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 dateSunday 21 May 2023
End dateThursday 25 May 2023
Days5 days / 4 nights
Price€ 1,545
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 250)
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
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Sunday 21 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.
  • If anyone’s keen we’ll visit the famous retro bowling alley.
  • Overnight stay in Asmara.

Monday 22 May – Asmara – Massawa

  • We drive to Massawa, a colourful seaport at the Red Sea.
  • Hop on board of our boat to Green Island, 5km off Massawa. A beautiful beach with white sand and blue waters.
  • Ancient Arab / Islamic ruins from the 8th century.
  • Visit to local Tigrayan village.
  • In the evening we will explore the nightlife of Massawa. A unique experience.
  • Overnight stay in Massawa.

Tuesday 23 May – Massawa – Asmara

  • Visiting a local school, here we learn more about Eritrea’s school system.
  • Highlight: Walk through the city, seeing a lot of Turkish and Italian architecture.
  • Drive to Asmara.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ).
  • 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.
  • We go back into town, where several parties are still going on.
  • Overnight stay in Asmara.

Thursday 25 May – Asmara

  • End of tour.