NORTH + ISLE OF SOQOTRA (YEMEN) 12 DAYS 10 NIGHTS

1st day - EUROPE / SANA'A

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

2nd 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.

3rd day- SANA'A/WADI DHAR / THULA / HABABA / KOWAKABAN / SHIBAM / SANA'A

Full board. 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 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 & DINNER& DINNERin a fonduk. In the late afternoon return to SANA'A, passing through SHIBAM. Arrival and spare time for the souk. Dinner and overnight stay.

4th day - SANA'A / SOQOTRA

Full board. Early in the morning transfer to the airport and departure towards to SOQOTRA. Visit to the near beach of Holaf. Settlement in the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

5th day - HADIBU / DAKSEM / QALANSIA

Full board. Set out for DAKSEM. On the way it is possible to stop to admire the astonishing landscapes that the Isle of Soqotra can offer: its incontaminated bays and the deep blue sea spangled with fisher boats. We will climb the tableland up to a height of 1000 m; here it is possible to admire the Dragon Three, also called the Dragon Blood Three because of the red resin they exude, used by the local inhabitants as ink. This resin is also used as treatment against abscesses and other diseases. In the area we will also visit the small and characteristic village of Muri. Descent towards the coast. Driving along the coast, we will take the road to QALANSIA, that will be reached in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.

6th day - QALANSIA / SHUAB / QALANSIA

Full board. Boat trip to the beautiful SHUAB, almost one hour far from QALANSIA. The whole day will be spent over the wonderful white beach, bathing in a see where water and sky blend in their transparent azure colouring. It is also possible to admire shoal of dolphins, flocks of cormorants and of other kinds of birds and to meet the few inhabitants of the zone, very kind and hospitable. In the afternoon return boat trip to QALANSIA Dinner and overnight stay in tent.

7th day - QALANSIA / HABIDU

Full board. Morning in full relax over the wonderful beach of Qalansia, probably the most beautiful of the whole island. Among white sand dunes, even higher than 40 metres and turquoise crystal water, you can really feel the impression of being the first who enjoys an absolutely incontaminate place, almost paradise. Visit of the area surrounding Qalansia, climbing the Jebel Milh (the salt mountain), from which you can enjoy the view of the coast. Return to Hadibu. Stop on the way to admire some of the most typical plants of the island, such as the Soqotra fig (Dorstenia gigas) similar to a small baobab and the Desert rose, with its beautiful rose flowers. Dinner and overnight stay.

8th day HABIDU / NAWGED / AL KAF / NAWGED

Full board. In the early morning departure towards the region of NAWGED, in the southern part of the isle, a coastal zone rich of beaches. Through extremely beautiful mountains and wadi, incense endemic threes, Aloe, Myrrh, Adonium obesus, various sorts of thick -leaved plants, the villages of Rokab, Gawa'a Gasefo and Aba Tarek we reach the great cave of AL KAF. This cave was hollowed out and modelled by rainy water, which created phantasmagorical environments in it, where still nowadays the local inhabitants find a shelter for themselves and for their herds. In the afternoon it is foreseen to take a plunge in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. In the late afternoon return towards the coral dunes, with stop for dinner and overnight stay in tent.

9th day NAWGED / DEHEMERI

Full board. From the region of NAWGED, shifting towards north, in the direction of DEHEMERI. Along the way it is possible to see from a new perspective the pinnacles of granite of the mountains of the isle of SOQOTRA and the incredible and unique vegetation that characterizes them. In DEHEMERI it is possible to refresh plunging in the limpid azure water of the Arabic Gulf, observing the contrast between the glare of the white sand mountains and the lavic rocks on the background. Overnight stay in tent under the stars. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.

10th day DEHEMERI / YOS BEACH / ARRSAL / DEDOM / HADIBU

Full Board. Departure from HADIBU to reach the coast of Hala and of the uncontaminated beaches of ARRSAL and DEDEM. Arrival in a wonderful white beach dotted with small reddish pebble, that transform it in a natural jewel of alabaster set with coral. We'll move to the YOS beach, another enchanting beach, whose sand is so thin and smooth as to seem talcum powder. From here it is possible to scout the beauties of the environs: the multitudes of birds flying away at the slightest noise, the sources of sweet water, gushing out of the mountains and flowing to the sea like mirages, in which it is possible to refresh oneself. In the afternoon set out for Hadibu. Stop on the way in the villages to admire once more the very singular and luxuriant vegetation of the island and to get acquainted with the culture of the peaceful people of Soqotra. Arrival in Hadibu, dinner and overnight stay.

11th day SOCOTRA / SANA'A

Full board. In the early morning departure from SOCOTRA airport towards SANA'A. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit at the souk for the last shopping. Return to the hotel, Dinner in hotel. In the late evening transfer to the Sana'a International airport and departure to EUROPE

12th day - SANA'A / EUROPE

Arrival in the morning

SOUTH + ISLE OF SOQOTRA (YEMEN) 12 DAYS

1st day - EUROPA / SANA'A

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

2nd 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.

3th day - SANA'A / MAREB

Full board. Departure towards the desert region, the kingdom of the Queen of Saba. Visit 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.

4th 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.

5th 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.

6th 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

7th day - MUKALLA / SOQOTRA

Full board. In the morning visit at the museum, at the town with the great buildings facing the sea and the characteristic Indian architecture. Transfer to the airport and departure towards to SOQOTRA, on the Indian Ocean shore. Transfer to the hotel and settlement. Half day relax at the seaside. Dinner and overnight stay.

8th day - HADIBU / DAKSEM / QALANSIA

Full board. Set out for DAKSEM. On the way it is possible to stop to admire the astonishing landscapes that the Isle of Soqotra can offer: its incontaminated bays and the deep blue sea spangled with fisher boats. We will climb the tableland up to a height of 1000 m; here it is possible to admire the Dragon Three, also called the Dragon Blood Three because of the red resin they exude, used by the local inhabitants as ink. This resin is also used as treatment against abscesses and other diseases. In the area we will also visit the small and characteristic village of Muri. Return to Hadibu. Stop on the way to admire some of the most typical plants of the island, such as the Soqotra fig (Dorstenia gigas) similar to a small baobab and the Desert rose, with its beautiful rose flowers. Arrival in Hadibu, dinner and overnight stay.

9th day HADIBU / QALANSIA / HADIBU

Full board. In the early morning departure towards beach of Qalansia, probably the most beautiful of the whole island. Among white sand dunes, even higher than 40 metres and turquoise crystal water, you can really feel the impression of being the first who enjoys an absolutely incontaminate place, almost paradise. Visit of the area surrounding Qalansia, climbing the Jebel Milh (the salt mountain), from which you can enjoy the view of the coast. Return to Hadibu. Stop on the way to admire some of the most typical plants of the island, such as the Soqotra fig (Dorstenia gigas) similar to a small baobab and the Desert rose, with its beautiful rose flowers. Arrival in Hadibu, dinner and overnight stay.

10th day HADIBU / DESHEL / DEHEMERI / ARRISAL / DEDOM / HADIBU

Full board. In the early morning departure towards DESHEL, a coastal zone in the southern part of the isle rich of beaches. Through extremely beautiful mountains and wadi, incense endemic threes, Aloe, Myrrh, Adonium obesus, various sorts of thick-leaved plants, the villages of Rokab, Gawa'a and Deshel. Return towards the coast of Hala, Arrisal and Dedom and to the discovery of the beauties of the environs: the multitudes of birds flying away over white sands, the sources of sweet water gushing out of the mountains and flowing to the sea like mirages, in which it is possible to refresh oneself. In the afternoon set out for Hadibu. Stop on the way in the villages to admire once more the very singular and luxuriant vegetation of the island and to get acquainted with the culture of the peaceful people of Soqotra. Arrival in Hadibu, dinner and overnight stay.

11th day SOCOTRA / SANA'A

Full board. In the early morning departure from SOCOTRA airport towards SANA'A. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit at the souk for the last shopping. Return to the hotel, dinner in the hotel. After dinner transfer to the airport and departure with a line flight to EUROPE. Overnight stay on board.

12th day SANA'A / EUROPE

Arrival in the late morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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