The German Archeological Institute invites you to an exclusive trip to Syria. Discover the highlights of this fascinating land. Visit the famous Omeyad mosque in Damascus, the Roman city of Bosra at the Jordanian border, experience the beautiful sundown at the ruins of Palmyra far in the desert or the amazing view from the crusader’s castle “Crac de Chevaliers” in the Alawis mountains close to the Mediterranean.
The whole trip will be guided by the head of the Damascus branch of the German Archeological Institute Prof. Dr. Karin Bartl, an expert for the archeology and history of the Near East. She will offer you an exclusive and close insight into the culture and heritage of Syria.
Exclusive Tour Features
- 11 nights of hotel accommodations in Syria at 5 star hotels.
- Breakfast daily.
- 11 dinners at the hotels.
- 10 lunches in local restaurants.
- Sightseeing daily with an English speaking guide throughout the tour.
- All entrance fees to the included sights.
- Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at all hotels.
- All gratuities to guides and drivers.
- Visa service to enter Syria.
- Hosted by the German Archeological Institute in Syria.
$4199.00 per person for the above package, based on double occupancy. Air cost is additional. ($1000.00 per person donation to the German Archeological Institute)
Single occupancy $850.00 additional.
Not included: Syria airport departure tax of approx. $35.00 per person, beverages with included lunches and dinners, and trip cancellation insurance.
Special Economy Class and Business Class airfares available upon request To Eskin Tours.
- Passport must be valid for 6 months after the completion of the tour.
- The passport should not contain any entry stamp to Israel, no stamps from any Jordanian or Egyptian Border with indication that passenger has visited Israel.
- Each passenger should bring along 2 photocopies of the first 2 pages of their passport to present to the immigration upon arrival
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ESKIN TOURS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
By Day Itinerary
November 10: ARRIVAL – DAMASCUS
Arrive to Damascus airport where you will be welcomed by your tour director and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
November 11: DAMASCUS – VISIT
After breakfast, visit Damascus including the national museum, souks, Omeyad mosque, Azem palace, via recta, Anania’s church, and Bab Charki, lunch break during the visits, dinner & overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
November 12 : DAMASCUS – SHAHBA – QANAWAT – BOSRA – DAMASCUS
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit Shahba the city of “Philip the Arab” the Syrian emperor of Rome with its mosaics, thermal baths and amphitheatre, later to Qanawat, then visit Bosra, it was mentioned in Egyptian 18th-dynasty records as busrana.it became part of Seleucid domains after Alexander’s conquests and was seized by Judas Maccabeus in 163 BC, lunch break, later back to Damascus, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
November 13 : DAMASCUS – PALMYRA VISIT
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit Palmyra including the museum, the temples of Bel, Baal Shamin and Nebo, the roman bath, Thetetrapyle, the theatre, Diocletian’s camp and the tomb’s valley, lunch break during the visits, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)Bosra Theater
November 14 : PALMYRA – QATNA – MISHRIFEH – HAMA
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit Qatna, then visit Mishrifeh, lunch break during the visits, later to Hama, with its norias (giant water wheels) located on the Orontes River, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
November 15 : HAMA – SERGELLA – ALEPPO
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit the archeological site of Apamea and the mosaics museum, then continue to visit Sergella one of the 500 dead cities of the north, ghost cities built between the 4th and 7th century and disappeared around the 9th century of still unknown reasons, lunch break during the visits, drive to Aleppo, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
November 16 : ALEPPO – SAINT SIMEON – ALEPPO
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to visit St. Simeon cathedral, where St. Simeon stayed for 40 years on top of a column in the fifth century, lunch break, PM Aleppo visit, including the citadel, the famous covered souks, the Omeyad mosque, and the 16th century Christian quarter of Jedaydeh. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
November 17 : ALEPPO – UGARIT – SALADIN CASTLE – LATTAKIA
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Ugarit, Ugarit the Neolithic remains were found at the base of the tell (hill). Saladin castle a huge fortress built by the crusaders on top of a mountain, it was the most powerful castle of the Antiochian Kingdom until the sultan Saladin overtook. Continue to Lattakia, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
November 18 : LATTAKIA – MARQAB CASTLE – TARTOUS – AMRIT – SAFITA
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit Marqab Castle located at the point where the coastal plain narrows to a precarious passage between the sea and the mountains, later to Tartous, visit the museum, lunch break, later visit Amrit, and continue to Safita, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
November 19 : SAFITA – KRAK DES CHEVALIERS – MAALOULA – DAMASCUS
Breakfast at the hotel, then visit Safita castel, then visit Krak des chevaliers one of the most impressive crusaders fortress, lunch break, continue to visit Maaloula, it has three claims to fame: its setting, its early Christian associations and the resistance of the villagers, then drive to Damascus, dinner ad overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)
November 20 : DAMASCUS FREE DAY
Breakfast at the hotel., then spend the day at leisure exploring Damascus on your own, dinner and farewell dinner at the hotel. (B&D) End of land package
November 21: DAMASCUS – DEPARTURE