YEMEN 15 DAYS NORTH & SOUTH (First Option)

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/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 and overnight stay.

Seventh Day - SANA’A / MAREB

Full board. Departure towards the desert region, the kingdom of the Queen of Saba. Visit to BARAQUISH, (subject to agreement of the local tourist authorities). BARAQUISH is an ancient fortified town in a desert region. Continuation toward MAREB and visit to the ruins of the temples dedicated to the sun and to the moon, to the ancient dam, great architectural work ordered by the Queen of Saba. In the afternoon visit to the fascinating old mud town of MAREB, which is now almost completely abandoned. Dinner and overnight stay in MAREB.

Eighth Day - MAREB / desert / SEYUN

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 SHIBAM, towards SEYUN, plunged in a big oasis. Arrival in the evening. Settlement, dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Ninth Day - SEYUN / SHIBAM / TARIM / INAT / SEYUN

Full board. In the morning visit 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. 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. Return to SEYUN for lunch. In the afternoon 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.

Tenth Day - SEYUN / AL HAJJARIN / WADI DOAN / MUKALLA

Full board. In the morning departure towards 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. Crossing of the villages of Sif, Bada, Rashid. The show goes on for many kilometres up to ARHAB. Continuation towards MUKALLA. Arrival and settlement in the hotel. Dinner and overnight

Eleventh Day - MUKALLA / BIR ALI / MUKALLA

Full board. In the morning departure, on a Toyota, toward the wonderful shore of BIR ALI, facing the Indian Ocean, the first harbour in Yemen, built in 1000 b.C., where spices from India arrived and starting point of the convoys to Palestine. Picnic lunch on the shore and relax day at the seaside. Return in the evening to Mukalla. Dinner and overnight stay.

Twelfth Day - MUKALLA / SANA’A

Full board. In the morning visit to the museum, to the town with big buildings facing the sea and with the typical Indian architecture. Return to the hotel for lunch and in the afternoon transfer to the airport for the line flight to SANA’A. Arrival and settlement in the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

Thirteenth Day - SANA’A / AMRAN / SADAH

Full board. Departure towards the north, with stop and visit to AMRAN, characteristic preislamic town, with clay bricks houses, leaning one against the other; continuation towards SADAH, at the border with Saudi Arabia. SADAH is a beautiful town, completely built in mud, with houses without edges, closed by the ancient mud walls, where it is possible to walk admiring the typical and particular architecture in raw, without stones. The walls are built by 60 centimetres thick sheeting of earth and straw, kneaded with water, lead one upon the other, with round edges and heightened to give more steadiness to the building. Only the three gates of the city and the religious buildings are built with stones and mud. In the great central square is the Palace of the Government, a fortress on top of a hill. The Hebrew quarter is surrounded by wall with narrow lanes and small houses. The importance of SADAH date back to the X century a.D., when it was declared capital by the Imam A-Hadi Yaia bin Hussayn, founder of Zaidism in Yemen. Its grave is conserved in the great Mosque. Dinner and overnight stay in SADAH.

Fourteenth Day - SADAH / KOHALAN / SANA’A

Full Board. In the morning last visit to SADAH, to the souk rich of silver jewels made by the Hebrew. Departure towards KOHALAN, small town on a mountain covered with Indian figs, in the region of terraces. Lunch in AMRAN. Continuation and arrival in the evening in SANA’A, Dinner in the late evening transfer to the airport and departure with a line flight to Europe.

Fifteenth Day - SANA’A / EUROPE

Arrival in the late morning

YEMEN 15 DAYS NORTH & SOUTH (Second Option)

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 / MAREB

Full board. Departure towards the desert region, the kingdom of the Queen of Saba. Visit to BARAQUISH, (subject to agreement of the local tourist authorities). BARAQUISH is an ancient fortified town in a desert region. Continuation toward MAREB and visit to the ruins of the temples dedicated to the sun and to the moon, to the ancient dam, great architectural work ordered by the Queen of Saba. In the afternoon visit to the fascinating old mud town of MAREB, which is now almost completely abandoned. Dinner and overnight stay in MAREB.

Fourth Day - MAREB / desert / SEYUN

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 SHIBAM, towards SEYUN, plunged in a big oasis. Arrival in the evening. Settlement, dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Fifth Day - SEYUN / SHIBAM / TARIM / INAT / SEYUN

Full board. In the morning visit 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. 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. Return to SEYUN for lunch. In the afternoon 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.

