Yemen Mainland Round 2

Nov 21-26
6 Days

Considered a destination from a fairy tale by all travelers, Yemen is the Mecca for intrepid adventurers, the one destination that has always awed each and every visitor for its rawness and untouched culture, combined with a jaw-dropping architecture and mesmerizing valleys.

Years of an unfortunate war, however, have isolated Yemen even more, making it a nearly impossible destination to reach. Until now.

Against the Compass is offering group expeditions to the Yemeni mainland, more specifically, to the eastern region of Hadramut, home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shibam, among many other wonders.

Yemen is the most legendary Arab country.


November 21st to 26th, 2024


6 days

Lead by Joan Torres

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Note that we always keep the itinerary flexible, and it may be subject to change, depending on the political situation.

Day 1 – Seiyun & Shibam

Day 2 – Mukallah

Day 3 – Wadi Doa’n

Day 4 – Shibam & Wadi Doa’n

Day 5 – Seiyun & Tarim

Day 6 – Departure

Day 1 – Arrival in Seiyun

  • Fly from Cairo to Seiyun at 9:30am, arriving in Yemen by 2 pm.
  • Check in at the hotel and drive to see sunset over Shibam
  • Welcome dinner and head to the bazaar to buy Yemeni clothes
  • Overnight in Seiyun

Day 2 – Mukhallah

  • Easy start and drive to the coastal city of Mukhallah, the capital of Hardamut and part of Al Qaeda territory from 2015 to 2016
  • Check-in at the hotel and lunch in a seafood restaurant
  • Visit Mukhallah Old City
  • Overnight in Mukhallah

Day 3 – Full day Wadi Doa’n

  • Scenic drive through Wadi Doa’n, the most spectacular valley in Yemen
  • Lunch and a small hike to a village
  • Visit Buqshan Palace
  • Overnight in Haid Al-Jizil

Day 4 – Wadi Doa’n & Seiyun

  • Drive to the end of the valley, to Ribad town, Osama Bin Laden’s family hometown, while stopping in different villages
  • Back to Seiyun, stopping in in Al-Hajjrain, Sif and beekeepers
  • Overnight in Seiyun

Day 5 – Shibam, Seiyun and Tarim

  • Shibam, the Manhattan of the Desert. Proper visit inside the town
  • Old City of Seiyun, including the honey market (Yemeni honey is considered one of the best types of honey in the world) & jambiya shops (Yemeni dagger)
  • Lunch & khat market
  • Tarim, the center of Islamic Sufism in Yemen, known as the city of 500 mosques.
  • Overnight in Seiyun

Day 6 – Departure

  • Flight back to Cairo departs at 8am
  • End of the tour.

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Visa processing and respective fees

Security clearance and permits

Armed escorts

Transportation and driver around Yemen (3 to 4 person per car)

English-speaking Yemeni guide & assistant

International tour leader

Airport transfers

5 nights of accommodation (twin shared) in hotels mentioned in FAQ

All meals

Entrance fees.

Not Included

International flights to and from Seiyun (€900 round-trip)

Local clothes

Single supplement. Having your own private room costs €350.


November 21st to 26th, 2024


6 days

Lead by Joan Torres


Which hotels do we stay at?

These are the hotels where we always stay but note that once in a while, they might be subject to availability.

How does the room distribution work?

The price of the tour includes accommodation in a twin room.

If you are a solo traveler, you will be sharing the room with another like-minded traveler from the group. We always try to group people of same gender and age together but note that this won’t always be the case.

If you want to have your own single room, you will have to pay an additional 350€.

How to get a visa?

We will take care of that, don’t worry.

You don’t need to visit the embassy, everything will be arranged via email and all you’ll need to do is send us a passport copy, a passport photo, and a filled-out form.

How do I get into Yemen?

Twice a week, there is a flight operated by Yemenia Airways that goes from Cairo to Seiyun.

The flight must be booked via a tour agent based in Cairo, and we will take care of that.

More information will be shared upon booking your spot on the tour.

Which nationalities can join this tour?

All nationalities, and that includes US citizens too.

Can women join this tour?

Yes, women can join these tours, of course, but hijab and abaya are required at all times, from the moment you land at Seiyun International Airport.

You can buy an abaya and a hijab at any bazaar in Cairo, or even from Amazon in your home country.

In some specific villages, a niqab will be required, and you may buy one on day 1 in Seiyun for a few $.

Is it safe?

This tour focuses on the region of Hadramut, which is the most stable and safest area in all Yemen and actually, the only area you can visit.

Moreover, we will travel with armed escorts and expert local fixers.

How many people will attend this tour?

We will limit it to a maximum of 12 people.

How does payment work?

To secure your spot on the tour, we require a deposit.

All details will be shared upon booking your spot.

Do you recommend specific travel insurance?

Either you are joining one of our trips, or you are traveling by yourself, you might want to look for proper travel insurance. Against the Compass has been a partner with IATI for several years already, recommending it to all readers, as well as covering all Joan Torres’ personal trips.

We like it because It covers all the countries where the FCDO advises against all travel, it offers budget plans and covers all sorts of adventure activities.

Against the Compass readers can benefit from a 5% discount.

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What about the cancellation policy?

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions.