A cultural and historical tour across the last bulwark of baathism

Damascus – Aleppo – Tartus – Latakia – Krak     

This tour is offered on a regular base. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button. Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.

Soviet Tours is the leading international tour operator for the Syrian Arab Republic. In fact, we have been the very first international travel company to offer tourist services to the country since the conflict broke out in 2011.


Routes within the Syrian Arab Republic are fully flexible and customisable: shorter (e.g.: a 3-day Damascus-only trip) and longer tours (e.g.: a 10-day beach holiday on the Mediterannean Riviera) are available upon request. 

DAY 1 - Damascus

  • Early in the morning you will meet your tour guide in the lobby of the designated hotel in Beirut.

  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Syria.

  • Transfer to Syria along the legendary Beirut-Damascus highway.

  • After completing border formalities, you will head straight to Damascus.

  • Afternoon stroll through Damascus Old Town.

  • Dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 2 - Damascus

  • You'll spend the whole day touring ancient Damascus and its wonders.

  • Highlights of the day include: Damascus Old Town, Hamedieh Souq, Ummayad Mosque, Azem Palace, Hanania Church and the National museum.

  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 3 - Palmyra and Syrian Desert  

  • You'll leave Damascus early in the morning and head east to Tadmur to visit the legendary ancient ruins of Palmyra.

  • You'll then drive through the Syrian Desert and in the afternoon you'll eventually reach Almishtaya in the Valley of Christians.

  • Dinner and overnight in Almishtaya.

DAY 4 - Almishtaya and Krak des Chevaliers

  • You'll devote the morning hours to tour Almishtaya and the mighty Krak des Chevaliers.

  • In the afternoon you'll drive to Tartus, a booming seaside resort town.

  • Dinner and overnight in Tartus.

DAY 5 - Tartus and Arwad Island

  • In the morning you'll enjoy a walking tour around Tartus and hit the lively city beach for lunch.

  • In the early afternoon you can undertake a boat ride to the little-known island of Arwad.

  • Dinner and overnight in Tartus.

DAY 6 - Hama and Aleppo

  • In the morning you'll head north towards Aleppo.

  • On the way you'll cross the province of Hama.

  • Late afternoon arrival in Aleppo.

  • Dinner and overnight in Aleppo.

DAY 7 - Aleppo

  • You'll spend the whole day touring ancient Aleppo and its historical sights (or what remains of them).

  • Highlights include: Ancient Citadel, Grand Mosque, Al Faraj Gates and the Clock Tower.

  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Aleppo.

DAY 8 - Damascus

  • Today you'll slowly head back to Damascus.

  • Quick photo and food stops in Hama and Homs.

  • Dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 9 - Beirut

  • Transfer back to Beirut.

  • End of the tour.


4 to 9 participants: 2100 € 

The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euro/night), private transport in the region, entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.

The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility.

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BELOW you can see the different tour stages marked on a map of the region you are going to explore with us



Iraq and/or Somaliland

Avowal of Intermediation: Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia are a countries currently placed under the German Government Foreign Office advice 'Reisewarnung' (travel alert). For countries and regions under the German Government Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) advice ‘Reisewarnung / Teilreisewarnung’ we will act solely and exclusively as intermediary travel agent and/or vacation reseller and/or travel broker (German: 'Reisevermittler' gemäß § 651a BGB), hence not performing as a tour operator (German: Reiseveranstalter gemäß § 651a BGB). Herewith we are explicitly and openly informing you about our actual role as intermediary actor between you and the local tour agency, you will eventually finalise the booking of this tour with. You will be timely and appropriately informed about the details of the local tour agency operating the tour. In compliance with § 651a BGB partial or total exclusion of liability applies in case of intermediation.  

Warning: entry to Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia will be refused to Israeli passport holders and travellers with any evidence (stamp, visa, permits) of visiting Israel