9 days in Yemen Itinerary

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Sanaa
— 2 nights
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Aden
— 2 nights
Fly
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Socotra Island
— 3 nights
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Sanaa — 2 nights

One of the oldest cities in the world, the capital Sanaa provides visitors with a rich taste of ancient Arabian culture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Souk Al-Milh and then don't miss a visit to Al Saleh Mosque. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Bab al-Yemen, then step into the grandiose world of Dar al-Hajar, and then stop by Old City.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sanaa itinerary app.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Sanaa is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Sanaa is minus 2.5 hours. While traveling from Colombo, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Sanaa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aden.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Aden — 2 nights

The port city of Aden has long been seen as one of the more cosmopolitan and liberal urban areas in the country.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Aban Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Aden Mall, then explore the historical opulence of Sira Fortress, and then contemplate the long history of Tawilah Tanks Crater.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Aden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sanaa to Aden takes 5.5 hours. Expect much hotter evenings in Aden when traveling from Sanaa in February, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Socotra Island.
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Historic Sites · Shopping
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Socotra Island — 3 nights

Galapagos of the Indian Ocean

Off coast of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, Socotra Island has developed in almost total isolation, yielding a biodiversity that is unique in the world.
Socotra Island is known for parks and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Qalansiyah Beach, make a trip to Diksam, and stroll through Delisha Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Socotra Island itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aden to Socotra Island. February in Socotra Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Yemen travel guide

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Ruins · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Years of political instability and armed conflicts have kept Yemen off most travel itineraries, yet this country boasts an incredibly rich history and equally impressive landscapes. Home of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, which thrived for over a thousand years, Yemen entered the 20th century divided between the British and Ottoman empires. Independent since 1990, the country remains highly troubled, with tourism in Yemen virtually nonexistent. The few travelers who make it there discover an ancient land of sleepy mountain villages, marine life-rich coral reefs, and forests boasting some of the rarest tree species in the world.
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