Day 01: Arrivals
Arrive at Asmara International airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Asmara
Day 02: Train Excursion
A spectacular Sunday trip with the legendary century old locomotives from 2450 meters altitude in Asmara to a descent of 1350 meters to the little town of Nefasit. Along the way visitors will pass through 30 tunnels of an exhilarating experience. One would wonder at the feat of engineering the Italians had by the turn of the last century. There are also traces of the longest cable car in the world in the 1920’ that stretches for 70 kilometers from Asmara to Massawa
Day 03: Asmara - Keren
Driving from Asmara to Keren can either be on Sunday afternoon or Early Monday Morning. The purpose would be to catch hold of the Monday market of camel and other livestock animals. Keren is also famous for its many handicrafts that visitors can enjoy shopping
A drive from Asmara to the town of Keren, the second largest city, situated at 91 kilometers to north west of Asmara takes a gradual descent to an altitude of 1390 meters. It has a moderate climate. The fine tarmac road, built by the Italians is like a hairpin curved out from mountainous plateaus. Overnight in Keren
Day 04: Keren city tour
Enjoy the captivating Monday Camel and other livestock market in Keren. The town is surrounded by mountains and one would wish to have an experience of mountain climbing if one has the necessary training. The city was built by the Italians. Because of its moderate climate many visitors use to enjoy for a couple of days or even weeks. In the 1960’s and early 1970 The town had a wonderful American club with a swimming pool. There was also snake farm owned by an Italian The town is also well known for its baobab temple. The majestic tree has stood for centuries and it is so graceful to watch it and pay respects. Visitors would also visit the Italian and Common Wealth war cemeteries. Keren is well known for the fiercest battles that went on between the Common wealth and the Italian forces in 1941. The fall of Keren in the hands of the Common Wealth advancing army signaled the end of an era of the Italian occupation in Eritrea. In concluding their visit, Visitors may enjoy to have some shopping for a memorable time in Keren. (overnight Keren)
Day 05: Keren - Asmara
Following a memorable stay in Keren the returning back to Asmara will require for the visitors to start driving at the Early morning hours. The gradual ascending toward the highlands will make one feel as if one is being airlifted. The hair pin turning of the curved out of the mountains is such spectacular scenery. In about 2-3 hours’ drive visitors will reach Asmara (Overnight in Asmara)
Day 06: Asmara - Kohaito - Adikeyh
A journey towards the south East of Asmara will take the visitors to Dekemhare, 40 kilometers, Segeneiti, 65 kilometers, Adi Keyh 115 kilometers. Turning to the left through a weather road of 12 kilometers visitors will enjoy the archaeological site in Kohaito. An ancient dam, traces of ancient palace, Rock paintings and tombs. Included is also the breath taking view of the Grand Canyon. (Overnight in Adi Keyh).
Day 07: Adikeyh- Senafe – Metera – Segeneiti - Asmara
Following a good night stay in Adi Keyh visitors will travel further to the South about 25 kilometers from Adi Keyih on the way to Senafe, a border town with neighboring Ethiopia. Visitors will enjoy the archaeological site of an ancient town in Belew kelew overshadow by the 2.5 meter erect stele, demonstrating the ancient civilization in that area The physical fit can climb the Metera mountain and witness the breath taking view of 360 degrees where the majestic chains of the Ambassoira mountains adore the scenery. There is also a baobab tree that gives fruits every month in its twelve branches, adjacent to St. Mary ancient church. Legends have it that the tree uses to feed the monks by yielding fruit every month.
While returning back to Asmara visitors will have an observation of the several majestic baobab tree found in the town of Segeneiti, 65 kilometers from Asmara or almost half way to Senafe. The 5 Nakfa note commemorates one of the biggest baobab tree in the town.
Day 08: Asmara – The Green Belt – Massawa
Driving to Massawa through the green belt would take the path primarily towards the Keren road. Then turning towards the east the journey would gradually descend through the much admired filfil- solomuna road, usually called the Green belt. The road initially built by the Italians as a weather road has been turned into a fine tarmac by the Government of Eritrea Visitors may feel as if they are driving above the clouds as they could apparently watch the clouds down the hill. Bird watching is glamorous in Filfil Solomuna Visitors can have a coffee break at Sabur or Medhanit.
Further driving towards the east the descending will continue. Visitors could have a stop-over at the Mai Wu’uii (the famous hot spring) found some 40 kilometers from Massawa. Continuing the journey visitors will witness the desert plains before reaching the port City of Massawa. Overnight at Massawa
Day 09: Massawa Gurgusum beach rest and recreation.
Massawa enjoys a combination of Turkish and Italian Architects, an apparent indication of the Ottoman and Italian colonial history.
There is, among others, an old Turkish Palace and the Modern Port built by the Titians at the turn of the 20th Century. A more than one thousand years mosque is still standing to this day. A great attraction to many visitors
The famous Gurgusum beach is one of the finest beaches in the world. It is clean and safe. There are no sharks at all. Thus Visitors can enjoy swimming
Massawa is relatively cool during October to March. However during April to September it will be hot and humid. Visitors can adjust their time table accordingly. Overnight in Massawa
Day 10: Massawa – Dessie Island
A fast boat trip some 35 nautical miles from Massawa towards the south east will take visitors to one of the finest diving places. The Island is well covered from surfs and sea gales. Therefore it is so ideal for swimming and or diving. Overnight camping. Fishing enthusiasts can also enjoy their taste
Day 11: Dessie Island - Massawa
One would reluctantly return to Massawa after enjoying one’s stay in Dessie island. A drive of about two hours will bring back the visitors to Massawa (Overnight Massawa )
Day 12: Massawa - Foro - Adulis - Zula - Massawa
Driving along the Danakil desert plains will give opportunity to the visitors to observe the ancient port of Adulis some 70 kilometers far from the Port City of Massawa. Zula is also adjacent to Adulis. These two ancient ports were a hub to the vibrant trade that uses to prevail in the middle east. In 1868 A British Military Expedition led by General Napier built a 21 kilometer railway from Zula to kumaile. They used the railway to transport their caravan of Elephants, donkeys and their army to 600 kilometers inside Ethiopia, namely Gondar to fight against the then Emperor Tewodros. Overnight Massawa. Further driving will take the visitors to Gellalo Village, found along the long stretch of the 1200 kilometers of coastline that Eritrea is endowed with. (Overnight Massawa)
Day 13: Massawa - Ghindae - Asmara
Driving back at an early morning from Massawa to Asmara is an enjoyable ascending from 0 sea levels to a gradual climbing to Gahtelai, Dongolo Basso, Dongollo Alto, Ghindae and Nefasit. Nefasit is overshadowed by the famous Debrebizen Monastery at an altitude of 2450 meters above. A separate expedition can be arranged for climbing, but only for men who are physically fit. Then finally the journey will take the visitors to Asmara. Overnight Asmara.
Day 14: Asmara City Tour.
Asmara, the capital of Eritrea is the largest City. Laying at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level the City has a year round pleasant climate at a range of 18-25 Celsius. Even during the summer time Asmara has an enjoyable climate. The modern city of Asmara was literally created by the Italians between the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century. The city’s elegant streets and the adjoining promenade are comfortable for day or night walking. The city now accommodates more than 400 art Deco buildings officially recognized by UNESCO. The city maintains its cleanliness, which is commended by many visitors. One of the attractive features of Asmara, in particular and the country in general is that it is the safest place to enjoy. One would feel as if one is in Rome when touring Asmara. Many Italians use to call it “Asmara Bella” .meaning “Asmara the beautiful”. Late in the evening transfer to airport for their bon voyage
End of Tour!!!