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Historic Syria Tour

Sample Itinerary of our Eight Day / Seven Night  Tour


Day 1, Saturday

Departure from Larnaca airport at 06:50 with Syrian Airlines SY452.  Arrival at Damascus around 07:40.  Airport formalities and transfer to Palmyra.

Lunch and tour of Palmyra.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Palmyra.


Day 2, Sunday

After breakfast departure to visit the abandoned desert city of Resafa (Sergiopolis).  Drive to Aleppo. 

Overnight in Aleppo.


Day 3, Monday

After breakfast tour of the city of Aleppo including the Citadel, the Great Mosque, the Caravan Serais and the Souk.

Afternoon visit to Saint Simon the Stylite.

Overnight in Aleppo.


Day 4, Tuesday

Breakfast and departure for Aphamea.

Visit to the great castle of Crak des Chevailers and the church of Saint George.

Overnight at the Al Khair Resort.


Day 5, Wednesday

Departure for Maalula with stops at the churches of Mar Sarkis and Mar Takla.

Arrival in Damascus, hotel check in and visits to the National Museum and Azem Palace

Overnight in Damascus.


Day 6, Thursday

Tour of Damascus with visits to Umayyad Mosque, Tomb of Saladin, .Arab Epigraphy Museum, the Hammadieh Souk, Straight Street and the Window of Saint Paul.

Overnight in Damascus.


Day 7, Friday

Free day in Damascus.  Optional tour to Bosra and Qanawat.

Overnight in Damascus.


Day 8, Saturday

We depart from the hotel for the airport at 02:00

Our return flight is at 04:50 with SY451 with expected arrival time in Larnaca at 05:40.



 Price for this tour is on request.  The excursion is run as a private tour for your group only and you should estimate costs to be over 1200 euro per person for a couple traveling together.  It is possible to amend the tour to your liking as far as the itinerary is concerned and use any kinds of hotels you might like.  Our favorite accommodation option is small Arabic style hotels housed in former grand residences.  As these are not always available or not to everyone's taste other options are available.

The tour can start and end on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays.  As flight times are different tours starting on Sundays or Mondays will have a different route.


Our tours usually include:

Economy air ticket Larnaca-Damascus-Larnaca.

Meet and assist services with visa at Damascus airport.  This applies for most nationalities but not all..

Escort from our agency (not for small groups)

Hotel accommodation and meals as above.

Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as mentioned above.

English speaking guide.

Entrance fee to archeological sites.


Our tour does not include:

Tips to the guide and driver.

Anything not expressly mentioned.


Please note that passengers taking trips to Syria must have a valid passport with no Israel stamps.


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