Best of Yemen Overland (Aden-Sana’a-Hodeida)

An opportunity to see Yemen’s incredible treasures as old as time itself hidden inland among steep, terraced mountainsides, awesome plateaus and sheer wild countryside.

Built at 2400 meters above sea level in an atmosphere of thin air, Sana'a is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most ancient towns on the Arabian Peninsula believed to be the oldest inhabited city in the world.

Surrounded by fortress like villages perched on mountaintops often shrouded in mist and clouds, their tower houses unique and unusually structured.

Sana’a - meaning “Strong” or “Vigorous” in Arabic– is said to have been built by Shem, the first born son of Noah.

It became the chief residence of the Sabaean kings in the year 1,000BC when their kingdom of the Marib in the eastern region of Sana’a became a federation.

The fabled queen of Sheba might have traveled to Jerusalem to meet king Solomon from here. Sana’a became the capital of the Great Himyarite Dynasty in the early 6th century AD serving also as a power base for Abyssinians and Persians.

With the advent of Islam in the 7th century AD beautifully decorated mosques and minarets were added to the city’s skyline.

The Ottomans ruled Sana’a until the rebellion for independence in the 1960’s. Sana’a grew rapidly, politically and economically and today is the Capital of the Republic of Yemen

Day 1:

Depart from Aden in an a/c and toilet equipped coach for the long ride to Sana’a. Sit back, relax and learn from your guide the history of a truly amazing country while viewing a diverse countryside unfolding as you ascend towards Sana’a.

Arrive at the city of Taiz, the Medieval Capital of Yemen under the Rasulid Dynasty.

Visit the old Palace of Imam Ahmed now a museum preserving his curious lifestyle.

Visit also the fine Ashrafiya Mosque with its twin Minarets.

Enjoy a local Yemeni lunch and continue to the city of Jiblah famous for its stone architecture.

Founded by queen Arwa, the only Islamic queen in the entire Arab Islamic history who conquered the whole of Yemen, Jiblah served as the country's capital in the 10th century A.D.

Visit the famous Queen Arwa Mosque in Jiblah and continue through Ibb “known as The Green Province” for its agricultural beauty.

Arrive in Sana’a and acclimatize yourself with the city’s thin air environment. Check into your first class hotel, and then enjoy a cultural show full of Yemeni music and dances that will take place during dinner.

Overnight in Sana’a.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast check out from the hotel and depart to visit Sana’a's national museum, the largest in the Arabian Peninsula.

See giant bronze statues of Hymiar kings, pre Islamic artifacts, models of temples, maps showing Neolithic, Paleolithic and Bronze Age sites and many other artifacts on display.

A visit to the Old Walled City of Sana’a is the highlight of any visitor to the city. It has the most unique style of buildings in all of Yemen.

Here you can admire façades with elaborately decorated friezes and beautiful windows with complex fretwork and colored glass.

Mosques' minarets rise above the tower-houses and the city is strewn with Turkish baths.

The heart of the city is Souk al-Milh made up of about 40 smaller souks each specializing in a particular product. Sana’a’s Old Markets were named the Finest Souks in Arabia.

Take a guided walk in the walled city and admire the incredible architectural art displayed everywhere and use the opportunity to shop for souvenirs.

Enjoy a delicious Yemeni buffet lunch at a local restaurant and depart for the port of Hodeida where the ship is docked.

Breath taking scenery awaits you as your drive descends towards Yemen’s Red Sea coast to Hodeida

 

Special Notes:
Hotel rooms are limited in Sana’a and tour must be pre-sold!!

Comfortable walking shoes, casual conservative clothing and a light jacket recommended.

Photographing women is a not allowed.

Keep money and other valuables in a safe place especially when walking in crowded souks. Bargain expected.

Not recommended for persons with limited walking or wheelchair confined.

Participants must be able to stand for long periods of time

 

Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:

Day 1:

00hr00 -> Excursion departs from Aden Port

00hr00 -> 02hr30 Drive to Taiz
02hr30 -> 03hr00 Visit museum palace of Imam Ahmed
03hr00 -> 03hr20 Drive to mosque
03hr20 -> 04hr00 Visit Ashrafiya mosque
04hr00 -> 04hr15 Drive to lunch
04hr15 -> 05hr15 Serving lunch
05hr15 -> 06hr45 Drive to Jiblah
06hr45 -> 07hr15 Visit queen Arwa mosque
07hr15 -> 10hr15 Drive to Sana’a
10hr15 -> 11hr00 Check in at hotel
11hr00 -> 12hr00 Dinner with cultural show and Yemeni music. Overnight.
Day 2:
00hr00 -> 02hr00 Wake up call, breakfast and check out from hotel
02hr00 -> 02hr20 Drive to museum
02hr20 -> 03hr20 Visit museum
03hr20 -> 03hr35 Drive to the old city
03hr35 -> 05hr35 Guided walking tour of old Sana’a and souks
05hr35 -> 05hr50 Drive to restaurant
05hr50 -> 06hr50 Serving buffet lunch

06hr50 -> 10hr00 Drive to Hodeida

 

Tour Details

Tour Name:
Best of Yemen Overland (Aden-Sana’a-Hodeida)

sightseeing tour
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:
AND-04

Duration:
2days 1night

hard excursionmeal included with tour

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