Secret lands of Eritrea

Trip description

From Asmara, we will take the direction of the coast to go on a trip on the paradise islands. Then, direction the land or you can admire the magnificent scenery.Except for the Dahlaks Islands for which the permit is simple to obtain, the other destinations of this itinerary sometimes involve travelling into a group of 5 persons via an agency, in order to obtain travel permits.

Day 1: Visit of the city "above the clouds"

Day 2: Cap on Keren

Day 3: Stroll in the different markets and souks of the city

Day 4: Excursion to the rainforest

Day 5: Port city of Massawa

Day 6: Crossing to the Dahlaks Islands

Day 7: Paradise day

Day 8: Relaxation and underwater activity

Day 9: Return on land

Day 10: Crossing towards Asmara

Day 11: Ruins of a distant empire

Day 12: Majestic sunrise

Day 13: Travel out of time on a steam train

Day 14: Last hours in Eritrea

Day 1 : Visit of the city "above the clouds"

Day1 : Visit of the city "above the clouds" ©Charlotte FICHEUX

Start by applying for travel permits from the Ministry of Tourism on Harnet Avenue. Once the mission is accomplished, it's time to visit Asmara! Art Deco villas, timeless coffees as well as seed and craft markets are on the programme. In the late afternoon, pick up your permits and then head to Sainte-Marie Cathedral to climb up the bell tower and enjoy the sunset.

Day 2 : Cap on Keren

Day2 : Cap on Keren ©muendo -

Morning in Asmara, then route for Keren just after lunch. Arrival in Keren before dark.

Day 3 : Stroll in the different markets and souks of the city

Day3 : Stroll in the different markets and souks of the city ©Charlotte FICHEUX

Discover this city of markets. If you are on site on a Monday, don't miss the camel market that attracts merchants from across the country. Then, to the main market at the entrance to the city just next to the bridge, where sellers of wood, wicker, spices and even homemade crafts meet! Stop for lunch and enjoy a taste of the local speciality: capretto. In the afternoon, stroll through the souks and let yourself be immersed in the Arabic atmosphere of the city.

Day 4 : Excursion to the rainforest

Day4 : Excursion to the rainforest ©Charlotte FICHEUX

Drive to Massawa via Filfil. Recently paved, the road winds through the mountains and offers sumptuous landscapes. You can stop on the way for a short walk in the Filfil Rainforest where there is a good chance you will encounter groups of green monkeys and baboons.

Day 5 : Port city of Massawa

Day5 : Port city of Massawa ©Charlotte FICHEUX

Day in Massawa. Take a minibus to go to the mainland of the city where the market is held every morning. In the afternoon, discover the old town and the mythical port of Massawa and make sure you are in its streets at dusk, at a time when the city and its inhabitants are leaving their torpor.

Day 6 : Crossing to the Dahlaks Islands

Embark on a sambuck and head to the Dahlaks Islands to sail the Red Sea in the footsteps of traveling writers such as Joseph Kessel and Henry de Monfreid.

Day 7 : Paradise day

White sand, turquoise sea and fresh fish at every meal, that's what awaits you on this archipelago

Day 8 : Relaxation and underwater activity

Relax on the beaches of désertes and multicolores coral.

Day 9 : Return on land

Day9 : Return on land ©Charlotte FICHEUX

Last swim before recovering the continent in mid afternoon. Enjoy the late afternoon to discover the old town of Massawa. At night, the city and its inhabitants are gradually waking up; it is a magical spectacle, not lacking under any pretext.

Day 10 : Crossing towards Asmara

Day10 : Crossing towards Asmara ©Charlotte FICHEUX

Return to Asmara via Ghinda. Stop on the Red Sea Pension of Ghinda to sample their delicious yogurt yaourts.

Day 11 : Ruins of a distant empire

Route for Senafe. On the road, stop at Qua'atit to visit the axumites ruins, then continue your route to the Ethiopian border where you will spend the night.

Day 12 : Majestic sunrise

Day12 : Majestic sunrise ©Charlotte FICHEUX

A wake-up call at dawn is required to climb Amba Metera before sunrise. Once at the top, all you have to do is admire the rising sun, tinting the mountains with various colours. Then take the road to Asmara and stop on the way in the valley of the sycamores before returning to the capital in the afternoon.

Day 13 : Travel out of time on a steam train

Day13 : Travel out of time on a steam train ©Charlotte FICHEUX

Embark on one of the latest steam trains in the world for an unforgettable experience (attention: the train only leaves on Sunday). Returning to Asmara will take a tour to the Medabar, this ancient caravanserail where the metal is recycled today. End with a traditional dinner in one of the capital's restaurants.

Day 14 : Last hours in Eritrea

Day14 : Last hours in Eritrea ©Charlotte FICHEUX

Take advantage of this last day to do some shopping in the various markets of Asmara before heading to the airport.

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