7-day travel in Yemen – Hadhramaut tour classic

7 Days

Travel in Yemen and discover a wonderful country with friendly people and breathtaking views.

Visit Yemen is not for all types of travelers, but those who free themselves from prejudice will have one of the most unique and unforgettable trips of their lives. Our Hadhramaut classic tour takes you to unique places you usually only see on TV and in National Geographic magazine.

Yes, it is possible to visit Yemen, and our trip is the most secure and best possibility to do so. Although Yemen has been in conflict for many years, there are regions with no problems and are consequently safer areas that give travelers a chance to visit one of the most exciting and authentic countries of the whole Arabic Peninsula.

Our Yemen tours are organized by RJ Travel and operated locally by our carefully selected team of service providers (airport transfers, hotels, and restaurants).

7-day Yemen itinerary

8 am morning pick-up in Salalah (hotel or airport). Drive to the border of Oman and Yemen. The Yemen border crossing is usually hassle-free, but unfortunately, it is very unpredictable how long it takes to cross, from 30 minutes to 4 hours. You have to be flexible on this first day of your trip. Your guide will try his best to have a good time. After crossing the border, and if you have time, our guide will make sure you go to the local qat market, and you will enjoy a local restaurant before heading to the hotel and rest, preparing yourself for the next day. Overnight in Saba Tourist Hotel.

290 km / 4 hours hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we traverse part of the Yemeni Rub’ al Khali desert until we reach the city of Tarim. The first stop will be to visit Nabi Hud Shrine, one of Yemen’s most significant pilgrimage sites. The religious site runs around graves and the shrine of the prophet Hud. The panoramic panorama from the top of the mountain is spectacular and worth the climb. While you visit Yemen, these are the type of places you will enjoy seeing the Yemen people’s way of life. Upon arrival in Tarim, visit the famous Al-Muhdhar Mosque and the local qat market. Overnight in Pearl Hotel.

579 km / 8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we start our journey deep into Hadhramaut’s heart, and we start the day with a quick visit to the Qabr Ahmad al Habashi, the mausoleum of an important Yemeni religious figure. Dress appropriately, don’t stand out, and although you cannot go inside the mosque, profit to go up the stairs to see the fantastic view of the mosque from above after we head to Shibam, undoubtedly one of the highlights of the trip and probably one of the main reasons you book a Yemen tour in the first place. The Old Walled City of Shibam is a 16th-century mud-brick city and the oldest metropolis in the world to use vertical construction. The mud-brick buildings reach up to sixteen flights. There are no words to describe such a place. The total number of buildings in Shibam is 444. The highest building is 29 meters high. Finally, we reach Seiyun, located in the middle of the Hadhramaut Valley and the biggest and most important city in the area. Overnight in Alahqaf Tourist Hotel.

84 km / 2 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is the day to fully explore the stunning Wadi Dawan Desert Valley. This gorgeous valley is renowned for its beauty, with an extensive open area with desert, rocky cliffs, and scenic mud-brick villages. You will have the chance to visit the two most important towns, Al-Hajarayn and Sif. Besides Shibam, these two desert towns are our favorite in terms of architecture. You can explore both towns on your own and notice how friendly the people are. What to see in Al-Hajarayn: Mountain viewpoint, wooden doors and windows, main mosque, and the entrance gate. What to see in Sif: Mountain viewpoint, mosque, the old city, Al-Amoudi Musnaah house, Mohammad Ba-Ali house, Al-Mshaekh A’al Hasan Ben Badr house, and Jahlan mosque. Overnight in Hayd Aljazeel Resort with a swimming pool and fabulous views over Hayd Aljazeel village.

160 km / 3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast and enjoying the views of the rock village below, we start our day heading towards the coast of Yemen. We will reach Al-Mukalla, founded in 1035 as a fishing settlement. This is Yemen’s biggest eastern city and the gate to the historical Hadhramaut region to the north. Visit the Waterfront of Al Mukalla, the incredible Al-Ghwayzi Fort, the port area, and Mae’en sultan’s palace, now converted into a museum. Overnight in Grand Yemen Tourist Hotel.

