Description of Eritrea tour
Join a small group of fellow adventurers on this 11 day Eritrea tour to discover the country’s varied landscapes, bustling towns and historic sites, from the ancient kingdom of Aksum to the remnants of Turkish and Italian rule.
You’ll start your journey in the capital, Asmara, a dynamic city full of pavement cafes and elegant Art Deco architecture dating to the Italian colonial period. Moving north past highlands and coffee plantations you’ll head to Keren, a solid agricultural town, which hosts a popular weekly livestock and camel market. Next, you’ll drive through the country’s last remaining tropical forest to the coastal city of Massawa, visiting the ancient port of Adulis along the way. In Massawa, there’ll be time to wander the narrow streets, past the many white Turkish, Egyptian and Italian buildings and perhaps sample some of the local seafood.
Moving on you’ll visit Decamhare, a favourite destination for the Italian settlers, before heading to the ancient archaeological site of Quohaito, which, according to legend, was built during the time of the Queen Sheba, around 750 BC. Here you’ll see plenty of fascinating historical relics including buildings from the Axumite period.
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Planet and peopleWe are passionate about Eritrea and are committed to increasing positive awareness of this little visited East African country.
Eritrea has huge tourism potential which we are keen to help the local communities develop. The economic benefits of tourism play a vital role in this young country’s development and correct management at this stage is crucial. Our local operator is fully briefed and contributes to our ‘Responsible Travel’ policy. Through this and ongoing discussions, they understand that the only way to grow the business is in a responsible and sustainable way.
Your visit makes a real difference, bringing scarce work to local drivers, guides and other staff. You can rest assured that the money spent in the community stays in the community. We also visit local projects, including a fascinating market in Asmara where almost everything on sale has been recycled. By purchasing souvenirs you are promoting recycling and benefiting the supplier directly.
At the end of the journey travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicine and books, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects.
Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.