The ultimate journey to africa's little italy
Asmara – Massawa – Keren – Dahlak
This tour is offered on a regular monthly basis. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours!
Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.
DAY 1 - Asmara
Our guides will meet you at Asmara International Airport and drive you to our hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email).
Late night snack and overnight in Asmara.
DAY 2 - Asmara
Asmara Grand Architectural Tour: Asmara Cathedral, Liberation Avenue, Mariam Orthodox Church, Al Khulafa Al Rashidun Mosque, Enda Marian Copt Cathedral, Madebar Market, Central Bazaar, Cinema Impero, Bowling Alley, Post Office, FIAT Tagliero and tons - literally tons - of rationalist and art-deco gems from the Italian colonial period.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in Asmara.
DAY 3 - Keren
In the morning we'll leave the capital and drive north through the highlands, past steep terraces of coffee and orange groves, towards Keren, a traditional Eritrean town set on a plateau surrounded by dusty ochre mountains.
Once in Keren we'll devote the whole day to the bustling markets the town is famous for, including one for livestock and camels, which attracts nomadic traders from the northern regions.
We'll also have the chance to visit the Italian and British war cemeteries as well as the sacred baobab temple: a truly mesmerising experience.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in Keren.
DAY 4 - Asmara
Back in Asmara we'll enjoy a tour of its less known neighbourhoods such as Tiravolo, Paradiso and the Diplomatic Quarter, as well as the more traditionally African suburbs, the Italian monumental cemetery and the tank graveyard in the outskirts.
Later in the day we will travel to Dekemhare, a little sleepy town renowned for its vast display of rationalist architecture.
Dinner and overnight in Asmara.
DAY 5 - Massawa
We'll leave Asmara and head to the port city of Massawa driving along the winding road connecting the highlands to the coast.
Besides the usual stops for food, toilette and photography, we'll break the journey in Nefasit, Ginda and Dogali, which will welcome us with a diversely compelling array of natural, historical, and cultural wonders.
After lunch we'll eventually reach Massawa, where we'll enjoy a pleasant lazy stroll through the grandeur of its colonial old town.
Dinner and overnight in Massawa.
DAY 6/7 - Dahlak Islands
We'll travel by boat to the Dahlak Archipelago and spend the next two days surrounded by pristine nature and deep blue waters.
After having toured the traditional fishing hamlets on the islands, we'll enjoy a guided tour to the Dahlak Marine National Park: scuba diving is generally allowed and is led by a group of trained divers who were once pearl fishers; snorkelling is also a good option for those without a diver certification.
If you are not in the mood for an immersion, you can enjoy the company of Eritrean fishermen and learn traditional fishing techniques or simply chill out on the beach observing the slow pace of local life.
Dinner and overnight (tent provided by us) on the islands.
DAY 8 - Asmara
We'll sail back to Massawa and after an early fish lunch in town, we'll eventually return to Asmara.
Those interested in a longer stay on the islands can indulge into a Red-Sea-grand-tour extension (get in touch for more details on possible routes and prices).
Free afternoon in Asmara for further architectonic explorations and photographic discoveries.
Dinner and overnight in Asmara.
DAY 9 - Flight back home
After enjoying a last Eritrean-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/station of choice.
For those flying out: transfer to Asmara International Airport for your flight back home.
For those wishing to take the bus to reach further destinations: transfer to the central bus station.
For those looking at a trip combination with another country of the region such as Ethiopia, Djibouti and/or Somalia: we will arrange a bespoke tour to the destination of their choice for a fraction of the market price.
End of the tour.
4 to 9 participants: 1980 € per person
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euro/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan + catamaran), entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.
The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility.