Day 1, Sunday: arrival to Beirut International Airport, meet and assist then transfer to the hotel. Dinner free. Overnight at a hotel in Beirut.
Day 2, Monday: Full day tour to visit Baalbeck, Anjar and Ksara. After the breakfast, departure to visit the Bekaa Valley: the first stop is at Baalbeck: the big stone, Temples of Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus, then move to Ksara: wine tasting and visit of the caves. Lunch is served in a first class restaurant in Zahleh with a small panoramic tour. The last visit is Anjar: Omayyad’s' Town. Dinner free. Overnight at a hotel in Beirut.
Day 3, Tuesday: Full day tour to visit Beirut, Beiteddine and Deir El Kamar. After the breakfast, we start with the capital of Lebanon and the heart of the Middle East. We visit the National Museum, the city center with its huge construction site and renovation works in addition to newest archeological finds. A visit that will confirm the Lebanese will of making their capital again the economic, touristic, cultural & commercial center of the Middle East. We then proceed to Deir El Kamar, typical Lebanese village where we visit the Kayssarieh, Notre Dame Church, Fakhreddine Mosque and Marie Baz museum. At a small distance, we visit Beiteddine, Palace of Emir Bechir (1788 - 1840) and summer palace of the Lebanese Presidents from 1943 till 1983. Lunch is served in a very good Lebanese restaurant. Dinner free. Overnight at a hotel in Beirut.
Day 4, Wednesday: Full day tour to visit Jeita, Byblos and Harissa. After the breakfast, we start our day by visiting Byblos: the beautiful Phoenician city considered the longest continually inhabited city in the world with its castle, souks, cathedral (dating back to the Crusaders era), port, restaurants, sandy beaches and cafés, etc… We then proceed to the famous Jeita grottos with their fabulous sceneries (nominated to be one of the 7 world nature beauties) and ends in Harissa (one way cable-car) with a panoramic view of Jounieh bay. Lunch is served in a very good Lebanese restaurant. Dinner free. Overnight at a hotel in Beirut.
Day 5, Thursday: Hama, Apamea and Aleppo (450 km). Meeting at our office at 05:30, departure to Tripoli (north Lebanon) for a short stop then to the Lebanese-Syrian borders. After borders’ formalities, departure to Hama for a short visit of the Norias then to Apamea (Afamia). Visit and Lunch. Proceed to Aleppo. First part of the visits then check-in at your hotel. Dinner free. Overnight at a hotel in Aleppo.
Day 6, Friday: Aleppo. Second part of Aleppo visits then departure for the visit of St Simeon and Sergella. Lunch. At the end of the visits, a short free time will be spared for the shopping. Dinner free. Overnight at a hotel in Aleppo.
Day 7, Saturday: Aleppo, Crack of the Knights and Palmyra (450 km). Departure to the Crack of the Knights. Visit and lunch. Departure to Palmyra: First part of the visit of Palmyra. Dinner in a Bedouin tent then overnight at hotel in Palmyra.
Day 8, Sunday: Palmyra, Maaloula and Damascus (310 km). Second part of visits in Palmyra. Lunch. Proceed to Maaloula. Visit then proceed to Damascus. Check in at hotel. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Damascus.
Day 9, Monday: Damascus (120 km). Visits of the National Museum in Damascus, the Omayyad Mosque, the Azm Palace, the Ananias’s House. Lunch. Short free time for shopping then return to Beirut. Arrival around 21:00.
Departure Dates for Syria:
- March 18
- April 1, 8, 15
- May till October: Every Thursday.
- Local permanent guides in each of Aleppo, Palmyra and Damascus.
- This tour can also be started in Damascus with a supplement of $85 per person for the extra transfer from Damascus to the Hama in order to join the rest of the group on Thursday.
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