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review 2 Mar 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The old Steam train journey winding through the mountains from Asmara to Nefasit is fantastic and simply something you can't do anywhere else. (Though this is run only for tourists and you need c.15 people for the train to operate.)

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Read up about where you want to go in Eritrea. Travel is restricted to tourists due to the need to have permits to visit anywhere outside of Asmara. This means some of the fantastic places that Eritrea has within its borders are not able to be visited (and aren't on this trip), oddly also because you need five people to go to some places (but no-one can explain why it's five - it's not a cost thing)! This trip only really goes to the main 3 towns; Asmara, Keren and Massawa, so the first 5/6 days are great, the remainder is disappointing as there's nothing in Decemhare and little to do in Asmara for more than 2 days. I would make sure you have plenty of books whilst you wait it out for your flight!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Local guides were employed. Beware though you'll end up tipping every person who simply opens a gate for you to see something on the itinerary! It's interesting to meet the Rashida ethnic group, but be warned that if you do not want to buy a bracelet, shell or don an outfit of theirs for a photo opportunity, the mood will turn more sour than the previously seen welcoming smiles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Eritrea is a fantastic country, but don't expect to see much of it yet with their restrictive tourism. If I had the choice again I would not choose to travel on this trip in its current form; the front half is fantastic, the last part felt like we were simply waiting around for our flights with too much time 'trapped' in Asmara with too little to do. The trip needs to be shorter or have more added to the itinerary.

Read the operator's response here:

We value all feedback given by our travelers, and are disappointed that this traveler felt that the final days of the tour were lacking. Unfortunately, as stated, travel within Eritrea is restricted by the local authorities and it is only possible to visit a limited number of towns and sites within the country - some of these are contingent upon group size, while others are out of bounds for any travelers, no matter what the group size is. While we are continually looking for ways in which to improve our tours, Eritrea operates a rather strict system as to where western visitors are allowed to travel, so options can be limited. While previous travelers have enjoyed visiting Decamhere, we realise that everyone will have different opinions and will continue to monitor client feedback in order to ensure that we offer an attractive itinerary.

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