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Syria – Land of Jasmine 2 – 07 Days Tour

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  • 07 Days
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • Jun 01 - 07 2024

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Syria is a great country, home to one of the oldest civilizations ever, so visiting Syria from a tourism perspective is an absolute must!

Syria is one of the larger countries of the Middle East and shares its borders to the north with Turkey, to the east with Iraq, with Jordan and Israel to the south, and with Lebanon to the south-west.
An added natural beauty is its short coastline on the east Mediterranean Sea.

Syria is epic. Visiting Syria is an enriching experience. You will witness and learn from one of the worst humanitarian crises in the 21st century. It is understandable to not want to visit a post-war zone because, truth be told, destroyed buildings and misery are not pleasant things to see.
Nevertheless, there is an enrichment of knowledge because this is living history. Best witnessed yourself and not through the biased media.

The Syrians are welcoming people, really friendly.

In northern Syria, not too far north of the little pocket where the last communities of Aramaic speakers live, lie Syria’s mysterious Dead Cities, “780 abandoned settlements dating back to between the fifth and eighth centuries.”

There are also remnants of an Iron Age temple from around 1200 BC. There’s so much history in Syria — Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, the Silk Road, the Crusades. But this region — probably the entire country — is seriously under-touristed. Seeing these lesser-known ruins would certainly be on my itinerary.
The beautiful Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, one of the oldest and largest mosques in the world.
Aleppo, one of the oldest cities in the world and a great place to see the synthesis of all the cultures mentioned above. Plus the souks, hammams, the food,….the Syrians claim to have the best food in the world!

Syria….an experience worth living.

Deadline for Síria, 15May24
From1,100€
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Price Includes:

  • Transport: Transfer and transport by private car / Minivan / Minibus (From/to Beirut).
  • Accommodation with Breakfast The Hotels: Damascus: 4*Boutique Hotel, Latakia: 4*, Tartous:4*
  • Transportation by private car or minivan (By number of guests).
  • English or Spanish Professional Speaking Guide.
  • Security clearance (visa approval).
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the program.
  • Departure tax.
  • Assistance 24/24 on mobile phone, in Syria
  • Tips in hotels.
  • Departure tax. - Assistance 24/24 on mobile phone, in Syria
  • Tips in hotels.

Price Excludes:

  • Airline tickets to Beirut – approximate fares to be expectedFAO-GVA-BEY-GVA-FAO €1020 per person ** FAO-GVA-FAO Easyjet €465 GVA-BEY-GVA MEA €555 o LIS-FRA-BEY €471 BEY-FRA-LIS €450 o LIS-ORY-BEY €345 BEY-ORY-LIS €280
  • Drinks, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Personal expenses.
  • The cost of the visa at border; for Europeans (60 Euros or 70 $).
  • Tips for guide and driver.
  • Travel Insurance

** pricing advised is an estimate value based on survey performed in Jan24.

Notes

· Syrian pounds or USD cash payment (The new version of the dollar)

· In Syria there are no credit and ATM cards services because of the sanctions.

· Be careful your passport does not have Israeli stamps/stickers as you will be refused entry at the Syrian borders and you will be blacklisted.

· There are no vaccine requirements.

Itinerary

Day 1 – 01JUN - Damascus

Meet our representative at the time and place you choose in Beirut and transfer to Damascus.
Overnight at boutique hotel. 

Day 2 – 02JUN – Maaloula – Ugarit - Latakia

Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure towards Maaloula village famous for its houses dug in the rock like beehives and especially because it still speaks Aramaic, the language of Christ!

The monastery of Maaloula contains a portrait of the Virgin believed to have been painted by St. Luke. The little houses of the village cling to the face of an enormous rock; they look suspended in mid-air. The word Maaloula means “entrance” in Aramaic.

Lunch.

Continue onwards to visit Ugarit, a coastal town north of Lattakia. Ugarit became famous thanks to the discovery of tablets of the oldest consonantal alphabet known to date.
The first habitat, a large fortified village, dates back to the 8th millennium BC. The two immense palaces, later constructions, yielded archives and literary archives, attesting to an astonishing diversity of languages and five writing systems, including the consonantal alphabetical or Ugaritic script which dates from the 14th century BC AD.

Dinner in a restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel

Day 3 – 03JUN – Latakia - Salahdin Castle – Amrit - Tartous

Breakfast at the hotel.
We head out to visit Lattakia, a major Syrian city situated on the Mediterranean Sea.

Lattakia is an important port playing an essential role in the imports and exports for Aleppo (Syria’s industrial capital) and for the Syrian Eastern Region. It is known for its diversity of landscapes, from the green mountains to the sandy beaches, with many important archeological sites like the Saladin Castle.
We the drive towards the Saladin Castle, a beautiful citadel built by the franks in the middle of the forests, on a rocky peak. This allowed for control of the roads coming from and going towards Lattakia.
The history of this stronghold is long The Phoenicians had already fortified the place, Alexander the Great seized it, as well as the Byzantines a few centuries later. It is the Crusaders who, in the twelfth century, will give the castle its current appearance. At the time, it was called “Château de Saône” (named after a crusader).
Its current name was only awarded in 1957, commemorating Saladin’s seizure of the place in 1188.

