Syria Carnival Tour
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Beirut – Damascus – Krak de Chevaliers – Latakia - Tartous - Marmarita - Palmyra - Homs – Aleppo – Damascus – Beirut.
August 11 - 19th, 2023
We will apply for a security clearance on your behalf which will allow you to collect the visa on arrival at the border.
Beirut – Damascus – Krak de Chevaliers – Homs – Latakia – Tartous – Palmyra – Aleppo – Damascus – Beirut.
August 11th - Beirut / Damascus
- Early pick up from Beirut, Lebanon.
- Transfer to the Syrian border for exit/entry formalities.
- Continue onto Damascus by private car.
- Check into your incredible Old Damascene hotel. Take a short rest before starting a walking tour of the old town.
- In the afternoon we’ll explore the Al-Hamidiyah Souq.
- Free time in the evening to enjoy Damascus’ vibrant night-life along “Straight Street”.
- **Free inclusion** – Optional visit to a Hamam for an evening scrub! There’s no better way to end your first day in Damascus than relaxing in one of it’s ancient bath houses.
- Overnight in Old Damascus.
August 12th - Damascus
- After breakfast, we’ll start our full day Damascus city tour.
- Visit the National Museum of Syria.
- Explore the Handicraft market for some of the best handmade goods in the Middle East.
- Azem Palace (a perfect example of a traditional Damascene house turned museum of the Ottoman times)
- Umayyad mosque (a place of worship since the first millennium B.C. It was once a church and now one of the most unique and important mosques in the world).
- Visit The church of St. Ananias, the window of St.Paul.
- Dinner and and overnight in Damascus.
August 13th - Maaloula / Homs / Krak / Latakia
- Our first stop today will be at Sednaya to visit a convent.
- Drive onto Maaloula, a small Christian town that was almost completely decimated by ISIS in 2014. It’s one of the most scenic villages in Syria and is the only place in the world where Aramaic; the language spoken by Christ is still used as a living language
- We’ll visit a Catholic church which was destroyed but has already been rebuilt.
- We continue onto Homs. Witness some of the rebuilding efforts underway and visit Khaled Ibn Al-Walid shrine.
- Continue driving to Krak Des Chevaliers – “The most wholly admirable castle in the world.” – According to Lawrence of Arabia – and one of the most important preserved medieval crusader castles in the world.
- Drive onto the seaside town of Latakia
- Overnight in Latakia
August 14th - Latakia / Marmarita Carnival!
- Tour Latakia including some well deserved beach time!
- Visit the incredible 10th century citadel of Saladin.
- After lunch continue on Tartous city and Safita.
- Time for a real trip highlight as we set sail out into the Mediterranean sea to the island of Arwad. Syria’s only island packed with fishing boats!
- Back to shore and head to another trip highlight – The annual Marmarita Canival!
- Dance, eat, drink and take in the parade – It’s a small but very welcoming and enthusiastic carnival!
- Dinner and overnight in the Homs countryside.
August 15th - Palmyra
- Early departure to Palmyra.
- Full day visit to the destroyed city. See the Arch of Triumph, the Great Colonnade, the Theatre, the Agora and the Tombs.
- Drive back to Hama and visit the famous waterwheels here which once provided vital water ways to the land.
- Overnight in Hama.
August 16th - Aleppo
- Depart for Aleppo and arrive in the early evening.
- Explore some of the old town around the citadel by night.
- Dinner at a famous Armenian family run Syrian restaurant.
- Overnight in Aleppo.
August 17th - Aleppo
- Aleppo was arguably one of the worst affected cities during the Syrian war. Here you’ll get the chance to see some of the terrible destruction as well as the opportunity to witness the early stages of the massive rebuilding projects that Syrians are now undertaking.
- Our first stop in the morning will be the famous Aleppo Castle.
- We’ll also be able to see the destroyed souk and see the fully restored parts.
- Visit the Aleppo Museum and walk through the adjoining markets.
- Visit the Baron Hotel – one of Aleppo’s most famous landmarks. It’s the oldest still functioning Hotel in Syria which once welcomed the likes of Charles De Gaulle, Yuri Gagarin, Lawrence of Arabia, Agatha Christie and Theodore Roosevelt. Stay here if you dare but you will have to do without heating, electricity or hot water.
- Dinner & overnight in Aleppo
August 18th - Damascus
- Hit the road back to Damascus
- Lunch on the way and then check back into our Damascene hotel.
- Some last minute exploring and shopping in the old town.
- Group dinner on our last evening together!
- Overnight in Damascus.
August 19th - Beirut
- After breakfast we’ll tour a couple of sights we may have missed before!
- Begin the drive back to Beirut by private transfer. Arrival at 17:00.
- End of Syria Carnival tour.
You’ll be in the vastly experienced hands of our English speaking local guides & fixer as well as your Rocky Road Travel guide. We visit Syria regularly, so we have maximized the itinerary accordingly. Given the unpredictable nature of travelling in Syria, the itinerary may change slightly, but we will always go above and beyond with added extras such as stops at local cafe-bars, shisha lounges and amusement parks. We are in constant communication with our local partners on the ground who advise the safe routes to take.
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