10 days "de luxe" (luxury hotels)

 

Sanaà - Hajja - Red Sea - Taiz - Ibb - Hadramout - Wadi Doan - Sanaá

 

 

day 1: arrival at Sanaá airport. Transfer to the 4 star-hotel Burj Al Salam located in the old town centre. Visit of the old town, souk etc.

 

Sana`a lies in the heart of Yemeni highlands on a plateau at an altitude of 2.300 metres (= 7.500 ft), surrounded by several mountains notably Jebel Nuqum and Jebel Aiban.The old fortified city contains a wealth of intact architectural gems. It was declared World Heritage City by the UNESCO in 1986. One of the most popular attractions is the Suq al-Milh (salt market) where it is possible to buy not only salt but also bread, spices, raisins, cotton, copper, pottery, silverware, antiques and many other goods.

 

day 2: Sanaá – Amran (2.256m) – Kohlan (1.638m) – Hajjah (1.791m) (3 hour-drive). 3 star-hotel Ramdan. Visit of the mentioned beautiful towns during the journey.

 

day 3: Hajjah – Al Ganawuf – Hodeida, which is well-known for its fish-market which takes place early in the mornings (Red Sea) (3.5 hour-drive). 4 star-hotel Ambassador

 

day 4: Hodeida – Bait Al Faqui. It has the biggest market in Yemen every friday and is renowned for manual cotton-weaving . We continue to Zabid (85m), one of the oldest university towns in the world and preserved as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Our journey leads us to Al Khawkha (Red Sea) and Taiz (4 hour-drive). 4 star-hotel Shamsan

 

day 5: visit of Taiz. 4 star- hotel Shamsan

 

Taiz is a city in the Yemen Highlands near the famous Mocha port on the Red Sea. It is situated at an altitude of 1.400 metres and has a dramatic setting where the roads run up and down the mountain sides. Mountain Saber (3.006m) rises above the city which has many old and beautiful quarters, with houses that are typically built with brown bricks and usually white mosques. There is the old citadel and the governor's palace on top of a mountain above the city centre. Taiz has many road connections with the rest of the country. The city is served by the Taiz International Airport. Coffee, grown in the surrounding landscape together with vegetables and the mild narcotic qat, is the economic base. Among the city's own industries are cotton-weaving, tanning and production of jewellery. Taiz cheese is also renowned throughout Yemen. The city has a madrasa that has status as a university.

 

day 6: Taiz – Jiblah (2.300m) – Ibb (1.920m) - Sanaà (4 hour-drive). Hotel Burj Al Salam

 

day 7: 1 hour-flight from Sanaá – Seyun (641m), the capital of WADI HADRAMOUT. Arrival in the morning. Transfer to the 4 star-hotel Al Hawta. Visit of Tarim. This modest city is an important historical site for Islam. Many manuscripts have been collected and are studied in the Al-Ahqaf library. We continue to Seyun (the Sultan`s Palace) and Shibam (2 hour-drive), called the Manhattan of the desert with its mud-brick skyscrapers. Wonderful place for the sunset. Hotel Al Hawta

 

day 8: Seyun – Al Hajjerein - Wadi Doan (1.500m), which is noted for its unique architecture – Al Khoreiba – Bukjan (3 hour-drive). 3 star-hotel Bukjan Palace

 

day 9: Bukjan – Al Mukalla (21m) (2 hour-drive). Mukalla is an important port on the Indian Ocean and it is the capital of the region HADRAMOUT which is a province in South Yemen. Hadramout is a spectacular lush and fertile spot. It has its own music and its own style of almost everything. Colours are bright and the food is spicy. There are pre-islamic ruins and ancient mosques abound.

Afternoon: 1 hour-flight from Mukalla – Sanaá. Transfer to the hotel Burj Al Salam

 

day 10: visit of the old town again (depends on time of departure).Transfer to the airport. Departure

During your time in Yemen you will see many different landscapes, people and places which will leave you with unforgettable impressions