Timket Festival Celebration in Eritrea

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  • 6 Days/5 Nights
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    Group : 1 - 12 People
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    Pickup: Asmara Airport

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.”

Departure Time Flight

2 Hours Before Flight Time

The tour starts

  • In 2023, on Thurs, January 19th
  • In 2024, on Sat, January 20th

Price Includes

  • All transfers to/from airport & hotel
  • 5 Nights Accommodation
  • Breakfast each day
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel Permit fees

Price Excludes

  • Air ticket fare and Entry visa
  • Lunch, dinner and Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending and Any optional tours
  • All that is not included in the “Price include”
What to Expect

Timkat, also known as Timquat, is the celebration of Epiphany in Ethiopia and Eritrea. According to the Ethiopian calendar, the date falls on January 19 in the regular year and January 20 in a leap year, corresponding with January 10 in Terr.

Ethiopia and Eritrea, approximately half of the inhabitants, are part of two Oriental Orthodox churches collectively known as Orthodox Tewahedo. This Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church was granted autonomy by the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria in 1959. The Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church was officially separated from the first in 1993 after Eritrean recognition of its independence from Ethiopia.

Orthodox Tewahedo congregations use their Ethiopian calendar to fulfil liturgical reasons. It is founded in the Coptic calendar, somewhat comparable to the Julian calendar used in The Eastern Orthodox Church. This is why Ethiopian and Eritrean Epiphany, named Timkat, generally coincides with Epiphany of the Eastern Orthodox Church (January 19); however, it is celebrated on the following day during leap years in Ethiopia.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Asmara

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 2Exploring 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 Crystal Hotel Or Similar, in Asmara

Day 3Timket Festival

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 Crystal Hotel Or Similar, in Asmara

Day 4Asmara - Keren

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.

Overnight Sarina Hotel Or Similar, in Asmara

Day 5Keren - Massawa

Take a drive towards Massawa, the third-largest city, via the Filfil. Filfil is the home of the last remnants of Eritrea’s lush tropical forest. The region is famous for its birdwatching opportunity.

Rainforest is also part of the vast area known as the Semenawil- Bahir, the hilly region that slopes down towards the plains of the coast. There are numerous unique species of flora and fauna and a long road that was recently constructed through the mountains.

Overnight Grand Dahlak Hotel Or Similar, in Massawa

Day 6Massawa - Ghindae - Asmara

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.

End of Tour!!! Transfer to the airport for Departure

Hotels
Crystal Hotel Asmara
Asmara
Crystal Hotel
Sarina Hotel Keren
Keren
Sarina Hotel
Dahlak Hotel Massawa
Massawa
Grand Dahlak Hotel
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