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Best of the Socotra island

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Groupp
1 pers
14 days
★★
RO
Avia
Europe

Tour description

The best option for those, who want to get acquainted with maximum number of sights, one of the most trendy tourist destinations of today is Socotra island.

The tour program is full of bright impressions and positive emotions that you will memorize for a long time staying on the "island of happiness" as it is called since ancient times surprising Socotra island.

Group is accompanied by an experienced English spealing guide who will not only show the main natural attractions of the island, but also places where you can make incredible photographs that will leave nobody indifferent.

Getting around the island - mostly on jeeps Toyota, that would not be exhausting for tourists who are not ready for a long trekking program.

This journey includes parking in the wild nature in special tents, avoiding noisy nights in campgrounds and hotels. It offers tourists an individual, well-ventilated tent, sleeping bags and clean bedding, a large sun awning. Each machine is equipped with an inverter to 220 V, which allows you to charge batteries while driving.

Special attention in the organization of the tour is given to quality of nutrition. Due to the field kitchen, tourists can enjoy not only a variety of seafood dishes (including lobsters and fresh tuna), but also dishes from goat and vegetables. And each morning coffee lover can enjoy a cup of Yemeni coffee, which is considered one of the best in the world.

This program does not require any special training, but assumes good physical condition - to see all the beauty of wonderful Socotra island, part of the route you must take a walk.

Set dates of the groups departure season 2015

January 12 - January 24; January 26 - February 7; February 9 - February 21; February 23 - March 7; March 9 - March 21; March 23 - 04 April; April 06 - April 18; April 27 - May 9.

Route Description

day1
Departure

Departure from your location and arrival to the capital of Yemen, Sana'a.

day2
Sana'a: excursions and recreation

Meeting at the airport by the representative of hosting party, obtaining visas. Transfer to the hotel Arabia Felix 3*, located in the historic center of Sana'a.

Starting the day with sightseeing Sana'a accompanied by the English-speaking guide. A visit to the Rock Palace of Wadi Dahr. After lunch in a restaurant Shibani with traditional Yemeni cuisine, examination of President's Al Saleh Mosque, a walk through a market in the Old City. Overnight at the hotel.

day3
Socotra island: arrival on the island and accommodation in picturesque Detwah Lagoon

After breakfast we go back to the airport for the flight to Socotra island by Felix airline. We arrive to Qalansiya.

Upon arrival moving on jeep to the camp on the banks of the picturesque Detwah Lagoon, located in the western part of the island. Detwah is considered the pearl of the island. Photos taken at this place cover most avenues about Socotra. Dinner and overnight in tents.

day4
Socotra island: beach vacation in Detwah Lagoon, transfer to Shuab Bay

After breakfast, tourists can enjoy staying at the beach of Detwah Lagoon. You can sunbathe on the white sand and swim in the waters of the Arabian Sea.

After lunch - 1.5 hour pass on a fishing boat to the Shuab Bay. Here we will land on one of the most beautiful beaches of Socotra and see the wonderful sunset. For dinner you have fresh fish specialties. Overnight in tents on the beach.

day5
Socotra island: beach rest in the Shuab Bay

Breakfast, after that a whole day of relaxing vacation on the best beach of Socotra. Swimming, walking, fishing, watching dolphins.

Also available is an evening stroll on the boat to Cape Shuab and fishing. Fish platter for dinner (fresh tuna and lobsters). Overnight in tents on the beach.

day6
Socotra island. Dixam Plateau and Wadi Dirhur Canyon

In the morning after breakfast and swimming we return by boat to Qalansiya where off-road vehicles will move you to the central part of the island - a Dixam Plateau. Here are growing the famous dragon's trees that look so incredible not only in photographs.

Also you will be able to view the top of the Wadi Dirhur Canyon. Then through the beautiful mountain serpentine descend down to the bottom of the gorge, where we stop for the night in campground. Near the site of our camp is situated a beautiful freshwater swimming pool, where you can swim. Dinner and overnight rest in tents.

day7
Socotra island: a walk on the residual forest, visiting mountain dwellers, transfer to the south coast of the island

After breakfast you will have a 3-hour walk on the residual forest of dragon trees on the opposite side of the Wadi Dirhur Canyon. It is very interesting to visit the traditional Socotran family of highlanders. After getting acquainted with life and traditions of the indigenous inhabitants of the island, you can buy a "dragon's blood" - the famous healing resin of dragon tree.

