Middle East UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Profile of Middle East UNESCO Sites Trip:
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan, carefully selected for their exceptional universal value and significant contributions to humanity.
  • Explore the captivating capital cities of Beirut, Damascus, and Amman, each boasting a captivating fusion of religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage.
  • Marvel at the timeless and awe-inspiring ruins of Baalbek, Palmyra, and Petra, which offer glimpses into ancient civilizations.
  • Indulge in the unmatched beauty of the Cedars of God, the tranquil ambience of Wadi al-Nasara (Valley of Christians), and the diverse desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.
  • Unwind and surrender yourself to the extraordinary sensation of effortlessly floating on the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea.
  • Immerse yourself in the enchanting tradition of a public bathhouse experience in Damascus.
  • Delight your taste buds with a wide array of traditional dishes, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the rich culinary heritage of the Middle East.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture and embrace the genuine warmth and hospitality of the people you encounter.
Itinerary of Middle East UNESCO Sites Trip:
Day 01: Beirut Int’l Airport
  • Upon your arrival at Beirut Int’l Airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by our professional representative.
  • From there, you will be escorted to your hotel in Beirut, a captivating and cosmopolitan city renowned for its rich historical sites, bustling markets, mouth-watering cuisine, and vibrant nightlife.
Day 02: Beirut City Tour – Harissa – Byblos
  • Embark on a comprehensive tour of vibrant Beirut, starting with a scenic drive along the seashore. Visit the National Museum to see archaeological treasures like the Sarcophagus of Ahiram. Explore Martyrs’ Square to learn about Beirut’s multicultural heritage. Shop at Beirut Souks and enjoy the waterfront at Zaitounay Bay.
  • Journey to Harissa for panoramic views and the “Lady of Lebanon” statue. Discover the historic town of Byblos, with its rich history and vibrant culture.
  • Throughout the day, indulge in delicious Lebanese cuisine and immerse yourself in the charm of the towns you visit.
Day 03: Byblos – Qadisha – Cedars – Beirut
  • Embark on a tour of Byblos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to immerse yourself in its rich heritage as you visit the Crusaders’ castle, the Phoenician temples, and the Roman theater. Wander through the charming streets of the old town, uncovering hidden treasures such as traditional markets, ancient churches, and mosques.
  • Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qadisha Valley, a holy site with monasteries and stunning natural landscapes. Explore the deep gorge, ancient monastic communities, and serene atmosphere of the valley. Visit monasteries like Qozhaya Monastery and learn about their historical significance.
  • Continue to the Forest of the Cedars of God, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll encounter majestic cedar trees of great cultural importance. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the forest and appreciate the timeless beauty of the cedars.
Day 04: Beirut – Sidon – Tyre – Echmoun
  • Embark on a scenic day trip along Beirut’s southern coast, exploring historical and archaeological gems. Visit the 13th century Crusader castle, the “Castle of the Sea,” in Sidon.
  • Discover Tyre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its impressive Roman ruins and vibrant streets.
  • Explore the Temple of Echmoun, an ancient Phoenician temple near Sidon.
  • Return to Beirut in the evening and enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife and delicious cuisine by the waterfront.
Day 05: Beirut – Baalbek – Anjar – Damascus
  • Travel to the picturesque Bekaa Valley, known for its vineyards and exceptional wines.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Baalbek, an ancient city with impressive Roman ruins.
  • Visit Chateau Ksara, a renowned winery for a wine tasting experience.
  • Conclude at UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anjar, a fortified Umayyad city with well-preserved walls.
  • Cross the Lebanese-Syrian border for visa formalities and continue to Damascus, a city celebrated for its diverse heritage.
  • 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 06: 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 07: Damascus City Tour
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter in old Damascus, with its rich history and cultural significance.
  • Visit the art gallery of renowned sculptor Mustafa Ali, whose monumental works provoke contemplation on the fragility of humanity.
  • Discover the architectural gem of Maktab Anbar, showcasing a blend of Ottoman, Levantine, and European influences.
  • Experience the meticulously restored Damascene house of Beit al-Aqad, now home to the Danish Institute.
  • 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.
Day 08: Damascus – Palmyra – Krak des Chevaliers
  • Embark on a city tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra, a historical site in the Syrian desert known for its impressive ruins. Sadly, during the war, Palmyra suffered significant damage, including the destruction of the Temple of Bel, Temple of Baal-Shamin, Roman-era tombs, the partial demolition of the Theater and Monumental Arch, and theft of relief carvings and statues from underground tombs. However, valuable artifacts from the city’s museum have been preserved. Despite the scars, visiting Palmyra showcases surviving ruins and the city’s enduring spirit.
  • Continue the journey to Wadi al-Nasara, a beautiful mountain resort region known as the “Valley of Christians.” Enjoy the serene landscapes, explore charming villages, and meet friendly locals.
Day 09: Krak des Chevaliers – Homs – Hama – Aleppo
  • Embark on a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Krak des Chevaliers, a magnificent medieval castle with rich historical significance. Explore its well-preserved architecture and imagine the knights who defended it.
  • Continue to Homs, where the echoes of conflict are intertwined with the ongoing efforts of reconstruction
  • Journey to Hama, known for its colossal wooden waterwheels called Norias, and explore its enchanting alleyways.
  • Finally, 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 10: Aleppo City Tour
  • 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 11: Aleppo – Apamea – Saladin Castle – Lattakia
  • Embark on an enchanting journey to Apamea, an archaeological site showcasing the grandeur of the Hellenistic period. Walk along the Cardo Maximus, a two-kilometer main street adorned with majestic spired columns.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saladin Castle, a historic fortress in Lattakia offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Originally built by the Byzantines, it gained significance under the Crusaders and Saladin.
