Damascus Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF JORDAN 564

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Day 1: Aleppo

Welcome to Syria, a country steeped in rich, biblical and Islamic history and home of some of the world’s greatest civilisations. Arrival transfer to your hotel, remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Aleppo

This morning we visit the museum, the magnificent and huge Citadel which contains the beautifully designed Great Mosque and the old covered bazaar – which is a maze of narrow cobbled streets where you can buy anything from gold to clothes to various foods and spices. In the afternoon drive to the impressive Basilica of St Simeon, who became famous because he lived on a small platform on top of a pillar for about 40 years!

Day 3: Aleppo - Hama

Continuing our journey we drive to visit the Dead Cities, Ebla and then onward to the city of Hama by evening which is the perfect break journey point en route to what you want to visit.

Day 4: Hama - Palmyra

Today we travel to Apamea which is an ancient city located on the right bank of the Orontes river about 55 km It overlooks the Ghab valley and is notable for its exceptionally long Roman street, lined with classical columns. Then onto the remarkably beautiful and extremely well preserved crusader castle of Krac des Chevaliers. Arrive Palmyra by evening.

Day 5: Palmyra - Damascus

Today your exciting tour takes in all there is to offer here including the Museum, Bel temple, Colonnaded street, Theatre & Valley of tombs. Transfer to Damascus arriving in the evening.

Day 6: Damascus

Full day city tour which includes the National museum, Handicraft market, Hamedieh bazaar, Omayad mosque, Saladin's tomb, Azem Palace, Straight street, St. Anania's church & St. Paul window. At the end of the tour we drive to Kasioun mountain for a panoramic view of this great city and perhaps a cup of tea. Return transfer to your hotel after sundown.

Day 7: Damascus - Amman

Early morning we travel South to the frontier with Jordan but before crossing we visit Bosra , a city of the ancient Roman Decapolis, which boasts possibly the best preserved Roman theatre in the Middle East. Leaving Bosra, we continue on to Amman arriving in the later afternoon.

Amman's old city walls

Day 8: Amman

This morning head out to visit Um Qais (Biblical Gadara), the dramatic black-basalt Roman Decapolis city overlooking the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee. We then visit the Pella a site continuously occupied since Neolithic times. Then onto the Roman ruins of Jerash. Recognised as one of the best-preserved member cities of the Decapolis, Jerash is deservedly one of Jordan’s major attractions. Return to Amman for overnight.

Some of the Roman ruins in Amman

Day 9: Amman - Petra

Morning we drive to the Dead Sea to enjoy a swim or a float in the waters and lunch. After, we drive to visit Karak Crusader Castle. Continue south to Petra for overnight.

Looking through the Siq at the Treasury

Days 10-11: Petra

Welcome to the Rose City! Enjoy today and tommorow with our expert guide walking down the gravel tracks to explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates, public buildings and more.

Petra Siq

Day 12: Petra - Cairo

This morning we transfer you to the airport near Amman for your flight to Cairo. Arrive Cairo and our local team will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Pyramid at Giza

Day 13: Cairo

Today we will take you to visit the famous pyramids and lion-headed Sphinx at Giza Plateau which are the sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World. Next we transfer over to explore the necropolis of Saqqara considered to be Egypt's most enduring architectural legacy. Evening at leisure.

Close up of Sphinx

Day 14: Cairo - Luxor

Morning flight to Luxor. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Later a visit to the magnificent Temple of Karnak. More than a temple, it’s a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods. This evening we visit the beautifully illuminated Luxor temple where you can enjoy a guided explanation of the site and some free time to explore.

Valley of the Kings

Day 15: Luxor

Today the massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments we will see as we arrive on the West Bank for our half day sightseeing. We then proceed to visit the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor and we check into the Star Goddess for afternoon at leisure on board docked in Luxor.

Entrance to a tomb

Day 16: Luxor - Nile Cruising

11:00:- Boat sails to Esna, 13:00:- Lunch, 17:00:-Afternoon Tea, 19:30:-Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party, 20:00 :- Dinner, 21:30:- Disco. Overnight in Esna.

View of the Nile through an arch

Day 17: Nile Cruising

Today we sail to Kom Ombo but first we visit The Temple of Horus at Edfu is the most completely preserved Egyptian Temple along with the great dinning and luxury services on board the cruise.

Looking across the Nile

Day 18: Nile Cruising - Aswan

Morning we disembark for a visit to the Temple of Kom Ombo which is dedicated to the two gods Sobek the crocodile God and Harveris the Sun God. Sailing to Aswan. In Aswan enjoy a guided tour of the High Dam, the Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae. Evening dining and entertainment on board.

Trajan's Kiosk, Philae

Day 19: Aswan - Cairo

After breakfast we disembark and fly back to Cairo. After a tour to the world famous Egyptian Museum. Followed by a tour of the Islamic Citadel of Saladin with views looking down over the old city, watching people go about their daily life. We conclude the day with a market walk through the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.

King Tutankhamen's mask

Day 20: Cairo

We bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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