YPT are proud to announce the Arabian Sea mega combo, from the Yemeni island of Socotra to Somaliland & Eritrea! Join us for a truly off the beaten track experience to two of the planet’s least visited destinations – Somaliland and Eritrea – and one of the most unique islands on the planet – Socotra.
We begin in Oman where we take a ship to the Yemeni island of Socotra. Suffering civil war, coups, revolutions, not to mention bombings in recent years, the country of Yemen is generally off the radar for tourists. Unless that is you know about the island of Socotra.
Located between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula where the Arabian Sea meets the Indian Ocean, Socotra is an ecological wonder of the world. Almost alien looking landforms sit above beautiful beaches, and the archipelago is home to a diverse and often unique flora and fauna.
Whether it’s coming to a new and hard to get to country, or exploring an ecological paradise, that you are interested in, Socotra is the place.
Next we move onto the former British protectorate and self-declared republic of Somaliland. This de-facto state declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991; however, no international organization has recognized its sovereignty.
Still recovering from a brutal civil war, today the area is very safe and the local people are extremely welcoming and interested in foreign visitors. Somaliland is fundamentally different from the other countries in the region — and almost anywhere else on the planet. We’ll take you to smoke shisha with the locals, swim in untouched waters and visit ancient cave art!
Finally we head to Eritrea. This fascinating country falls well below most travellers radars which makes it a unique off the beaten track experience. Eritrea boasts pristine coastline and untouched Red Sea islands as well as some of the best-kept colonial architecture in Africa. On top of all that we take part in the two-day festival to celebrate Eritrea’s independence!
The Eritrean capital city of Asmara is like a film set from an early Italian movie, with vintage Italian coffee machines and outstanding examples of Art-Deco architecture. Although the country faces numerous hardships, it paradoxically remains one of Africa’s most peaceful, secure and welcoming destinations.
**€3,495 or €4,195 with all flights from Salalah, Oman, to Somaliland and Somaliland to Eritrea via Dubai **
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Friday 18th May – Independence Day!
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Thursday 24th May – Independence Day!
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Please note that the itinerary may change depending on the Somaliland government. Your safety is our top priority. Safety and security are the first questions in many people’s mind when travelling to a foreign country. If you are considering joining us on this exciting adventure, please note that Somaliland is NOT Somalia; and the country has been free from terrorist attacks since 2008. The Somaliland government does everything to ensure the security of their country, especially foreign visitors. We have a strong network in the country to provide us with the most up-to-date security information, including a leading international travel security consultant firm and the local government. We only lead our tours to protected regions. We will travel with 2-3 SPU (Special Protection Unit) soldiers when outside of Hargeisa. They are trained specially to protect foreign visitors. We also have several backup itineraries – i.e., in the unlikely event that an alert occurs in our destination, we will immediately change our itinerary. Please feel free to contact us if you have any particular questions. Thanks and happy travels!
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•Boat between Salalah and Socotra
•Entry fees in the protected areas; Dihammri, Rosh, Homhil, Omak, Detwah Lagoon, Shuaab & Skand.
•Accommodation Fees: hotels, tourist resorts, eco-lodges, camping in protected areas.
•Camping equipment (like tent, pillow, mattress, sheets, mat, lights etc.)
•Cooking equipment and cook as well.
•Transportation: 4×4 private cars Toyota Land cruiser
•Pick up car for loading kitchen’s equipment’s as well as camping gears.
•Tour guide: (English, Arabic and Socotri speaking)
•Full board meals: (3 meals per day including dessert, soft drinks and snacks)
•Local guides at specific / remote places
•Boat trip to Shuaab for watching dolphins
•One meal will be served as seafood (Like lobsters, sea-shells, squid, shrimps etc.)
•All Transport (unless otherwise stated)
•Some local tours (unless otherwise stated)
•International flights to and from Salalah
•Visa fee €100
•Visa Fees (Somaliland 100 USD, Eritrea 70 USD subject to change) For information on the visa process, please read this.
•Flight from Somaliland – Eritrea (€700, subject to fluctuation)
•Local guide tips
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.