Welcome to Eritrea


Eritrea wows visitors with its scenery, from the quintessentially Abyssinian landscapes – escarpments, plateaus and soaring peaks – to the deserted and desertified beaches of the Red Sea coast. Culturally, Eritrea is a melting pot. It might be a tiny country by Africa's standards, but it hosts a kaleidoscopic range of ethnic groups. It also features a superb array of archaeological sites that tell volumes of history. The cherry on top is Asmara, Eritrea’s delightful capital and a whimsical art deco city.

Despite the tough political and economic situation, and the odd travel restrictions, this country remains one of the most inspiring destinations in Africa, particularly for travellers that want something a little different.


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$75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Addis Ababa full day city tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Addis Ababa Museum, Addis AbabaThe tour starts 8:30 in the morning.First visit Trinity Cathedral church which is a famous cathedral church with a lot historical and religious importance.Visit national museum which a home to diverse history and culture of Ethiopia from 3.2 million years to present day.Continue to ethnographic museum which was once the residential Palace of emperor Hailesilassie and other royal family. The compound is now serving as the main campus of Addis Ababa University.After lunch break, visit Merkato the largest open air market in Africa where almost all goods and services are on sale.Finally climb mount entoto, for the best view of Addis Ababa city.Then drive back to your designated place within Addis Ababa.Duration: 1 day

$180 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip in Addis Ababa

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis AbabaIt is the most important church in Ethiopia. In this church, there is a mausoleum of the last emperor of Ethiopia - "Haile Selassie". His wife is also buried there. We will also attend some spiritual ceremonies at the same time. Duration: 1 hourStop At: National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis AbabaIs one of the most important museums in whole Sub-Saharian Africa. 3, 2 million-years old bones of our grand ancestor - Lucy, are one of the most famous exhibit of their collection. The attention of visitors is drawn by a rich collection of insignia of emperor and churches, costumes and weapons.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Addis Ababa Museum, Addis AbabaThe ethnographic museum, that is a next stop on our trip in Addis Abeba, is located in the University. It was found and managed by Polish scientists, Professor Stanislaw Chojnacki. Probably the most interesting part of the exhibition is a collection of crosses and icons. The museum should be visited by amateurs of folklore instruments, since the collection of them gathered in the museum is impressive.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Entoto Hill, Addis AbabaIt is located 3200 m above the sea. Here located was the capital city of Ethiopia, before Menelik II moved it to Addis Abeba. The king's palace remained until today. The local museum exhibits crowns belonging to kings and church, costumes and insignia.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Addis Mercato, Addis AbabaThe final attraction of the day in Addis Abeba will be a trip through Merkato, which is believed to be the biggest marketplace in Africa.After visiting, we will escort you to the chosen hotel or to the airport.Duration: 2 hours

$108 Day Trips & Excursions

Addis Ababa City Tour

Duration: Full day The largest city of Ethiopia and its capital city at the same time is Addis Abeba, which in Amharic means "a new flower". It is located in the center of the country, 2400 above the sea. It is one of the highest-located capital cities in the world. According to many sources, Addis Abeba is third in such classification, after Bolivian La Paz and Ecuador's Quito. However, La Paz is not an official capital city of its country, so we can move the Ethiopian city up to the second place.We present the one-day visit schedule. if possible, we can include some other attractions of the capital city of Ethiopia. Before noon Visitng Addis Abeba will begin with seeing the orthodox cathedral of the Holy Trinity. It is the most important church in Ethiopia. In this church, there is a mausoleum of the last emperor of Ethiopia - Haile Selasje. his wife is also buried there. Then, we will see the National Museum, that is said to be one of the most important museums in whole Sub-Saharian Africa. 3,2 million-years old bones of our grand grand .... ancestor - Lucy, are one of the most famous exhibit of their collection. The attention of visitors is drawn by a rich collection of insignia of emperor and churches, costumes and weapons. The oldest exhibits are rock sculptures and inscriptions from the times of Queen Saba, found near Aksum  and in today's Eritrea.   The ethnographic museum, that is a next stop on our trip in Addis Abeba, is located in the University. It was found and managed by Polish scientists, professor Stanisław  Chojnacki. Probably the most interesting part of the exhibition is a collection of crosses and icons. The museum should be visited by amateurs of folklore instruments, since the collection of them gathered in the museum is impressive.The lunch break will take place in the restaurant serving Ethiopian dishes and local beer. e.g in "Ambassador" with a large garden. Afternoon After lunch, we will climb the Entoto hill located 3200 m above the sea. Here located was the capital city of Ethiopia, before Menelik II moved it to Addis Abeba. The king's palace remained until today. The local museum exhibits crowns belonging to kings and church, costumes and insignia.The final attraction of the day in Addis Abeba will be a trip through Merkato, which is believed to be the biggest marketplace in Africa.After visiting, we will escort you to the chosen hotel or to the airport.