Sixth Day - SEYUN / AL HAJJARIN / WADI DOAN / MUKALLA

Full board. In the morning departure towards 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. Crossing of the villages of Sif, Bada, Rashid. The show goes on for many kilometres up to ARHAB. Continuation towards MUKALLA. Arrival and settlement in the hotel. Dinner and overnight

Seventh Day - MUKALLA / BIR ALI / MUKALLA

Full board. In the morning departure, on a Toyota, toward the wonderful shore of BIR ALI, facing the Indian Ocean, the first harbour in Yemen, built in 1000 b.C., where spices from India arrived and starting point of the convoys to Palestine. Picnic lunch on the shore and relax day at the seaside. Return in the evening to Mukalla. Dinner and overnight stay.

Eighth Day - MUKALLA / ADEN

Full board. In the morning visit to the museum, to the town with big buildings facing the sea and with the typical Indian architecture. Return to the hotel for lunch and in the afternoon transfer to the airport for the line flight to ADEN. Arrival and settlement in the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

Ninth Day - ADEN / TAIZ

Full board. In the morning visit to the area of Crater, to the tanks and to the Archaeological Museum. Continuation towards TAIZ, stopping on the way in AL JANAD, with its beautiful mosque. This town northern of TAIZ was built at the time of the Prophet Maomet, but it went under a quantity of rearrangements in the following periods. It is the first mosque built in Yemen and founded by Ma’ad Ibn Jebel, messenger of the Prophet. Just like the Great Mosque in Sana’a, also this one is built by an open central square, surrounded at the four sides by a colonnade arcade. Blocks of stones on which are carved the verses of Koran are inserted in the internal wall of the mosque. The pond for ablutions (on the right in front of the entrance) and the minaret are the most ancient parts of the mosque. Arrival in TAIZ, very lively town, situated at a high of 1400 metres. Visit to the mosque of Al Asharafya, and to the very coloured souk of handicraft work, silver, coral, jambie, typical Yemenite dagger, all of them very cheap. Dinner and overnight stay.

Tenth 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.

Eleventh Day - SANA’A/WADI DHAR / THULA / HABABA / KOWAKABAN / SHIBAM / AL MAHWIT

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 Through a wonderful road along the Wadi AL AHJER, with cultivation of qat, arrival in AT TAWILAH, set close to the mountains, with a Turk fortress that controlled the whole valley. Continuation towards AL MAHWIT. Dinner and overnight stay.

Twelfth Day - AL MAHWIT / MANAKA / AL HAJJARA / SANA'A

Full board. In the morning visit to the old town of AL MAHWIT, situated in a commanding position, and surrounded by terraces. Departure towards MANAKA through the canyon formed by Wadi Saraah, that wings among cultivation of exotic fruit, mango, bananas and flower trees with an intense scent. Arrival on the asphalted road and continuation to MANAKA. Mountain of Haraz, 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. Manaka 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 Sana’a.

Thirteenth day - SANA’A / AMRAN / KOHALAN / HAJJA / SANA’A

Full board. Departure towards the north, with stop and visit to AMRAN, characteristic preislamic town, with clay bricks houses, leaning one against the other; continuation towards KOHALAN, small town on a mountain covered with Indian figs, connected to HAJJA from a panoramic road, that wings along mountains and peaks. The town of HAJJA was an important centre during the period of Imam and in its underground prisons political opponents were shut up. In the last centuries HAJJA was considered a stronghold of the zaidite power and in 1948 the son of the last Imam Yahia, Ahmed, concentrated and gathered in this region the last faithful to organise the fight against the opposition, that had organised a coup d’état to dethrone the Imam. Return to SANA’A. Dinner and overnight stay

Fourteenth day - SANA’A

Full board. and full day visit to the capital, its big souk through the different gates and the spectacular palaces architecture. Dinner in the late evening transfer to the airport and departure with a line flight to Europe.

Fifteenth day - SANA’A / EUROPE

Arrival in the late morning

YEMEN 15 DAYS NORTH & SOUTH CASUAL (Third Option)

First Day - EUROPE / SANA’A

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

Second Day - SANA’A

Breakfast. 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 buildings, 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 thousand scents 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 / MAREB

Breakfast. Departure towards the desert region, the kingdom of the Queen of Saba. Visit to BARAQUISH, (subject to agreement of the local tourist authorities). BARAQUISH is an ancient fortified town in a desert region. Continuation towards MAREB and visit to the ruins of the temples dedicated to the sun and to the moon, to the ancient dam, great architectural work ordered by the Queen of Saba. In the afternoon visit to the fascinating old mud town of MAREB, which is now almost completely abandoned. overnight stay in MAREB.

Fourth Day - MAREB / desert / SEYUN

Breakfast. 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 SHIBAM, towards SEYUN, plunged in a big oasis. Arrival in the evening. Settlement, and overnight stay in the hotel.

