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Discover the country of enchantment

Join our winter group tour to Syria. Since Syria is a country with a large Christian population you will embraced by Christmas decorations and festives. Together we will discover the highlights of the country, including Damascus, Palmyra and Aleppo. On top of this we will visit Bosra and the Golan Height. A unique place to peak into Israel.

General info

Start dateFriday 16 December 2022
End dateThursday 22 December 2022
Days7 days / 6 nights
Price€ 1,395
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 16 December – Beirut (Lebanon) – Damascus

  • 8:30 AM – Meet the group and departure to Damascus from Beirut.
  • 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 17 December – Damascus – Maaloula – Mishtaya

  • We drive 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 Mishtaya, up in the mountains.
  • Have a winetasting with a local family.
  • Overnight stay in homestays in Mishtaya.

Sunday 18 December – Damascus – Homs – Palmyra – Hama

  • 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.
  • 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.

Monday 19 December – 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.

Tuesday 20 December – 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

Wednesday 21 December – 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 22 December – Damascus – Golan Height – Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Highlight: Drive towards the Golan Height, and more precisely the city of Al Qunaitera. This city was heavily damaged during the war in 1973.
  • We will make a tour to the hill from where we have a view on the Israel city of Majdal Shams.
  • Drive to the border with Lebanon
  • Border crossing Syria / Lebanon.
  • Drive to Beirut.
  • End of tour.