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Syria Essential: From Damascus to Aleppo
Profile of Syria Essential Trip “From Damascus to Aleppo”
  • Explore the ancient city of Damascus, visiting landmarks such as the Umayyad Mosque, Souq al-Hamidiyeh, and the National Museum.
  • Discover the remarkable ruins of Palmyra, despite the damage inflicted during the war, and gain a profound appreciation for its historical significance.
  • Experience the serene beauty of Wadi al-Nasara, immersing yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of the Valley of Christians.
  • Visit the majestic Krak des Chevaliers, a medieval castle that showcases Syria’s rich history and architectural prowess.
  • Witness the resilience of Homs as it undergoes reconstruction and learn about the city’s past and present.
  • Experience the rich history, magnificent architecture, and unwavering resilience of Aleppo and its people.
  • Visit Hama, Syria’s city of colossal wooden waterwheels, known as norias. 
  • Explore Maalula, a historic Christian town where Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, is still spoken.
  • Visit Bosra’s amazing early Islamic architecture and most fascinating Roman and Byzantine ruins.
  • Sample a wide range of traditional Syrian dishes to truly experience the rich culinary heritage of the country.
  • Unwind in a traditional public bathhouse in the captivating city of Damascus.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture and embrace the genuine warmth and hospitality of the people you encounter.
Itinerary of Syria Essential Trip “From Damascus to Aleppo”
 
Day 01: Beirut Int’l Airport – Damascus
  • Upon your arrival at Beirut Int’l Airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by our professional representative. From there, you will proceed with your journey to Syria.
  • Take a break at a street café for refreshments before reaching the Lebanese-Syrian border crossing.
  • After completing the necessary entry visa formalities, continue your journey to the captivating capital city of Damascus, Syria. Known for its rich tapestry of religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage, Damascus offers a captivating experience for travelers.
  • Your drop-off point will be Bab Touma, the north-eastern gate associated with the old city’s Christian neighbourhood.
  • Stroll along the ancient roadway to a boutique hotel located in the heart of old Damascus for overnight stay.
Day 02: Damascus City Tour
  • Explore the captivating capital city of Damascus, which boasts a rich blend of religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage.
  • Visit the National Museum, home to archaeological treasures that provide insights into Syria’s history.
  • Take a short walk to the old town of  Damascus, once fortified with walls, towers, and gates, including the imposing Damascus Citadel.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Souq al-Hamidiyeh, a renowned covered bazaar and ancient marketplace where the local culture comes alive.
  • Enjoy a stroll through Souq al-Hamidiyeh towards the Umayyad Mosque. This iconic landmark is a significant cultural and spiritual center, housing the Shrine of John the Baptist.
  • Experience the religious diversity of Syria by visiting the Al-Seida Raqiyeh Mosque, an important Shia pilgrimage site.
  • Be awe-inspired by the splendour of Azem Palace, an architectural gem that showcases the exquisite beauty of Damascene craftsmanship, currently houses the Museum of Popular Traditions.
  • Embark on an exploration of Khan Assad Pasha, an impressive caravanserai that stands as a testament to the region’s rich trading heritage.
  • Rest at historic Al Nafoorah coffeehouse, sip coffee and tea, and observe Damascene life.
  • Stroll along the historic Straight Street, an ancient roadway lined with shops, cafes, and bustling markets.
  • Experience the spiritual significance of the Chapel of St. Ananias, an ancient church that embodies the essence of early Christianity.
Day 03: Damascus – Palmyra – Krac des Chevaliers
  • Embark on a city tour of Palmyra allows you to explore the remarkable city of Palmyra, nestled amidst the Syrian desert.
  • Once a thriving cultural hub of ancient times, Palmyra is renowned for its impressive ruins that bear witness to its historical significance.
  • During the war, Palmyra fell under the control of Islamic militants, resulting in significant damage to its architectural marvels.
  • Among the casualties of this destructive period were the magnificent Temple of Bel, the striking Temple of Baal-Shamin, and the remarkable Roman-era tombs, all of which were tragically destroyed. The ancient Theater and the grand Monumental Arch also suffered partial demolition, further adding to the loss. Additionally, several underground tombs had their relief carvings and statues stolen, further eroding the cultural heritage of Palmyra.
  • Despite these devastating events, there is a glimmer of hope. Many of the valuable artefacts from the city’s museum have been carefully relocated to safe locations, ensuring their preservation for future generations to appreciate and learn from.
