17 days in Eritrea, Somaliland & Djibouti Itinerary

17 days in Eritrea, Somaliland & Djibouti Itinerary

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Asmara, Eritrea
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Hargeysa, Somalia
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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Asmara, Eritrea

— 5 nights

Little Rome

Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asmara: Former Imperial Palace (in Massawa), Qohaito (in Debub Region) and Metera (in Senafe). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Asmara, pause for some photo ops at Cimitero Italiano Di Asmara, admire the striking features of Nda Mariam Othodox Church, and explore the galleries of National Museum Asmara.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Asmara trip planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Asmara is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hargeysa.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trips

Hargeysa, Somalia

— 3 nights
A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Hargeysa is known for nature, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Laas Geel, browse the exhibits of Saryan Museum, browse the different shops at Dahabshiil Business Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of MiG Jet.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hargeysa road trip planner.

Getting from Asmara to Hargeysa by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Hargeysa, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. You'll set off for Djibouti on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Hargeysa

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Djibouti, Djibouti

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjoura

Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
Go for a jaunt from Djibouti to Arta to see Arta Beach about 40 minutes away. On the 1st (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Day Forest National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Assal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Molk Mosque, get a new perspective on things with Aden Fishing, and shop like a local with L'ELIXIR parfumerie.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Djibouti trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hargeysa to Djibouti in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, Djibouti is somewhat warmer than Hargeysa - with highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Djibouti

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Eritrea travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Cemeteries
Little Eritrea boasts diverse landscapes that include mountains, an arid coastline, and fertile swathes of land to the west. With tourism in Eritrea still a burgeoning industry, the country represents a place of adventure for daring travelers looking to get of that beaten path. The Art Deco architecture of the capital shows off the cultural complexity and interesting facets of the former Italian colony's recent history, while a number of archaeological sites provide evidence of once-thriving ancient kingdoms. The country gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but the areas bordering Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti remain dangerous and, as a result, off the map for most foreign tourists.

Somaliland travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites