Day 1: Damascus. Arrive to Damascus airport. You will be met & assisted by your Silk Road assigned guide. Transfer to your hotel, dinner & O/N. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Damascus. After breakfast, we drive to the national museum of Damascus then head to the old quarter to visit the folklore museum, which is a typical 17th century Damascene house. We visit as well the Omayyad mosque & the tomb of the hero of Islam Saladin. Lunch is included in a local restaurant. After noon we continue the sightseeing, heading to the street called straight, St. Paul's window & St. Ananias chapel. The end of the day is highlighted by the view of Damascus from 350 meters above the city level. Back to your hotel for dinner & O/N. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Damascus/ Palmyra. After breakfast, we depart for a long way drive to Palmyra, one of the greatest trading post on the antique Silk Road. We visit the museum, the temple of god Bel, the monumental arch, the viarecta, the agora and see some of the tower tombs, etc. Lunch is in a local restaurant. To visit Ibn Maan castle to watch the sunset. We end at the hotel in Palmyra. We check in, dinner & wine & go to bed. O/N. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Palmyra/ Dura-Europos/ Mari/ Deir-Ezzor. This morning, we motor east of Palmyra to the Euphrates basin to visit the ruins of Dura-Europos, a historical town built by Seleucus Nicator. We continue the visit to the archeological site of Mari, a great kingdom flourished in the third millennium B.C. Over to Deir-Ezzor for dinner & O/N. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Deir-Ezzor/ Halabia/ Resafa/ Aleppo. After breakfast, we head up stream to visit Halabia, a fort built by the Palmyreans to look after their affairs in the east. We go on to visit Resafa, a 5th century Christian holly town. You will also visit the Islamic Jabar castle & Al-Assad dam on the Euphrates. This time, we follow the sunset to Aleppo city for Dinner & O/N. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Aleppo. After breakfast, we leave for a full day sightseeing of Aleppo to include the archeological museum, the citadel of Aleppo, the grand mosque. Lunch is in a nice local restaurant. We continue the sightseeing by visiting the bazaars & the caravansaries of Aleppo. Back to your hotel for dinner & O/N. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Aleppo/ St. Simeon/ Ebla/ Apamea/ Hama. After breakfast, we leave Aleppo for a morning visit to St. Simeon cathedral, St. Simeon is considered the greatest hierarchy of all times. We drive vise versa to Aleppo for lunch. This after noon we motor south through the fertile country-side to visit Ebla. In Apamea, as we get there we visit the main avenue, Antony & Queen Cleopatra once strolled in this street. We continue the visit to the cathedral, the palace & the mosaic museum. Arrive to Hama for Dinner & O/N. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Hama/ Homs/ Crac des Chevaliers/ Damascus. After breakfast, we depart Hama to Homs. In Homs, we visit Khaled Ibn Al-Walid mosque, Khaled is an Islamic leader, who conquered Syria in the 7th century AD. We visit also the church of Um-Alsunar, a belt found in this church said to be the belt of the virgin Mari. We continue our visit to Crac des Chevaliers. Later on we leave the castle towards Ma'aloula, the picturesque village on Qalamoun Mountain. We get to Damascus with the sun. Dinner & O/N. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Damascus/ Shahba/ Sweida/ Bosra/ Damascus. After breakfast, we go for a full day excursion to the south to visit the basaltic hills and to view the great monuments of Sweida, Shahba & Bosra whose enormous edifices built of hard basaltic stones reveal a glorious past. Back to Damascus for dinner & O/N. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Transfer to the airport for departure or to be combined with Lebanon. Includes: (B).
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