YEMEN is fast emerging as one of the smart places to be seen this year. Jasmin Tours (0628 531121) has announced details of a new escorted tour that begins in San'a and explores many of the remote villages of the north, which are accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles.

The 15-day holiday departs on 8 October and costs pounds 2,062 per person (based on two sharing) including return air travel and half-board accommodation. An eight-day 'Yemen Express' tour costs pounds 1,040.