YEMEN – Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the very best locations to go to in Hadramout – Chris Journey Weblog

Shibam City View Sunset - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

On this final information to go to Yemen mainland (Hadramout Governate) I put collectively a Yemen itinerary and present you all of the locations of curiosity and extra. I made a decision to go after I visited Djibouti earlier the identical 12 months and I had the very best Yemini meals there. You may assume Yemen is totally unsafe. You may assume that it’s inconceivable to go to mainland Yemen however solely Socotra Island. That is all not true. On the time of writing the south (which is definitely the east) of Yemen, Hadramout Governate round Seiyun, is secure to go to. It’s additionally the situation of Shibam which is dubbed the Manhattan of the Center East and a UNESCO World Heritage Web site. This Yemen itinerary has a give attention to the Hadramout governate. 

Be part of me on this go to to Yemen and I’m positive you need to journey to Yemen as properly. Until you don’t want journey or exit of your consolation zone. You want an open thoughts. I can’t cowl political concepts right here however simply what Yemen has to supply for a traveller and what to anticipate. One factor is bound: I used to be stunned by its magnificence and the hospitality of the Yemeni individuals. 

Al Haijrain City View - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Methods to plan a visit to Yemen

Travelling to Yemen solo is feasible. This implies and not using a group, however you want an area company to rearrange a automobile with driver and information. You additionally want an company to rearrange all of the formalities. I used Kais from Yemen Touring Company who is very advisable, answered all my questions and effectively organized my journey to Yemen. Contact me for his WhatsApp quantity. I’ll cowl all of the specifics on how one can plan a visit to Yemen in a separate article.

Yemen itinerary pre-arrival day: Arriving to Cairo

A visit to Yemen isn’t like an everyday journey round Europe and it wants plenty of planning. To keep away from my positioning flight messing up my schedule I opted to reach a day early in Cairo in order that I’d have a day buffer. I flew in from Amsterdam with EgyptAir. I booked an inexpensive award ticked with my Aegean Miles & Bonus miles. One of the best Star Alliance program. I stayed on the Meridien Lodge Cairo Airport which I used earlier than. I simply stayed on the resort all day working however if you wish to exit a day try my Prime Day Journeys from Cairo article.  

Yemenia Air - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Day 1 Yemen itinerary: Flight from Caïro to Seiyun & Yemen immigration 

Yemenia (Yemen Airways) makes use of terminal 1 at Cairo Airport which is the previous terminal and a bit chaotic. I assumed it made sense to be there 2 hours earlier than the flight, however this resulted in me ready for 1.5 hours with nothing to do. There are 3 x-ray scans earlier than you board and the final one is on the gate. It went chaotic in a clean method. Lastly, the airplane departed about 25 minutes late. The flight to Seiyun takes 3-3.5 hours. About an hour within the flight a sizzling meal was served by the pleasant workers. Fairly normal: Rice with meat, some veggies, bread, and a small cake. A lot of the flight is over the empty quarter, though simply countless desert, I loved trying down and see it go by. Simply earlier than touchdown I used to be fortunate to have a fowl’s eye view of Shibam, a UNESCO World Heritage Web site. It was a clean flight total.

Seiyun Street Seller - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

On arrival in Seiyun immigration was clean however took a little bit of time. Attempt to deplane quick and be in entrance of the queues. Sure, two queues as man and ladies go individually. First cease checks if in case you have the visa paper and safety clearance. They then do one thing on a pc and scan the printed copies. At that time I received a bit confused as there have been 2 extra counters however on the identical time the, I feel, man answerable for all the pieces got here to me “are you Mr. from Hollandi”. Then, he put me in entrance of all others. At cease two a photograph and fingerprints had been taken and cease three was the ultimate visa stamp into the passport. Every part collectively took most likely 20 minutes. Baggage was quick and the motive force picked me up and we had been on our option to Seiyun.

Seiyun Palace Museum - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

It was late afternoon, and I had a little bit of time left to purchase native garments earlier than checking in on the Hawta Palace Lodge. It’s an incredible resort in an previous heritage conventional Yemen complicated. Examine the Hawta Palace Lodge web site for extra data. After some kebab and Yemeni espresso, I went to mattress early as a result of the following day can be a protracted drive east.  

Shibam Top View towards wadi - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Day 2 Yemen itinerary: Eastwards searching Tombs & Shrines

Wadi Hadramout is filled with vital tombs and shrines of prophets and students of the Islam. In the present day we’ll discover these, and the start line is the tomb of Hud (pronounce hood) about 2 hours drive east from Seiyun. Hud was a prophet in historical Arabia and talked about within the Quran. He was a peasant of the Advert individuals however when these individuals began to worship different gods Hud saved praying to the one true God. God then turned him right into a Prophet. The tomb is within the Hadramout valley. It’s a small white constructing with contained in the tomb of Hud. There’s a small city on the base of the mountain which every year involves life when pilgrims come for celebrations. Pilgrims from all around the globe go to, even after I was there a big group from South East Asia was there as properly. After an hour it was time to drive to Tarim. However first a cease for a scrumptious Yemeni lunch with stewed camel meat and far more. 

