Syria has long been closed for tourism, and with this, I want to invite you to be among the first travellers to visit the country since its reopening, and what better time would it be to visit than during easter!
I am partnering up with Xavier from Travelling the Unknown to offer you the best possible trip, to
Meet and greet in Beirut, where we will give a pre-trip briefing at our hotel. I’ll answer any questions that you may have.
Here, we will also collect the remainder of the money required for the tour (950 Euros/1150USD). We ask you to pay the remaining balance in USD in cash.
We will go for dinner together and we’ll answer any questions about the trip.
Accommodation is included for this night in Beirut - Q Studio or Mayflower Hotel.
Day 2: Beirut => Damascus
Wake up early before gathering at 7:00 am at a soon-to-be determined location. We will leave Beirut for Damascus at 7:30, provided that all of our group members are present.
The drive will take between 3 and 5 hours including border formalities. On the way to the border, we’ll stop for a Lebanese breakfast.
Check in to Beit Zaman Hotel,or another boutique hotel, where you’ll have a short break to relax.
Then, we’ll go to Ananias Church, Souq Medhat Pasha, Khan As’ad Pasha, Qasr El Azm Palace, Beit Jebri Restaurant, The Ummayad Mosque, Salaheddine’s mausoleum, Maktab Anbar, Al Nassan Palace, Al Hamidiyah Market, Al Nawfara Coffee Shop (to hear traditional Damascene storytelling).
We’ll also visit the Tekiyeh Suleimaniyeh, The National Museum, Souq Al Shalaan, Souq Al Saroujeh, should time permit.
In the evening, we’ll go for a stroll in Bab Touma and Bab Sharqi, where we’ll get to see Syria’s nightlife scene. We’ll enter a few bars. Drinking alcohol is fine, but please ensure that it’s not excessive. Those who do not want to join may relax at the hotel, or wander around the old city.
Day 3:Damascus => Saydnaya => Maaloula => Al-Mishtaya
We will leave Damascus in the morning to visit Saydnaya. This town is home to a famous Greek Orthodox monastery, and it receives many Christian pilgrims each year (mostly from Syria and Lebanon). It was supposedly founded by Byzantine emperor Justinian I, and it’s perched on top of a hill with a wonderful view.
We’ll then head to Maaloula, a Christian town where many residents speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. We’ll explore the town’s churches, monasteries and streets, and meet some local residents.
Finally, we’ll head to Al-Mishtaya, which is located in Syria’s Christian Valley (Wadi Al Nasara). Seeing as it will be the 4th of April, we’ll get to see Syria’s awesome Easter celebrations! This will be one of the highlights of the trip.
Overnight at Al Wadi Hotel in Al-Mishtaya
Day 4:Al-Mishtaya => Krak Des Chevaliers => Aleppo
After breakfast, we’ll head to the Krak De Chevaliers, which is arguably Syria’s most magnificent castle. This ancient crusader castle has also got some great views of the surrounding countryside. We’ll spend a few hours wandering around this magnificent site.
Then, we’ll drive to Aleppo. Upon arrival, we’ll wander around the city centre.
Dinner and overnight in Laurus Hotel
We’ll spend a full day in Aleppo today, exploring what the city has to offer.
After breakfast, we’ll head to the citadel, which dates back to the 3rd Millennium BC, where we’ll have a magnificent view of the city below. We’ll see the hustle and bustle in some neighbourhoods, as well as the unfortunate destruction in others. We’ll also visit the recently reopened Aleppo museum, the old city, Al Azizieh neighbourhood, Al Talel Market, Farhat Square and more.
We’ll also sample some of the worlds’ most delicious dishes, and discover what makes Aleppian cuisine the tastiest in Syria!
Dinner and overnight in Laurus Hotel
Day 5:Aleppo => Hama => Damascus
We will wake up early, and drive to the city of Hama, which is on the way back to Damascus. It’ll be a fairly long drive this day.
We’ll visit the Norias of Hama (historical waterwheels) along the Orontes River in the city, as well as a stroll through the old town, which is one of the oldest in the country.
We’ll then make our way back to Damascus. On the way back (time permitting), we’ll visit Mar Mousa monastery, built inside a cliff-face. The monastery’s spectacular rock paintings and inscriptions will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. The natural setting is also beautiful.
Free time in Damascus and overnight in Beit Zaman Hotel.
Day 7: Damascus => Beirut
Final breakfast together. In the morning, we’ll go to do PCR tests, which are required to get back into Lebanon (100 USD each). Results should be ready in 3/4 hours. While we’re waiting for the results, you'll be able to search for your final batch of souvenirs from Syria before we depart Damascus between at roughly 1pm
We’ll cross the border to Lebanon. Those who wish to be let out in Anjar, Zahle, or anywhere else on the way to Beirut may do so (depending on Lebanon lockdown rules at the time). Everyone else will be dropped off in central Beirut.
The tour ends!
The total cost of the trip is 1250€/1550$ which includes the following:
Visa support (security clearance that allows you to get the visa at the border)
Twin-share accommodation (single supplements are available at an additional cost) for every night of the tour, as mentioned on the itinerary. Breakfast will be included at these hotels.
Transportation between the places mentioned in the itinerary.
English speaking guides.
Entry fees to all of the mentioned sites.
The on-arrival visa fee at the border.
Syrian departure tax (approximately 3 USD each).
Hamam, should you decide to do one.
Tips for the guides (not mandatory)
PCR tests to exit Syria (100 USD)
Lunch, dinner, drinks and souvenirs
Single supplement of 220$ (only if you want have your own room)
Please note that the price listed is for the non-refundable deposit only. The total price of the trip is 1250€ where the remaining balance of 950€/1150$ will have to paid upon arrival in Beirut. By signing up on this trip you also confirm that you have read and accepted the terms and condition outlined on this page.
For more information about the visa, security, pcr testing and clothing we have covered those topics in this document.
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