The natural beauty of the mountains and valleys lends a dreamlike aura that surrounds the ancient cities and incredible ruins of Syria. The stunning mosques, palaces, cathedrals, tombs, temples and souqs embody pieces of time, as they rise up like mirages from the sparkling desert sands. Located at the legendary crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, this region is the cradle of our most influential ancient civilizations. Here, you are surrounded by a culture that has been molded by successive empires of Greeks, Romans and Ottomans.
DAYS 1 & 2
Your full day of sightseeing starts on Day 2 with the National Museum of Damascus, the underground St. Ananias Chapel, St. Paul’s Church and the Old City. See the Azem Palace, a wonderful example of an 18th-century Damascene house and Umayyad Mosque, built in 705 A.D. Also view the adjacent Tomb of Salah al-Din (Saladin’s Tomb).(B, L)
Four Seasons Hotel, Damascus
This morning drive to Crac des Chevaliers, the Castle of the Knights, a stately 12th-century Crusader castle. Visit the Cathedral of Tartus before continuing on to Lattakia, an important port city.(B, L)
Afamia Rotana Resort, Lattakia
DAYS 4 & 5
St. Simeon Aleppo
This morning drive to the capital of the Ugarit Kingdom, the ancient city of Ras Shamra. Next drive up into the limestone hills and visit the 5th-century A.D. pilgrimage cathedral dedicated to St. Simeon. Continue to Aleppo, one of the great Middle Eastern trading centers. See the Great Mosque, the Citadel, and the over 7-mile-long labyrinth of the covered souq. (2B, 2L)
Sheraton Hotel, Aleppo
DAYS 6 & 7
Ebla, Apamea, Hama Palmyra
Visit the Kingdom of Ebla, the old Syrian civilization that flourished in the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. See the ruins of Apamea and the beautiful city of Hama. Continue through the middle of the Syrian Desert to arrive at Palmyra, an oasis city and link on the ancient Silk Road between the Mediterranean and the Euphrates.(2B, 2L)
Tadamora Palace Hotel, Palmyra
DAYS 8 & 9
Baalbek, Lebanon, Damascus Depart for Home
A World Heritage Site, Baalbek’s awe-inspiring ruins and temples are among the largest and finest examples of Roman architecture in the world. Explore this ancient city, appreciating the grand columned temples and their intricately carved stonework before returning to Damascus. On Day 9 you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.(2B, L)
Four Seasons Hotel, Damascus
December 31, 2011
From $4,285.00 per person double occupancy.
From $1,085.00 single room supplement.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.