Eritrea Discovery


Eritrea Discovery

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 10 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Notes

Important Information

Foreign Government Travel Warnings

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not advise against travel to any of the areas within Eritrea that we visit on our tours. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or if would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government. 

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation Rating

On this tour we use comfortable mid-range small hotels with private bathrooms. Air Conditioning will be provided when necessary. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drink

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. 

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.

Food

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch USD 20
Dinner USD 30

Drink

The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.

Bottle of Beer USD 2
Water USD 2

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practise in Africa. If your local guide/tour leader has been helpful then you could think about tipping. This amount can obviously be left to you, but we would recommend that you allow around USD 50 for this tour. When tipping a driver the amount can be less.

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: We recommend that you bring cash as ATM machines generally only work if you have a local bank account
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are not widely accepted
Local Currency: Nakfa (NfA).
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars
Where to Exchange: There are banks and money exchange offices in Asmara, but few if any facilities outside of the capital. Further information will be given by your local guide. We recommend that you do not attempt to exchange money on the black market.

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.

Visa Information

Most nationals, including those from the UK, EU and US require a visa for entry into Eritrea. At the time of writing the Eritrean embassy in London requires all applications to be submitted in person by the traveller. We understand that applications cannot be made via an agency or third party. It should also be noted that the embassy must obtain authority from the country's Foreign Ministry in Asmara before the visa can be issued. This typically takes about 4 weeks, during which time the applicant can retain their passport; the embassy will make a copy. A letter of invitation is not required. Please ensure that you are given a dated receipt after submitting your application. Should the embassy say this is not possible then please ask them to stamp and date a copy of your passport(s).  Alternatively please have to hand a spare duplicate copy of your completed application forms which again you can ask them to stamp and date, as receipt. If after 4 weeks you have not been contacted by the embassy, please make further enquiries with the consular section.

This above information applies specifically to the London embassy. For those travellers who will be making their application in another country, please contact the embassy concerned to check on the latest requirements and processing time. If you require a letter of invitation and/or any other support with your application please contact us for assistance.

In all cases, wherever you apply for your visa, it is important to allow plenty of time - we would suggest a minimum of 5 weeks.

We strongly advise that you DO NOT purchase any international flight tickets until your visa has been granted. This is because the embassy, in common with most other diplomatic missions, is unable to guarantee that your visa will be granted. Should you wish to purchase tickets then we would recommend that these are fully refundable and dates can be changed. It should be noted that Undiscovered Destinations will be unable to offer any refunds of air fares or make changes to the dates of travel, unless the fare is fully flexible.

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of Africa, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. Anti-malaria medication is also required and the use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended.

Preparing for your tour

Climate

Eritrea can be visited anytime during the year. Much of the interior of the country, including the capital Asmara is at altitude, so there is not a huge range in temperatures. However to the far south in the Dankalia region temperatures can hit more than 45ºC during the summer.

Clothing

When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy.

Equipment

The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. Suncream/sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have. If you will be using a camera which needs film, it is recommended that a supply is taken with you, as it is not always available in Eritrea. For those with digital cameras, we would advise you to take a spare battery if you are travelling to the Dankalia, as recharging can sometimes be difficult.

Footwear

Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended.

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Electrical supply is 220V/50 Hz and plugs have two-pronged connection with round rather than flat pins holes.

Electricity supplies are intermittent and supply across the country is only available for 3-4 hours per day. Internet is availability is rare and Wi-Fi virtually unknown.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes.

These tour notes were prepared on 14/07/16