10 days classic

 

Sanaá – Hajja – Red Sea – Taiz – Ibb – Thula – At Tawila – Al Mahwit – Jebel Haraz – Sanaá

 

day 1: arrival at Sana`a airport. Transfer to the hotel. Visit of the old town.

 

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: Sana`a – Amran (2.256m) – Kohlan (1.638m) – Hajjah (1.791m) (3 hrs by car). Hotel

 

day 3: Hajjah – Al Ganawuf – Al Hodeida (Red Sea) (3,5 hrs by car). Hotel. Al Hodeida is known for its great fish-market early in the morning

 

day 4: Hodeida – Bait Al Faqui, which has the biggest market in Yemen every friday and is renowned for manual cotton-weaving. We go on to Zabid (85m), which is one of the oldest university towns in the world and preserved as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Our last stop for the day is Taiz (4 hrs by car). Hotel

 

day 5: visit of the city of Taiz in the morning, then we continue to Jebel Saber, Al Hodein and Ibb. Hotel.

 

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: Ibb (1.920m) – Jiblah (2.300m) – Thula (2.600m). Hotel

 

day 7: Thula – Hababa – Shibam (2.450m) – Kawkaban (2.900m) - Bokhur (3.100m) – At Tawila - Al Mahwit. Hotel

 

The view from the cliff on which Kawkaban is built is quite striking, particularly if it is reached by foot from Shibam. One can take a walk around Kawkaban and see the village which has never been conquered by the enemies. There are still some old buildings which clearly show the style of Yemeni architecture. A trip to Yemen will remain incomplete without a visit to the village of Kawkaban. It is a truly wonderful place surrounded by natural scenic beauty which never ceases to amaze the visitors.

 

day 8: Al Mahwit (this region is said to be one of the most fascinating areas for natural landscape views, due to the multitude of its water springs and streams. It is situated about 110 km northwest of the City of Sana'a, and rises to 2.100 metres above sea level). We continue to Manakha, the capital and centre of the HARAZ region. Hotel with traditional music and dance.

 

Manakha (2.200m), Al Hajjara (2.300m) and Al Hoteib (2.400m) are all found in the Jebel Haraz region. This is an area of fortress villages and terraced hillsides planted with coffee, millet and qat. Traditionally home to the Ismailis who built their defensive towns in the high mountains. Manakha is the principal town of the region and is another town with steep, narrow streets, stone forts and fortified stone houses.

 

day 9: 6-7 trek in Jebel Haraz. Hotel

 

day 10: return to Sanaá and free-time in the old town to visit the souk etc. again. Transfer to the airport. Departure