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Welcome to Damascus and the start of your middle east adventure, we will be there to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and the Umayyad Mosque stands on a site that has been considered sacred ground for at least 3,000 years! Enjoy a full day’s touring of the city’s historic heart, including National museum, Omayad mosque, Saladin's tomb, Azem Palace, Straight street, St. Anania's church & St. Paul window. At the end of the tour drive to Kasioun mountain for a panoramic view.
Full day excursion to Palmyra. Palmyra (Tadmor in Arabic) is in the heart of Syrian Desert, and is often described as the bride of the desert. Its magnificent remains tell of a heroic history during the reign of Queen Zenobia. Enjoy a city tour including Museum, Bel temple, Colonnaded Street, Theatre & Valley of tombs.
On the way to Aleppo – the main city of northern Syria, stop off at the once mighty, now ruined city of Rasafeh. Climb the walls to get great views of the remaining buildings and the desert. Then visit Al’Assad lake on the Euphrates River, where we take a relaxing boat trip around the pink fortress - the Ja’abar citadel.
This morning we visit the museum, the magnificent and huge Citadel which contains the beautifully designed Great Mosque (also known as the Umayyad Mosque) and the old covered bazaar – a complicated maze of narrow cobbled streets where you can find 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!
Today we travel to the remarkably beautiful and extremely well preserved crusader castle of Krac des Chevaliers. The UNESCO Listed castle looks almost exactly as it would have 800 years ago. It guards the only major pass between Antalya in Turkey and Beirut in Lebanon. Afterward we tour the small, richly historic and biblical village of Ma’alula. We drive onward to Damascus.
Our tour ends after breakfast and included onward transfer to airport. if you are not leaving to later in the day Consider wandering the labyrinthine Old City, discovering the Jewish or French Quarter, shop till you drop in one of the many bazaars.
Aleppo’s strategic position meant it has been used as a meeting point and trade link between Mesopotamia, the fertile crescent ...