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Damascus Spirituality: Two-day trip to Damascus from Beirut

Damascus Spirituality: Two-day trip to Damascus from Beirut

Syria

About this activity

Days:
Every Day
Food:
Breakfast
Guide:
EN
Hotel Transfer:
Yes
Start Time:
08:00
Tour Duration:
10 h.

Experience

Day 01: Beirut – Damascus City Tour

  • Begin your journey from Beirut, Lebanon, with a convenient pick-up from your city center accommodation.
  • Take a break at a street café for refreshments before reaching the Lebanese-Syrian border crossing.
  • Continue your travel to the capital city of Damascus, Syria, renowned for its diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage.
  • Your drop-off point will be Bab Touma, the north-eastern gate associated with the old city’s Christian neighbourhood.
  • Stroll along the ancient roadway to a boutique hotel located in the heart of old Damascus to have a short break and meet your guide to start your city tour of Damascus.
  • Experience the spiritual significance of the Chapel of St. Ananias, an ancient church that embodies the essence of early Christianity.
  • Take a stroll along the historic Straight Street, a captivating thoroughfare adorned with shops, cafes, and bustling markets.
  • Be awe-inspired by the splendour of Azem Palace, an architectural gem that showcases the exquisite beauty of Damascene craftsmanship, currently houses the Museum of Popular Traditions.
  • Embark on an exploration of Khan Assad Pasha, an impressive caravanserai that stands as a testament to the region’s rich trading heritage.
  • Enjoy a stroll through the narrow alleys, leading you to the Umayyad Mosque. This iconic landmark is a significant cultural and spiritual center, housing the Shrine of John the Baptist.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Souq al-Hamidiyeh, an ancient covered bazaar and bustling marketplace where the local culture thrives.
  • Take a well-deserved rest at the historic Al Noufarah coffeehouse, where you can savour the flavors of coffee and tea while observing the vibrant Damascene life unfolding around you.
  • Witness the religious diversity of Syria by visiting the Al-Seida Raqiyeh Mosque an important Shia pilgrimage site.
  • Enjoy a stroll along the ancient roadway to your accommodation for overnight stay.

Day 02: Damascus – Sayyidah Zaynab – Bab al-Saghir – Beirut

  • Embark on a captivating journey to visit to Sayyidah Zaynab, a significant pilgrimage site located in the southern outskirts of Damascus. This revered shrine is dedicated to Sayyidah Zaynab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance as you explore the intricate architecture and soak in the serene atmosphere of this sacred place. Witness the devotion of pilgrims who flock here to pay their respects and seek blessings.
  • Continuing your journey, you’ll make your way to Bab al-Saghir, an ancient cemetery located within the walls of Old Damascus. This historic burial ground holds great significance as the resting place of numerous revered figures from Islamic history. Stroll through the hallowed grounds adorned with beautifully crafted tombstones and mausoleums. Discover the final resting places of prominent scholars and members of the Prophet Muhammad’s family, including some of the Prophet’s companions. Experience a profound sense of reverence as you reflect on the legacies left behind by these esteemed individuals.
  • Having immersed yourself in the spiritual and historical richness of Sayyidah Zaynab and Bab al-Saghir, you’ll return to Damascus. As you journey back, take with you the memories of the sacred spaces you explored and the profound spiritual connections you forged. Reflect on the significance of these sites and the cultural heritage they represent, adding depth to your understanding of Syria’s diverse history and religious traditions.
  • In the afternoon, travel back to your accommodation in Beirut.

Includes

Private round-trip transfer
Syrian Land border security clearance
Syrian tourist visa reference code (Entry visa approval)
Overnight at an old town boutique hotel, including breakfast
Professional English-speaking guide during two-day visits
Entrance fees
Portage at the hotel
Syrian land border exit tax to Lebanon

Not included

Entry visa fees to Syria
Any meals and drinks
Any tipping
Insurance of any kind

What to bring

It is advisable to carry extra US dollars in cash, as ATMs are not operational in Syria due to restrictions

Tour Start Location

G867+FPP, Boolad, Damascus, Syria Haritada gör
Fast Booking
Adult (12- 18)
630
Child (2- 12)
315
Infant (0- 2)
0

Number of People

0 Adult 0 Child 0 Infant
Adult
0
Child
0
Infant
0

Secure payment

No hidden fees

Frequently Asked Questions About Tour

Is it safe to travel to Syria?

The safety and well-being of our guests are our top priorities. We are fully committed to delivering a travel experience that is not only enjoyable but also secure. Our team takes great care in planning sightseeing tours and excursions, ensuring that we include only safe and secure cities and sites.
To guarantee the safety of our guests, we maintain regular communication with local authorities and have a strong network of contacts. This allows us to stay informed about the current situation on the ground. If we receive any indication that a particular location or site may pose a risk, we take immediate action to adjust our itinerary and make alternative arrangements.
You can have peace of mind knowing that we are unwavering in our dedication to providing a travel experience that is both secure and enjoyable. Your safety and well-being are at the forefront of everything we do.

How to travel to Syria?

Generally, most guests arrive at Beirut Int’l Airport and then travel overland to Syria. Beirut Int’l Airport serves as the easiest and most popular entry point, cost-wise and logistics-wise. The duration of the journey from Beirut Int’l Airport to Damascus usually takes around three to four hours, depending on the traffic and visa procedures at the border crossing.
Another option is to travel through Amman Int’l Airport, Jordan to reach Syria. The duration of the journey from Amman Int’l Airport to Damascus usually takes around four to five hours, depending on the traffic and visa procedures at the border crossing.
You can also arrive to Damascus through Damascus Int’l Airport, where both Syrian Airlines and Cham Wings Airlines currently operate flights to Damascus from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Moscow, Cairo, Kuwait, Baghdad, Erbil and Beirut.

What are the Entry Visa Regulations Applicable to Syria?

- Obtaining a visa for Syria is relatively straightforward process based on nationality.
- As your host/sponsor, we will handles the application for your security clearance and entry visa approval. Accordingly, You will need to provide a scanned copy of your passport’s information pages, with a minimum validity of six months.
- Upon arrival at the designated border crossing, you will get the 15-day visa as a stamp in your passport rather than a sticker, and pay in cash the visa fees as per below.

What currency should I bring?

The official currency in Syria is the Syrian pound (S.P). The primary currency used for exchanging into Syrian pounds is the US dollar. Euro is less commonly accepted. So, it is advisable to carry extra US dollars in cash, as ATMs are not operational due to restrictions. When changing money at a government bank at the border and within the cities, please seek assistance from your local guide.

How is Wi-Fi?

All hotels provide free Wi-Fi, although the quality of service may vary, and the standards may not be as high. Additionally, your local guide can assist you in purchasing a prepaid SIM card at the border crossing or upon arrival, allowing you to access the internet while on the move. Syria has extensive mobile coverage, although occasional weak signals may occur due to prolonged power outages.

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