Amrit was a Phoenician port located near present-day Tartus in Syria. Founded in the third millennium BC, Amrit was the northernmost important city of ancient Phoenicia and a rival of nearby Arwad.

Dinner and overnight in Tartous.

Day 4 – 04JUN- Tartous - Safita tower - Crack des Chevaliers - Damascus

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we visit Tartous, a city on the Mediterranean coast of Syria. It is the second largest coastal city in Syria (after Lattakia).
The Phoenician founders named the city Antarados meaning “The town facing Arwad”. It is a favourite destination for tourists and a beautiful modern city with its buildings, markets, modern resorts, tourist facilities and port. As for beaches of Tartous, they are a beautiful extension of the Syrian coast, with soft sand, chalets, hotels, cafes and marine restaurants that are scattered on it.

Departure towards Safita Tower, located on a site where the remains of the Phoenician settlement were discovered.
Its square is a chapel dedicated to St. Michael and serving the Greek Orthodox community of the city.

Onwards to Crack des Chevaliers, the most famous fortress of the Middle Ages. The crusaders made it the basic element of their system of strongholds on the coast. It is so vast and so impregnable that it has become the symbol of a whole era of bloody struggles between Muslims and Crusaders.

Departure to Damascus
Dinner at restaurant – overnight at the hotel

Day 5 – 05JUN - Damascus City tour

Breakfast at the hotel.
Guided tour of Damascus. Lunch during the visit.

The National Museum – lt’s visit provides an overview of the civilizations that have succeeded in Syrian soil. lt contains statues, seals, jewelry, masks, mosaics, tablets and weavings from the most important sites in the country

The Umayyad Mosque – Located in the heart of the Medina, the mosque is distinguished by its prayer room, its courtyard and its walls covered with mosaics.

“EI-Azem Palace: Not far from the Great Mosque, in the labyrinth of the souk is the palace EI-Azem. lt is considered as the sumptuous model of the Damascene house whose exterior simplicity and sobriety do not suggest anything about a beautiful and rich interior, with many varieties of flowers, fruit trees and water jets”

Saint Ananian Church: lt is of particular importance because it is attached to the memory of Saint Paul. Before his conversion to Christianity, he had a vision here that blinded him for several days and gave him an unshakeable faith.

Souk AI-Hamidiye: The most beautiful souk of Damascus. lts shops display ali sorts of goods, especially clothes, fabrics, pastries and handicrafts.

Overnight in Damascus.

Day 6 – 06JUN – Damascus – Bosra - Damascus

Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure towards the South of Syria.

Bosra, a very ancient city, already mentioned in the inscriptions of Akhenaton, in the 14th century BC. The most important of its monuments is the famous Roman theatre (2nd century AD), one of the most beautiful and best preserved in the world. It is 45 meters long and has a depth of 8 meters. Its stands can accommodate seventeen thousand spectators.

Back to Damascus.
Overnight and dinner at the hotel.

Day 7 – 07JUN - Departure

Day 7 – departure
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport according to flight schedule, flight on scheduled flight or transfer back to Beirut.

Group minimum 06

Rates:
EUR1100 Per person sharing
Accommodation in Double/Twin rooms, increment 1 single room.

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Weather:

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Syria. March to May is the spring while autumn is the time between September to November. The weather during this time is cool, mild and pleasant. Spring witnesses the blooming of beautiful flowers. It is extremely pleasant to travel within Syria in the cooler temperature of autumn.

Average temperatures in Syria vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very nice much of the year, but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 51st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above.

If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Syria, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 37.9°C with temperatures rarely dropping below 23.9°C at night.

 


Currency:

The official currency is the Syrian pound (SYP), which is divided into 100 piastres. Travellers can change money at official exchange offices, hotels and at different shops; GBPs and USDs are the best foreign currencies to visit with.

International sanctions have blocked ATMs and credit cards, so travellers will have to bring enough cash for the duration of their stay.
If necessary, travellers can withdraw USD from most ATMs in Lebanon, as the capital, Beirut, is about a two-hour drive away from Damascus.
Visitors can also exchange Syrian pounds for Lebanese pounds or USD in Beirut. They’re unlikely to get the same opportunity outside of Lebanon.

Visitors ordinarily tip waiters, bartenders, hotel staff and taxi drivers in Damascus. Waiters generally receive a tip of between 10 and 20 percent, depending on the quality of the service. Taxi drivers expect a tip of between 10 and 20 percent; hotel staffs usually receive between 2 and 5 USD.​ 


Vaccination:

Covid
Syria is open for tourism. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

– This does not apply to:

– passengers younger than 12 years;

– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 7 days before departure.

Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
A completed “Passenger Locator Form” (PLF) must be presented upon arrival.

At the end of the tour and departure to Lebanon, or Jordan, you do not need PCR test if you want to stay in Lebanon and if you are leaving Lebanon directly, the matter depends on the destination.

If you want to leave for UAE, from Damascus airport, you don t need PCR test, if you are fully vaccinated.

Trip Highlights:

SYRIA – Historically known as the cradle of civilization.

Damascus – old and new

Lattakia

Tartous

Traditional Souks

Maaloula village

Bosra

Most famous fortress of the Middle Ages

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