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THE ANCIENT ROAD OF FRANKINCENSE

ROUND TRIP BY CAR

Sana'a, Marib, Ramlat Al-Sab'atayn (Empty Quarter), Al-Qtan, Shibam, Seyun, Tarim, Al-Hajarain, Wadi Douan, Mukalla, Bir Ali, Habban, Aden, Taiz, Jibla, Ibb, Manakha, Al- Hoteib, Al-Hajjarah, Thula, Shibam, Kawkaban & Wadi Dhar

12 Days / 11 Nights

Included in the tour:

  • 12 nights accommodation in hotels of your choice
  • Entrance fees
  • Multilingual escort throughout tour
  • Air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle throughout (4 pax per vehicle)
  • Desert guide (Bedouin escort) Marib/desert/Seyun

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Tuesday: Arrival

Arrive into the medieval city of Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, considered to be the birthplace of Arab nationhood, at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.

DAY 2 Wednesday: Sana'a

A full day exploration of Sana'a, including a visit to the National Museum, Haddah and the ancient quarter of this fascinating Arabian city with its intricately decorated mosques and unique multi-storyed houses.

DAY 3 Thursday: Sana'a, Marib

Traveling east to Marib, the legendary capital of the kingdom of Sheba. See the remains of the Temple of the Moon God (Awan Temple) and the Throne of Bilquis (Bar'an Temple). See also the surviving stonework of the famous dam on which the prosperity of the kingdom of Sheba depended for more than a thousand years and the ancient city of Marib. Overnight in Marib.

DAY 4 Friday: The Desert (Empty Quarter), Al-Qtan, Shibam & Seyun

Early morning depart Marib for Wadi Hadramaut, via Safer & Ramlat Al-Sab'atayn (accompanied by a desert guide), crossing the undulating deserts, known for its stark and uncluttered beauty, is one of the most exciting, interesting and imaginable trips. En route we stop to visit the "desert Manhattan" Shibam an awe inspiring town of ancient sky-scrapers soaring out of the desert which UNESCO has declared a protected world monument, continue on to Seyun for a two-night stay.

DAY 5 Saturday: Seyun, Aynat & Tarim

Explore Seyun, the former capital of Kathiri Sultanate. You will see the 17th century Great Mosque, the Palace of Sultan Al-Kathiri built of clay & brick and decorated with gypsum. You can then wander around the traditional "Suq" with its handicrafts and home-ground produce. Depart Seyun and drive to visit the serenely peaceful village of Aynat known for its religious tombs and shrines. On the way you will pass through an area well known for its production of gypsum and will be able to watch the furnaces and workmen in action. On the way back, you will visit Tarim the capital of Kinda Kings. You will be taken around Al-Kaff Palace (Tarim Museum), Al-Muhdar Mosque & Bin Yahya Palace. Rest at the old summer Palace, which is now Al-Qubba Palace hotel before returning to Seyun for overnight.

DAY 6 Sunday: Al-Hajarain, Wadi Douan & Mukalla

Early morning, depart Seyun for Mukalla via Wadi Douan, the most important and famous valley in Wadi Hadramaut. En route, visit Al-Hajarain, one of the most ancient & beautiful villages in this area. See the remarkable stone village, a top rocky slope of Wadi Hajarain. Continue on to Mukalla for an overnight stay.

DAY 7 Monday: Mukalla, BirAli, Habban & Aden

Depart Mukalla and drive along the spectacular coast road to Bir Ali, surrounded by white sand dunes, green rocky mountains and black lava deposits. Following the coast through a mixture of volcanic landscape and occasional patches of sand dune, we turn inland to Wadi Mayfa'a then pass over a wide plain to reach Al-Rawda, where it may be possible to visit a weaving factory. Continue on to Aden via Habban & Al-Mahfad, overnight at your hotel in Aden.

DAY 8 Tuesday: Aden & Taiz

Explore Aden, the country's economic center, visit the massive & ancient Tawilla cisterns, built during the first millennium after Christ, the ethnographic museum, the archaeological museum and Aden minaret. Depart Aden for Taiz, in the afternoon explore the medieval capital of Yemen under the Rasulid Dynasty. A short drive to Jabel Saber then visit the fine Ashraffiya Mosque with its twin minarets, the Muddhaffariya Mosque, and walk through the Suq, with its exotic wares, overnight at your hotel in Taiz.

DAY 9 Wednesday: Taiz, Jibla, Ibb & Sana'a

In the morning visit the and the old Palace of Imam Ahmed, now a museum preserving his curious lifestyle then depart Taiz for Sana'a via Jibla, this picturesque village was the capital of Queen Arwa Bint Ahmed in the 11th century. Here you can see the great mosque with its column prayer hall, and the finely decorated tomb of the Queen. Drive to visit Ibb then continue on to Sana'a for an overnight stay.

DAY 10 Thursday: Sana'a, Manakha, Al-Hoteib, Al-Hajjarah, Sana'a

Traveling west, for a full day journey to Haraz region along Qa'a Bani Mudar where the best coffee plants are grown. Haraz region, an area of High Mountain ranges where villages and coffee plantations cling to steep slopes. Its capital Manakha, is a large market town full of narrow alleys, Suqs and attractive four-story houses. Drive on to visit the fortified medieval villages of Al-Hoteib then Al-Hajjarah, an old fortified village where houses are built directly onto rock, enjoy a traditional Bara'a dance with the locals before returning back to Sana'a.

DAY 11 Friday: Thula, Hababah, Kawkaban, Shibam & Wadi Dhar

Heading northwest, you will visit Thula a fortress town with its original walls, a prime example of Arabs use of stone, as a building material is nearly intact. Continue to Hababah, one of the most attractive Yemeni stone villages before traveling through volcanic landscapes to Shibam, at the foot of the step wall of Jabel Kawkaban. Dating far back into antiquity Kawkaban is the upper town of Shibam and can be reached by a paved path which follows the flank of the cliff, at 3000m Kawkaban dominates the region. Shibam lower down is the former capital of the Yaffouride Dynasty (861 - 956 AD). En route, you will visit (if time permits) Dar Al-Hajjar, the summer palace of Imam Yahya, perched on the top of a rocky pinnacle at Wadi Dhar before returning to Sana'a for a farewell dinner in a traditional Yemeni restaurant, overnight at your hotel in Sana'a.

DAY 12, Saturday: Departure

Transfer to Sana'a airport & departure.

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