191 km / 3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a small Al Mukalla city tour, you start your Yemen road trip along the Arabian Sea. From Al-Mukalla, you are taken to the city of Al-Ghaydah. The landscapes are impressive, with a mix of giant sand dunes and rocky mountains, wild camels, and little white-painted villages. Overnight in Gulf Stars Tourist Hotel.

491 km / 8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Last day of your trip, and hopefully, we will cross the southern Yemen-Oman border quickly without any issues. Again, borders in this part of the world are very unpredictable, and we can’t determine an exact duration of how long it will take. Count from 1 hour to 4 hours in the worst-case scenario. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Salalah (not included). Don’t book a flight out of Oman on the day of arrival from Yemen. We must ensure you get your flight back home and can afford a few-hours delay to arrive in Salalah. Book a hotel in Salalah in advance.

292 km / 5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch

As we operate locally, our guides and transportation are limited. Make sure you reserve in advance. Yemen is not a normal touristic country. Probably many things will not match most of our Western standards regarding price-quality ratio, etc. But, you will have the chance to visit one of the least visited countries in the world. Sanaa is still not safe enough for a visit. But the Hadramout region can be visited. The itinerary might change due to last-minute arrangements or security warnings. Always follow the guide’s instructions, and above all, be flexible with plan changes. This is Yemen, and your security is our most important factor.

  •  This is a private Yemen tour package.
  •  Hadhramaut Governorate in Yemen is safe to visit, yet the country is unstable, and you have to be open to change your itinerary at all times. Follow the lead of your private tour guide/driver.
  •  Your passport must be valid for at least six months.
  •  Yemen tours for Americans are possible and we can arrange that.
  •  We were in Yemen preparing this trip for you. Our destination manager was in Yemen recently preparing this tour, so you can safely enjoy your vacations in Yemen. This way we know what to expect and ensure the best service with reliable updated information.
  •  Yemen is not a normal country and it is not prepared with the normal touristic facilities. Although we try to give you the best hotels in Yemen, sometimes security and going off-grid is more important than offering you the best hotel in town.
  •  The first leg of the trip from Salalah to Shahan city might takes the whole day, depending on the time we take to cross the border. Can be fast, or it can take a few hours. You have to be patience.
  •  On this Yemen road trip, you will cross beautiful landscapes and the goal of the journey is to arrive at your first stop, the city of Seiyun. You will several stops for some occasional photos, a bathroom break when needed, and lunch at a local restaurant in Rumah (or another place chosen by the guide).
  •  It is crucial to have an early hotel or airport pick-up so that we have an amount of decent time to drive to the border, make all necessary border formalities, and drive all the way to Seiyun before dark. We will pick you up at your hotel at 8 am, or directly at the airport if your flight arrives before that and you are ready to leave early.

Highlights

  • Multi-day private tour in Yemen.
  • Yemen visa included.
  • Meet and greet at Salalah airport or hotel pick up and frop off.
  • Hotel transfers, private transportation, driver included.
  • All-inclusive tour package (drinks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • We are a certified tour operator to Yemen with license No. 27d/20.
  • English-speaking guide in Yemen.
  • Customer service and reservations with 24/7 assistance.
  • Visit the impressive Shibam city (UNESCO).

Included

  • 7 days in Yemen.
  • Visa to Yemen and all tourist taxes.
  • Early morning 8 am Salalah hotel pickup (or at the airport if arriving before 8 am).
  • Transportation, fuel, and road taxes.
  • Admission fees to museums and monuments.
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • All-inclusive tour package (drinks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • All accommodation in 3-star hotels (Yemeni rating).

Not included

  • International flights to and from Salalah.
  • Accommodation in Sahalah.
  • Souvenirs and personal expenses.
  • All not mentioned as “included”.

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7-day travel in Yemen – Hadhramaut tour classic
Group Discount Available
From $2,188
/ Adult

Trip Facts

  • 3-star hotels
  • Salalah
  • Included
  • Included
  • Seiyun, Shibam, Nabi Hud Shrine, Qabr Ahmad al Habashi, Tarim, Wadi Dawan, Al Hajjrarein, Saif, Haid Al Jazeel, Beit Bukshan, Mukalla, Al-Ghaydah, Shahan

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