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12 days

Medieval Yemen and wild beaches of Socotra

Yemen + Socotra
From 1800 eur

In a country forgotten by the rest of the world, you can explore cities which look as if they had sprung from the Thousand and One Nights. Experience the pristine beaches and lagoons of the fairytale-like island on the Arabian Sea where modern civilisation and tourist infrastructure have not yet made their way to.

If you're not into the tourist hustle and bustle and feel like taking a small step back in time, this is the place for you. Relax on isolated virgin beaches, explore other islands such as Socotra, isolated for thousands of years, thanks to which it evolved its own unique culture, flora and fauna. Experience it all in Yemen, a place which the modern era seems to have passed by.

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12 days

Travel plan




Flight from Europe to Yemen with a transfer in one of the Middle East countries.



Mapa Zabytki

In Sana you stay in a traditional homely guest house. Don’t forget to set your watch… back a few centuries! Not  much has changed here since then: the medieval architecture, women in chadors, men wearing traditional jalabiyas, bazaars where amphora, myrrh or qat can be purchased… Also, instead of being hounded by locals pressing you to buy their wares, expect rather shy and pleasant glances from the Yemeni people. If you have travelled to other more touristy Arabian countries before, this will come as a pleasant change.


Blissful Socotra

Leżak Mapa Safari

Transfer to Socotra, the legendary island abandoned somewhere in the middle of the Arabian Sea waters. Before the building of the airport in 2002 and the commencement of flights to the mainland once a week, it was rare that an outsider ever came here. The island is located thousands of kilometres from large industrial hubs and this is also why it still boasts a natural ecosystem.

Barely any tourist infrastructure exists on the island. You'll be picked up from the airport by a guide, who will take you to the most remote areas of the island by Jeep during the whole week you spend on Socotra.

During the first night on the island you stay in a small hotel in the capital city of Socotra. The following days will bring you to some lovely eco-camps situated on heartbreakingly beautiful, pristine beaches. You travel everywhere in the company of a guide and a driver, who also cooks your meals. With them to accompany you, you will explore the island to the fullest, both the romantic white-sanded coast and the lush interiors abundant with plants and wildlife.

We assure you that every single day on Socotra will bring a wealth of new experiences, impressions and insights. One day it may be a lagoon aflutter with flamingos and herons, the next, snorkelling among the richest coral reefs of the archipelago in the company of parrot fish and turtles. You will also spend some time discovering the interior with its unique dragon trees and villages where time has stood still. Also, splash around in the freshwater lagoons at the foot of enormous sand dunes.

Socotra really is one of the few remaining places on Earth where you can experience the natural environment in its original, pristine form. If you like the idea of exploring primeval places be it a beach or a forest –where it means a 50-kilometre long sandy road trip to get there, Socotra is the place for you.


Back to Europe


Flight to Sana and then back to Europe.


The above travel plan is just an example of what you might expect when travelling with Planet Escape. We tailor each travel plan to the individual client’s needs and we carefully select the right beach, accommodation, activities and the length of stay to suit your individual requirements.



Our favourite place in the capital is a homely guest house located in a traditional house in the heart of Sana’s Old Town. It has a cosy courtyard and rooms furnished in traditional Yemeni style. It possesses an incomparable charm when set against any of the luxuries of a crowded five-star hotel.


On Socotra hardly any processed food can be found. The staple of the local diet is fish from the daily catch, served with rice or one of the 40 kinds of Yemeni bread. Our guide will cook your meal every day on an open-air barbecue on the beach – the freshest and, probably, the best fish you have ever tried is guaranteed!

Price includes:

  • Round-trip flight Europe-Yemen.
  • Pick-up from the Sana airport to the hotel.
  • Accommodation in Sana (2 nights with breakfast).
  • Round-trip flight Sana-Socotra.
  • A week-long all-inclusive programme on Socotra: 7 nights in a hotel and camps, Jeep with a driver, experienced English-speaking guide, all meals, water and other drinks supply, entry tickets to nature reserves, local guides.
  • Insurance: Emergency Medical Expenses 30,000 EUR; Accident 4,000 EUR; lost luggage 500 EUR.
  • Escape Box including Escape Book, which is a bespoke guide book with detailed travel plans and instructions. In the Box you will also find printed flight tickets, vouchers and a surprise.

Price does not include:

  • Meals in Sana (except for breakfasts).
  • Tips.


The price above is only an estimate. A final price will be indicated in the offer we prepare for you.