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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.
Enjoy a full day’s touring of the city’s historic heart, including the beautiful Ottoman Azem Palace, the tomb of Saladin and the Grand Mosque Umayyad Mosque. We continue on to Straight Street, the baptism site of Apostle Paul, St. Ananias Church with its sunken crypt and Hamedieh bazaar. There is a delightful array of middle eastern treasures, antiques, spices and handicrafts to be discovered.
Today we drive to ancient Palmyra. The politically important, extremely affluent, 2nd century BC ruinous town is located on the caravan trade routes connecting Persia, India, China and the Roman Empire. We tour the preserved theatre, fascinating museum, the striking Ba’al temple and the 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.
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. 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. Afterward we tour the small, richly historic and biblical village of Ma’alula. The predominantly Christian village with a population of about 2,000, still speak Aramaic – the language of Jesus. We drive onward to Damascus.
We will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
Aleppo’s strategic position meant it has been used as a meeting point and trade link between Mesopotamia, the fertile crescent ...