$1450 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Days Tour Asmara - Massawa

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival to AsmaraStop At: Eritrea Visit, Asmara, Maekel RegionAt your arrival at the Asmara International Airport, after processing custom formalities you will be transferred at your hotel.In the afternoon you will start with the discovery of Asmara. A guided tour will lead you to the most interesting and unusual places that Asmara, UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Albergo Italia, 3-star hotelDay 2: Asmara city tourStop At: Cattedrale di Asmara, Asmara, Maekel RegionAsmara, the capital of Eritrea is the largest City. Lying at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level the City has a year round pleasant climate at a range of 18-25 Celsius. Even during the summer time Asmara has an enjoyable climate. The modern city of Asmara was literally created by the Italians between the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century. The city’s elegant streets and the adjoining promenade are comfortable for day or night walking. The city now accommodates more than 400 art Deco buildings officially recognized by UNESCO. The city maintains its cleanliness, which is commended by many visitors. One of the attractive features of Asmara, in particular and the country in general is that it is the safest place to enjoy. One would feel as if one is in Rome when touring Asmara. Many Italians use to call it “Asmara Bella” .meaning “Asmara the beautiful”. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Albergo Italia, 3-star hotelDay 3: Asmara- Filfil- MassawaStop At: Asmara Central Market, Asmara, Maekel RegionDriving to Massawa through the green belt would take the path primarily towards the Keren road. Then turning towards the east the journey would gradually descend through the much admired filfil- solomuna road, usually called the Green belt. The road initially built by the Italians as a weather road has been turned into a fine tarmac by the Government of Eritrea Visitors may feel as if they are driving above the clouds as they could apparently watch the clouds down the hill. Bird watching is glamorous in Filfil Solomuna Visitors can have a coffee break at Sabur or Medhanit.Further driving towards the east the descending will continue. Visitors could have a stop-over at the Mai Wu’uii (the famous hot spring) found some 40 kilometers from Massawa. Continuing the journey visitors will witness the desert plains before reaching the port City of Massawa. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Dahlak Grand, 5-star hotelDay 4: Massawa City TourStop At: Massawa MunicipalityMassawa enjoys a combination of Turkish and Italian Architects, an apparent indication of the Ottoman and Italian colonial history.There is, among others, an old Turkish Palace and the Modern Port built by the Titians at the turn of the 20th Century. A more than one thousand years mosque is still standing to this day. A great attraction to many visitorsThe famous Gurgusum beach is one of the finest beaches in the world. It is clean and safe. There are no sharks at all. Thus Visitors can enjoy swimmingMassawa is relatively cool during October to March. However during April to September it will be hot and humid. Visitors can adjust their time table accordingly. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Dahlak Grand, 5-star hotelDay 5: Green Island – Asmara.Stop At: Cattedrale di Asmara, Asmara, Maekel RegionStart early in the morning, 10 minutes boat trip to Green Island, the most accessible island from Massawa consisting of beach and mangrove swamp.In the afternoon drive uphill while enjoying the magnificent scenery and lush vegetation all the way to Asmara, as time allows with stops on the way at interesting sites and encounters with the local people.Transfer to airport for departure.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$1270 Food, Wine & Nightlife

