Southern Yemen Overland (Aden-Taiz-Hodeida)

This tour will introduce you to the Cultural & Historical Highlights of Southern Yemen, beginning with the city of Aden.

Considered the gateway to the natural and cultural paradise of the Republic of Yemen situated at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Aden’s name is derived from the Garden of Eden, in Arabic “Adan” meaning paradise.

Built almost 3,000 years ago on a presently extinct volcano, Aden’s shoreline is cut by enormous craters forming a good natural harbor.

Occupied by Arabs and Turks for centuries Aden was used as a terminus of the spice road for Western Arabia.

A garrison built by the British in 1800 to safeguard communications with India after Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt became a permanent stronghold and coaling facility for shipping until 1970 when Yemen’s independence from Britain was declared.

Political and ethnic conflicts divided the newly founded Republic into North and South Yemen until 1990 when reconciliation was reached and the country was once again reunited.

Aden, a major industrial and commercial centre today has grown into the country’s 2nd largest city with over ½ a million inhabitants.

Taiz was described as the largest and most beautiful Arabian city by the legendary 14th century adventurer Ibn Batutta. It sustained its prominence when it became the capital of Yemen under the Rasulid Dynasty in the 13th to the 15th centuries.

Later, the Imam Ahmed Bin Yahya Hamid Al-Din chose Taiz to be the capital of his dynasty from 1948 to 1962.

Today, Taiz is Yemen’s third largest city and an important historical, cultural and financial center. The city is also home of Al-Qahira Fortress majestically perched on a hilltop between Taiz’s Old City and Mount Sabir.

The Fortress was built during the Himyarite Dynasty in the 3rd century AD and the city of Taiz was all built around the Fortress. Additionally, Taiz is home of the Historical Ashrafiya Mosque constructed in 628 AD.

From Taiz your tour will proceed to Hodeida where the ship will be waiting.

Day 1:

After breakfast on board disembark and begin your Aden tour.

The well preserved 1st century water cisterns and beautiful 8th century mosques are standing proof of Aden’s advanced engineering.

The city’s National Museum of Antiquities exhibits artifacts dating from prehistoric times to early Islamic period.

Fine sacrificial altars, alabaster figurines and panels, an impressive royal seal coin collection, Himarytic inscriptions and limestone statues of Sabaean gods together with traditional arts and crafts from the various Yemenite Kingdoms.

Aden’s Main Market complete with mazelike alleys is famous for Incense, Yemeni Henna and beautifully crafted silver jewelry.

Enjoy a cultural show full of Yemeni music and dances which will take place during lunch.

Check into your 5-star hotel. Enjoy a belly dancing show during a hearty local Yemeni dinner. Overnight at Sheraton Aden Resort.

Day 2:

Breakfast at hotel and check out. Depart Aden for Taiz; a commercial city with the most colorful markets in Yemen.

Many consider Taiz the cultural capital of Yemen. Your first stop will be Al-Qahira fortress.

This Ancient Monument is a must-see in order to understand the History of Taiz. The stairway to the fortress offers an unforgettable panoramic view of the city.

Following a tour of the Citadel enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. After lunch visit the Historical Al-Ashrafiya Mosque known for its minarets.

Take a guided walk through Taiz’s colorful and lively markets before departing for Hodeida where the ship will be waiting.


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

Comfortable walking shoes and casual conservative light clothing recommended.

Photographing women is a not allowed.

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

Tour not recommended for passengers with restricted walking or wheelchair confined.

Museum not air conditioned.

Oriental style toilet facilities available at the museum and the Cisterns.

A long flight of stairs at the museum leads to the upper floor. No photography allowed. Museum dusty, musty and run down. Not a/c.

Long walk and several stairs at the Cisterns.

Mosque in Taiz is run down, dusty and have several stairs.

Shoes must be removed when visiting inside.

Long flight of stairs at the Citadel


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 -> 01hr15 Panoramic drive of Aden from port
01hr15 -> 02hr15 Visit the museum
02hr15 -> 02hr30 Drive to the Cisterns
02hr30 -> 03hr15 Visit Cisterns
03hr15 -> 03hr30 Drive to lunch
03hr30 -> 05hr00 Serving lunch with folkloric dancing and music
05hr00 -> 05hr15 Check in formalities at resort
05hr15 -> 07hr30 Free time at resort
07hr30 -> 09hr00 Serving dinner with belly dancing entertainment
Day 2:
06hr30 -> 08hr00 Wake up call, breakfast and check out from resort
08hr00 -> 10hr30 Drive to Taiz
10hr30 -> 12hr00 Visit Al Qahira fortress
12hr00 -> 12hr30 Drive to lunch
12hr30 -> 13hr30 Serving lunch in Taiz
13hr30 -> 14hr00 Drive to mosque
14hr00 -> 14hr30 Visit mosque
14hr30 -> 14hr45 Drive to market
14hr45 -> 15hr00 Guided walk in the market
15hr00 -> 19hr30 Drive to Hodeida


Tour Details

Tour Name:
Southern Yemen Overland (Aden-Taiz-Hodeida)

sightseeing tour
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:

2days 1night

hard excursionmeal included with tour

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