Church Nda Mariam. You’ll also visit the historic Medeber market and the unique Fiat Tagliero garage. The day concludes with an overnight stay at a local hotel, with breakfast included.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Asmara

ASMARA – TRAIN EXCURSION – KEREN

After breakfast excursion on board the legendary train, pulled by locomotives “Mallet” from Asmara to Nefasit or Arbaroba and back (tour subject to availability and additional local payment).

You will have the rare opportunity to travel along one of the most daring railways in the world, whose construction began in 1897, on board trains that go back to the times of the colonies, still efficient thanks to a “loving” maintenance. We will cover the stretch Asmara-Arbaroba, about 18km one of the most striking and scenic part of the entire route.

You will have the rare opportunity to travel along one of the most daring railways in the world,…

Learn more about colonial train excursion

If the excursion by train will not be available, the morning will continue the guided visit of Asmara.

In the afternoon departure to Keren, (1,392 Mt. high), crossroad between the highland and the lowland and well-known for its silver filigree works, with several stops along the way and arrival in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Keren, Sarina hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Keren

KEREN – ASMARA

Today in Keren there is the cattle market, and therefore a crossroads that attracts all the people of the areas surrounding the city.

Sightseeing tour of the city and its market. Worth-seeing places are: the Italian and British war cemeteries, the mosque and the little Greek church near the market, the governor country-seat, the Romanesque Saint Michael church and the old Fortress (1,460 Mt. high). Last but not least, a visit to “Mariam Dearit” (Our Lady of Baobab), a chapel built inside the tree itself.

Visit to the war cemeteries in which Italian soldiers and Askari are buried (the Eritreans who fought alongside the Italian troops) and the British cemetery.

In the afternoon return to Asmara

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Keren

ASMARA – MASSAWA 

The journey to Massawa covers a 100 km descent from Asmara, dropping 2,450 meters to the coast. During your stay, you’ll have time to relax, explore the city independently, visit local markets, and enjoy swimming at Green Island or Gurgusum Beach.

Overnight in Massawa, Grand Dahlak Hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Massawa

 MASSAWA –ASMARA

Morning at leisure, and in the afternoon transfer to Asmara.

Overnight at Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Asmara

ASMARA – KOHAITO – ASMARA

Today you have the option of a leisurely day in Asmara or an optional trip to the archaeological site of Kohaito (This excursion is subject to permit availability and additional local charges).

The Kohaito excursion, accessible by 4×4 vehicles, includes a brief visit to Dekemhare and its early 20th-century Italian-style architecture and markets. The journey showcases the famous Sycamore Valley and ancient pre-Axumite ruins and a 2500-year-old dam in Kohaito, reflecting a rich history linked to ivory trade and advanced construction techniques. Alternatively, you can enjoy exploring Asmara independently.

Return to Asmara in late afternoon-evening

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Kohaito archeological site

ASMARA – ADI QUALA – ASMARA

Today choose between a relaxed day in Asmara or an optional excursion to Adi Quala (This excursion is subject to permit availability and additional local charges).

The trip involves traveling via 4×4 to the Mareb valley and exploring significant historical sites. You’ll see one of the most beautiful Coptic church of Eritrea, dedicated to Mariam Tzion, one of the few built in the colonial times, of good workmanship and which houses beautiful frescoes inside. Visit the church of Santa Rita in Adi Quala, that host a memorial plaque in memory of the deaths of Nova Scotia, and the shrine of the Adwa battle fallen in Daaro Khonat, from where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views and a splendid view of the Mareb valley, and on clear days, the view sweeps right up to the hills of Adwa.

The return to Asmara is scheduled for late afternoon.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Adi Quala

ASMARA – DEPARTURE

Day at leisure in Asmara.

You will be arranged a transfer to the airport timed appropriately with your flight schedule.

 NB:

Our primary aim is to craft a journey that fulfils all your desires. Please feel free to request any information you need and share details that are important to you, ensuring that your trip is a memorable and extraordinary experience in your life.

Accomodation

Asmara: Crystal Hotel

Keren: Sarina Hotel

Massawa: Grand Dahlak Hotel

Includes /Excludes

What is included

WHAT IS EXCLUDED

More Info: please take note

If your program expects a cruise to the Dahlak islands, you will be requested at your arrival to sign a “Release of Liability” form. For a better and transparent information, you will find attached a facsimile of the declaration. In no case traveller will be admitted to the Dahlak trips without signing this declaration

Inquire for further details

Discover the programme

Scheduled departure, confirmed with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 guests:

2024: 3/2 * 2/3 * 13/4 * 4/5 * 1/6 * 6/7 * 10/8 * 7/9 * 5/10 * 26/10 * 30/11

2025: 11/1 * 8/2 * 8/3 * 5/4

Please  contact our booking for updated prices.

