Day 1: Meet and assist at Damascus International Airport, transfer to Hotel and Overnight.
Day 2: Breakfast, full day Damascus City Tour: Visit the National Museum (10 000 years of culture) Handicraft Market (the best hand made crafts of the Middle East), Azem Palace (a perfect example of a traditional Damascene house, an Ethnic Museum now). Ommayad Mosque (a place for worshiping since the first millennium B.C), The Straight Street (the Via Recta, the place where St; Anania met St; Paul and converted him) the church Of St. Ananias, the window of St. Paul and a stroll in Souk Hamidieh (one thousand and one kinds of goods), end the tour of a panoramic view of Damascus. From Mountain Kassion. Back to Hotel for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Breakfast, departure to visit Sednaya (the Monastery of Our Lady and the oldest Icon of The Lord & The Lady), Maalula (the town that has the oldest monastery, and its people still speak Aramaic the same language Jesus spoke and Taught, continue to Palmyra for Hotel and Overnight.
Day 4: Breakfast, full day Palmyra (the high lights of Syria queen Zenobia city. The great trade center through the first centuries A.D-one can not miss the sunset and rise in this romantic place- the dream city of Palmyra visiting: museum, the temple of Bel, (built in 32 A.D 40 000 square meters) the great colonnade and the valley of tombs, Amphitheater, Agora, Baalshamine, enjoy watching the sunset – Overnight in Palmyra.
Day 5: Breakfast, departure to visit Mari (3rd millennium B.C town destroyed once by the great Acadian king Sargon the 1st then by the Babylonian king Hamoraby) and Doura Euroupes (a classical town with more than a dozen of temples the most outstanding one is the synagogue), arrive in Der Ezzor (the bride of the Euphrates-enjoy taking a stroll on the suspension bridge) for hotel and overnight.
Day 6: Breakfast, full day visit Der Ezzor, Halabia, Zalabia (a Palmyrean Byzantine river fortress town), back to Hotel for Overnight.
Day 7: Breakfast, departure to visit Raqa (the second capital of the Abbasids empire of Baghdad, see the old city walls, the Abbasids mosque the Arabian nights palace- Qasr Al-Banat) and Rassafa (Sergepolis, the crystal town with its beautiful basilicas cathedral and under ground cisterns) Euphrates Dam. Proceed to Aleppo for Hotel and Overnight.
Day 8: Breakfast, full day visit of Aleppo (the capital of the north which witnessed all the cultures for the last 7 000 years and stood against all invaders): Museum, Aleppo Citadel (the best example of Arab Moslem medieval military castles), The Great Mosque, The Souks; where you can easily test the aromatic atmosphere of the orient (Bazaars) and Khans (Caravanserais). Overnight in Aleppo.
Day 9: Breakfast, visit St. Simeon (the stylist, who spent most of his life on a pillar) Ein Darra an Aramaic Hittite city with an unforgotten temple), dead cities, the roman Road, back to Hotel for Overnight in Aleppo.
Day 10: Breakfast, departure to visit Ebla (a great third millennium B.C kingdom’ the city walls are over than 25 meters high and the same for thickness) and Apamea, the longest street over than a mile long and 37 meters wide. One can notice three different styles of pillars. See this town that once invited Hannibal the great Phoenician leader from carthage to live in; and the great Cleopatra once had been here) Mosaic Museum, continue to Hama, visit Waterwheels (Noria), hotel and overnight in Hama.
Day 11: Breakfast, departure to visit Saladine Castle(the most impressive castle on the Syrian coast. Was known as Zayoun castle from the Phoenician times; a splinded castle), then to visit Ugarit, ( the city where the first alphabet was found. Thousands of clay tablets and a gret royal palace dates back to 1400 B.C) Lattakia for hotel and overnight.
Day 12: After breakfast departure to visit al Marqab castle (a medieval crusade castle.), Tartous museum (the ex-crusade cathedral of Tartous), St. George’s monastery, Crack Des Chevaliers (the most well preserved castle from 1110 A.D the castle which is considered the mother castle of all medieval European castles), then to Damascus, hotel and overnight.
Day 13: After breakfast, full day excursion to the south to visit Shahba (the city of the roman emperor Philip the Arab. With a lovely small mosaic museum), al Sweida (an old Nabatian roman city known as Dionysian for its reputation of vineyards and wine), Qanawat, Bosra (the greatest theatre built in 103 A.D and could house more than 15 000 spectators), back to hotel in Damascus for overnight.
Day 14: Breakfast, full day excursion to Lebanon to visit Baalback (the lord of Bekaa valley; the paradise of gods; a complex of temples needed over than 200 years to be built), back to Damascus for hotel and overnight.
Day 15: Breakfast, transfer to airport for Departure.
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