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Sana'a, Manakha, Al-Hoteib, Al-Hajjarah, Hodeidah, Beit Al-Faqih, Zabid, Taiz, Jibla, Ibb, Marib, Thula, Hababah, Kawkaban, Shibam & Wadi Dhar

8 Days / 7 Nights

Included in the tour:

  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels of your choice
  • Entrance fees
  • Multilingual escort throughout tour
  • Air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle throughout (4 pax per vehicle)


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: Manakha, Al-Hoteib, Al-Hajjarah & Hodeidah

Depart Sana’a to the city of Hodeidah along Qa'a Bani Mudar where the best coffee plants are grown, continue west to 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 then continue in the afternoon to Hodeidah where we will stay overnight.

DAY 4, Friday: Hodeidah, Beit Al-Faqih, Zabid & Taiz

Early morning visit to the traditional fish market at the southern part of the city then depart Hodeidah and drive to visit the Friday traditional market of Bait Al-Faqih, which is considered on of the biggest and most important traditional markets in the country. Drive on to visit Zabid, an important early Islamic center of learning, where algebra is said to have been invented. In Zabid, see the finely decorated old houses and the 10th century mosque then continue to Taiz. In the afternoon explore Taiz, 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 in Taiz.

DAY 5, Saturday: 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 6, Sunday: Sana'a, Marib, Sana'a

Traveling east, for a full day journey 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.

DAY 7,Monday: 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 8, Tuesday: Departure

Transfer to Sana'a airport & departure


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Sana’a - Republic of Yemen

Tel.: (+967-1) 253216 / 225062

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