  • While the scars of the past remain, visiting Palmyra provides a unique opportunity to witness both the impressive ruins that have survived and the resilience of a city that continues to endure and captivate visitors with its rich history.
  • Join us on this extraordinary journey as we unveil the secrets of Palmyra, rediscover its ancient splendours, and gain a profound appreciation for the cultural heritage that still echoes through its weathered stones.
  • Continue your drive towards Wadi al-Nasara, also known as the “Valley of Christians.” This picturesque mountain resort region is nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes and offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The valley is home to numerous Christian villages, each with its own distinctive charm and character. Take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains, explore the quaint villages, and interact with the warm and hospitable local people.
Day 04: Krak des Chevaliers – Homs – Aleppo
  • Embark on a visit to Krak des Chevaliers, a magnificent medieval castle that stands as a testament to Syria’s rich history. Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Homs Gap, Krak des Chevaliers is renowned for its awe-inspiring architecture and strategic significance. Originally built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 12th century, the castle underwent various additions and modifications over the centuries. Explore its well-preserved walls, towers, and courtyards, and imagine the knights who once defended this formidable fortress.
  • Continuing your journey, arrive in Homs, where the echoes of conflict are intertwined with the ongoing efforts of reconstruction. Bear witness to the profound impact of past adversities, while observing the resilient spirit of the local community as they tirelessly work towards rebuilding their city. Gain a deeper understanding of their determination and be inspired by their unwavering resolve to restore Homs to its former glory.
  • Following that, make your way to Aleppo, a city with a long and varied history that encompasses thousands of years. Positioned at the intersection of multiple trade routes, Aleppo has developed a vibrant cultural legacy and a distinctive urban landscape. Regrettably, Aleppo endured significant devastation during the Syrian war and was considered one of the most severely affected cities.
Day 05: Aleppo City Tour
  • Explore the National Museum that showcases an extensive collection of archaeological treasures and artefacts representing various epochs of Syria’s history.
  • Visit the awe-inspiring Aleppo Citadel, a remarkable fortress considered one of the most magnificent in Syria and the entire Middle East. Fortunately, it remained largely untouched during the war. This unconquerable stronghold overlooks Aleppo’s historic center, revealing layers of Hittite-era civilization hidden beneath its surface.
  • Take a stroll through the bazaar, a network of covered markets known as souks, which dates back to the 1300s and weaves through the Old City. Unfortunately, the bazaar has suffered severe damage, with nearly one-third of it completely destroyed. However, Syrians are currently engaged in the reconstruction efforts, aiming to restore this historical gem.
  • Explore the Al Jbili Soap Factory, an establishment closely associated with Aleppo. Aleppo soap is a handmade, solid bar soap that falls under the category of Castile soap, as it is primarily composed of olive oil and lye. What sets it apart is the inclusion of laurel oil, giving it a distinct characteristic.
Day 06: Aleppo – Hama – Maalula – Damascus
  • Embark on a trip to Hama, a city located on the banks of the Orontes River in Syria. Hama is renowned for its distinctive architectural marvel, the colossal wooden waterwheels known as Norias.
  • Travel to Maalula, a historic Christian town renowned for its charming painted houses, picturesque setting, and intriguing caves. What makes Maalula truly unique is its Aramaic-speaking population, who still preserve the ancient language spoken by Jesus Christ. Immerse yourself in the town’s rich cultural heritage, visit its historic monasteries, and witness the traditions and way of life of the local community.
Day 07: Damascus – Bosra
  • Travel to south to Bosra, a remarkable historic site that should be on every traveller’s itinerary. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bosra offers a rich collection of historical monuments spanning different eras of Syria’s history. It features a captivating blend of Roman and Byzantine ruins, along with impressive examples of early Islamic architecture. The well-preserved 2nd-century Roman theatre is a standout attraction. Bosra also boasts early Christian ruins and several mosques within its walls, including the esteemed Al-Omari Mosque, one of the oldest surviving mosques in Islamic history.
Day 08: Damascus – Beirut Int’l Airport
  • Free day to explore city at your own pace. Visit local markets beyond the popular Souq al-Hamidiyeh, and stumble upon charming cafes or traditional workshops tucked away in the city’s winding alleys.
  • Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of a traditional public bathhouse, known as a Hammam, in the historic city of Damascus. Indulge in the rejuvenating rituals and immerse yourself in the cultural significance of this timeless bathing tradition.
  • In the afternoon, travel to Beirut Int’l Airport for your departure flight, bidding farewell to Syria with cherished memories of its rich history, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality; or extend your journey to include Lebanon and Jordan alongside your visit to Syria.
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