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Welcome to Damascus, a city steeped in rich, biblical and Islamic history and home of some of the world’s greatest civilisations. Airport arrival and included transfer to your hotel.
Full day City tour of Damascus including (National museum, Handicraft market, Hamedieh bazaar, Omayad mosque, Saladin's tomb, Straight street, St. Anania's church & St. Paul window) at the end of the tour drive to Kasioun mountain for a panoramic view of the city. Evening at leisure.
Drive to ancient Palmyra today, for a city tour. Palmyra was an important and wealthy city from the 2nd century BC as it was located on the caravan trade routes connecting Persia, India, China and the Roman Empire. A colonnaded street leads us to the ruined city where we will see a well preserved theatre, interesting Museum, the striking Ba’al temple and the Valley of tombs. Overnight in nearby hotel.
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 for 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 visit the Aleppo 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! Afterwards head back to Aleppo.
Today visit the remarkably well preserved and beautifully formed UNESCO crusader castle of Krac des Chevaliers and the pretty Ma'alula village - a site of great importance in the Christian religion, where the people still speak Aramaic - the language of Jesus. We continue onto Damascus and spend the evening at leisure.
Enjoy a free day to explore this amazing city.
We bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Aleppo’s strategic position meant it has been used as a meeting point and trade link between Mesopotamia, the fertile crescent ...