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Cultural Tours of Syria from Cyprus

Visiting Syria from Cyprus

 

It is hard to think of another country that has such a vast and diverse cultural heritage and yet remains out of the circuit of mainstream tourism.  With over 10,000 years of humans writing history, Syria is home to myriads of archaeological sites.  No tour of Syria can ever hope to be complete with such a hugeSaladin statue outside the Citadel in Damascus, Syria array of cultural treasures waiting to be visited.  One visiting Syria as a tourist can only hope that he can get as good a look as possible from a trip to this historic land. 

 

Ties between Cyprus and Syria are so old that the beginning predates recorded history.  Modern means have helped making tours of Syria from Cyprus an easy affair.   Cruise ships from Limassol visit Latakia in the Summer months and scheduled flights connect Larnaca and Damascus almost daily.  Varianos Travel is pleased to offer to our customers cultural tours of Syria from Cyprus.  We offer two well designed short tours of Syria to cover the "must sees".  The "Highlights of Syria" is geared to the time pressed travelers who wish to take advantage of the proximity of Syria to Cyprus and see the wonderful ruins of ancient Palmyra and the monuments of Central Damascus.  The "Historic Syria" tour offers, in addition to the above and among others, tours of Krac des Chevalliers and the churches of Maaloula. 

 

We realize of course that these pre-organized tours might not be the tours that some of our customers have in mind.  Having visited Syria a few times and through our contacts network we are happy to tailor make almost any tour you might have in mind, be it a castles tour, a Christian pilgrimage tour or a desert safari.  Call us at +357 22680500 or email us for more information.  Please note that passengers taking trips to Syria must have a valid passport with no Israel stamps.

 

Historic Syria

 

This seven night cultural tour is ideal to get a good idea of what Syria is all about.  The first day includes a comprehensive tour to the majestic Ommayyad mosque in Damascus, Syriaruins of Palmyra ending with a sunset view of the ancient site from a nearby hilltop (weather permitting).  Another highlight is a visit to Crac Des Chevaliers, the extremely well preserved Crusader castle that T. E. Lawrence described as "the finest castle in the world".  A comprehensive tour of Syria's capital, Damascus as well as a visit to the city of Aleppo are also included.  Click here to view a more detailed program of this tour of Syria from Cyprus.

 

The price for this tour depends on the number of persons in your group and the season you wish to travel.  Prices are available on request but expect to pay over euro 1200 per person for a group of two passengers.  The tour is highly customizable and can include visa cost for EU citizens, most meals, entrance fees and English speaking guides to sites.  Accommodation is usually in four and five five star hotels and all transfers are with air conditioned vehicles. Call us at +357 22680500 or email us for more information.  Please note that there is significant walking involved especially during the first day of the tour.

 

Highlights of Syria in 62 hours

 

If you can spare the time and money this tour of Syria is ready for you.  Departures from Larnaca are every Saturday at 06:00 and the return flight from Syria leaves Damascus every Monday at 21:10.  You will get to see the ancient city of Palmyra during the first day and enjoy the Crak des Chevalliers on the second.  During the last day catch the best Damascus has to offer.  Our tour includes three full days of touring with entrance fees as our detailed program describes with a personal guide in an air-conditioned car,  hotel accommodation with breakfast, visa (for U.S. nationals this might not apply), meet and assist at the airport, hotel transfers, Larnaca-Damascus Larnaca airfare and all taxes.

 

Costs below are per person sharing a double room.

Accommodation options for this exclusive package to Syria from Cyprus:

    Five star Semiramis Hotel in Palmyra and Cham Palace in Damascus:  Please contact for current price.

    Other hotel options on request.

Discounts can apply for groups consisting of four or more persons.

 

Call us at +357 22680500 or email us for more information.

 

 

Shopping in Damascus, Syria

 

Water pipes and accessories at a souq in Damascus, SyriaAn unknown secret to most Westerners, a well known fact to Cypriots.  There are bargains to be had in Damascus.  Taking a trip to the capital of Syria for purchases that would cost an arm and a leg in most of Europe is a fun way to combine culture and shopping.  From curtains to sweets and furniture to nuts, there are low prices to be found in Damascus.  These trips are also ideal if you just want to do your own thing and explore the many great sights of Damascus without a guide or others to keep you from spending time at the places that interest you.  For these tours we only use well located four and five star hotels.  Packages with different hotels are available on request.

 

Departures up to March 2011 are either every Friday night at 22:10 from Larnaca, Cyprus and return on Sundays at 23:55 with Cyprus Airways or between Saturday mornings, with departure from Larnaca at  06:00 and return from Damascus, Syria on Mondays at 22:10 with Syrian Air.  The packages include Larnaca-Damascus-Larnaca air tickets, two nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, airport-hotel transfers and visa costs if booked three days in advance for EU and most other passport holders.  All taxes are included in the following prices.

 

Costs below are per person:

Five star Cham Palace Euro 440.00 for double occupancy or Euro 585.00 for single occupancy.

Four star Damascus International in Damascus Euro 335.00 for double occupancy or Euro 410.00 for single occupancy.

Four star Royal Suites in Damascus Euro 375.00 for double occupancy or Euro 660.00 for single occupancy.

Four star deluxe Blue Towers in Damascus Euro 405.00 for double occupancy or Euro 515.00 for single occupancy.

Four star Venezia Hotel Euro 345.00 for double occupancy or Euro 425.00 for single occupancy.

Four star Semiramis Damascus Euro 410.00 for double occupancy or Euro 545.00 for single occupancy.

 

 

Call us at +357 22680500 or email us for more information.

 

 

Syria Road Distances:

 

Palmyra 220 All distances in Kilometers (Km)
Hama  209 207          
Homs 162 160 47        
Lattakia 348 346 147 186      
Crak Des Chevaliers 223 216 108 61 164    
Maalula 58 230 167 120 306 181  
Seidnayya 30 250 193 146 332 207 26
  Damascus Palmyra Hama  Homs Lattakia Crak Des Chevaliers Maalula

 

 

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