Asmara the Capital City of Eritrea was converted form a scattered villages to a modern city by the Italians by the turn of the last century. The art Deco’s of the 1920’s is spectacular and it attests the feat of engineering of the Italian colonial era. Thus there are more than 400 buildings to be recognized by UNESCO
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.