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Syria at a Glance (Tour code DAM01)
Day1. Arrival at Damascus airport, Meet & Assist, Transfer to Hotel, Welcome Drink… Dinner & Overnight in Damascus.
Day2. Sightseeing in Damascus, one of the oldest cities in the world with the establishment of a human community at least since the 9th millennium before our era: Visit National Museum where a very important pieces from prehistoric times, the Greek-Roman and Byzantine periods as well as Arab-Islamic oriental pieces are exposed – Then enjoy Shopping in Hamidiyah Bazaar, one of the most wonderful covered markets in the middle east – Omayyad Mosque, this magnificent monument contains the remains of the Roman Temple to Jupiter, a Byzantine arcade, a beautiful Umayyad mosaic in the courtyard, and the spacious prayer hall where the shrine of St. John the Baptist is located, said to house his head – next to the mosque is the tomb of the legendary leader Saladin – Straight street – Then visit the Chapels of Ananias and St. Paul, built at the site where Paul was lowered from the city wall in a basket. Overnight in Damascus.

Day3. Drive to visit the Christian villages of Maaloula, a Christian community speaking to this day Aramaic, the language of Christ… St. Sergio’s Convent with its small Byzantine Chapel claims to be the oldest in the Christian world – Then proceed to Crac Des Chevaliers, the best preserved and most wholly admirable Crusader castle in the world – Continue to Palmyra. Overnight in Palmyra.
Day4. Sightseeing in Palmyra: Spend today exploring the extensive remains of Palmyra, sometimes called the Queen of the Desert and known since antiquity as Tadmor. Located midway between the Mediterranean and the Euphrates, this oasis was an essential watering place for the many camel caravans that formerly traversed the route in the time of the Roman Empire. Visit the massive Temple of Bel, dedicated to the god who controlled the movement of the stars, the colonnaded street running to the Funerary Temple, the recently restored theatre, the 2nd-century agora, and the Valley of the Tombs – Drive back to Damascus. Overnight in Damascus.
Day5. Transfer to Damascus airport for Departure.
From - To Km From - To Km
Airport – Damascus City 28 km Crac Des Chevaliers – Palmyra 205 km
Damascus – Maaloula 56 km Palmyra – Damascus 240 km
Maaloula – Crac des Chevaliers 167 km    
Syria, Cradle of Cultures (Tour code DAM02)
Day1 Arrival at Damascus airport, Meet & Assist, Transfer to Hotel, Welcome Drink… Dinner & Overnight in Damascus.
Day2. Sightseeing in Damascus, one of the oldest cities in the world with the establishment of a human community at least since the 9th millennium before our era: Visit National Museum where a very important pieces from prehistoric times, the Greek-Roman and Byzantine periods as well as Arab-Islamic oriental pieces are exposed – Then enjoy Shopping in Hamidiyah Bazaar, one of the most wonderful covered markets in the middle east – Omayyad Mosque, this magnificent monument contains the remains of the Roman Temple to Jupiter, a Byzantine arcade, a beautiful Umayyad mosaic in the courtyard, and the spacious prayer hall where the shrine of St. John the Baptist is located, said to house his head – next to the mosque is the tomb of the legendary leader Saladin – Straight street – Then visit the Chapels of Ananias and St. Paul, built at the site where Paul was lowered from the city wall in a basket. Overnight in Damascus.
Day3. Drive to visit the Christian villages of Maaloula, a Christian community speaking to this day Aramaic, the language of Christ… St. Sergio’s Convent with its small Byzantine Chapel claims to be the oldest in the Christian world – Then proceed to Crac Des Chevaliers, the best preserved and most wholly admirable Crusader castle in the world – Continue to Aleppo. Overnight in Aleppo.
Day4. Aleppo lies on a land route between Europe and the East and once was one of the major commercial cities of the Orient – Visit the ancient Tell, dating back to the Neolithic period and still containing remains of an early Islamic city and forms today the so-called Citadel of Aleppo – the Great Mosque, founded by the Umayyad dynasty in the 8th century – We will end our day in the old city’s suq where covered shops cover 12 square kilometers, the oldest enclosed shopping center in the world. Overnight in Aleppo.
Day5. Drive to visit the roman city of Apamee and walk in the footsteps of Antony and Cleopatra along the mile-long main street lined with massive columns concealing the facades of ancient shops. Visit the small site museum with the fine mosaics found at this site – proceed to Hama (the Noria) – Continue to Palmyra. Overnight in Palmyra.
Day6. Sightseeing in Palmyra: Spend today exploring the extensive remains of Palmyra, sometimes called the Queen of the Desert and known since antiquity as Tadmor. Located midway between the Mediterranean and the Euphrates, this oasis was an essential watering place for the many camel caravans that formerly traversed the route in the time of the Roman Empire. Visit the massive Temple of Bel, dedicated to the god who controlled the movement of the stars, the colonnaded street running to the Funerary Temple, the recently restored theatre, the 2nd-century agora, and the Valley of the Tombs – Drive back to Damascus. Overnight in Damascus.
Day7. Transfer to Damascus airport for Departure
From - To Km From - To Km
Airport – Damascus City 28 km Crac Des Chevaliers – Aleppo 205 km
Damascus – Maaloula 56 km Aleppo – Palmyra 348 km
Maaloula – Crac des Chevaliers 167 km Palmyra – Damascus 240 km
 
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