Monday 15 November 2010


ONE of UNESCO's most spectacular yet least-visited World Heritage sites, Socotra Island in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen is a highlight of an unusual 33-day tour with Far Horizons to Oman, Yemen, Djibouti, Somaliland, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates in October of next year.

With a unique wealth of plant and animal life that's earned it the sobriquet "Galapagos in the Indian Ocean," Socotra has some 800 plant species of which over a third are not found anywhere else in the world, colourful bird life including the Socotran Buzzard that was discovered only in July this year, and coral reefs with over 700 species of fish and more than 300 of crustaceans.

Its 3,800 square kilometres also boast astonishing cave systems, pristine beaches, forests of rare Pomegranates, and endemic Dragon Blood trees and Desert Roses.

The 33-day tour features stays of 1- to 3-nights in sixteen cities and towns, with daily excursions led by English-speaking expert guides and with Socotra Island featuring a 2-night stay.

Other highlights of the tour include 4000 year old cave paintings, Oman's Grand Canyon, the southern terminal of the Spice Road, Prophet Job's Tomb, historic palaces, fortresses and mosques, the Rift Valley that's 153-metres below sea level, a volcano, Harar that's considered the fourth most holy city in the world, silversmiths at work and even a weekly Friday cattle auction.

Prices start from $24,100pp twin-share including return air and taxes from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, all meals, daily excursions, entry fees, guides and gratuities. Details 1800 083 141 or

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