The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Touring the Frankincense Route

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Geographic Expeditions
800-777-8183, 415-922-0448
2 $5,590-$6,260,
includes airfare from U.S.
tourist hotels

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.

High/low points:

  • Visiting the cliffside fifteenth-century stone palace decorated with white gypsum and stained glass at Sana’a.
  • Eating your 17th consecutive meal of fuul, a stew made of dried fava beans.

Copyright 1998, Outside magazine


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