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Sights Of Architectural Interest Tour

Country: Eritrea
City: Keren
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Arrive at Asmara International airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Asmara

Day 02: 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”. Overnight in Asmara


Day 03: Asmara - Keren

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 decent to an altitude of 1390 meters. It has a moderate climate. The fine tarmac road , built by the Italians is like a hairpin bend curved out from mountainous plateaus

Driving from Asmara to Keren has to be scheduled in such a way that it 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 productions, that visitors can enjoy shopping. . Overnight in Keren

Day 04: Keren - Asmara

Visitors will enjoy the Monday camel and other live stock market. Visitors would also visit the two historical 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 Italian occupation in Eritrea. Visitors will also visit the famous Mariam Dearit temple curved out from a Baobab tree.

In the afternoon it will be a drive back to Asmara where one would feel the gradual ascending from 1390 to 2400 meters above sea level. It is such spectacular scenery. (Overnight in Asmara)

Day 05: Asmara- Massawa along the Green Belt

Driving to Massawa through the green belt would take the route primarily towards the Keren road. Then turning towards the east the journey would gradually descend through the much admired filfil- solomuna road, usually called Eritrea’s 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 mid-way at Sabur or Medhanit resort areas
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. Local people visit the area for medical reasons to cure some notable diseases such as Rheumatism, general debility and other cases that need hot spring water. Continuing the journey visitors will witness the desert plains before reaching the port City of Massawa.
At the end of the 1960’s an Italian writer Oscar Rampone described Massawa in his introductory poem His profound expression is vivid to this day. He said “
“Massawa Massawa white and Blue
I never get tired whenever I write of you”.

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 Italians at the turn of the 20th Century. A more than one thousand years old mosque is still standing to this day. A great attraction to many visitors

The famous Gurgusum beach is clean and one of the finest beaches in the world. The beauty of the Gurgusum beach and many other resort areas in the Dahlak archipelago is mainly due to the fact that the Red Sea is like a basin. Therefore there is no fear of dangerous gales and hurricanes. The beach is also free from any sharks. There are plenty of Dolphins to protect the environment. Therefore Visitors can comfortably 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 06: Massawa – Nefasit – Asmara

A return back at an early morning hours from Massawa to Asmara is an enjoyable trip. Starting from 0 sea level one would feel the gradual ascending through the towns of Gateway, Dongolo Basso (lower Dongollo), Dongollo Alto (upper Dongollo), Ghindae and Nefasit. One would feel the experience of three climates in just over two hours’ drive. The hot, The moderate and the cool temperatures. Nefasit, 25 kilometers from Asmara, is overshadowed by the famous Debrebizen Monastery at an altitude of 2450 meters above sea level. Then finally the journey will take the visitors to Asmara. Late in the evening visitors will be transferred to the airport for their bon Voyage.

End of tour!!!

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