Syria is a country where visitors trip over history, so extensive are the remains of the many civilisations that have held sway in the region. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, early Christians, crusaders and Arabs have all left their mark with temples, arcades, churches, castles and mosques scattered around the country. This tour offers an excellent insight into the country’s fascinating history.
Day 1 – To Damascus: Fly from London to Damascus with bmi. Transfer to the Damascus Airport Hotel for immediate occupancy.
Day 2 – To Crac des Chevaliers & Lattakia: Late morning drive to visit the imposing crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers. Continue to Lattakia and visit the ancient coastal city of Ugarit. Stay overnight at the Afamia Rotana Resort. (Breakfast and lunch included)
Day 3 – To Saladin’s Castle, Serjilla & Aleppo: Morning drive to Aleppo via Saladin’s castle and the ruins of Serjilla, one of many ‘cities of the dead’. Stay 2 nights at Beit Salahieh, Aleppo. (Breakfast, lunch and dinnner included)
Day 4 – Aleppo & St Simeon: Morning visit to the church of St Simeon, where the stylite sat atop his pillar for 42 years. Afternoon tour of Aleppo.(Breakfast and dinner included)
Day 5 – To Apamea, Hama & Homs: Drive to the Graeco-Roman site of Apamea. Continue to Homs via Hama, noted for its huge wooden waterwheels. Stay overnight at the Safir Hotel, Homs. (Breakfast, lunch and dinnner included)
Day 6 – To Palmyra: Morning drive to the oasis city of Palmyra for an afternoon tour. Stay overnight at the Dedeman Hotel, Palmyra. (Breakfast, lunch and dinnner included)
Day 7 – To Damascus: Continue sightseeing in Palmyra this morning and then drive to Damascus, stopping en route in the village of Maalula, where Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus, is still used. Stay for 3 nights at the Beit Zaman Hotel, Damascus. (Breakfast included)
Day 8 – Bosra & Damascus: Morning visit to Bosra, famous for its Roman theatre. Afternoon tour of Damascus. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day 9 – Damascus: This morning, continue your sightseeing of Damascus. The afternoon is spent at leisure to allow time for shopping in the extensive souks. (Breakfast included)
Day 10 – To London: Transfer to the airport. Fly from Damascus to London with bmi. (Breakfast included).
Note: This tour involves some long drives and walking over rough terrain. Accommodation in Damascus and Aleppo is in traditional styled hotels. In other cities the accommodation should be considered 4 star.