THE ESSENTIAL PLACES OF SYRIA

CIRCUIT 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

DAY 1:   Arrival in Damascus

  • Arrival _ Transfer to Damascus _ overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2:   Damascus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided tour of 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.
  • Souk Al-Hamidiye : The most beautiful souk of Damascus. Its shops display all sorts of goods, especially clothes, fabrics, pastries and handicrafts.

DAY 3: Damascus – Maaloula – Hama  – Aleppo

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure towards Maaloula, a village famous for its houses dug in the rock like beehives and especially because it still speaks Aramaic, the language of Christ! Lunch .
  •  Continue to Hama to admire its famous norias: large wooden wheels, installed on the edge of the Orontes and which have not stopped turning since the fourteenth century to raise the water to distribute in the city. The rustic beauty of these old machines is striking, their regular song seems to come from the depths of time.
  • Arrival Aleppo, free time in the souks and possibility of relaxing in a hammam.
  • Dinner in a restaurant over Night at the hotel

DAY 4: Visit of Aleppo

  • Breakfast at the hotel .
  • Visit of the second city of Syria.
  • A flourishing 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. Lunch during the visit.
  • 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 is distinguished by its entrances made with perfection to prevent any enemy intrusion and its 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 in a restaurant. overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5: Aleppo  – Homs – Crack des chevalier – Al-Mishtaya

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure towards Homs, previously known as Emisa or Emesa, is a city in western Syria and the capital of the Homs Governorate.
  • Visit Saint Mary of the Holy Belt Cathedral is a historical Syrian Orthodox cathedral, and khalid ibn walid mosque
  • Continuation  to the Crack des Chevaliers, the most famous fortress of the Middle Ages. The crusaders made it the basic element of their system of strongholds on the coast. It is so vast and so impregnable that it has become the symbol of a whole era of bloody struggles between Muslims and Crusaders …
  • Dinner in Al-mishtaya at  restaurant. overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6:  Al-Mishtaya – Palmyra –Damascus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Departure to Damascus,  dinner at  restaurant – overnight at the hotel .

DAY 7: Departure from Damascus

  • Breakfast at the hotel .
  • Transfer to the airport according to flight schedule, flight on scheduled flight.

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