This tour has been specifically designed to take you on a fascinating journey through Roman, Medieval and Biblical worlds. The journey starts and ends in Damascus, one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities and also visits Lattakia, Aleppo, Hama and Palmya. This comprehensive, fully guided group tour includes visits to many of the country’s gems and cultural highlights.
Note: Due to the current security situation in Syria, at this time we are not running any of our tours to the country. We will only restart operating in Syria when we are confident it is safe for our travellers to visit.
Your Syrian adventure starts in the timeless city of Damascus where the ancient world converges with the modern seamlessly. Historic buildings such as the great Umayyad Mosque and the Azem Palace help you to feel immersed in the history of this ancient city. You will have an extensive tour of the city followed by plenty of free time for you to explore the maze of souqs and sample the delicious cuisine.
From Damascus we travel to the cosmopolitan coastal city of Lattakia. Along the way we will make stops at the ancient village of Ma’loula where residents still speak the language of Christ – Aramaic followed by an extensive tour of the stunningly preserved crusader castle of Krak des Chevaliers. After arriving in Lattakia in the afternoon you may have time to swim in the sea before sunset or you could try one of the many excellent restaurants along the sea front.
After enjoying breakfast in Lattakia we follow the coastal road north to visit the ruins of Ugarit. Ugarit was only discovered in 1928 and since then, tablets have been discovered which has led experts to believe that the Ugaritic Alphabet may have been one of the first ‘simplified alphabets’ in the region. It has been identified as semitic, an ancient form of Hebrew.
Slightly in land from Ugarit stands the magnificent Castle of Saladin. Despite its name, the castle wasn’t actually built by Saladin, it was originally a Byzantine fortress which was taken over by the Crusader Knights in 1108. The castle we see today was then built on this site by Robert de Saône. The castle stayed in the de Saône family until Saladin captured it in 1188. It was from this victory which the castle then took its name. After a tour and free time at the castle, our journey takes us north to Syria’s second city – Aleppo.
As with Damascus, Aleppo and its surrounding areas are teeming with historical sites waiting to be explored and our guided tour will visit the most important of these such as St Simeon’s Monastery, the Great Citadel and the Mosque. Our Aleppo city tour will conclude at the Citadel where you will have the option of returning to your hotel or visiting the nearby Souq Al-Attareen and returning to your hotel later in the evening in you own time.
Syria doesn’t really offer much in the way of nightlife, however whilst in Aleppo you should certainly visit the Jdeideh Quarter where Aleppo’s upmarket nightlife is located with many bars offering live music.
Leaving Aleppo behind we travel to ‘Bride of the Desert’ - Palmyra, making stops along the way to view the Roman ruins at Apamea and the moaning waterwheels at Hama. Palmyra is generally considered to be one the world’s best examples and most complete classical cities and once you arrive you will realise why! Palmyra is an evocative and haunting town where you almost expect to see a Roman Soldier rush past in his chariot. You will have a full day tour of Palmyra before returning to Damascus for your final evening.
If you would like a longer journey then we can extend your tour by adding extensions into Jordan or Lebanon. Please contact one of our consultants if you would like any information on these options.
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