BIBLICAL CITIES AND DELICIOUS FOOD
Damascus – Aleppo – Tartus – HOMS – HAMA
This tour is offered on a regular monthly basis. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours!
Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.
Warning: entry to Syria will be refused to Israeli passport holders and travellers with any evidence (stamp, visa, permits) of visiting Israel.
Bespoke tours to the Syrian Arab Republic: the following itinerary refers to our most popular route across Baathist Syria. In case you are interested in a particularly remote area, secretive ethnicity, unusual activity and/or off-the-beaten-path site within the Syrian Arab Republic or if you are just looking for an hit-and-run visit to Damascus, we will easily meet your needs with a unique tour individually designed according to your preferences. Get in touch for more info on our private tours to the Syrian Arab Republic!
DAY 1/2 - Damascus
How to reach Damascus? Damascus can be either reached overland from Lebanon or by direct flight via Russia, Iran, Sharjah or Kuwait (and a few other odd ones such as Sudan); currently all flight connections to Damascus are operated solely by either Cham Wings (recommended) or Syrian Air (not recommended): we will happily assist you in the booking process.: get in touch for more info on this option.
Beirut flight: our guide will meet you at Beirut International Airport and take care of your transfer to the Syrian Arab Republic along the legendary Beirut-Damascus highway.
Damascus flight: our guide will meet you at Damascus International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Damascus.
We'll then spend two days touring ancient Damascus and its many cultural, historical and culinary wonders.
During our time in the city we'll also have the unique chance to meet with the locals, the gentle and proud Damascene people, who will share with us their stories and views about the complex and often misrepresented conflict strangling their beautiful homeland.
Meals and overnights in Damascus.
DAY 3 - Homs and Almishtaya
We'll leave Damascus in the morning and head north to Homs.
After a quick city tour around Homs, we’ll then move on to the picturesque little town of Almishtaya in the Valley of Christians.
Dinner and overnight in Almishtaya.
DAY 4 - Almishtaya and Krak des Chevaliers
We'll devote the morning hours to tour Almishtaya and the surrounding villages and monasteries.
In the afternoon we’ll then pay a mandatory visit to the mighty Krak des Chevaliers, one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world.
Dinner and overnight in Almishtaya.
DAY 5 - Tartus and Arwad
In the morning we'll drive to Tartus, a booming seaside resort town.
We'll enjoy a walking tour around downtown Tartus and hit the lively city beach for lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll then take a short boat trip to the little-known island of Arwad, the country’s only inhabited island.
Dinner and overnight in Tartus.
DAY 6/7 - Hama and Aleppo
In the morning we will head east towards Hama, renowned for its seventeen norias (giant wooden wheels) used for watering the gardens, which are locally claimed to date back to 1100 BC.
After having toured Hama and its engineering miracles, we’ll eventually move on to Aleppo, a biblical metropolis of glorious past and troubled present that needs no introduction.
We'll then devote the following day entirely to the city’s legendary sights and resilient people.
Meals and overnights in Aleppo.
DAY 8 - Damascus
Long-day drive back to Damascus.
After a late-afternoon arrival, we’ll enjoy a last hedonistic culinary tour around the city.
For those energetic enough to stay awake until the early morning hours, we will arrange a bespoke night tour to unveil Damascus’ little-known party soul.
Overnight in Damascus.
DAY 9 - Flight back home
After enjoying a last Syrian-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to your airport of choice (either Beirut or Damascus)
For those wishing to explore Lebanon more in depth: we can arrange 3-to-8-day bespoke tours around the country.
End of the tour.
4 to 9 participants: 2100 € per person
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, Beirut-Damascus-Beirut transfer (250 € per ride), 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.
where the heck am i travelling to?
BELOW you can see the different tour stages marked on a map of the region you are going to explore with us
POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE
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.