4 days tour Asmara - Keren - Massawa

ItineraryDay 1: AsmaraStop At: Asmara Central Market, Asmara, Maekel RegionUpon arrival at Asmara International Airport, you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.Discover Modernist Asmara , a UNESCO heritage site and Africa’s best city, also called as “Piccola Roma” (Little Rome) and stroll through its eclectic modernist architectures includingthe Fiat Tagliero building, the fabulously detailed old Opera house (now Cinema Asmara),the National Museum, the main Post Office, theRoman Cathedral, the colorful Market squares [vegetable, spices, souvenir, Medeber (recycling depot)],the Grand Mosque,the Orthodox Cathedral and more.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Albergo Italia, 3-star hotelDay 2: Asmara - KerenStop At: Keren War Cemetery, Keren, Anseba RegionStart early in the morning, drive to the charming city of Keren.Explore the charming city of Keren that was once a 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 colorful Monday’s market including camel market, souvenir and jewelry market etc, 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, St. Antony Romanesque Church, the old Mosque, etc. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: New Costina HotelDay 3: Keren - MassawaStop At: Ferrovia Coloniale Massawa-Asmara, Massawa, Northern Red Sea RegionAfter breakfast, drive to port city of Massawa via the zigzag highway through mountains and valleys, with stops on the way.Massawa regarded by many as “the city of Islands” and “the Pearl of the Red Sea” is Eritrea’s major port.Massawa possesses exquisite Turkish, Egyptian and European architectures, shopping arcades, delicious seafood and the 1000 year old Shafi Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Africa believed to have been built by the 1st Hejira to this area.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Dahlak Grand, 5-star hotel, Gurgussum Beach HotelDay 4: Massawa - AsmaraStop At: Cattedrale di Asmara, Asmara, Maekel RegionAfter breakfast, drive uphill while enjoying the magnificent scenery and lush vegetation all the way to Asmara, as time allows with stops on the way at interesting sites and encounters with the local people.Free to discover Asmara at your leisure time, go shopping to pick a memorabilia from magnificent Eritrea.Transfer to airport for departure.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$40 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Asmara City Cycle Tour

Explore the heart of the magnificent spirit of Africa's most beautiful capital the ‘Asmarino way' by bike! You have the choice of a morning or afternoon departure, which will take you to different parts of the city.Meet your guide in the morning at the Sunshine Hotel to start your city bike tour. Firstly your local expert will introduce himself and brief you, shortly after you will kick off your tour.Using narrow streets your first stop is San Francisco Catholic Church, where you get to walk around and get some local insights before moving on to the famous futuristic Fiat Tagliero service station - designed on the model of an airplane. Your guide will share a short history before you move to your next stop - National Museum of Eritrea, where you get to leave your bikes at the gate and spend some time inside. After, visit Saint Michael Orthodox Church and learn about the Orthodox religion before going to the Italian Cemetery to get information on the historical connection. You'll then head to Space 2000 - a great location to cycle around while you experience the new housing development and have lunch inside the Expo experiencing some delicious local food (not included), get back to the hotel using a different route. For the Afternoon tour you meet your guide at (same place) Sunshine Hotel setting off after your guide, starting with Hamsien/Embasoira Hotel one of the oldest hotels in Asmara, cycle pass the Africa Pension, get off the bike at Pushkin Statue and your guide gives you information about it, stop and take photos at the beautiful Maijahjah (Fountain), cycle around with your local expert and enjoy where ever he takes you, stop for cakes at Giardino (not included) and finish off at the hotel.During your journey your guide will also highlight lesser known spots and you will stop occasionally so you can enjoy refreshments and take photo’s.