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Discover the country of enchantment

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 dateFriday 4 March 2022
End dateThursday 10 March 2022
Days7 days / 6 nights
Price€ 1,195
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Visa support
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 45 per night)
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

Friday 4 March – Beirut (Lebanon) – Damascus

  • You will be picked up at a central point in Beirut for the journey to Damascus.
  • Lebanon / Syria border crossing.
  • Drive to Damascus, the capital of Syria.
  • Walk through the old centre of Damascus.
  • Overnight stay in Damascus.

Saturday 5 March – Damascus

  • Visit to the National Museum, the best introduction for a trip through Syria.
  • Süleymaniye Mosque, one of the most impressive mosques in Damascus.
  • Highlight: We walk towards the old town, to the famous Al Hamidieh Grand Bazaar (also known as the Al-Hamidiyah Souk). The perfect place to get acquainted with daily life in Damascus.
  • At the end of the bazaar is the Saladine Mausoleum. Saladine was the founder of the medieval Ayyubid dynasty.
  • The Great Mosque, also known as the Omajaden Mosque.
  • Highlight: We visit the Azm Palace, an 18th century palace located in the old centre of the city.
  • Via Straight Street we walk to the House Chapel of Ananias. He was one of the first Christians in Syria.
  • Overnight stay in Damascus.

Sunday 6 March – Damascus – Sednaya – Maaloula – Homs

  • Drive to Sednaya.
  • Visit Sednaya Monastery. During the civil war this monastery was used as a prison for Assad’s opponents.
  • We drive on 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.
  • Drive to Homs and tour the rebuilding city.
  • Overnight stay in Homs.

Monday 7 March – Homs – Palmyra – Hama

  • 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 Hama.
  • Overnight stay in Hama.

Tuesday 8 March – Hama – Aleppo

  • Visit to the famous waterwheels in the Orontos River.
  • Drive to Aleppo. It was the largest city in the country and since the civil war it is the second largest city in the country.
  • Short walk through the centre of Aleppo.
  • Overnight stay in Aleppo.

Wednesday 9 March – 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 to Damascus.
  • Overnight stay in Damascus.

Thursday 10 March – Damascus – Beirut (Lebanon)

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

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