1st day – Saturday

ASMARA

On the first day of the tour in Asmara, you’ll arrive at the international airport and be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon features a guided exploration of Asmara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing its unique early 20th-century architecture and vibrant colours. Highlights include the Lombard Romanesque-style Santa Maria Cathedral, and the Coptic Church Nda Mariam. You’ll also visit the historic Medeber market and the unique Fiat Tagliero garage. The day concludes with an overnight stay at a local hotel, with breakfast included.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Asmara

 

2nd day – Sunday

ASMARA – TRAIN EXCURSION – KEREN

After breakfast excursion on board the legendary train, pulled by locomotives “Mallet” from Asmara to Nefasit and back. (tour subject to availability and to be paid locally).

You will have the rare opportunity to travel along one of the most daring railways in the world,…

Learn more about colonial train excursion

If the excursion by train will not be available, the morning will continue the visit of Asmara.

In the afternoon departure to Keren, (1,392 Mt. high), crossroad between the highland and the lowland and well-known for its silver filigree works, with several stops along the way and arrival in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Keren, Sarina hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Keren

 

3rd day – Monday

KEREN – ASMARA

Today in Keren there is the cattle market, and therefore a crossroads that attracts all the people of the areas surrounding the city.

Sightseeing tour of the city and its market. Worth-seeing places are: the Italian and British war cemeteries, the mosque and the little Greek church near the market, the governor country-seat, the Romanesque Saint Michael church and the old Fortress (1,460 Mt. high). Last but not least, a visit to “Mariam Dearit” (Our Lady of Baobab), a chapel built inside the tree itself.

Visit to the war cemeteries in which Italian soldiers and Askari are buried (the Eritreans who fought alongside the Italian troops) and the British cemetery.

In the afternoon return to Asmara

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Keren

 

4th- 5th-day Tuesday – Wednesday

ASMARA – MASSAWA

The journey to Massawa covers a 100 km descent from Asmara, dropping 2,450 meters to the coast. During your stay, you’ll have time to relax, explore the city independently, visit local markets, and enjoy swimming at Green Island or Gurgusum Beach.

Overnight in Massawa, Grand Dahlak Hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Massawa

 

6° day – Thursday

MASSAWA –ASMARA

Morning at leisure, and in the afternoon transfer to Asmara.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

 

7° day – Friday

ASMARA – KOHAITO – ASMARA

Today you have the option of a leisurely day in Asmara or an optional trip to the archaeological site of Kohaito (This excursion is subject to permit availability and additional local charges).

The Kohaito excursion, accessible by 4×4 vehicles, includes a brief visit to Dekemhare and its early 20th-century Italian-style architecture and markets. The journey showcases the famous Sycamore Valley and ancient pre-Axumite ruins and a 2500-year-old dam in Kohaito, reflecting a rich history linked to ivory trade and advanced construction techniques. Alternatively, you can enjoy exploring Asmara independently.

Return to Asmara in late afternoon-evening

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Kohaito archeological site

 

8° day – Saturday

ASMARA – ADI QUALA – ASMARA

Today choose between a relaxed day in Asmara or an optional excursion to Adi Quala (This excursion is subject to permit availability and additional local charges).

The trip involves traveling via 4×4 to the Mareb valley and exploring significant historical sites. You’ll see one of the most beautiful Coptic church of Eritrea, dedicated to Mariam Tzion, one of the few built in the colonial times, of good workmanship and which houses beautiful frescoes inside. Visit the church of Santa Rita in Adi Quala, that host a memorial plaque in memory of the deaths of Nova Scotia, and the shrine of the Adwa battle fallen in Daaro Khonat, from where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views and a splendid view of the Mareb valley, and on clear days, the view sweeps right up to the hills of Adwa.

The return to Asmara is scheduled for late afternoon.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Bed & Breakfast

Learn more about Adi Quala

 

9th day – Sunday

ASMARA – DEPARTURE

Day at leisure in Asmara.

You will be arranged a transfer to the airport timed appropriately with your flight schedule.

 

NB:

Our primary aim is to craft a journey that fulfils all your desires. Please feel free to request any information you need and share details that are important to you, ensuring that your trip is a memorable and extraordinary experience in your life.

 

Asmara: Crystal Hotel

Keren: Sarina Hotel

Massawa: Grand Dahlak Hotel

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

Note well: If your program expects a cruise to the Dahlak islands, you will be requested at your arrival to sign a “Release of Liability” form. For a better and transparent information, you will find attached a facsimile of the declaration. In no case traveller will be admitted to the Dahlak trips without signing this declaration e phosphorescent plankton.

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