  • Travel to Lattakia, a coastal city with a rich history and sandy beaches along the azure Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports during the summer months.
Day 12: Lattakia – Tartous – Maalula – Damascus
  • Embark on a journey to Tartous, a coastal city with a rich history and strategic location. The city has been inhabited since ancient times and showcases a blend of cultures and architectural styles from civilizations like the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Arabs. Explore Tartous’ captivating historical sites, including ancient walls, Roman baths, and Byzantine-era churches. Don’t miss the Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa, a magnificent monument from the Crusader period. Experience the charm of Arwad Island, the only inhabited island in Syria.
  • Travel to Maalula, a historic Christian town known for its painted houses, picturesque setting, and caves. Discover the unique Aramaic-speaking population and immerse yourself in the town’s cultural heritage, monasteries, and local traditions.
Day 13: Damascus – Bosra – Amman
  • Travel south to Bosra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a remarkable collection of historical monuments. Explore Roman and Byzantine ruins, early Islamic architecture, and the well-preserved 2nd-century Roman theater. Discover early Christian ruins and visit mosques like the Al-Omari Mosque.
  • Drive to Amman, a dynamic city that combines ancient history with modern vitality. As Jordan’s political, economic, and cultural hub, Amman offers a diverse mix of tradition and progress in its rich heritage and vibrant neighbourhood.
Day 14: Amman – As-Salt – Desert Castles – Amman
  • Embark on a journey to As-Salt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in west-central Jordan. It was a vital trading hub connecting the eastern desert with the west. Skilled craftsmen transformed the rural settlement into a thriving town with yellow limestone architecture. As-Salt features 650 historic buildings blending European styles and local traditions, reflecting a harmonious coexistence between Muslims and Christians.
  • Explore the Desert Castles, remarkable examples of early Islamic art. These grand-scale castles vividly depict 8th-century life through mosaics, frescoes, and carvings. They served as caravan stations, trade centres, and outposts, connecting rulers with Bedouin communities. Visit the the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quseir Amra, a well-preserved desert castle, showcases intricate murals, while Qasr Al-Harrana invites exploration.
Day 15: Amman – Um er-Rasas – Bethany – Dead Sea
  • Embark on a trip to Um er-Rasas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site revealing Roman, Byzantine, and Early Muslim history. This site features a fortified Roman military camp and 16 unique churches with well-preserved mosaics. Two square towers represent ancient ascetic traditions, while remnants of agricultural cultivation showcase resourcefulness.
  • Next, visit the Baptism Site, “Bethany Beyond the Jordan,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Jesus was baptized. It includes Roman and Byzantine remains, churches, monasteries, hermit caves, and baptismal pools—a significant Christian pilgrimage site.
  • Finally, drive to the Dead Sea, a natural wonder known for its unique characteristics and stunning surroundings. Located at Earth’s lowest point, it offers therapeutic waters and a link to the region’s historical and cultural heritage. Experience the beauty and inspiration of this captivating destination.
Day 16: Dead Sea – Petra
  • Enjoying the morning at the Dead Sea is a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
  • Drive to Petra in southern Jordan, an ancient city famous for its impressive architecture and historical importance. Petra was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Day 17: Petra
  • Embark on a captivating city tour of Petra, known as the “Rose City” for its magnificent rock-cut architecture, Petra offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the ancient Nabatean civilization. Highlights include the iconic Treasury, impressive tombs, the Theater, and the Monastery. Explore ancient temples, dwellings, and a sophisticated water management system. Petra is an unforgettable journey through time, where you can immerse yourself in the wonders of a civilization carved in stone.
Day 18: Petra – Wadi Rum
  • Drive to Wadi Rum, an expansive property in southern Jordan near the Saudi Arabian border. This remarkable site is a mix of natural and cultural wonders, featuring a diverse desert landscape with narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, and more.
  • Explore the rich historical and cultural heritage spanning over 12,000 years, with rock carvings and inscriptions providing insights into human evolution and early writing systems. Wadi Rum showcases the dynamic relationship between humans and the natural world. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a range of activities for visitors to fully immerse themselves in the unique desert environment and cultural heritage.
Day 19: Wadi Rum – Amman
  • Drive to Amman, a city with a rich history that spans thousands of years. Explore the Amman Citadel, an archaeological site featuring the Temple of Hercules and Roman ruins, offering panoramic city views. Exploring downtown Amman, also known as Al-Balad, is like taking a journey through time. The area is characterized by its bustling markets, traditional architecture, and lively atmosphere. Visit the vibrant Souk Jara for handicrafts and street food. Discover Jordan’s heritage at museums like the Jordan Museum and Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions. Amman also boasts mosques and churches, including the iconic King Abdullah I Mosque.
  • Another possibility is to extend your journey to Aqaba, a vibrant coastal city on the Red Sea known for its beautiful beaches, clear turquoise waters, and rich marine life. Enjoy pristine sandy shores, swimming in the crystal-clear sea, and beach amenities. Aqaba offers excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities with vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine species. Explore the underwater world on a unique submarine tour. Discover Aqaba’s history at the Aqaba Fortress and the Aqaba Archaeological Museum. Use Aqaba as a gateway to explore Wadi Rum’s stunning desert landscapes and the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Indulge in dining, shopping, and lively festivals showcasing Jordanian culture. Aqaba offers a diverse range of experiences for all interests.
Day 20: Departure
  • Transfer to Amman Int’l Airport for your departure flight, bidding farewell to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan with cherished memories of their rich history, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.
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