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TOUR 3 – ARCHITECTURAL TOUR TO ERITREA

Cinema and Bar Impero, Asmara, among the best Art Deco building in Modern Rationalist Style

Cinema and Bar Impero, Asmara, among the best Art Deco building in Modern Rationalist Style

 

What makes Eritrean towns picturesque are their well-planned and neat streets, small villas adorned with flowers, of which the most common is the bougainvillea and their picturesque market places. Stores after stores of ornate art deco architectures abound in its major cities and towns, its capital Asmara declared as the best African city and world’s fourth best attraction city.

Duration: 06 Days/ 05 Nights

Destinations covered: Asmara, Keren, Massawa and more.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Asmara (Overnight Asmara)
Upon Arrival at Asmara International Airport, tourists will be met, assisted and transferred to their hotel.

Day 2: Asmara City Tour (Overnight Asmara)
Visit Asmara, the city called as ‘Piccola Roma’ (Little Rome) and observe its most shining collection of Art Deco (A style of design, marked by stylized forms and geometric designs, which was popular in the 1920s and 1930s) architectural wonders portrayed in many of its buildings such as:
The Roman Catholic cathedral, St Mary Coptic church, Al Khulafa al Rashedin, Market [vegetable, spices, souvenir, Medeber (recycling depot)], National Museum, Fiat Tagliero building, Tank graveyard, Cinema & Bar Impero etc.

Day 3: Asmara – Keren (Overnight Keren)

The Roman Catholic Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Asmara

Drive from Asmara via a zigzag road to Keren- one of Eritrea’s most attractive towns. As time allows, visit the charming town of Keren which was once favorite resort for European visitors because of the temperate climate and fertile soil, and a place where the decisive battles of WWII carried out between the British and the Italians.

Some of the things to see in Keren include: the famous Mariam Dearit inside a Baobab, the British and Italian cemeteries of World War II, the old Railway Station from 1930’s, the 19th century Tigu Egyptian Fort and St. Antony Romanesque Church and the old Mosque.

Day 4: Keren – Filfil – Massawa (Overnight Massawa)
The colorful Keren market is every Mondays. Visit the bustling market that comprises camel, livestock, pottery, straw products, silver jewelry, etc.

In the afternoon, travel from Keren to the Red Sea Coast and the port city of Massawa- the pearl of the Red sea.

Ministry of Tourism - regional branch Office, Keren

Ministry of Tourism’s Regional Branch Office, Keren

En route visit the evergreen Filfil- the ‘Green Belt’ region lies to the northeast of Asmara, part of the Semenawai Bahri area. It is covered with lush forests and vegetation and home to an impressive array of birds and mammals such as vervet monkeys and hamadryas baboons.

An excellent blend of Ottoman-Egyptian-Italian architectures in the old section of the port city

An excellent blend of Ottoman-Egyptian-Italian architectures, Massawa

It is the most picturesque loop in Eritrea, with innumerable zigzag bends, jaw-dropping vistas, cool air and sometimes a veil of mist which adds a touch of the bizarre. This route, known as the Pendice Orientali (meaning ‘Eastern Slope’), takes you though some of the most dramatic and diverse landscape in Eritrea. It makes a great day excursion.

Gurgsum beach swimming, rest and recreation.

Day 5: Massawa City Tour (Overnight Massawa)
In the morning, visit the port city of Massawa – City of islands and the ‘Pearl of the Red Sea’, a city which for centuries has been one of the region’s most important ports.

With its exquisite Turkish-Egyptian-Italian style architecture and shopping arcades, beautiful mosques and delicious sea food, Massawa is the perfect destination to cater for all tastes. In addition to the city’s attractions, pristine beaches and enjoyable swimming are available just a short distance from the city center.

Day 6: Massawa – Ghindae- Asmara. Transfer for Departure.
Drive uphill in the afternoon via Massawa-Asmara road while enjoying all the breathtaking scenery of peaks and valleys all the way to Asmara. Late in the evening transfer to airport for departure.