Syria is the lake of history, ancients and art; it is like an exhibition you should visit and see all what it contains. Starting from the ancient places and not ending with the delicious traditional foods. Many people visit Syria without a previous plan or, at least, a general idea about where to go and how to utilize their precious time and money.
Today we have decided to help you plan your visit to Syria through suggesting some ideas that could help you maximize what you get from your visit.
So, let’s first say that you are coming to Syria for a short 4-day vacation, what can you do with four days in Syria?
Damascus is the capital of Syria and its largest city, with about 4.5 million people. Established between 10,000 to 8,000BC, Damascus is credited with being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The old walled city, in particular, feels very ancient and is comprised of a maze of narrow alleys, punctuated by enigmatic doors that lead into pleasing, verdant courtyards and blank-faced houses.
The charm of Damascus lies in the wonderful sharp contrast between the historical and new areas. The modern area houses long, wide streets, luxurious buildings, modern hotels, elegant small apartments and the best library in the Middle East. In the historical part of the city, there are narrow lanes, caravansaries, baths, souks, old palaces, libraries, mosques and churches. All this make a visit to Damascus more than rewarding. Enjoy a visit to the national museum, and the Omayyad Mosque, and take a stroll in the old Bazaars and Souks
Undoubtedly one of the finest examples of a Crusader fortress virtually still intact in a magnificent location close to the Mediterranean, Crac des Chevaliers is known as “the most preserved crusader citadel in the world”. It was held for 162 years by the Crusaders and later given to the Mamlouk. Its towers, stables, water-cistern, meeting-hall and chapel still give an ever lasting impression and were described by T.E Lawrence as such: “it is the most wholly admirable castle in the world”. Enjoy a day excursion to this fascinating site with a private vehicle and driver, complete with a detailed visit of the castle. On your return to Damascus you may welcome the chance for some independent shopping and exploring the covered bazaar.
Enjoy the drive through the magnificent scenery of the Syrian steppe to Palmyra in the comfort of a private driven vehicle. Enjoy a refreshing stop at a typical Bedouin cafe for lunch, before continuing to Palmyra to spend some memorable moments amongst the edifices of this glorious city. One of the most spectacular sites of the ancient world, the dessert city of Palmyra boasts vast colonnaded lined streets, lavishly decorated tombs, ornate stone carvings and imposing temples. The Architectural design and style of this unique city is a combination of late Hellenistic, Parathion and Roman, creating an atmosphere of historic tradition as lived during that classic era.
If your boss was very satisfied with your work and reworded you with an additional 4 days, you will need another great plan to follow while visiting Syria, here it is:
drive to south area to visit Shahba and museum, Bosra with theater, Izraa Church go back to Damascus.
Damascus city tour including: National Museum- Takieh Sulemaniyeh, handicraft market al Hamidiyeh bazaar, Omayad Mosque, Azem Palace, straight street, Hananiya Church, drive to bride of desert Palmyra.
Palmyra visit: Bel temple, Colonnade Street, theater, Agora, valley of tombs, Baal Shamin, at sun set a fantastic view from the Arabian castle.
drive to Aleppo visiting al Rassafa and Jaabar citadel on the way.
start Aleppo visit with the citadel, great bazaar with 12 km covered shopping streets, famous Khan, Great Mosque, Hammam (Turkish bath), Madrasa (Koran school) .
from Aleppo visit St. Simeon then drive to the city where first Alphabet found in (Ugarit).
Lattakia, the old city and Church of Tartus, drive to Crack De Chevaliers, overnight in Homs in some hotel.
from Homs back to Damascus visit on the way Maalula, Seydneya, let your last dinner be a special dinner by having it in oriental restaurant and overnight.
If you attend to spent your nights in a 4 stars hotels so it will cost you about 1700 $ per person in half double room, and dinner are included, this price is available in most 4 stars hotels is Syria.
Another possibility is the 10 days plan; it is worthy to try it. 10 days is the best:
Drive to south area to visit Shahba and Museum, Bosra with theater, Izraa Church go back to Damascus don’t stay there (in the south).
Damascus city tour including: National museum- Takieh Sulemaniyeh, handicraft market Al Hamidiyeh bazaar, Omayad mosque, Azem palace, Straight street, Hananiya church.
drive to bride of desert Palmyra visit Bel Temple, colonnade street, theater, Agora, Valley of tombs, Baal Shamin, at sun set a fantastic view from the Arabian castle don’t enter it is better from outside.
Mari, Duora Oropous, Deir Ezzor.
Drive to Aleppo visit Al Rassafa and Jaabar Citadel on the way.
start Aleppo visit with the Citadel, Great Bazaar with 12 km covered shopping streets, famous Khan, Great Mosque, Hammam (Turkish bath), Madrasa (Koran school).
Ebla, St. Simeon, Dead cities, back to Aleppo.
from Aleppo visit Salahddin castle, then drive to the city where first Alphabet found in (Ugarit).
Lattakia, drive to Krak de Chevaliers you can spend your time there or just drive to homes I advise you to go to homes because hotels there are cheaper than in Lattakia.
from Homs back to Damascus visiting on the way Maalula, Seydneya, a panoramic view from Qassion mountain. Such a plan could coast you about 2020 $ per Pax in half double room in a 4 stars hotel.
Through such schedules you will never forget such a visit and you will say I do really know everything about Syria.