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Wadi Hadramaout & Highlands in North Yemen
18 days

1st day - Sightseeing tour in Sana’a
Visit the old town, Souq Al-Milh, the handicraft centres and the national museum. Overnight in Sana’a,hotel(2 night).

3nd day - Into the empire of Queen Saba
Drive to Baraqish and climb up to the town with its great wall, then drive to Marib. Visit the old and the new dams and Old Marib. ON in Marib,hotel. 184 km.

4th day - Into the empire of Queen Saba
Visit the ancient temples first, then drive into the desert Ramlat as-Sabatayn with a bedouin guide. ON in tents. 250 km.

5th day - Into Wadi Hadramout
Continue in the desert and cross the wadi until reachimg Tarim in the afternoon. On the way, stop in Shibam “the Manhattan of the desert” to visit shortly the city. ON in seyun,hotel (2 nights). 190 km.

6th day - Seyun and Shibam
In the morning visit Tarim with al-Midhar mosque and the family’s famous al-Qaf palace, then visit Seiyoun and the great old sultan palace, the museum, the handicraft area and the souq. In the afternoon , visit Shibam. At sunset, exceptional overview on Shibam from the slopes of the high plateau of Djol. On in tent

6th day - Djol and Mukalla
In the morning Cross the high plateau of Djol then Indian Ocean in the evening. ON in Mukalla, hotel.

7th day - The Indian Ocean
Walk around the old town of Mukalla first. Then drive along the seashores to Bir Ali, the former sea port of Hadramout. Relax at a white and endless beach. ON in tents. 140 km.

8th day - Into the area of the grey mud houses & the mounting
Cross the volcanic coastal landscape and Mayfa’a until reaching Habban. Then cross a grandiose pass from where you have a wonderful panoramic view over the mountains until reaching Lawdar and the highlands to al-Beyda. On in hotel

9th day - Into the green area of Ibb
Visit Rada with its great al-Ameriya mosque then cross the pass of Sumarah (2706m) where you have an overwhelming view over valleys and mountains with terrace fields. Arrive to Ibb in the end of the afternoon. ON in Ibb, hotel. 220 km.

10th day - Djibla and Taiz
In the morning drive to Djibla, visit Arwa-bint-Ahmed mosque and the old town. Further to Taiz, drive round the town, visit the al-Ashrafiya mosque, the old town with its silver souq. ON in Taiz, hotel. 80 km.

11th day - Down to the Red Sea
Visit the national museum in Taiz (former palace of Imam Ahmed). Continue to Wadi Dhabab to see the Sunday market and to visit the ancient Yafrus mosque. Then ride to the Red Sea. In the afternoon, relax at the seashore. ON in a hutted camp below palm trees in al-Khokhah On in hotel 220 km.

12th day - Cross the Tihama
Visit the market in Hays, famous for its pottery. Then visit Zabid with its fort and lively souq. Further to Bait al-Faqih where you will see the weaver working in cotton-mills and silk-mills. Follow Wadi Surdud upstream on a beautiful mountain road into Djebel Haraz until reaching Manakha. Night in Manakha, funduq al-Askeri or in Hajjara, funduq. 260 km.

13th day - Walking trip in Djebel Haraz
Day trip from Hadjara to Kahel and Djbal, then to the pilgrim’s sanctuary of al-Hoteib (about 5 hours). ON in tents on a terrece field with beautiful panoramic view.

14th day - Cross Wadi Sa’ra into the montains of al-Mahwit
Follow the Wadi Surdud downstream to Chamis Beni Saad. Then cross the river-bed of the green wadi Sa’ra and the mountains of al-Mahwit. ON in tents near to the nice village of at-Tawilah. 140 km.

15th day - Walking trip in the highlands of Bokur
Walk from at-Tawilah across terrace fields until reaching Bokur and Zakatine, two nearly uninhabited villages at the edge of a high plateau (3200 m). Then, drive on a gravel road to Kawkaban a nice fortified village. ON in Kawkaban, funduq.

16th day - Towns and villages in the area of Hamdan
From Kawkaban a short walk down to Shibam (about 1 hour). Then drive to the medieval villages of Thulla and Hababa. On the way back to Sana’a, visit Wadi Dahr with the palace of Imam’s family. ON in Sana’a, hotel. 65 km.

17th day - Departure from Sana’a
Transfer to airport


Note:This program is available to change for the way directions and depend on the flight arrival and departures
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