11-days thrilling cycling trip across Eritreas different regions, with beauteous and variegated sceneries.
Duration: 9 Days/ 10 Nights
Destinations covered: Asmara, Keren, Filfil, Massawa, Dekemhare, Adikeyh and more.
Day 1: Arrival to Asmara. Meet, Assist and Transfer to hotel (Overnight Asmara)
Upon arrival at Asmara International Airport, you will be met, assisted and transferred to your 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 etc.
Day 3: Asmara – Keren (Overnight Keren)
Drive from Asmara up to Serejeka. Cycling from Serejeka to Keren.
Day 4: Keren city tour. Drive via Filfil to Massawa (overnight Massawa)
Visit 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.
Start cycling from Keren to Filfil, then take a stop.
Dramatic cycling from Filfil to Sabur to Shebah, further to Gahtelai and Massawa, depending on your ability to cycle. Otherwise, if you are tired, you can travel by vehicle/ bus from Gahtelai to Massawa.
Day 5: Massawa city tour (Overnight Massawa)
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-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.
Visit the colorful Rashaida tribes the last Semetic people to arrive in Eritrea.
The magnificent Rashaida women are known for their black and red geometrically patterned dresses, their long and heavy veil – burga – elaborately embroiled with silver threads, beads and sometimes seed peals.
Gurgusum beach rest and recreation.
Day 6: Massawa- Foro- Adulis – Zula- Massawa (Overnight Massawa)
Cycling from Massawa to Foro. Travel from Foro to Adulis and Zula and back to Massawa.
Visit ancient port of Adulis that was once a renowned gateway to ancient civilization, a major trade route, once numbering among the greatest ports of the ancient world that has links to the Roman, Egyptian and Greek World Empires.
Visit Gulf of Zula – a deep cleft in Eritrea’s coastline which is the birthplace of the Great Rift Valley on the African continent.
Day 7: Massawa- Nefasit- Dekemhare- Adikeih (Overnight Adikeih)
Cycling starting from Massawa up to Gahtelai. Depending on the your strength, cycle further to Ghindae, Nefasit, Dekemhare and Adikeih. Otherwise, travel by bus to Adikeih.
Day 8: Adikeih- Qohaito- Adikeih (Overnight Adikeih)
Visit archeological site of Qohaito (Kohaito), some 15 km off-road from Adikeyh. Visit this famous historical site that features a superb array of archaeological sites that recount volumes of history.
Some of the wonders to see in Qohaito include: Safira Dam, Rock-paintings, Monolith stelae, the foundation of ancient palaces, etc.
Day 9: Adikeih- Senafe (Overnight camping around Keskese)
Visit archeological sites of Metera, Belew/ Kelew and Keskese.
Metera (Matara/ Belew Kelew), equivalent to an important ancient town named Koleo from 2nd century AD, situated 20km south of Qohaito, house some of Eritrea’s most important historical sites.
Some of the things to be seen in Metera are a 2.5m tall enigmatic stele known for its pagan, pre-Christian symbol of the sun over the crescent moon – a south Arabian divinity, engraved on the top of the eastern face and it faces eastward, which is unique in Eritrea; a royal palace, a tomb chamber, etc.
Day 10: Senafe- Segeneiti- Asmara. Transfer to airport for departure.
Drive from Senafe to Adikeyh. Cycling from Adikeih all the way to Asmara, while enjoying the magnificent scenery and lush vegetation all the way to Asmara.
En route visit the town of Segeneiti- a lush fertile area. Visit the huge Sycamore tree locally known as Daaro revered by the locals –for its beauty, for its generous shade, for its fruitful home for beehives and for providing important social purpose– as it form a place where the community can assemble for discussions and debates. The tree has been immortalized on the five-nakfa note.