Incredible Yemen

Situated on the western coast of Yemen north of the Bab al Mandab strait which separates Asia from Africa or more specifically Yemen from Djibouti; Hodeida is the capital of the Tihama region of Yemen and the 3rd largest city after the capital Sana’a and the commercial capital Aden.

Built originally by immigrant fishermen the city became known as “The bride of the Red Sea” due to the flourishing exports of Yemeni coffee and pearls. With its port facilities developed and improved in the 1960’s Hodeida witnessed an economic boom being the only commercial port in the region. The city was also a Russian naval base in the 70’s and 80’s.

The road connecting Hodeida to Sana’a winding its way through spectacular mountain scenery for over 200 kms was built by the Russians in 1961 and is still being used today.

Travel on this same road to Manakah, center of the Jewish artisans of Yemen for centuries and capital of the Haraz Region.

Situated 3100 meters above sea level the village was once a stronghold controlling the routes between Sana'a and the Tihama Region.

During certain times of the year Manakha is swathed in thick fog, a science fiction sight from a movie reminiscent of alien worlds from distant and mysterious planets.

View the fort built by the Ottoman Turks overlooking the town from the north, still used by the army to the present day. Peaks of other mountains nearby are also dotted with other Ottoman forts.

Admire the terraced mountainsides and stupendous scenery en route and continue to Al Hajarah one of the most impressive examples of stone architecture in Yemen and possibly the world.

The village has remained unchanged with its stone skyscrapers perched on the rock, a truly stunning spectacle a visitor never forgets.

Founded in the 11th century during the turbulent rise of the Sulayhids the village is still inhabited by about 400 people and gives the impression of strength, unity and independence.

Its incredible tower houses are heavily decorated with guss whitewash and from the rooftops of the taller houses breathtaking views across the mountains can be seen.

A guided walking tour in Al Hajarah’s alleys will introduce you to the historical Baaha quarter, inhabited by Yemeni Jews until they all immigrated to Israel in the 50’s.

A lunchbox prepared by the ship will be available for your enjoyment onboard the bus to Manakah.


Special Notes:
The road Manakah – Al Hajarah – Manakah is not wide enough for large buses. Once in Manakah, participants will move to smaller 20-seater bus to get to Hajarah.

After Hajarah’s Tour, passengers will return to their 50-seater bus back in Manakah and return to Hodeida.

Comfortable walking shoes and casual conservative clothing recommended.

Jacket or sweater might be needed during windy/rainy seasons.

Toilets available in Manakah & Al Hajarah.

Tour not suitable for wheelchair confined persons Nor with restricted walking.

Limited souvenir shops in Manakah and Al Hajarah.

The region is windy and chilly Oct – Jan


Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:

00hr00 -> Excursion departs from Hodeida Port

00hr00 -> 02hr30 Drive to Manakha
02hr30 -> 03hr00 Viewing Manakha
03hr00 -> 03hr10 Drive to Hajarah
03hr10 -> 04hr10 Visit Hajarah
04hr10 -> 04hr20 Drive to Manakah
04hr20 -> 07hr00 Drive to Hodeida


Tour Details

Tour Name:
Incredible Yemen

sightseeing tour
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:

Approximately 07hr00

medium excursionsnack included

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