YEMEN 11 DAYS NORTH & SOUTH

First Day - EUROPE / SANA’A

Departure with line-flight. Arrival, customs formalities dispatch, transfer to the hotel and settlement.

Second Day - SANA’A

Full board. The whole day is dedicated to the wonderful capital of Yemen, one of the oldest towns of the world, which maintains the look of a medieval village, with its mud walls, its wonderful stone and bricks building, its windows decorated with arabesques and white stuccoes, with coloured glasses or ancient alabaster, through which a magical light gleams. The whole town, its people wearing typical clothes, its veiled women, the thousands scent of the souk seem a great open air picture. Visit to the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, to the old town and to the souk.

Third Day - SANA’A / MANAKA / HAJJARA / HOTEIP / HODEIDA

Full board. Among the valleys and the canyons of the mountain of Haraz visit to two dry stone villages with 5-6 floors high buildings. From Manaka, through a non-asphalted road, arrival to Hajjara, small stronghold in miniature, placed sheer on a mountain, with small lanes that can be gone only on foot, and with the high tower houses. Return to Manaka, lunch in a fonduk, typical Yemenite hotel. Manak is located in a land where a very good quality of coffee is cultivated. In the XVII century it was an important centre for the trade of this product, that was then exported through the harbour of Moka. Among beautiful landscapes and fortified villages. Continuation to Hoteip, where the grave of a Santon, venerated among Indian Muslims is to be found. In the evening arrival in Hodeida, the most important Yemenite harbour; settlement, dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Fourth Day - HODEIDA / BEIT AL FAQIH / ZABID / AL KHOKHA / TAIZ

Full board. In the morning visit to the lively fish market, with the typical coloured boats and departure towards BEIT AL FAQIH, small town with interesting whitewashed houses, enriched by thousands laces. Visit to the town, to the souk and continuation towards ZABID, the Holy City, where algebra was discovered, with a wonderful mosque, wonderful houses architecture, with ceilings in painted wood. Continuation towards AL KHOKHA, on the shore of the Red Sea. Brief break for lunch and for a bath in the warm waters. In the afternoon departure toward TAIZ, situated in a wonderful position, visit to the lively souk where it is possible to buy silver jewels and coral of the Red Sea. Settlement, dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Fifth Day - TAIZ / JIBLA /IBB / SANA’A

Full board. In the morning visit to the mosque of Al Asraffiya, with two minarets and interesting flats. In the end departure among beautiful valleys toward SANA’A, visit to JIBLA and IBB. JIBLA, set in a green valley, reign of the queen Arwa, fascinated P.P. Pasolini who filmed many scenes of his movie “The Flower of The Thousand and One Night” in its flats. With its steep lanes, important mosques with Koran schools, interesting architectures, JIBLA seems to be steady in time. It is one of the most beautiful towns of the country. IBB, set on two hills among green cultivated fields, is interesting for its dry stone architecture. Continuation towards SANA’A, among mountain passes at a high of 2800 m. with wonderful landscapes.

Sixth Day - SANA'A / SEYUN / TARIM / INAT / SEYUN

Full board. In the early morning transfer to the airport and departure with a line flight to SEYUN, plunged in a big oasis, to the Sultan’s Palace, a unique mud work, covered by a veil of whitewash. Visit to the interesting Museums, to the souk and to the small local handicraft market. Continuation among oasis and palms towards TARIM, with a stop at the grave of Igb Isa. TARIM is the Holy City, dominated by a very high square minaret, entirely built in mud. Interesting the big houses with Indonesian architectural influence. Continuation towards INAT, through oasis, lime ovens, cultivated gardens, mud castles. It is an interesting small town with beautiful houses and holy yards with Marabut. Return to SEYUN, dinner and overnight stay.

Seventh Day - SEYUN / SHIBAM / WADI DOAN / AL HAJJARIN / SEYUN

Full board. In the morning departure towards SHIBAM, the Manhattan of the desert, a block of 500 mud skyscrapers, that seem to scrape the sky, with enormous inlaid doors, streets and squares where goats browse undisturbed in a bucolic atmosphere, steady in times. Continuation to AL HAJJARIN, a mud town located on two hills in the middle of the desert, called “the little Shibam” for its small tower houses rising towards the cobalt blue sky. Continuation along the WADI DOAN, on a track running over the WADI bed, among date-palm oasis, steep mountains, incredible landscapes where nature creates numberless natural pictures, among canyons, villages plunged in the green, with houses covered by a thin whitewash and decorated with sweet colours and naïf pictures, up to the village of Sif. Return to SEYUN, dinner and overnight stay.

Eighth Day - SEYUN / desert / MAREB

Full board. Departure at dawn and whole day crossing the desert, among splendid and great gold sand dunes, enormous silence, wonderful landscapes, with the fascination of the desert. Break along the way for a picnic and continuation, through AL BERE, towards MAREB, plunged in a big oasis. Arrival in the evening. Settlement in the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Ninth Day - MAREB / SANA’A

Full board. In the morning visit to the archaeological area, with the rest of the temples and of the ancient dam great architectural work ordered by the Queen of Saba. Continuation of the visit to the fascinating old mud town of MAREB, which is now almost completely abandoned. Departure towards SANA’A, arrival, Settlement in the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Tenth Day - SANA’A/WADI DHAR / THULA / HABABA / KOWAKABAN / SHIBAM / SANA’A

Full board. Visit to the famous “Palace on the Rocks” in WADI DHAR, ex-residence of the Imam. Recently restored, it is situated on a 50 meters high great rock and it is the utmost expression of Yemenite architecture and of fantasy. Continuation towards THULA, town of the small dry stone skyscrapers. Very interesting architecture, the splendid water basins, the glasses in alabaster. A few kilometres away is HABABA, the town where the high stone houses are around a great water cistern, in which they are reflected. Through a wonderful road arrival to KOWAKABAN, a fortress city that commands SHIBAM and the surrounding mountains. Lunch in a fonduk. In the late afternoon return to SANA’A, passing through SHIBAM. Arrival and spare time for the souk. Dinner in the late evening transfer to the airport and departure with a line flight to Europe.

Eleventh Day - SANA’A / EUROPE

Arrival in the late morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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