12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS Tour

DAY 1: Arrival in Damascus

  • Arrival in Damascus, welcome by your guide, assistance for obtaining the visa.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 2:   Damascus

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the guided tour of the capital of Syria, Damascus .

  • Lunch during the visit.

  • 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.

  • Mass at the Cathedral of St. Sergius (Orthodox Armenian cult) or at the Sultana Cathedral of the World (Catholic Armenian worship).

  • Dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 3: Sednaya – Maaloula – Crac of the Knights

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Sednaya , visit of the monastery of Sednaya which was built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian in 547 AD and contains the icon of Saint Luke.

  •  Continue to Maaloula . Visit of the monastery of Saint Serge de Maaloula. This monastery, whose Syriac name means “the entrance”, seems to be hanging on the rocks. Here the Aramaic language, the language of Christ, is always spoken.

  •  Continue to Al-Hosn, lunch en route. Afternoon, visit the Crac des Chevaliers .

  •  The Crac of the Knights : The crusaders made it the basic element of their system of strongholds on the coast. This citadel is so vast and so impregnable that it has become the symbol of a whole era of bloody struggles between Muslims and Crusaders … It covers three hectares and has thirteen great towers. It is a sublime example of the architecture of the Crusader era. It is the French architect Paul Deschamps who restored the Crac in 1936.

  •  Dinner and overnight at Crac des Chevaliers.

DAY 4: Crac of the Knights – Tartus – Latakia – Kassab

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Tartous , the port of the Crusaders. Walk in the old town.

  • Tartous : It is a city surrounded by olive groves and rose gardens, famous for its medieval ruins. Antirados (Anti: face, Rados: Arwad), the Phoenician city, was the starting point to get to Arwad. It took the name of Tortosa under the Franks and when freedom of worship was granted to the first Christians, pilgrims flocked to visit the first church dedicated to Mary (built by St. Peter himself according to legend). Raymond of Saint-Gilles took Tortosa in 1,102 AD and a century later, the Franks decided to erect the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Tortosa on the very site of the first church.

  • After visiting the old town, continue north and pass through Latakia .

  • This established city on a very formerly occupied site, is the first port of Syria and an important resort for Syrians. Lunch along the way.

  • Continuation towards the Turkish border, towards Kassab , very expensive city in the eyes of the Armenians since it constituted an important place of refuge for the Armenian community during the genocide.

  • Dinner and overnight in an Armenian hotel.

DAY 5: Kassab – Saint Simeon – Aleppo

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Aleppo.

  • Stop at Saint Simeon , place dedicated to the hermit at the column. Simeon will give up his activity as a shepherd at the age of 13 to consecrate himself to God. He lived all his life austere, performing many fasts and spending long and recurrent periods without contact with the world. It was at the top of a column whose deck surface did not allow him to lie down or sit down that he spent the last 40 years of his life. Hence its name Simeon the Stylite. The basilica built in his memory is considered one of the most beautiful of the East.

  • Picnic at Saint Simeon.

  •  In the late afternoon, continue to Aleppo .

  •  Dinner and overnight in Aleppo.

DAY 6:   Aleppo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Armenian Day in Aleppo.

  • Visit the Armenian Church of Forty Martyrs (and Mass), visit the “Armenian Club Annie” and the Armenian orphanage.

  • Lunch during the visit.

  • Walk in the Armenian district of Aleppo.

  • At the end of the afternoon, you can relax in a hammam.

  • Armenian evening with Armenian dinner and singer.

  • Overnight in Aleppo.

DAY 7: Aleppo

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the second city of Syria. Lunch during the visit.

  • Aleppo : A thriving metropolis since the third 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 : It 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 ancient souks covered with Aleppo : They 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 in Aleppo.

DAY 8: Aleppo – Rassafah – Halabiyeh – Deir Ez-Zor

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Deir Ez-Zor.

  • Stop at Rassafah , the city of Sergius, Syrian soldier converted to Christianity who would have, according to legend, been beheaded for refusing to make a sacrifice in honor of Jupiter, becoming a martyr and a saint.

  • Stop at Halabiyeh , former stronghold that served against Persian attacks from the desert. The site contains beautiful remains and Byzantine walls.

  • Lunch along the way.

  • A symbolic place of Armenian history, Deir Ez-Zor is also the starting point for the discovery of Mesopotamian history, the banks of the Euphrates and those of its tributaries Al Khabour and Al Balikh having seen the birth and development of greatest human civilizations. Deir Ez-Zor lives to the rhythm of the sands of the Syrian steppe and the waters of the Euphrates that water the plains of the Jezira or “Fertile Crescent”. The traveler arrives here in the world of nomadic Arabia, far from the big cities that are Damascus and Aleppo.

  • In the evening, departure for the Armenian Church of Forty Martyrs of Deir Ez-Zor, symbolic place of Armenian history, to attend Mass.

  • Dinner and overnight at Deir Ez-Zor. 

DAY 9: Deir Ez-Zor – Marcadé – Deir Ez-Zor – Palmyra

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Marcadé .

  • It is here that thousands of Armenians lost their lives during the famous death marches through the Syrian Desert during the Armenian Genocide. This place is today a place of meditation. Visit of the chapel dedicated to the victims of the genocide. This chapel completed in 1996 contains remains of victims.

  • Return to Deir Ez-Zor to attend the official Mass in the Forty Martyrs Church.

  •  Lunch. Late afternoon departure to Palmyra .

  • Typical dinner, mensaf, under bedouin tent and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10: Palmyra – Damascus

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of Palmyra. Lunch during the visit.

  • 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 : Bel 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 for more than one kilometer and it was through it that 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.

  • In the late afternoon, drive to Damascus.

  • Dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 11: Damascus – Bosra- Ezraa – Damascus

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Bosra . Lunch along the way.

  • Bosra : It is a very ancient city, already mentioned in the inscriptions of Akhenaton, in the 14th century BC. The most important of its monuments is the famous Roman theater (2nd century AD). one of the most beautiful and best preserved in the world. It is 45 meters long and has a depth of 8 meters. Its stands can accommodate seventeen thousand spectators.

  • Visit Ezraa and return to Damascus.

  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12: Departure from Damascus

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Transfer to the airport according to the flight schedule. 
  • Flight on regular flight.

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