Timket Festival Celebration in Eritrea

  • 5 nights, 6 days
  • Max Guests : 30
  • single icon distance
    Asmara Airport
  • 17 Jan - 23 Jan


Timket Festival Celebration in Eritrea. This package focuses on the annual celebrations at Timket, the annual festival attended by tens of hundreds of thousands of visitors from all across Asmara, making this one of the largest and joyful yearly pilgrimages. Asmara is known as the “sacred city of Eritrea.”

The Timket Festival celebration in Eritrea aligns with the Ethiopian calendar, where the date typically falls on January 19 in a regular year and January 20 in a leap year, corresponding to January 10 in Terr. Orthodox Tewahedo congregations follow the Ethiopian calendar for liturgical purposes, which is similar to the Coptic calendar used in the Eastern Orthodox Church. As a result, the Ethiopian and Eritrean Epiphany, known as Timkat, usually coincides with the Epiphany of the Eastern Orthodox Church on January 19. However, during leap years in Ethiopia, Timkat is celebrated on the following day.

Timket Festival celebration

  • In 2024, on Sat, January 20th
  • In 2025, on Sun, January 19th

This tour is priced per person

  • 1 people: $1650 // Single Room
  • 2 - 3 people: $1550 per person
  • If you have a group of more than 4 people. Please contact us in Info@adulistravel.com

Price Includes

  • All transportation incl airport pick up and drop off
  • 5 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Breakfast Asmara
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Boat trips fees to Green Island
  • Travel Permit fees

Price Excludes

  • Visa Fees & Flights
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Breakfast in Massawa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending and any optional tours


Day 1: Jan 17, 2023 | Arrive Asmara, Eritrea

Arrival in Asmara. Our driver will meet you at the airport to take guests to the hotel. In the afternoon we are going on a tour in Asmara. Eritrea’s fascinating capital is on the top of an escarpment at the northwestern edge of the Eritrean Highlands. The city is a stunning collection of magnificently preserved modernist buildings and Art Deco design. It could be the first modernist city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in all its aspects.

Overnight Crystal Hotel or Similar, in Asmara

Day 4: Jan 18 | Asmara - Keren - Asmara

  • Explore Keren with a particular focus on the historical and architectural aspects of Keren. Visit the famous shrine to St. Mary of Da’arit, also called Mariam Da’arit.
  • It is situated in the huge Baobab cave opened by the Vicar Apostolic Fifth Monsignor Touvier in July 1881. Also, you can take a look at the huge military battles that took place between the British and the Italians in the Second World War. The locations are more rewarding and worth the effort in a particular Italian cemetery, which is adorned with beautiful gravestones with gravestones marked by the perennial bougainvillaea.
  • Begin making your way back to Asmara
  • Overnight at the hotel in Star hotel Asmara

Day 2: Jan 19 | Exploring Asmara

Today we’ll begin exploring the jewel of Eritrea, Asmara. It is one of the most captivating cities in Africa and packed with Italian architectural gems from the 1930s, and it is an old-fashioned city time. One of the iconic buildings that define the majority of important Italian-style buildings located in Asmara are the old petrol depot, Asmara Cathedral and the Nda Mariam Coptic Church. Asmara Cathedral, thought to be among the best Lombard-Romanesque church structures outside Italy, is an essential landmark in the city because its high Gothic bell tower is seen from all angles.

The combination of Eritrean and Italian religious styles can be observed inside the Nda Mariam Coptic Church, built by Ernesto Gallo in the year 1920. it is home to an impressive mosaic that depicts different religious scenes. Our day will conclude by visiting the cemetery in Asmara, A place brimming with colour, light and sounds. It is one of the best locations to gain a historical understanding of the Italian influence on Eritrea.

Afternoon, we’ll be able to witness the procession of the congregations from churches to the place where Timkat will be held tomorrow.

Overnight Star Hotel or Similar, in Asmara

Day 3: Jan 20 | Timket Celebration

Today, you will be witnessing Timket, the festival of Timket. We’ll stroll down to view the massive crowds that gather to celebrate Timkat. Timkat celebrations, when the Orthodox Church commemorates The Baptism of Christ.

Eritrea’s equivalent of Epiphany and the most important date in their calendar of religious significance. The celebration and procession in Asmara are the largest and most spectacular in the country. Your guide will go over some details about the event before you leave the hotel and answer any questions you may have while the ceremony is going on, making it an enjoyable experience.

Overnight Star Hotel or Similar, in Asmara

Day 5: Jan 21 | Asmara - Massawa

  • Early morning start with breakfast at hotel and begin your 120km journey to Massawa (about 4 hours) – a colorful port town mixed with Italian, Egyptian and Ottoman architecture built along Africa’s Red Sea coastline.
  • Massawa city tour
  • Lunch on arrival at the “Azeb Restaurant”. This is a real local experience.
  • Overnight Grand Dahlak Hotel or Similar, in Massawa

Day 6: Jan 22 | Massawa - Asmara - Return Home

Start early in the morning. A boat trip to Eco-friendly Island is one of the most accessible islands accessible from Massawa. In the afternoon, you can drive uphill while taking in the beautiful scenery and lush greenery up to Asmara when time permits and stop at some of the most exciting places.

Transfer to the airport for Departure.

End of Tour!!! 



Can I get the refund?

In the event that Adulis Travel does not provide one of the services In the program, we will offer an opportunity to refund the services not provided, except in force majeure cases or adverse weather conditions, delays or cancellations of international or domestic flights, road conditions, or, if you are denied, obtaining a Travel permit. (All tourists must have a travel permit to travel outside Asmara)

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We strongly recommend that you book in advance. In order to confirm the tour, we require a 5% deposit to be paid in advance. This can be done by payment to an account on our PayPal accounts in USD. The balance is payable upon the arrival of cash.
You can also pay the entire amount in advance to our PayPal account. We’ll always send the invoice with all banking information.

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