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A Two Week Tour Sights Of Cultural Interest

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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 . .
Country: Eritrea
City: Asmara
Duration: 12 Day(s) - 11 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary


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


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 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


Visitors will enjoy the Monday camel and another livestock market. 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 the Italian occupation in Eritrea. Visitors will also visit the famous Mariam Dearit temple curved out from a Baobab tree. Keren is also well known for the citrus fruits like Guava, Orange, Papaya and mango trees that it produces . Overnight in Keren.


Keren and its environs are inhabited by Tigre and Billen Tribes. Mostly they live in huts. One would enjoy their traditional dance and their unparalleled hospitality. The tribes are mostly farmers and pastoralists. The Italians have so many pictures of the beautiful ladies of the Billen during the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are still photos on sale to this day Overnight in Keren.


Visitors will drive 28 kilometers towards Asmara and turn to the east for a 15 kilometers drive towards the famous shrine of St.Mary church of Debresina where there is the rock-hewn church. The purpose however is to observe the cultural living way of the Tigre and Anseba People. There are basic similarities between the Tigre and Billentribes. In the afternoon the visitors will return to Keren.

Meanwhile, visitors will have the opportunity to see the famous agricultural concession owned by the legendary Italian farmer “Denadai” that once was a hub of exportable citrus fruits to the middle east. There was also dairy farming owned by the same farmer. The Denadai farm was famous for its long-lasting bottled Milk. Overnight in Keren


Following a memorable stay in Keren returning back 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)


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 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 FilfilSolomuna 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.

At the end of the 1960, 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 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. 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.


In the environs of Massawa, visitors will be able to meet the Rashida Community. The Rashaidas are Nomads. They travel along with the coasts of Massawa to the North until Sudan. The theRashaidasearn their living mainly by trade. These tribes are believed to have crossed to Eritrea from Yemen and Saudi Arabia some four centuries ago. They still maintain their Arab ancestry.

Further to the South of Massawa along the Foro and the Buri Peninsula visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Tigre tribes, similar to the Keren Tribes, and further north the Afar Tribes. Overnight in Massawa


Driving back in the early morning from Massawa to Asmara is an enjoyable ascending from Zero sea levels to a gradual climbing to Gahtelai, Dongolo Basso, Dongollo Alto, Ghindae, and Nefasit. Nefasit is overshadowed by the famous DebrebizenMonastery 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 in Asmara


Traveling 40 kilometers from Asmara towards the southeast en route to the famous architectural sites in Kohaito will have the visitors acquaint themselves with the Tigrinya community who are part of the large community found in the highlands of the country at a 360-degree radius of about 40-50 kilometers from Asmara. (overnight in AdiKeyih)


Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Saho Community predominantly Muslims and whose language is akin to that of the Afar Community. Their dance is also similar to that of the Afar.


An 80 kilometers drive from Asmara to Adiquala along the southwestern part of Asmara will take the visitors to the fertile area inhabited entirely by the Tigrinya Community. They are very well known for their spectacular dance and also for their excellent production of the Local beer “Suwa”.

Later in the evening, the visitors will be transferred to the airport for their bon voyage back home.

End of the tour!!!

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