from € 2800

Mountainous Yemen and Socotra island

Tour features
On request
1 pers
13 days

Tour description

We offer you an exciting journey to Yemen and Socotra island. You will see old cities where you can meet people, who do not aspire to civilization and carefully guard their culture and honor the traditions handed down from generation to generation. This tour is an exciting adventure: you will live in hotels and camping cities, surrounded by mountains and exotic nature, you'll be lucky to see the turtles laying their eggs (in season), as the waves of the Indian Ocean rough rolled ashore and as a burning sun hides for the white dunes. 

It is best to visit Yemen in the summer. During this period you can enjoy an abundance of fresh fruits and urban architecture enclosed in mountains, mighty canyons and immense plains. Your route covers the main towns of the northern part of the country and nature reserves of the island. The tour is suitable for outdoor enthusiasts and experienced walkers with good physical training.

Route Description


Today you will travel towards a thrilling adventure. While waiting for the flights you have time to get acquainted with the program and information about Yemen.

Sana'a - Ibb - Taiz

Arrival to the capital of Yemen - city Sana'a. At the airport you will be expected by a tour operator, hosting party. Then transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel.

We start the first day with sightseeing Sana'a directly from our hotel, which is located in the old part of the city. The capital of Yemen is situated at an altitude of 2300 meters and is surrounded by mountains. The city is one of the highest capitals in the world.

Then from the heart of Yemen, Sana'a, you go to Ibb city, where you will enjoy exploring of the mausoleum, and after which you will move to Taiz, a city with an ancient history, beautiful and distinctive architecture.

Taiz is considered the cultural center of Yemen. In Taiz you will see the the fortress walls (XIII c.), structure of which was left virtually untouched: the Al Qahera fortress, Bab al- Kabeer (the Great Gate) and Baba Musa (the Gate of Moses), Al-Ashraf, Al-Muktabiya and Al-Mudaffar mosques, the Residence of Imam Ahmad and a small museum dedicated to the last governor of the city. You'll walk around and admire the old quarters and streets of the city.

Taiz - Al Khokha, Red Sea coast

Today from Taiz you will go to the coastal village of Al-Khokha, where you can enjoy the warm Red Sea, swim among colorful reefs. You'll see exotic birds, try dishes prepared by fishermen with caught fresh fish.

Al Khokha - Zabid - Hodeidah

After Al Khokha you will visit Zabid - old Yemeni city which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Zabid you will see the ancient fortress and city mosque decorated with carvings. Zabid is a city with stunning architecture, beautiful buildings, narrow streets, ancient mosques.

From Zabid you will go to Hodeidah, one of the largest cities in Yemen, which is famous for coffee and leather industry.

Transfer from Hodeidah - Reserve Bura'a (trekking about 3 hours) - Manakha

From Hodeidah you will go to one of the last mountain ranges, which separates Yemen from the desert coast of the Red Sea. You take a walk through the rainforest, which lies at the foot of the mountains.

Manakha - El Mahwah (Mount Al-Riyadh)

In Manakha you will be delighted with the beautiful mountain scenery, steep mountain passes, green terraces and little villages, which are located at an incredible height. Then you will go to the city of Mahwah, located at an altitude of 2097 m above sea level.

Moving to Shibam-Kaukaban-Tula-Sana'a

Kaukaban is a small village near Sana'a. Kaukaban will conquer you with ancient mosques, houses, and amazing city walls and gates. Here you can get acquainted with delicious local cuisine. From Kaukaban you will go to the nearby town of Shibam, which is located at the foot of the mountain. Accommodation at the hotel.

Departure on Socotra island - Delisha camp - Beach vacation

You can enjoy your vacation on the beach, swimming in the caressing waves. Bright rays and warm water will make your trip unforgettable.

Moomin Plateau - Gorge Kalesan - 3 hour trekking to freshwater pools - Overnight in Delisha camp

This day will be very active: you will move to the Moomin Plateau, famous for its rocky terrain. Here are growing so-called "bottle trees", that can preserve water inside themselves.

In beatiful gardens you will see exotic birds and the Gorge Kalesan that will surprise you with its power. After visiting the unusual garden and ravine you make a descent (duration - 3 hours) into the canyon to freshwater basins. This fascinating natural sources. After trekking you will stay for the night in Delisha camp.

Moving to Dixam Plateau (center of the island) - Night in Wadi Dirhur Canyon

This day will be dedicated to moving to the Dixam Plateau, that has spread in the center of the island. There is also a reserve of the same name.

This area is famous for forest of dragon's trees, which have an unusual shape and are covered with thick red resin. Also you will see the deepest canyon on the island - Wadi Dirhur.

Trekking - Firmin - Dunes in Stero - Indian Ocean - Delisha camp

After breakfast you begin your 3 hour trekking to the opposite side of the canyon (forest of dragon's trees in Firmin). You will visit a local sheik.

After delicious lunch you will go to conquer the sand dunes in Stero, which majestically streched along the south shore of Socotra island. In the summer months you will see the stormy ocean waves. Overnight in Delisha camp.


Transfer to the airport of the island. Upon arrival to Sana'a you can relax at the hotel.

Flight back home

This is the final day of your rich and active holiday in Yemen. Unfortunetely, it's time to go home and pack your bags. After checking-out from the hotel you will be transfered to the airport of Sana'a. Then intercontinental flight will take you to the familiar life, leaving an amazing and unique memories of Yemen.

The price includes:
  • tourist visa;
  • domestic flights Sana'a - Socotra - Sana'a;
  • overnight at the hotel 3-4* in mainland;
  • English-speaking guide;
  • moving on off-road vehicles;
  • payment of local guides, entrance fees, parking lots etc.;
  • meals in Yemen (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Additional charges:
  • international flights;
  • medical insurance;
  • personal expenses;
  • tipping.
from € 2800 Tour price