Eritrea to Sudan

THE ultimate journey across East africa's renegade countries 

Asmara – Massawa – Khartoum – Meroe    

For those travellers with less than ten days available for their holiday this tour has been divided in two parts:

  • Eritrea (eight days)
  • Sudan (eight days)

When filling out the booking form below please be sure to tell us whether you are going to join the tour for the whole length of the itinerary or you prefer to choose only a segment of it. 


Tour dates

Regular monthly departures: this tour is offered regularly once a month. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button below and we will match your preferences with the relevant scheduled group departure. If you are unsure about the month you wish to travel in, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will give you a wide range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours! 

Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.

Warning: entry to Sudan will be refused to Israeli passport holders and travellers with any evidence (stamp, visa, permits) of visiting Israel


ITINERARY

The following itinerary refers to our most popular route in Eritrea and Sudan. This fascinating corner of Africa greets its curious guests with a cornucopia of natural, historical and cultural wonders. In case you are interested in a particularly remote area, unusual activity and/or off-the-beaten-path attraction within Sudan and/or Eritrea or if you are just looking for an hit-and-run visit to Asmara and/or Khartoum, we will easily meet your needs with a unique tour individually designed according to your preferences. Thanks to our deep knowledge of the territory and longstanding collaboration with independent local tour operators we are, indeed, able to offer you a wide range of tailored routes and bespoke itineraries across and beyond the magic sand and the ancient towns of Eritrea and Sudan. We also regularly cater for ethnologists, historians and documentarists alike interested in conducting field research in the region. Get in touch for more info on our private tours to Sudan and Eritrea

PART 1 - Eritrea

DAY 1 - Asmara

  • Our guides will collect you at Asmara International Airport and drive your to our hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email); currently the best flight connections to Eritrea are offered by FlyDubai and Egypt Air: we will gladly assist you in the booking process. 
  • 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 lots of Italian 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 socializing. 
  • 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 TiravoloParadiso 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 we 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

PART 2 - Sudan

DAY 9 - Khartoum

  • We'll head to Asmara International Airport to catch our flight to Sudan.
  • For those finishing the tour in Eritrea: we will arrange transfer to Asmara International Airport for your flight back home.
  • Those travellers beginning their tour in Sudan will meet the rest of the group coming from Eritrea in the lobby of the designated hotel in Khartoum (exact hotel address and meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email; private airport pickup and shuttle service available for a small additional fee). 
  • We'll enjoy a long sightseeing tour of Khartoum (Al Kabir Mosque, Al Rikini Mosque, National Museum) and its twin city Omdurman on the other side of the Nile (Omdurman Grand Bazaar, Nilian Mosque, Clock Tower).
  • At sunset we'll visit to the tomb of the sufi leader Ahmed al Nil to witness a Whirling Dervishes Ceremony (only on Fridays). 
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Khartoum.  

DAY 10 - Naqa 

  • In the morning we'll head to Naqa, a ruined ancient city of the Kushitic Kingdom, and visit the large Meroitic temple complex of Musawwarat, dating back to the 3rd century BC.
  • During the day we'll have good chance to meet with the local nomadic tribes, whose camel caravans suggestively wander around the old ruins of Naqa and Musawwarat.
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Naqa

Day 11 - Meroe

  • Early in the morning we'll drive north following the course of the Nile and head to the ancient Nubian ruins in Meroe.
  • Besides the routine pauses for food, toilet and random landscape pictures, we'll break the 5-hour journey in the town of Shendi, the center of the Ja'aliin tribe and an important trading centre along the historic trade route crossing the Bayuda Desert.
  • The Royal Necropolis of Meroe is an impressive archeological site with more than Nubian 40 pyramids built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms, some of them in perfectly preserved condition; we'll spend the afternoon visiting the site and enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding desert.
  • Dinner and overnight in Meroe

Day 12 - Karima

  • In the morning we'll cross the Nile by ferry and have the chance to meet and chat with local nomadic traders.
  • We'll drive west towards the ancient caravan town of Karima.
  • Besides the routine pauses for food, toilet and random landscape pictures, we'll break the journey in Atbara, a traditional Sudanese town where it's possible to meet the mysterious Rashaida, a proud nomadic tribe from Hejaz, in present-day Saudi Arabia
  • Along the road we'll stop for a desert tea in a traditional nomadic settlement made out of  small huts of intertwined branches. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Karima

Day 13 - Jebel Barkal

  • We'll spend a lazy morning strolling to Karima old town.
  • After lunch we'll visit the ancient pyramids and temples in Jebel Barkal before heading towards the royal cemetery at El Kurru.
  • Before dinner we'll drive into the desert to tour an paleontological site containing many fossils and enjoy a stunning sunset painting red the surrounding dunes.
  • Dinner and overnight in Karima

Day 14 - Nubian Villages

  • Following the course of the Nile we'll reach the ancient Christian site of Old Dongola, where we'll admire an ancient Coptic Christian temple with marble columns as well as several churches on the banks of the Nile.
  • We'll stop for lunch in a traditional Nubian settlement to see the traditional colourful painted houses and witness the slow pace of rural life.
  • Dinner and overnight in Dongola

Day 15 - Khartoum

  • Early morning wake-up call and long desert drive back to Khartoum.
  • Besides the routine pauses for food, toilet and random landscape pictures, we'll break the long haul in Al-Khandaq to visit an old Ottoman fort and in one of the many traditional nomadic settlements to enjoy a glass of dark and sweet desert tea.   
  • Dinner and overnight in Khartoum

DAY 16 - Flight back home or Sudanese Riviera / Darfur extension

  • After enjoying a last Sudanese-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 Khartoum 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.
  • End of the tour. 

EXTENSION 1 - Red Sea Riviera

For those wishing to enjoy the untouched nature and the crumbling towns of the Red Sea Coast, we will organise a 4-day extension to the Sudanese Riviera. This will include a visit to Port Sudan and the semi-abandoned towns of Suakin and Tokar as well as some top notch scuba diving / snorkeling excursion to the reef. A daily flight (included in the extension price) connects Port Sudan with Khartoum. 

EXTENSION 2 - Darfur Unveiled

For those wishing to visit the most secretive and off-the-grid areas of the country, we will organise a 5-day extension to the semi-autonomous region of Darfur in the Wild West of the country. This will include a visit to the major towns of the region such as Geneina, El Fasher and Nyala, as well as a trip to traditional Darfuri settlements. A daily flight (included in the extension price) connects El Fasher with Khartoum. 


PRICE

4 to 9 participants: 3000 € 

Riviera Extension (4 to 8 participants): 500

Darfur Unveiled (3 to 7 participants): 1100


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euro/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), one-way flight from Asmara to Khartoum, 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. It is also possible to make the tour the other way around, starting from Sudan and finishing in Eritrea.

Warning: entry to Sudan will be refused to Israeli passport holders and travellers with any evidence (stamp, visa, permits) of visiting Israel


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