Fifth Day - SEYUN / SHIBAM / TARIM / INAT / SEYUN

Breakfast. . In the morning visit 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. 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. Return to SEYUN for lunch. In the afternoon 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, overnight stay.

Sixth Day - SEYUN / AL HAJJARIN / WADI DOAN / MUKALLA

Breakfast. In the morning departure towards 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. Crossing of the villages of Sif, Bada, Rashid. The show goes on for many kilometres up to ARHAB. Continuation towards MUKALLA. Arrival and settlement in the hotel. Overnight

Seventh Day - MUKALLA / BIR ALI

Breakfast. . In the morning visit to the museum, to the town with big buildings facing the sea and with the typical Indian architecture. Along desert shores arrival in BIR ALI, the ancient harbour of QANA, the first harbour in Yemen, built in 1000 b.C., where spices from India arrived and starting point of the convoys to Palestine. Overnight stay in a tent on the wonderful shore.

Eighth Day - BIR ALI / HABBAN / SANA'A

Breakfast. . Along the Indian Ocean, among sand dunes, desert areas, and cultivation arrival in HABBAN, interesting village with its traditional 4/5 floors houses made with mud bricks, immersed in an oasis and surrounded by magnificent mountains running sideways. Situated in WADI HABBAN, the village was known for the Hebrew craftsmen, masterful silver workers. Arrival at SANA'A. Settlement in Hotel.

Ninth Day - SANA’A / THULA / HABABA / TAWILAH / KOWAKABAN

Breakfast. In the morning visit to THULA, 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 along the Wadi AL AHJER, with cultivation of qat, arrival in AT TAWILAH, set close to the mountains, with a Turk fortress that controlled the whole valley. Return to KOWAKABAN. Settlement in fonduk.

Tenth Day - KOWAKABAN / WADI DHAR / HUTH / SHAHARA

Breakfast. Departure towards the north, with stop and visit to the famous “Palace on the Rocks” in WADI DHAR, former 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 fantasy. Arrival to HUTH; continuation towards the pre-desert area and arrival at AL GABAI, where Toyotas will be left, to go up towards SHAHARA with a pick up, through a spectacular and impassable path. Arrival at “The Eagle nest”: that’s how SHAHARA is defined, because of its position. Settlement in a fonduk. Beginning of the visit to the town and to the famous bridge, hanging over a precipice.

Eleventh Day - SHAHARA / AMRAN / KOHALAN / HAJJA

Breakfast. In the morning last visit to SHAHARA, to the famous tanks, where in the morning and in the evening, a queue of women in black, with coloured plastic buckets, catch water. In the morning descent towards AL GABAI. Continuation by Toyota towards HAJJA, the area of terraces. Stop in AMRAN, characteristic preislamic town, with clay bricks houses, Continuation and arrival in KOHALAN, small town on a mountain covered with Indian figs, connected to HAJJA from a panoramic road, that wings along mountains and peaks. The town of HAJJA was an important centre during the period of Imam and in its underground prisons political opponents were shut up. In the last centuries HAJJA was considered a stronghold of the zaidite power and in 1948 the son of the last Imam Yahia, Ahmed, concentrated and gathered in this region his last supporters to organise the fight against the opposition, that had organised a coup d’état to dethrone the Imam. Overnight stay in HAJJA.

Twelfth Day - HAJJA / TIHAMA / HODEIDA

Breakfast. Departure among terraced mountains towards the shore of the Red Sea. Interesting villages of African tuculs, lively markets and women with showy and low-necked dresses. Arrival in the evening in HODEIDA. Settlement in hotel, overnight stay.

Thirteenth day - HODEIDA / MANAKA / AL HAJJARA / MANAKA

Breakfast. In the morning visit to the very coloured fish market. Among magnificent mountains and majestic landscapes, departure towards MANAKA and HAJJARA, two jewels of Yemenite architecture in black stone. HAJJARA, that can be reached through a non asphalted road hanging over a precipice on a high mountain, dominates a green valley and its houses seem to challenge nature. Overnight stay in a fonduk in MANAKA.

Fourteenth day - MANAKA / HOTEIP / SANA’A

Breakfast and half day to visit the mountain HARAZ and HOTEIP, where the grave of a Santon, venerated among Indian Muslims is to be found. The road runs among beautiful landscapes and fortified villages. Continuation and arrival in the evening in SANA’A. Settlement in fonduk and in the late evening transfer to the airport and departure with a line flight to Europe.

Fifteenth day - SANA’A / EUROPE

Arrival in the late morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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