Welcome to Africa’s secretive nation

Join us on a journey through Eritrea, a beautiful country with incredible Italian art deco architecture, white beaches and a very friendly people. The country is known to many people as the ‘North Korea of Africa’, because of the strict dictatorship that reigns there. The inhabitants however, will welcome you with open arms and are very curious about tourists visiting their country. During this tour you will also celebrate Independence Day, marking the day Eritrea officially became independent from Ethiopia.

General info

Start dateTuesday 23 May 2023
End dateWednesday 31 May 2023
Days9 days / 8 nights
Price€ 1,595
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 40 per night)
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
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Tuesday 23 May – Asmara

  • Arrival in Asmara, you will be picked up from the airport.
  • OR: arrival from the Somaliland Independence Day Tour.
  • Meet the group at the hotel and have dinner together.
  • Walk down Harnett Street, here you will find a lot of festivities for Independence Day, including traditional and modern dance.
  • Around midnight there are fireworks to start the holiday.
  • Overnight stay in Asmara.

Wednesday 24 May – Asmara – INDEPENDENCE DAY

  • If you like, you can go to the relay of 21 shots that herald Independence Day at 6 in the morning.
  • Free morning to explore Asmara by yourself.
  • Visit the art galleries along Main Liberation Avenue.
  • Highlight: We go to the Asmara Stadium. Here are the biggest festivities of the day. There will be performances by artists, military orchestras and the Eritrean Air Force will fly over in special formations.
  • Speech by the President of Eritrea.
  • We go back into town, where several parties are still going on.
  • Overnight stay in Asmara.

Thursday 25 May – Asmara

  • Highlight: Walk through the centre of Asmara. Along the way we see the spectacular art deco buildings of the city. Most of them were built around the beginning of the 20th century. During the walk you will see the post office (1916), Albergo Italia (1899), Hotel Hamasien (1916) and the presidential palace (1907 ).
  • Tank Graveyard, here there are many old tanks and weapons from the war with Ethiopia.
  • Visit the City Hall, one of the oldest institutions in Africa. Here you will see an exhibition about the 30-year struggle for independence from Ethiopia.
  • Overnight stay in Asmara.

Friday 26 May – Asmara – Arbaroba

  • Highlight: Early start of our special train ride today. We will travel from Asmara to Arbaroba on a 100-year-old train .
  • On the way we go through tunnels, see the countryside and over spectacular landscapes.
  • On the train you can take part in a traditional coffee ceremony.
  • Return to Asmara.
  • Visit the Recycling Market. The name says it all, here everything is reused.
  • We go bowling at a very old-school bowling alley.
  • Overnight stay in Asmara.

Saturday 27 May – Asmara – Massawa

  • We drive to Massawa.
  • Visit Gurgusum Beach, where you can relax and get to know the locals.
  • Walk through the city, seeing a lot of Turkish and Italian architecture.
  • In the evening we will explore the nightlife of Massawa. A unique experience.
  • Overnight stay in Massawa.

Sunday 28 May – Massawa – Dahlac Marine National Park

  • Visiting a local school, here we learn more about Eritrea’s school system.
  • Highlight: We take the boat to Dahlac Marine National Park, the largest archipelago in the Red Sea. Only 4 islands are actually inhabited.
  • Ancient Arab / Islamic ruins from the 8th century.
  • Visit to local Tigranyan villages.
  • Time to dive or snorkel (optional).
  • At the end of the afternoon we take the boat back to Massawa.
  • Overnight stay in Massawa.

Monday 29 May – Massawa – Asmara

  • Drive to Asmara.
  • Arrival in Asmara around the end of the afternoon.
  • Free time, you can watch football (with a bit of luck) at the famous Cinema Roma or meet local students.
  • Overnight stay in Asmara.

Tuesday 30 May – Asmara – Keren

  • Drive to the city of Keren.
  • Highlight: Visit the Marian Dearit shrine. Thousands of Eritrean pilgrims come to this religious site to see the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This statue is hidden in a tree trunk.
  • Free time to discover the market and life here for yourself.
  • Viewpoint from Hotel Keren.
  • Visit to the old railway station of Keren, where we see special architectural buildings.
  • Drive to Asmara.
  • On the way, we stop at a few old Ethiopian tanks.
  • Overnight stay in Asmara.

Wednesday 31 May – Asmara

  • End of tour.