Tomb of Hud (Hood) - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

After lunch it was a brief drive to Tarim with a brief cease simply exterior of Tarim in Aynat to see the Sufi scholar shrines. Tarim city is the Sufi Islamic historic middle. It’s house to the gorgeous Al-Midar mosque and it’s placing white mud-brick Minaret which is the tallest of Yemen. The city is constructed from mud bricks which is widespread all through Yemen. I wandered round city for about 40 minutes however sadly the market wasn’t opened but once more after noon’s break. After Tarim I visited Al-Hosaisa which is house to the shrines of two Sufi students each known as Ahmed. A big mosque of the identical identify is situated on the base of the mountain.

Tarim Al Midar Mosque - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout
Sufi Scholar Tombs Aynat - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

It was a little bit of a rush in Tarim and Aynat in order that I’d be on time in Seiyun for the annual occasion Al-Houl. It’s devoted to the Sufi scholar Habib Ali Alhabshi. Individuals from varied cities collect in a procession and I used to be fortunate to see it. I like such surprises that you’re all of a sudden in the midst of native celebrations. After all of the teams handed by I visited the Seiyun souk and acquired some Yemen gold. Yemen gold is pure honey. Guarantee that somebody who is aware of about it helps you purchase it, so that you get the very best. It isn’t low-cost although however so good. As I used to be drained, I made a decision to simply have some Kebab for dinner on the resort. So many impressions already this primary day to course of so I went to mattress early.

Al Houl Festival Seiyun - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Day 3 Yemen itinerary: Seiyun to Wadi Do’an with Shibam as spotlight

The precise thought was to go to the Sultan Al-Kathiri Palace yesterday, however the museum was closed. This wasn’t an issue as a result of there was time at this time, I simply needed to get up an hour earlier. Not so my factor however I wished to see the museum. The Sultan Al-Kathiri Palace homes a small archaeological museum, a customs museum, and a photograph gallery with previous pictures of Yemen. A small but informative museum which you shouldn’t miss. It was round 10AM once we lastly headed to, in my view, the spotlight of the journey: Shibam Hadramout, the Manhattan of Arabia. Shibam is a UNESCO World Heritage Web site since 1982 and I now know why: It’s an incredible distinctive place.

Shibam City View - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Shibam is a novel metropolis in Wadi Hadramout because it’s fully constructed from mud bricks as much as eleven tales excessive. These skyscrapers home round 7000 individuals and are constructed very shut to one another. The entire metropolis is surrounded by a wall. It’s wonderful to see that simply mud and picket beams are used to construct these homes. Vehicles can get in via the primary gate, however you’ll solely have the ability to drive as much as the mosque and the primary sq.. The alleys have to be explored on foot which you’ll cowl all of them in 2 hours.

Shibam Alleys - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

In case you stroll the alleys, you’ll discover loads of goats. They stay on the bottom ground of most of the buildings. Once I arrived, the goats had been the one residing beings I noticed in Shibam, however this modified. I received invited to see the inside of one of many homes. They’re vibrant and never sandy as the skin! Every ground has just a few rooms for the varied households residing collectively. The highest ground typically is for the newlyweds which transfer down as soon as one other couple marries. As soon as again exterior within the alleys the entire metropolis got here to life as a result of it was lunch time. All of a sudden there have been children taking part in, retailers opened and ladies coming again with the goats from exterior the town. These Hadhrami girls put on pointy hats which is an fascinating sight. All this actually gave a superb impression of the life in Shibam.

Shibam Mud Houses - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Sure, there’s a viewpoint for Shibam on the different aspect of the valley. Scroll to day 5 for the Shibam sundown, it’s magical! After a small lunch it was time to drive to Wadi Do’an which is a 3-hour drive away but when checkpoints cease you this may final many hours extra. I didn’t expertise any delays with a most of 10 minutes at one navy checkpoint.

Al Haijrain City View - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Driving via Wadi Do’an there have been just a few picture stops of Sif cities of which probably the most fascinating was Al-Haijrain. A metropolis constructed across the tip of a mountain. On day 4 there can be far more time to discover these cities and villages. It was round 5PM after I arrived simply earlier than sundown on the Haid Al-Jizil Resort Lodge. After a scrumptious oven hen, I went via a number of the pictures of the previous days, linked to house for an replace and went to mattress early as the following day can be a protracted one.

Day 4 Yemen itinerary: A day in Wadi Do’an

The sundown from the Haid Al-Jizil Lodge have to be magical when the solar lights up Wadi Do’an and Haid Al-Jizil city which is constructed on high of a rock. I say “have to be” as I’m not a morning particular person so I skipped this. After my standard breakfast (eggs, Yemini bread, inexperienced chili, and low) it was time for a hike from the mountain city into Wadi Do’an. The 1-hour lengthy stunning trek begins a couple of minutes’ drive from the resort and takes you right down to Hawfah village. On the high you’ll be able to see only a little bit of the valley under and the extra you stroll down the extra the valley opens with wonderful views. With the various picture stops it took about 80 minutes to succeed in Hawfah village.

