5 Days History tour itinerary for Asmara, Massawa & Keren: Discover Eritrean Islands & Towns
Asmara, Massawa, Keren
Visit a port city on Africa's Red Sea coast, view Italian, Egyptian and Ottoman architecture styles at Massawa Island and see notable buildings such as the crumbling, war-damaged Imperial Palace and St. Mariam Cathedral. You can also swim at Gurgusum beach!
At your arrival at the Asmara International Airport, after processing custom formalities you will be transferred at your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will start with the discovery of Asmara. A guided tour will lead you to the most interesting and unusual places that Asmara which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Asmara.
Asmara city tour
The city’s elegant streets and the adjoining promenade are comfortable for day or night walks. The city now accommodates more than 400 art Deco buildings officially recognized by UNESCO. 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”.
Visit the Catholic and Coptic cathedrals, the mosque, the market, the Caravanserraglio, the Italian cemetery, the National Museum, Cinema Odeon, Cinema Roma built the 1920s and the tank graveyard, remnants from the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia from 1961 to 1991.
Overnight in Asmara.
Asmara - Massawa
Drive to Massawa through the green belt would take the path primarily towards the Keren road. Then turn towards the east and the journey would gradually descend through the much-admired Filfil- Solomon road, usually called the Green belt. The road initially was built by the Italians as a weather road. It was 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, drive towards the east and 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. Continue the journey and witness the desert plains before reaching the port City of Massawa.
Overnight at Massawa.
Massawa City Tour
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.
Another great attraction to many visitors is the famous Gurgusum beach, one of the finest beaches in the world. It is clean and safe. There are no sharks at all. Thus visitors can enjoy swimming at Massawa. The waters are relatively cool from October to March. However, from April to September, it will be hot and humid. Visitors can adjust their time table accordingly.
Overnight in Massawa.
Massawa – Asmara, Transfer to Airport for Departure
Start early in the morning. Do a 10 minutes boat trip to Green Island, the most accessible island from Massawa consisting of the beach and mangrove swamp.
In the afternoon, drive uphill while enjoying the magnificent scenery and lush vegetation all the way to Asmara. If time allows, there will be stops on the way at interesting sites and encounters with the locals.
Transfer to airport for departure.
All transfers to/from airport & hotel.
Accommodation for 4 nights - including breakfast.
English-speaking Asmara (Eritrean) tour guide.
Travel permit fees.
Air ticket fare and entry visa.
Lunch, dinner and alcoholic drinks.
Personal spending and any optional tours.
When tourists are traveling outside of Asmara they will need to obtain a Travel Permit. The issuing of such travel permit is handled by Adulis travel agent.
Adulis Travel can also arrange a visa on arrival for those tourists where there is no Eritrean Embassy in their respective countries. In the event, they are traveling and would be short of time to approach the respective Eritrean Embassy. we can also arrange a visa on arrival.
Asmara, the capital of Eritrea is the largest City. Lying 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 maintains it's cleanliness, which is commended by many visitors.
Massawa is a port city in Eritrea, on Africa's Red Sea coast. In the old town, on Massawa Island, a mix of Italian, Egyptian and Ottoman architecture reflects the city's colorful history. On nearby Taulud Island, notable buildings include the crumbling, war-damaged Imperial Palace and St. Mariam Cathedral. Near the cathedral, 3 tanks form a monument commemorating those who died in Eritrea's civil wars.
Asmara, Massawa, Keren
Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year.The tour starts at 08:15 hours.