Extension to Massawa

Add 2 extra days to our 7 days trip across Eritrea and embark on a journey from the capital Asmara to Massawa. The largest plateau in Africa fall down from the over two thousand meters of Asmara to the sands of a wonderful sea coast. Massawa City has survived throughout the centuries, from a small village in the times of the Axumite Empire till the Ottoman and Italian periods. Its past is still alive nowadays in the interesting architecture of this old port city with Ottoman and Italian buildings.

 

 

2 days
Sep-June
all accommodated

We add this extension in addition to our 7 days scheduled departure Treasures of Eritrea (please see dates available). We can also arrange private trips to Eritrea including this extension upon request.

For more info and prices send us an email or chat with us!

Services included:

  • Two nights in Massawa, B&B accomodation, Grand Dahlak Hotel or simila
  • English/Italian speaking guide, except on free days
  • Local taxes, tourist permits, entrance fees and Dahlak tax
  • All that is included in the 7 days trip

 

Services excluded:

  • Meals and drinks
  • All that is excluded in the 7 days trip
Day 6: Asmara - Massawa

Breakfast and departure to Massawa. (2400 meters of difference in height with Asmara in little more than 100 km of road). Along the way you will meet the towns of Nefasit, Embatcalla, Ghinda, Dongollo Alto and lastly Dongollo Basso famous for its mineral waters.

In the afternoon, we arrive in sight of the sea! The two attractive islands that make up Massawa are called Taulud and Massawa, and both are connected to the mainland by earthworks that act as bridges.

Overnight in Massawa, Grand Dahlak Hotel or similar.

 

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 7: Massawa

Free day to spend in Massawa or the beach of Gurgusum, or going to Green island. All those activities are optional and to be paid locally.

The most valuable buildings in Massawa are:

– Shrine of Sahaba – Old City. Small shrine in the site, where, according to legends, the followers of prophet landed in 615 AD. It is believed that this shrine was built back in those times – thus it could be the oldest constructed Islamic shrine in the world, but this is not proved.

– Sheikh Hanafi Mosque – Old City. The oldest mosque in Eritrea, built in the 15th century AD.

– Bazaar– Old City. Fine Ottoman building.

– Imperial Palace – Taulud. Ornate building constructed for French consul Werner Munzinger in 1872 – 1874. Now in ruins.

– Banco d’Italia – Taulud. Gorgeous building, constructed in the 1920s.

Overnight in Massawa, Grand Dahlak Hotel or similar.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 8: Massawa - Asmara

Free morning to spend in Massawa or the beach of Gurgusum

In the afternoon return to Asmara along the traditional road, always with stops along the way at the most interesting view and places. Leisure time for a walk to discover Asmara by night, maybe sitting in a bar, enjoying an excellent coffee and the quiet and cheerful coming and going of young people and tourists.

Overnight at Asmara, Midian hotel or similar.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 9: departure

At a suitable time for your flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
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