The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Route: A 17-day, 1,000-mile Land Cruiser tour that includes visits to the city of Sana'a, the palace at Wadi Dahr, and the ancient ruins of Shabwa, plus an 11-hour, 265-mile excursion across the Ramlat as-Sabatayn Desert.
When to go: February, October
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Travel advisory: Be willing to be conciliatory: Virtually every Yemeni male over the age of 12 carries a dagger and a Kalashnikov.