Die ultimative Reise zum besten geheimnis ostAfrikas

Asmara – Massawa – Keren – Dahlak


Die folgende Routenbeschreibung wird hier in der englischen Sprache präsentiert, da Englisch die Hauptsprache unserer Internetpräsenz ist. Falls Sie eine detaillierte deutschsprachige Version des Reiseplans benötigen, können Sie die unterstehende ask-us-about-this-tour Funktion benutzen, um uns über Ihre Wünsche zu informieren. Gern können Sie uns auch unter der Telefonnummer unseres Büros in Berlin erreichen: 0049 15204639635 (Mo-Fr. 10-19 Uhr). Die Leitung unserer Reisen wird in der Regel im Englischen durchgeführt. Deutschsprachige Guides bzw. Übersetzer lassen sich aber auf Anfrage leicht finden.


ITINERARY

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 Tour: Asmara Cathedral, Liberation Avenue, Mariam Orthodox Church, Al Khulafa Al Rashidun Mosque, Enda Marian Copt Cathedral, Madebar Market, Central Bazaar, Cinema Impero, FIAT Tagliero and many other hidden architectonic gems.

  • Traditional Eritrean lunch.

  • In the afternoon we'll enjoy the classic passeggiata, an old Italian - and Eritrean by extent - tradition consisting of a leisurely stroll through downtown, taken for the purpose of gossiping and socialising.

  • 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, to 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 parts of town, 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 rationalist architecture.

  • Colonial train option: if time allows and in case we are able to reach the minimum required number of participants (we may join other groups for the purpose), we will enjoy a ride on board of the littorina, an old Italian train from the colonial era; the ride takes to the village of Nefasit takes approximately 90 minutes and costs 50 € extra.

  • 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 an interesting array of natural (hot springs), historical (Italian railway) and cultural (traditional lifestyle) wonders.

  • After lunch we'll 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, where we'll spend 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; snorkeling 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

  • Those interested in a longer stay on the islands can enjoy an extension of whatever length they wish (get in touch for more details on possible routes and prices).

  • We'll sail back to Massawa and after an early fish lunch we'll finally head to Asmara.

  • Free afternoon in Asmara for souvenir shopping and coffee pleasures.

  • 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/train station of choice.

  • For those flying out: we will arrange transfer to Asmara International Airport for your flight back home.

  • For those wishing to take the bus to reach further destinations: we will arrange transport 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.


PRICE

4 to 9 participants: 1980 € 


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euro/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), 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.


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POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Socotra and/or Somaliland