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Syria Highlights: From Damascus to Palmyra

Syria Highlights: From Damascus to Palmyra

Syria

About this activity

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

Experience

Highights:

  • Explore the ancient city of Damascus, visiting landmarks such as the Umayyad Mosque, Souq al-Hamidiyeh, and the National Museum.
  • Discover the remarkable ruins of Palmyra, despite the damage inflicted during the war, and gain a profound appreciation for its historical significance.
  • Experience the serene beauty of Wadi al-Nasara, immersing yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of the Valley of Christians.
  • Visit the majestic Krak des Chevaliers, a medieval castle that showcases Syria’s rich history and architectural prowess.
  • Witness the resilience of Homs as it undergoes reconstruction and learn about the city’s past and present.
  • Explore Maalula, a historic Christian town where Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, is still spoken.
  • Try a variety of Syrian dishes to truly experience the rich culinary heritage of the country.
  • Immerse yourself in an enchanting experience of a traditional public bathhouse in the captivating city of Damascus.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture and embrace the genuine warmth and hospitality of the people you encounter.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Beirut Int’l Airport – Damascus

  • Upon your arrival at Beirut Int’l Airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by our professional representative. From there, you will proceed with your journey to Syria.
  • Take a break at a street café for refreshments before reaching the Lebanese-Syrian border crossing.
  • After completing the necessary entry visa formalities, continue your journey to the captivating capital city of Damascus, Syria. Known for its rich tapestry of religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage, Damascus offers a captivating experience for travelers.
  • 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 for overnight stay.

Day 2: Damascus City Tour

  • Explore the captivating capital city of Damascus, which boasts a rich blend of religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage.
  • Visit the National Museum, home to archaeological treasures that provide insights into Syria’s history.
  • Take a short walk to the old town of  Damascus, once fortified with walls, towers, and gates, including the imposing Damascus Citadel.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Souq al-Hamidiyeh, a renowned covered bazaar and ancient marketplace where the local culture comes alive.
  • Enjoy a stroll through Souq al-Hamidiyeh towards the Umayyad Mosque. This iconic landmark is a significant cultural and spiritual center, housing the Shrine of John the Baptist.
  • Experience the religious diversity of Syria by visiting the Al-Seida Raqiyeh Mosque, an important Shia pilgrimage site.
  • 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.
  • Rest at historic Al Nafoorah coffeehouse, sip coffee and tea, and observe Damascene life.
  • Stroll along the historic Straight Street, an ancient roadway lined with shops, cafes, and bustling markets.
  • Experience the spiritual significance of the Chapel of St. Ananias, an ancient church that embodies the essence of early Christianity.

Day 3: Damascus – Palmyra – Krac des Chevaliers

  • Embark on a city tour of Palmyra allows you to explore the remarkable city of Palmyra, nestled amidst the Syrian desert.
  • Once a thriving cultural hub of ancient times, Palmyra is renowned for its impressive ruins that bear witness to its historical significance.
  • During the war, Palmyra fell under the control of Islamic militants, resulting in significant damage to its architectural marvels.
  • Among the casualties of this destructive period were the magnificent Temple of Bel, the striking Temple of Baal-Shamin, and the remarkable Roman-era tombs, all of which were tragically destroyed. The ancient Theater and the grand Monumental Arch also suffered partial demolition, further adding to the loss. Additionally, several underground tombs had their relief carvings and statues stolen, further eroding the cultural heritage of Palmyra.
  • Despite these devastating events, there is a glimmer of hope. Many of the valuable artefacts from the city’s museum have been carefully relocated to safe locations, ensuring their preservation for future generations to appreciate and learn from.
  • While the scars of the past remain, visiting Palmyra provides a unique opportunity to witness both the impressive ruins that have survived and the resilience of a city that continues to endure and captivate visitors with its rich history.
  • Join us on this extraordinary journey as we unveil the secrets of Palmyra, rediscover its ancient splendours, and gain a profound appreciation for the cultural heritage that still echoes through its weathered stones.
  • Continue your drive towards Wadi al-Nasara, also known as the “Valley of Christians.” This picturesque mountain resort region is nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes and offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The valley is home to numerous Christian villages, each with its own distinctive charm and character. Take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains, explore the quaint villages, and interact with the warm and hospitable local people.

Day 4: Krak des Chevaliers – Homs – Maalula – Damascus

  • Embark on a visit to Krak des Chevaliers, a magnificent medieval castle that stands as a testament to Syria’s rich history. Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Homs Gap, Krak des Chevaliers is renowned for its awe-inspiring architecture and strategic significance. Originally built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 12th century, the castle underwent various additions and modifications over the centuries. Explore its well-preserved walls, towers, and courtyards, and imagine the knights who once defended this formidable fortress.
  • Continuing your journey, arrive in Homs, where the echoes of conflict are intertwined with the ongoing efforts of reconstruction. Bear witness to the profound impact of past adversities, while observing the resilient spirit of the local community as they tirelessly work towards rebuilding their city. Gain a deeper understanding of their determination and be inspired by their unwavering resolve to restore Homs to its former glory.
  • Travel to Maalula, a historic Christian town renowned for its charming painted houses, picturesque setting, and intriguing caves. What makes Maalula truly unique is its Aramaic-speaking population, who still preserve the ancient language spoken by Jesus Christ. Immerse yourself in the town’s rich cultural heritage, visit its historic monasteries, and witness the traditions and way of life of the local community.

Day 5: Damascus – Beirut Int’l Airport

  • Free day to explore city at your own pace. Visit local markets beyond the popular Souq al-Hamidiyeh, and stumble upon charming cafes or traditional workshops tucked away in the city’s winding alleys.
  • Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of a traditional public bathhouse, known as a Hammam, in the historic city of Damascus. Indulge in the rejuvenating rituals and immerse yourself in the cultural significance of this timeless bathing tradition.
  • In the afternoon, travel to Beirut Int’l Airport for your departure flight, bidding farewell to Syria with cherished memories of its rich history, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.

Accommodation as follows: Damascus:

  • Beit Zafran Hotel de Charme- Boutique Hotel 
  • Near Krak des Chevaliers: Villa Rosa Hotel
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast basis

Includes

Round-trip Airport transfer: Beirut Int'l Airport - Damascus - V.V
Tours as outlined
Syrian Land border security clearance
Syrian tourist visa reference code (Entry visa approval)
Professional English-speaking guide during the tours only
Travel Permits
Entrance fees
Portage at hotels
Syrian land border departure tax to Lebanon

Not included

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

What to bring

Extra US dollars in cash

Tour Start Location

G867+FPP, Boolad, Damascus, Syria Haritada gör
Fast Booking
Adult (18- 80)
1.257
Child (2- 12)
629
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, 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?

- Tourist visa to Syria is the most important issue to ask about when you plan to travel 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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