YEMEN 8 DAYS NORTH (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 / IBB / JIBLA / TAIZ

Full board. Through mountain passes with wonderful landscapes, arrival in IBB, town of the XIII century. IBB is set on two hills in a very cultivated area. Continuation towards JIBLA, ancient royal residence, with wonderful mosques and minarets in coloured brickwork. Continuation towards TAIZ, very lively town, situated at a high of 1400 metres; Visit to the mosque of Al Asharafya, with two characteristics minarets, from which it is possible to have a beautiful vision of the town and of the surrounding mountains. Visit to the very coloured souk of handicraft work, silver, coral, jambie, typical Yemenite dagger, all of them very cheap.

Fourth Day - TAIZ / AL KHOKHA / ZADIB / HODEIDA

Full board. Along the shore of the Red Sea, in a pre-desert zone arrival in AL KHOKHA. Brief break for lunch and for a bath in the warm waters. In the afternoon departure toward ZABID, the Holy City, where algebra was discovered. Wonderful mosques, houses embroidered with thousands white laces, with ceilings in painted wood. The Turkish citadel is very interesting. Lunch along the way: Through BEIT AL FAGIH, arrival in the late afternoon in HODEIDA. Settlement in hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Fifth Day - HODEIDA / MANAKA / AL HAJJARA / HOTEIP / SANA'A

Full board. In the morning visit to the liveliest fish market. Departure towards the 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.

Sixth Day - SANA'A / BARAQUISH / MAREB / SANA'A

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. Return to SANA'A, dinner and overnight stay.

Seventh 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.

Eighth Day - SANA'A / EUROPE

Arrival in the late morning

YEMEN 8 DAYS NORTH (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 / 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 / BARAQUISH / MAREB / SANA'A

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. Return to SANA'A, dinner and overnight stay.

Seventh 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.

Eighth Day - SANA'A / EUROPE

Arrival in the late morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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