Wadi Doan hike - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout
Hawfah Village - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Hawfah village is a phenomenal small mud brick village constructed on the base of the cliffs of Wadi Do’an. Strolling via the village you’ll get a superb impression of how the individuals spend their time throughout the day. From Hawfah village we drove a couple of minutes to Buqshan village to admire the Buqshan Palace. This palace, and one other subsequent to it, is a phenomenal coloured palace owned by a wealthy household. The household now lives in Saudi Arabia however returns every year they usually maintain the village and people round.

Buqshan Palace - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Wadi Do’an could be very affluent and wealthy because of the many profitable enterprise households going again a few years. Many now stay elsewhere, for instance in Saudi Arabia. One household, the Bin Laden household, you most likely have heard of. Their household house is in Al-Rubat, and I used to be capable of go to it travelling solo. Massive teams may appeal to the eye of individuals with unhealthy intentions. Though it’s deserted it was fascinating to see. Will I be in one of many spy-satellite pictures now? Locals even invited me to come back to their home for lunch, however I needed to politely decline that as extra was on this system at this time. Earlier than heading again to the resort for lunch there have been just a few extra picture stops together with Rehab city. This mud brick metropolis, which can be constructed on the base of the sandstone cliffs is surrounded by fields of inexperienced palm bushes. A gorgeous view.

Hawfah Village - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

After lunch and an hour having fun with the infinity swimming pool it was time for a final drive via Wadi Do’an. Different cities I visited embrace in no specific order Al-Khuraiba, Haid Al-Jizil, Qarn Majed and some others. Within the night it was time, but once more, for a scrumptious oven hen for dinner on the resort. They solely serve this due to the shortage of tourism as of late. As soon as this adjustments they are going to have a full-service restaurant once more. They was absolutely booked all year long, and I hope this quickly adjustments once more as a result of the realm is wonderful.

Haid Al Jizil Village - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Day 5 Yemen itinerary: Highway journey again from Wadi Do’an to Seiyun

After breakfast it was time to depart Haid Al-Jizil resort at round 08:30AM. It could be a 3–4-hour drive again to Seiyun if there have been no delays at checkpoints. I feel I stated “cease” to the motive force about 20 occasions to {photograph} extra villages, native life, and simply stunning panoramas. Once more, all the pieces went easily, so I had just a few hours on the Hawta Palace Lodge pool after lunch. I had lunch in the most effective eating places in Seiyun and eventually was capable of style Saltah. It’s a dish from North Yemen however I needed to strive it at the least as soon as.

Rehab Town - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

After pool time it was time to move again to Shibam for the magical sundown at the very best viewpoint. It’s situated midway up the cliff reverse Shibam. The entire sandy riverbed was full of youngsters taking part in soccer, Hadrami girls coming again with goats once more, simply many individuals getting back from work. It was largely empty the opposite day, however within the late afternoon the entire valley received crowded. I watched the sundown, made a big gigapixel panorama picture, and simply admired Shibam. This was most likely probably the most memorable expertise in Yemen. It’s the actual magical Arabia.

Shibam City View Sunset - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout
Shibam City View Sunset - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

After sundown, it was a 15-minute drive again to the Hawta Palace Lodge for dinner. I went to mattress early as a result of I needed to rise up at 3AM to depart at 4AM to the airport. It’s one thing I attempt to keep away from in any respect prices however with only one possibility for a flight from Seiyun to Cairo I had no alternative. I survived.

Day 6: The tip of this Yemen street journey itinerary

Each journey has and finish and so did my journey to Yemen. The flight to Cairo is at 07:00AM which meant I needed to wake-up already at 03:00AM which is one thing I actually hate. However I survived that after all. It was only a brief journey from the Hawta Palace Lodge to the airport. I assumed it could be chaotic on the airport, however all the pieces went very clean. There are a number of passport and safety checks, however they’re quick and environment friendly. It was nonetheless earlier than 5AM after I was in ready space for the airplane to reach. The flight again was clean as properly.

Castle Wadi Doan - Mainland Yemen itinerary with all the best places to visit in Hadramout

Yemen actually stunned me. I went in with an open thoughts, however it was simply wonderful. Having seen so many locations it typically occurs that locations are “regular”, however Yemen actually is completely different. The pleasant individuals, its historic websites, nature, and all the pieces generally is a good expertise. I’d have liked to remain longer and discover the north of Yemen. This space from Aden to Sana’a nevertheless isn’t secure now. I have to return quickly for a second go to as soon as doable.  

I hope this Yemen itinerary journey report evokes you to go as properly. Plan properly and you’ll have an incredible time. 

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