Eritrea is a small country located in the horn of Africa, bordering Sudan to the North and Ethiopia to the South.
Eritrea was formerly an Italian colony during the early 20th Century and much of the art deco architecture in the Capital survives today. The country also boats incredible scenery and bright blue archipelagos and Coral reefs.
Due to its mainly closed land borders and difficulty obtaining a visa, the country is one of Africa's most seldom visited, but it is a truly unique country in Africa and deserves to have more visitors.
Our 2020 dates are as follows:
23-29. February 2020
Arrive Asmara in the early hours and transfer to hotel. Afterwards we will take a tour of Asmara, visiting the Cathedrals, Theatre, the Great Mosque of Asmara and the famous Fiat Tagliero (a futuristically designed service station designed like an airplane). Evening spent at leisure.
Today we take a full day tour of the city of Keren up in the Eritrean highlands. Visit the silver and wood markets, the 19th Century fortress, War Cemetery and ruins of the old Imperial Palace. Overnight in Keren.
We depart after breakfast and drive to Massawa, which is made up of two islands and the mainland connected together by causeways. We take a tour of the old colonial city of Massawa before checking into our hotel. Overnight in Massawa.
Today we begin our boat cruise of the Dahlak archipelago. We will stop on Madote and Dissie Islands where you will have the chance to go for independent nature walks, relaxing on the beach, swimming in the sea or fishing. Back to Massawa in the evening.
Further tour of Massawa in the morning before driving back to Asmara where we will stay overnight.
Today we visit Qohaito, an ancient city in the Southern Debub region with vast picturesque canyons. Return to Asmara in the evening where your tour ends.
Transfer to the airport just after midnight for your flight home around 2:00. Extra days can be added on request or take our optional Sudan extension tour which will follow this one.
Do I need a visa for Eritrea?
Visa are required by all visiting Eritrea. For those living in a country without an Eritrean Embassy, we are able to obtain invitations for visa on arrival. For everyone else we register your application with the Ministry in Asmara and then you are able to apply at your local Embassy. The process takes from 2-4 weeks and generally requires you to visit the Embassy in person. If you can't be without your passport for this duration then it's generally possible to take it away with you and take it back once they're ready to issue your visa.