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Join us on tour to Syria

Join our spring group tour to Syria. Discover the markets, historical centers and amazing Syrian hospitality during this trip. We’ll visit famous sights like Damascus, Aleppo, Krak des Chevaliers and of course Palmyra. You’ll experience a country that’s slowly recovering from a long war and where people are eager to welcome tourists again.

General info

Start dateThursday 23 February 2023
End dateFriday 3 March 2023
Days9 days / 8 nights
Price € 1,500
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Visa support
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 250)
Insurance
Visa
Departure tax
Lunch & dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Thursday 23 February – Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Arrive at your own convenience in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Meet the group and learn more about travelling in Syria.
  • Overnight stay in Beirut.

Friday 24 February – Beirut – Damascus

  • 7:00AM meet the group for our departure.
  • Lebanon / Syria border crossing.
  • Drive to Damascus, the capital of Syria.
  • Via Straight Street we walk to the House Chapel of Ananias. He was one of the first Christians in Syria.
  • Highlight: The Great Mosque, also known as the Omajaden Mosque.
  • See the famous Al Hamidieh Grand Bazaar (also known as the Al-Hamidiyah Souk). The perfect place to get acquainted with daily life in Damascus.
  • Walk through the old centre of Damascus.
  • Overnight stay in Damascus.

Saturday 25 February – Damascus – Saydnaya Maaloula

  • After breakfast we leave north, towards the Christian villages of Saydnaya and Maaloula.
  • Our first stop is Saydnaya, here we’ll visit the incredible Our Lady of Saidnaya Monastery.
  • We continue to Maaloula. A beautiful village against the mountains. Here the language of Christ is still spoken (Aramaic).
  • We take a look at the famous monasteries Mar Sarkis and Mar Taqla.
  • Drive to Krak des Chevaliers.
  • Highlight: Visit to Krak des Chevaliers. This famous castle is the symbol of the Crusades and was the base for the Hospitallers.
  • Overnight stay in a hotel close to Krak des Chevaliers.

Sunday 26 February – Krak des Chevaliers – Palmyra – Homs

  • Drive to Palmyra. Although IS has destroyed much here, there is still a lot to see.
  • Highlight: We see the remains of the Temple of Bel, the Triumphal Arch, the colonnades, the theatre, the agora and the tombs.
  • Drive to Homs.
  • Walking tour through Homs. We will see the neighbourhood that was completely damaged by the war. But we’ll also visit the new souk of Homs.
  • Overnight stay in Homs.

Monday 27 February – Homs – Hama – Aleppo

  • Drive to Hama.
  • Visit to the famous waterwheels in the Orontos River.
  • We drive to Apamea, here we’ll visit an ancient Roman & Greek city. A lot of the ruins are still standing, which makes it a very impressive place.
  • We take the car to continue towards Aleppo.
  • Overnight stay in Aleppo. 

Tuesday 28 February – Aleppo – Damascus

  • City tour of Aleppo, one of the oldest cities in the world still inhabited.
  • Highlight: Visit to the well-known Aleppo Citadel. A medieval fortress in the middle of the city.
  • Walk through the old covered souk. It is still being renovated.
  • Visit the Al Jdeideh district, one of the most famous neighbourhoods of the city.
  • Drive down south towards Damascus. Just before the city we stop in Mar Musa.
  • We’ll visit the Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian, an impressive church located on the Anti-Libanon slopes.
  • If possible, we will overnight at the monastery. Otherwise, we’ll overnight in Damascus.

Wednesday 1 March – Damascus – Bosra

  • Drive to Bosra.
  • Highlight: Arrival in Bosra, after which we go to the Roman Amphitheatre. A 45m long and 8,5m deep theatre that is remarkably well preserved.
  • Walk through the old centre of Bosra, with e.g. the cathedral and the basilica.
  • Drive to Damascus.
  • Overnight stay in Damascus.

Thursday 2 March – Damascus – Golan Height – Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Drive towards the Golan Height, and more precisely the city of Al Qunaitera. This city was heavily damaged during the war in 1973.
  • Highlight: We will make a tour to the hill from where we have a view on the Israel city of Majdal Shams.
  • Return to Damascus.
  • Overnight stay in Damascus.

Friday 3 March – Damascus – Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Drive to the border with Lebanon.
  • Border crossing Syria / Lebanon.
  • Drive to Beirut.
  • End of tour.