Eritrea & Djibouti


Eritrea & Djibouti

Discover the timeless allure of Eritrea and Djibouti. Asmara’s Art Deco gems transport you to a bygone era. Dive into Massawa’s cultural fusion, camp on a serene Red Sea island, witness majestic whales in Djibouti, and embrace the rugged beauty of Lac Assal. These hidden gems of the Horn of Africa are calling and it might be a one time only Expedition!


Day 1: Asmara

  • After meet & greet at the airport, we start our Expedition with a city tour of Asmara, the Eritrean capital, a city that seems to be frozen in time.  It’s often called as “Piccola Roma” (Little Rome) and observes the most shining collection of Art Deco architectural wonders such as the: Roman Catholic cathedral, St Mary Coptic church, Al Khulafa al Rashedin, Market (vegetable, spices, souvenir,
    medeber), National Museum and the Fiat Tagliero building, to name a few. 
  • Overnight in Asmara.

Day 2: Massawa.

  • After a hearty breakfast, we’ll embark on a scenic drive downhill via the Ghinda road, leading to the picturesque port city of Massawa. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and the exotic flora and fauna that make up this lush “Green Belt” area. We’ll continue our enjoyable drive, arriving in Massawa.
  • In the afternoon, explore the city of Massawa often referred to as the “City of Islands” and the “Pearl of the Red Sea,” Massawa has been a vital port for centuries. Its Turkish-style architecture, charming shopping arcades, magnificent mosques, and delectable seafood await your discovery. Massawa offers something for everyone, with pristine beaches and world-class swimming just a short distance from the city center.
  • Overnight in Massawa.

Day 3: Red Sea, Disse Island.

  • Get ready for a water adventure! We’ll hop on a fast boat to Disse Island, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and even camping on the beach. It’s a peaceful island, surrounded by the Red Sea.
  • Overnight camping in Disse Island.

Day 4: Massawa & Asmara.

  • After a good breakfast on the island, we’ll head back to Massawa, and from there, we’ll return to Asmara, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 5: Flight to Djibouti

  • Today we fly between Asmara and Djibouti. Flight departs Asmara at 12:40pm so we still have time for a last morning walk around this city full of charm.
  • After a short layover in Addis, we land in Djibouti around 5.30pm, with enough time to explore the capital before dinner.
  • Overnight in Djibouti City.

Day 6: Whale watching and boat cruise

  • Djibouti is well-known for being a great place to spot whale sharks in the wild. February is still the season, so we will venture out to the Red Sea and try to swim with these majestic creatures.
  • After the encounter, we’ll have a chance to spend the rest of the day at Sea, snorkelling and cruising.
  • Afternoon and overnight in Djibouti City.

Day 7: Lac Assal.

  • In the morning, we’ll venture out in 4WD to Lac Assal, a crater lake in the Danakil Depression at 150 below sea level. It’s a stunning collection of landscapes that includes black lava fields, salty flats and emerald waters.
  • Overnight in Djibouti City.

Day 8: Free time, fly out. 

  • After breakfast, the worst moment of every Expedition: we say goodbye. The Expedition is finished and we fly out.
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Shared twin room in 3-4 star hotels (when available) on a bed and breakfast basis.


Expert local guide and fixer.


Private vehicles, fuel and drivers

Visa Support

We'll help you prepare the visas for Eritrea and Djibouti

Activities and Tickets

Every visit, entrance ticket or activity is included.
January 28th – February 4th 2024

Our Selection Process takes only 10 minutes and it helps us create the best travel family!


Eritrea: We will apply for your Eritrea visa so you can pick it up conveniently in your nearest Embassy or on arrival in Asmara. Djibouti: they have an evisa for most nationalities, which we can help you navigate. We can also offer support if your passport doesn’t allow evisa and need an Embassy visa.
Wander Expedition doesn’t book flights for you and is ultimately not responsible for your flight connection, but we can offer guidance and support when you research the best options for you. We will meet in Asmara, and fly out of Djibouti. Both capitals connect easily with Ethiopian Airlines. We will also let you book the connecting flight between them, since you may want to use miles or points.
We will be always accompanied by an expert local crew, which will help us interact with locals and have the best possible experience.
Eritrea and Djibouti are underrated gems in the Horn of Africa, and still remain very untouched by tourism. They are perfect if you are looking for an adventure and creating stories with a powerful human connection and photogenic landscapes.


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