27 days in Yemen, Syria & North Korea Itinerary

27 days in Yemen, Syria & North Korea Itinerary

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27 days in Yemen, Syria & North Korea Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Sanaa, Yemen
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Socotra Island, Yemen
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
3
Damascus, Syria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Palmyra, Syria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Aleppo, Syria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hamah, Syria
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
7
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kaesong, North Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Hyangsan, North Korea
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: New Delhi, India

2
nights
Sanaa, Yemen

Sanaa ©
One of the oldest cities in the world, the capital Sanaa provides visitors with a rich taste of ancient Arabian culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque of Sana'a, then steep yourself in history at Old City, then make a trip to Bab al-Yemen, and finally step into the grandiose world of Dar al-Hajar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Al Saleh Mosque and then stop by Souk Al-Milh.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sanaa online tour planner .

New Delhi, India to Sanaa is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Arabia Standard Time (AST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in August; daily highs in Sanaa reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Socotra Island.

Things to do in Sanaa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Old City ©
Old City
Dar al-Hajar ©
Dar al-Hajar
Bab al-Yemen ©
Bab al-Yemen

4
nights
Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island ©
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.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Ayhaft Canyon National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Qalansiyah Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Delisha Beach, don't miss a visit to Diksam, and explore the stunning scenery at Wadi Dirhur Canyon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Socotra Island trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sanaa to Socotra Island. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sanaa in August; daily highs in Socotra Island reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Socotra Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Qalansiyah Beach ©
Qalansiyah Beach
Shoab beach ©
Shoab beach
Diksam ©
Diksam

4
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Take a break from Damascus with a short trip to Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi in Maaloula, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umayyad Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), take a stroll through Old City, and appreciate the history behind Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Damascus trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Socotra Island to Damascus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Socotra Island to Damascus. Traveling from Socotra Island in August, expect nights in Damascus to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 44°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Palmyra.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Maaloula
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Umayyad Mosque
Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

1
night
Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra ©
Dating back to the Neolithic period, Palmyra once stood as a center of wealth and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Palmyra Museum, steep yourself in history at Site of Palmyra, contemplate the long history of The Tetrapylon, then steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Palmyra, and finally step into the grandiose world of Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Palmyra holiday website .

You can drive from Damascus to Palmyra in 3 hours. Traveling from Damascus in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Palmyra. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aleppo.

Things to do in Palmyra

Historic Sites Museums
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Site of Palmyra ©
Site of Palmyra
The Tetrapylon ©
The Tetrapylon
Roman Theatre of Palmyra ©
Roman Theatre of Palmyra

2
nights
Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo ©
Inhabited since ancient times and boasting a rich and turbulent history, Aleppo's rustic old town, historic mosques, and lively bazaars used to attract tourists from all over the world.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Turkish Bath (Hammam Yalbougha al-Nasri ), then steep yourself in history at Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), then admire the striking features of Great Mosque, and finally explore the historical opulence of Aleppo Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Aleppo Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al, then explore the ancient world of Dead City of Serjilla, and finally make a trip to Aleppo Town Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aleppo sightseeing website .

Getting from Palmyra to Aleppo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Palmyra in August, expect nights in Aleppo to be somewhat warmer, around 32°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hamah.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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Aleppo Citadel ©
Aleppo Citadel
Great Mosque ©
Great Mosque

3
nights
Hamah, Syria

Hamah ©
The conservative city of Hamah stands as the fourth-largest urban center in the country, and boasts a number of historic sites and a rich, complex heritage to match.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamah: Homs (Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers), Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque, & more) and Apamea (in Apamea). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Norias Park, steep yourself in history at Azem Palace of Hamah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Jamea Alkabir Mosque, and examine the collection at Hamah Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hamah holiday planning site .

You can drive from Aleppo to Hamah in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hamah when traveling from Aleppo in August, with lows around 28°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Hamah

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Homs, Apamea
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Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers) ©
Norias (Water Wheels) ©
Norias (Water Wheels)
Apamea ©
Apamea

3
nights
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Step out of Pyongyang with an excursion to Chongsan-ri Cooperative Farm in Nampo--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Tower of the Juche Idea, steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum, brush up on your military savvy at Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, and don't miss a visit to Mansudae Grand Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pyongyang trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Hamah to Pyongyang in 24 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Hamah to Pyongyang. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kaesong.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chongsan-ri Cooperative Farm
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Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea
Kim Il-sung Square ©
Kim Il-sung Square
Triumphal Arch ©
Triumphal Arch

2
nights
Kaesong, North Korea

Kaesong ©
Relatively relaxed and atmosphertic, the centuries-old city of Kaesong lies near the Demilitarized Zone and the border with South Korea, and has served as an industrial center since being traded to the North in the Korean War.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kaesong Namdaemun, make a trip to Sungkyunkwan University, make a trip to Concrete Wall, then contemplate the long history of Demilitarized Zone, and finally take an in-depth tour of Koryo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): make a trip to Seohae Gapmun, contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Kongmin, then snap pictures at Sonjuk Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Ryongtongsa Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kaesong day trip planning app .

Drive from Pyongyang to Kaesong in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kaesong can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Hyangsan.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Demilitarized Zone
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Demilitarized Zone ©
Demilitarized Zone
Concrete Wall ©
Concrete Wall
Tomb of King Kongmin ©
Tomb of King Kongmin

2
nights
Hyangsan, North Korea

Hyangsan ©
A mountainous county, Hyangsan has long been a popular tourist destination with North Koreans, and the refurbishment of its striking, pyramid-shaped hotel in 2010 also gave a boost to international tourism.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohyonsa Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Myohyang.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hyangsan trip planner .

You can drive from Kaesong to Hyangsan in 3.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Parks Nature Museums
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Mount Myohyang ©
Mount Myohyang
International Friendship Exhibition ©
Pohyonsa Temple ©
Pohyonsa Temple

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