Dili City Tour Full Day

From USD US$70.00
  • Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Dili, District Dili
  • Product code: DFD001
We travel east through the central business district of East Timor’s laid-back capital of Dili, which has sprung to life since independence in 2002. The city is nestled into the base of the surrounding hills, which are lush and green in the rainy season. We pass by many historical buildings, monuments, religious places including the Government Palace, Casa Europa which was the original Portuguese Military garrison built in 1769, and the Prince Henry the Navigator Monument. Our first stop is at the Australian World War 2 Memorial and Museum located in Dare. The memorial was built in 1969 by the Australian Diggers, veterans of World War II, and dedicated to the Timorese people for their support to the Australian soldiers against the occupying Japanese forces from 1942-1945. Back in Dili we visit the Santa Cruz Cemetery, which is one the most important, and historically significant worship sites in East Timor. To the international community, the cemetery is best know for being the site of the Santa Cruz Massacre that took the lives of approximately 250 youths on the 12th November 1991. Our next stop is at the Alola Esperana where we will see the women crafting beautiful handicrafts and Tais cloth. Fundasaun Alola is a not for profit non government organization operating in Timor Leste to improve the lives of women and children. Founded in 2001 by Former First Lady, Ms Kirsty Sword Gusmao, the organization seeks to nurture women leaders and advocate for the rights of women. We then make our way to the now famous East Timorese Resistence Archive and Museum for our personal 1 hour guided tour.(This tour will not visit Museum on Sundays or Mondays) We now have time to enjoy a delicious local lunch then passing by the National Parliament to the Chega Exhibition, (This tour will not visit Chega on Saturdays & Sundays) Chega is a Portuguese word that translates to the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor Leste which was the title for its report. Chega speaks for all the victims of the nightmares, individual and collective who need to know that this will never be permitted to recur. We now head east along the coast to the Jesus Statue where you have the choice to explore the gardens at the base or follow the Stations of the Cross to the top. Before returning to your hotel.

This tour includes:

A/C Transport

English speaking guide

Lunch

All entry fees