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A Two Week Extended Tour In Eritrea

A Two Week  Extended Tour In Eritrea Packages
Day 01: Arrivals Arrive at Asmara International Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Asmara Day 02: Train Excursion A spectacular Sunday trip with the legendary century-old locomotives from 2450 meters altitude in . .
Country: Eritrea
City: Massawa
Duration: 14 Day(s) - 13 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Day 01: Arrivals

Arrive at Asmara International Airport and transfer to the 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 the 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 1920s 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 91 kilometers northwest 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 another 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 enjoy it for a couple of days or even weeks. In the 1960s and early 1970s, The town had a wonderful American club with a swimming pool. There was also a 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 Commonwealth 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 Italian occupation in Eritrea. In concluding their visit, Visitors may enjoy having some shopping for a memorable time in Keren. (overnight Keren)

Day 05: Keren - Asmara

Following a memorable stay in Keren, returning to Asmara will require the visitors to start driving in the early morning hours. The gradual ascending toward the highlands will make one feel as if one is being airlifted. The hairpin 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, and 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 an ancient palace, Rock paintings, and tombs. Included is also the breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon. (Overnight in Adi Keyh).

Day 07: Adikeyh- Senafe – Metera – Segeneiti - Asmara

Following a good night's 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 overshadowed by the 2.5-meter erect stele, demonstrating the ancient civilization in that area The physically fit can climb the Metera mountain and witness the breathtaking 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's ancient church. Legends have it that the tree used to feed the monks by yielding fruit every month.

While returning back to Asmara visitors will have an observation of the several majestic baobab trees found in the town of Segeneiti, 65 kilometers from Asmara or almost halfway to Senafe. The 5 Nakfa note commemorates one of the biggest baobab trees 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 fulfill- 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. 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 from October to March. However, from April to September, it will be hot and humid. Visitors can adjust their timetables accordingly. Overnight in Massawa

Day 10: Massawa – Dessie Island

A fast boat trip some 35 nautical miles from Massawa towards the southeast will take visitors to one of the finest diving places. The Island is well covered by surf and sea gales. Therefore it is 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 on 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 you the 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 for the vibrant trade that used 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 in the early morning from Massawa to Asmara is an enjoyable ascending from 0 sea levels to a gradual climb 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 summertime, Asmara has an enjoyable climate. The modern city of Asmara was literally created by the Italians between the end of the 19th and the 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 used to call it “Asmara Bella” meaning “Asmara the beautiful”. Late in the evening transfer to the airport for their bon voyage

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