12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS Tour
DAY 1: Arrival in Damascus
- Meeting at the airport according to the schedule of your convocation. Flight to Damascus. Welcome by your local guide. Assistance in obtaining the entry visa. Transfer to the hotel.
- Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: Damascus
Breakfast at the hotel . Departure for the guided tour of the capital of Syria. Lunch during visits.
The National Museum: Its visit provides an overview of the civilizations that have succeeded in Syrian soil. It contains statues, seals, jewelry, masks, mosaics, tablets and weavings from the most important sites in the country.
The Umayyad Mosque: Located in the heart of the Medina, the mosque is distinguished by its prayer room, its courtyard and its walls covered with mosaics.
El-Azem Palace: Not far from the Great Mosque, in the labyrinth of the souk is the palace El-Azem. It is considered as the sumptuous model of the Damascene house whose exterior simplicity and sobriety do not suggest anything about a beautiful and rich interior, with many varieties of flowers, fruit trees and water jets.
Saint Ananian Church: It is of particular importance because it is attached to the memory of Saint Paul. Before his conversion to Christianity he had a vision here that blinded him for several days and gave him an unshakeable faith.
Souk Al-Hamidiye : The most beautiful souk of Damascus. Its shops display all sorts of goods, especially clothes, fabrics, pastries and handicrafts.
Dinner in a restaurant then night in Damascus.
DAY 3: Damascus – Anjar – Baalbek – Beirut
- Breakfast at the hotel . Departure towards Anjar.
- Anjar : Umayyad city dating from the eighth century, it was built under the order of Caliph Walid I. It was located on the caravan route and was therefore an important shopping center. It owes its name to the source Ayn al-Jar that once fed a lake on which Noah’s Ark had landed.
- Continue to Baalbek. Lunch along the way.
- Baalbek : Baalbek is an emblematic site of Lebanon. The first traces of human occupation on this site date back to the 3rd millennium BC. AD incorporated into the empire of Alexander the Great, the city was called Heliopolis in tribute to the Sun God. The city was then included in the Roman Empire. Fabulous buildings were built there. Thus, the temple of Jupiter would have outgrown everything that was built in the Empire, including Rome!
- Arrival in Beirut. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4: Beirut – Beit Eddine – Sidon – Tire – Beirut
- Breakfast at the hotel . Departure towards Beit Eddin (Magnificent palace erected by the emir Bashir in the nineteenth century).
- Continue to Sidon. Lunch along the way.
- Sidon(or called Saïda): Port city of the Lebanese coast, already mentioned several times in the documents from the fourteenth century, it was for a long time a very active shopping center. Dominated by a citadel and open to a port, the third in Lebanon, it continues, as in the past, to be surrounded by vegetable gardens, banana and lemon trees. And while its old quarters still retain their medieval charm, its main streets are lined with modern shops where all kinds of goods and pastries accumulate.
- Continue towards Tire . Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and crossed ruins make this site an exceptional place.
- Back to Beirut. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
DAY 5: Beirut – Byblos – The Cedars
- Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the Beirut Museum.
- Continue to Byblos. Lunch along the way. Byblos : A flourishing city under the pharaonic empire during the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC It was a prestigious commercial, religious and cultural center of the Canaaneo-Phoenician coast.Continue to the Cedars. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6: The Cedars – Qadicha – Crac of the Knights
- Breakfast at the hotel . At Les Cedres , walk in the little cedar wood, the tree raised to the rank of symbol of Lebanon.
Continue to the Qadicha Valley , a region full of caverns and rock shelters inhabited from the 3rd millennium BC. The valley is also dotted with chapels and monasteries. Lunch along the way.
- Continuation to the Crac of the Knights. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7: Krak of the Knights – Apamea – Aleppo
- Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Crac des Chevaliers.
- Crac des Chevaliers : Famous Fortress of the Middle Ages. It is the symbol of an era of bloody struggles between Muslims and Crusaders. The crusaders made it the basic element of their system of strongholds on the coast.
- Continue to Apamea.
- Apamea : This is one of the most beautiful ancient sites of Syria. Great figures of history stayed there: Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Septimius Severus … Apamea is distinguished by its long ramparts and its main artery lined with columns, including twisted columns and its Roman theater.
- Continue to Aleppo. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8: Aleppo
- Breakfast at the hotel . Visit of the second city of Syria. Lunch during the visit. A thriving metropolis since the 3rd millennium BC, Aleppo has been fighting with Damascus for the title of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. The old city has undoubtedly the most beautiful souks of the Middle East.
- The citadel: stands in the middle of the city and dominates it from the height of its fifty meters. It has admirably designed towers and stands out with its perfectly finished entrances and iron gates.
- Caravanserais: They were intended for the accommodation of traders on the move and their goods. They are famous for their decorated facades, high arched entrances and huge wooden doors that closed at nightfall …
- The souks: The old souks covered with Aleppo are distinguished by their coffered vaults and their enormous cupolas. Most date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. These are real living museums that offer us a true image of what were the commercial districts and the animation that reigned in the Middle Ages. Each souk specializes in selling a type of product. In the charming souks you can also find authentic Bedouin handicrafts, as well as rugs, fabrics and many varieties of delicacies to enjoy, such as the famous Aleppo pistachios, honey-based pastries, almonds and fruits. dry that will make happy the most greedy. You will do the best shopping in the Orient …
- Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 9: Aleppo – Saint Simeon – Palmyra
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Departure to Saint Simeon , a city dedicated to the hermit at the column. The cathedral built in his memory is considered one of the most beautiful in the East.
- Continue to Palmyra. Arrival in Palmyra. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10: Palmyra
Breakfast at the hotel . Visit of Palmyra.
Palmyra : The one that the Romans baptized Palmyra (the city of palms) and that the Syrians call Tadmor (miracle in Aramaic) is the most important oasis of the Syrian desert. Located 240 km from Damascus, Palmyra is the city of all superlatives. It arises in the midst of golden sands that extend to infinity. An oasis of columns, remains and palm trees that testifies to the splendor of this city that made, one day, tremble Rome …
The temple of Bel : It was for the Palmyrenes what Zeus was for the Greeks. Its temple is the largest and most majestic building in Palmyra, a unique example of fusion between Greco-Roman and oriental-inspired architecture.
The theater and the big colonnade : It crosses the city on more than one kilometer by which the caravans arriving from the desert passed.
Tombs : including tombs towers, tombs dug, tombs temples or individual tombs.
The combined work of Unesco and many archaeological missions have made it possible to bring out the ruins of the sands and present them to visitors in an excellent state of preservation. The visitor has the privilege of walking there according to his moods and his desires, at any time of day and night. Dawn is probably the most magical moment but few are brave who venture to leave the hotel early for a morning walk in the ruins.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11: Palmyra – Bosra – Damascus
- Breakfast at the hotel . Departure towards Bosra.
- Bosra : It is a very ancient city already quoted in the inscriptions of Akhenaton in the 14th century BC. The most important of its monuments is the famous Roman theater, among the most beautiful and best preserved in the world. It dates back to the 2nd century AD It is 45 meters long and has a depth of 8 meters. Its stands can accommodate 17000 spectators.
- Continue to Damascus. Lunch along the way.
- Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 12: Departure from Damascus
- Breakfast at the hotel . Transfer to the airport. Flight on regular flight.