A journey through Syria

A journey through Syria

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Short description

In October 2022, I organised and led the first tour in Syria with a small group of 7 people. Since then Syria has become one of my favourite travel destinations. This trip is a very detailed tour of Syria, covering the most interesting places and sights of the country. The arrival and departure is from Beirut in Lebanon.The Lebanon part includes only a short walk through the historical centre of Beirut and Baalbek.

First, we take a tour of Damascus - the National Museum, the Umayyad Mosque, the Tomb of Saladin, Azem Palace, the Old Market Hall, the Fortress Gates and some other sights.

We will spend a few hours in the ancient ruins of Bosra (on the border with Jordan) with its exceptionally well preserved Roman amphitheater. The next day, we will travel through the Syrian desert to ancient Palmyra. We will continue to the city of Homs with the Khaled Ibn Al Waled Mosque and the main attractions of the "Valley of Christians" - the knight's fortress "Krak des Chevaliers" and the "Saint George" monastery.

We will continue to Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea, where we will visit the Citadel of Tartus , the Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa and will walk along the coastal boulevard. We will continue to Latakia, where we will visit the Latakia Tetraporticus (Triumphal Arch of Septimus Severus), the ruins of the Temple of Bacchus, the Latin Church and other sights. Latakia is a seaside resort and if you do not feel like sightseeing, you can go to the beach.

The next stop will be Aleppo with the Citadel and its museum, the covered market, the Baron Hotel, the Umayyad Mosque and some other interesting places.

We continue to the city of Hama where we visit the famous water wheels (Norias of Hama), the old city and the Bedouin market. Before arriving back in Damascus, we will visit the ancient Christian villages of Sednaya and Maalula with their monasteries. The last day of the trip, we will transfer to Beirut and fly home.

All photos are from our trip through Syria and Lebanon in October 2022.

Basic information

Dates: March 27 - April 2023;

Duration: 9 nights/10 days;

Group: 7/8 people;

Price for the program in Syria without air tickets (1): 1,740 €/person (group of 7/8 people); If the group is smaller, the price increases slightly;

Included in the price: A tour leader (English; that’s me); local guide/driver; transportation in a minibus along the route; 9 nights in 3 or 4 star hotels (2); twin/double bed rooms with breakfast + a dinner at the end of the trip; the security clearance needed for the visa; all entrance fees except for Baalbek in Lebanon; all transfers from/to Beirut airport;

Not included in the Price: lunches and dinners (the food is not expensive); travel insurance (if you don’t have, we will arrange one); Visa for Syria (USD 67; available at at the border); exit fee for Syria (USD 3); personal expenses.

(1) Flights

Note: The group will travel from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Beirut via Istanbul (Turkey). We can arrange airfares from your home country to Beirut. We will arrange also a transfer to the hotel in Beirut if you will fly separately from the group. Please contact us for the available options.

Departure: Sofia 09.30 - Istanbul 11.00; Istanbul 12.25 - Beirut 14.15;

Return: Beirut15.35 - Istanbul 17.35; Istanbul 19.10 - Sofia 20.25;

Price: 482 €/person. At the time of booking, the price may be slightly different.

(2) Hotels (3 or 4 star):

Zeitouna or Inana , Al Wadi hotel, Aleppo palace Hotel, Miramar Hotel, Gems Hotel.

Covid-related requirements for entry into Lebanon and Syria: There are no restrictions at the moment.

Visas: Both Lebanon and Syria visas depend on your nationality, so please contact us for more details.

This program presents the main elements of the trip. Please write to us so that we can offer concrete solutions for your case and circumstances. We can arrange flight tickets from anywhere in the world to the trip's starting point. We also can arrange hotel transfers, take care of particular documents or advise on Covid-related travel requirements. We will help at every stage of the organisation. Please get in touch with us!

The program

Day 1 Arrival in Beirut

After arriving in Beirut, we will head to the hotel, located in Hamra, the touristic neighbourhood, where most of the hotels and restaurants are located. We will have a short walk around. We won't have a detailed tour of Beirut. Overnight in Beirut.

Day 2 From Beirut to Damascus via Baalbek

Today we leave for Damascus. On the way we will stop at the temple complex of Baalbek with the Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter (UNESCO). Then we will cross the border into Syria and a little later we will arrive in Damascus. We will have a short evening walk and overnight in the city.

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Day 3 A tour of Damascus

Today is dedicated to Damascus. We will visit the National Museum, the Umayyad Mosque, the Tomb of Saladin, the Azem Palace, the old covered market, the fortress gates and several other sights. Overnight in Damascus.

Day 4 Bosra

Today we will travel to Bosra (about 2 hours drive from Damascus, next to the border with Jordan). Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, was an important stop on the ancient caravan route to Mecca. There is an almost completely preserved Roman theatre from the 2nd century, early Christian ruins and several mosques.

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In the afternoon we return to Damascus to continue walking around the city. Overnight in Damascus.

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Day 5 Palmyra

Today we leave Damascus for the Syrian desert and Palmyra, an ancient city founded in the third millennium BC. The city was an important centre in the Middle East and a major trading post on the Silk Road. The architecture of Palmyra combines Greco-Roman styles with those of Persia and Arabia. It is one of the most significant archaeological sites not only in Syria, but also in the Middle East and the world.

After Palmyra, we head west to Homs, where we will stop at the Khaled Ibn Al Waled Mosque. At the end of the day we will reach the "Valley of the Christians" (Wadi al-Nasara), where we will spend the night.

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Day 6 The Valley of the Christians (Wadi al-Nasara) - the knight's fortress, the and the monastery "St. George"; Tartus; Latakia

Today we start with the main attractions of the "Valley of the Christians" - the Knight's Fortress "Krak des Chevaliers" and the monastery "Saint George".

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We continue to the sea and the city of Tartus, where we will see the Citadel of Tartus, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa and walk along the coastal boulevard.

Next is Latakia, a beautiful city situated picturesquely on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight we will only have time for a short walk and a bite to eat. Overnight in Latakia.

Day 7 Latakia

Today we will take a closer look at the city. We will see the Latakia Tetraporticus (Triumphal Arch of Septimus Severus), built in honour of the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus; Ruins of the Temple of Bacchus; The Latin Church and other sights if we have time left. Those who do not wish to spend time sightseeing can go to the beach if the weather permits.

In the late afternoon we will drive to Aleppo, where we will spend the night.

Day 8 Aleppo

Today is dedicated to the second largest city in Syria - Aleppo. We will visit the Citadel and its museum, the covered market, the Baron Hotel, the Umayyad Mosque and several other interesting places. Overnight in Aleppo.

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Day 9 Hama; the Christian villages of Sednaya and Maaloula

Today we head south, the first stop being the city of Hama with the old mills in the centre, the old town and the Bedouin market.

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Next are the old Christian villages of Sednaya and Maaloula with their monasteries.

In the evening we return to Damascus, where we will spend the night.

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Day 10 Transfer to Beirut.

A map of the tour

How to join us

Please email us if you would like information about this trip or to sign up. We will respond as soon as possible and keep you updated on the organization and all other details of the trip. If you are a ready-made group of at least 5 or 6 people (maximum 8), we can discuss dates that work for your group. You can also sign up for future organized and planned trips. To join the list, please send us your names. That's it!

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