After lunch and a swim in the fresh water pool - transfer to the south coast of Socotra island, where at sunset you can admire the magnificent views of the sand dunes. Overnight in tents among the dunes on the shore of the Indian Ocean.

day8
Socotra island: capital city Habidoh, beach holiday in Ras Erissel and dunes in Archer

After breakfast there will be a drive on off-road vehicles to the north-east of the island towards the Habidoh - the capital of Socotra island. Here you will have lunch at a local restaurant and can make home calls. After lunch and food purchases you will have a beach vacation in Ras Erissel - the easternmost point of the island. Here can be arranged very decent snorkeling.

The main task for the afternoon is to organize an overnight stay in the freshwater creek between the dunes in Archer on the popular, but not very equipped camping park. Here the sandy shores of a small freshwater stream flowing out of the cave, located between two large sand dunes. We break camp on unoccupied meadow between arborvitae shrubs. In freshwater creek everyone can rinse in a small natural bath. Dinner and overnight.

day9
Socotra island: entertainment in the desert, Hoq Cave

Breakfast at dawn and walking tour to the top of one of the dunes. Do not forget to charge the camera, as in dunes you will enjoy memorable photo shoot. A simple half-hour climb up the rocky ledges lead us into one of the most unusual places on Socotra island, where you can ride from sandy mountains. To do this you have a special sandboard (only for those who know how to snowboard) and boardsurfing adapted to a simple and safe skating from the dunes.

After riding and swimming you will have lunch to eat before 4-hour trekking to the Hoq Cave. Our group will be accompanied by a local guide from a neighboring village, who will show us not only rock paintings left by the natives in III century AD, texts of the ancient Sabaean language, engraved in stone, but the Hall with mirror lake, on the bottom of which can be seen bizarre rock formations. After visiting the cave you return to your original place to spend the night in Archer. Dinner and overnight.

day10
Socotra island: Plateau Moomin and Gorge Kalesan

Breakfast and transfer on jeep to the Plateau Moomin, located in the east of Socotra island. This part of the island is rarely visited by tourists, although it carries a lot of interesting places, such as "adenium garden" (bottle tree is of the type "adenium").

Near plateau is situated a picturesque Gorge Kalesan. In the bed of a small gorge all year round flows mountain stream with crystal clear water, which ends in a fairly large freshwater swimming pool (its examination we scheduled on the next day). Dinner and overnight in tents on the edge of the gorge.

day11
Socotra island: canyons and swimming in the natural pools near the gorge Kalesan

After breakfast we will set off to explore the largest freshwater pool on Socotra island near the Gorge Kalesan . We will see an amazingly beautiful place, the existence of which knows only few of the local guides. Descending path to the bed of the canyon, where you can go for a swim in the pools.

After lunch - transfer to the beach. In calm weather here will be very interesting to snorkelling, acquainting with a variety of underwater inhabitants of the Indian Ocean - colorful fish-butterflies, corals and clams. Dinner and overnight in tents on a deserted beach on the shore.

day12
Socotra island: Gorge Ayaft

After breakfast, arrival to the city of Hadiboh for shopping souvenirs, unique Socotra honey, fragrant resins of myrrh and frankincense, as well as widely known aloe.

Then you move to the Gorge Ayaft, where at sunset open beautiful views overlooking the central mountain range of Socotra island. This is the green valley on the island, with its unique microclimate. Here you can buy the world's best frankincense.

Half an hour walk from overnight place is located a freshwater swimming pool, where you can swim. Dinner and overnight in tents.

day13
Socotra island - Sana'a: shopping and preparing to return home

Breakfast, preparing for departure and transfer to the airport. Flight to Sana'a by Felix airline, transfer to the city.

We can once again enjoy the oriental sweets during lunch in the restaurant Shibani, and make some final shopping. For yourself and for gifts we can recommend to buy Yemen green and black coffee beans, thin woolen Arab shawls, national skirts futa, henna, spices and frankincense. Staying at Hotel Arabia Felix. At night transfer to the airport.

day14
Homecoming

Flight back home.

The price includes:
  • tourist visa;
  • internal flights Sana'a - Socotra - Sana'a;
  • hotel Arabia Felix 3* in Sana'a;
  • English-speaking guide in Sana'a and English tour guide on Socotra island;
  • moving on off-roaders Toyota (3 people in the car);
  • payment of local guides, boat tickets, parking lots, etc.;
  • separately organized nutrition on Socotra island;
  • modern camping and personal equipment (comfortable, spacious and well ventilated tents, sleeping bags with clean liners, pillow, foam-mat, etc.)
  • water, drinks and juices throughout the day.
Additional charges:
  • meals in Sana'a;
  • international flights;
  • medical insurance.
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