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Eritrean Steam – Travel the ‘Darjeeling of Africa’

*New Dates - Book Now

Sunday 25 January - Wednesday 5 February 2014

Camels at Arbaroba ©Andy Fewster

Due to issues with line flooding and coal shortages we have rescheduled our inaugural tour to the North African country of Eritrea giving you the opportunity to escape the British winter and experience an exceptional ‘Connoisseur’ rail holiday that is brimming with culture and steam journeys.

Bookings have re-opened for this 12-day tour, priced at £3,250pp, which we have also amended to allow more time to explore this small state situated in the Horn of Africa and boasting an extensive coastline along the Red Sea. Travel time on this tour has been reduced substantially and will not include a return journey via Alexandria and Cairo as stated in the original itinerary.

Eritrea boasts spectacular scenery and a southern Italian culture. Untouched by tourism this country offers a refreshing change to its nearby Egyptian neighbours and will provide you with a real insight into the North African way of life. Despite continuing conflict in certain parts of Eritrea this tour is well away from the trouble spots along the Ethiopian border. Here's a snippet from the Lonely Planet Guide to tempt you:

“Who knew that Asmara, the capital, boasts the most shining collection of colonial architectural wonders in Africa? It is like a film set from an early Italian movie, with vintage Italian coffee machines and outstanding examples of Art-Deco architecture. On the Red Sea Coast, the sultry town of Massawa is redolent with Islamic influence……………. Although the country faces numerous hardships, it paradoxically remains one of Africa’s most peaceful, secure and welcoming destinations.”
©Martin Padgett

If still not convinced then consider the tour's major highlight, a journey by chartered steam train on what is known as the ‘Darjeeling of Africa’. This 950mm narrow gauge railway travels through spectacular scenery as it climbs over 7,500ft from the Red Sea to the Eritrean capital Asmara.

Read the full itinerary of this revised tour on our Eritrean Steam page on our website at To chat through any other details regarding this tour contact us direct on 01766 772030. If the dates for this tour aren't convenient we will be running another Eritrean tour in late October 2014, see details here Eritrea and Cairo.

Yours sincerely

Maria Cook
General Manager

Ffestiniog Travel, First Floor, Unit 6, Snowdonia Business Park, PENRHYNDEUDRAETH, LL48 6LD

Tel. 01766 772957 - Fax. 01766 772049

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