Syria Highlights

Beirut - Damascus - Baalbek - Maalula - Crak des Chevaliers

6 Days – 5 Nights

Day 01: Arrival Beirut-

Arrival to Beirut, meet and assist by Nawafir guide, drive along Beirut City seashore to the picturesque Pigeons rock;
continue to visit the National museum or the Grand Serail. Last stop will be at the “Martyrs Square” to discover the
beautiful old Beirut City Centre with its newly discovered large archaeological excavations and recently renovated
buildings with beautiful architecture, Churches and Mosques. overnight in Beirut.

Day 02: Beirut – Baalbek – Ksara -Damascus

Drive to the Bekaa-Valley which invites you to the heart of the most beautiful vine growing areas in the world. Cold and
snowy winters, dry and hot summers, cool nights and misty mornings, are all ideal conditions for getting vintages that
produce exceptional wines. Grapes varieties include Syrah, Merlot, Cabarnet-Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Carignan, and
many others. Upon arrival in the Bekaa, visit Baalbek, this Phoenician city, where a triad of deities was worshipped.
Baalbek was known as Heliopolis during the Hellenistic period. It retained its religious function during Roman times,
when the sanctuary of the Heliopolitan Jupiter attracted thousands of pilgrims. Baalbek, with its colossal structures, is
one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture at its apogee. Afterwards, continue to visit Ksara, located in
the heart of the Beqaa, where several vineries produce exquisite wine and arak. Afterwards drive to Damascus for

Day 03: Damascus

Starts your day with a full day visit of Damascus, The National Museum of Damascus which houses the finest collection
of archaeological artifacts from around the country. Among its treasures are a fragment of the oldest known alphabet in
the world, unearthed at Ugarit, and an 1800-year-old synagogue transported piece by piece from Dura Europos on the
Euphrates River; the Umayyad Mosque, which is named for Islam’s first ruling dynasty, and is one of the great
monuments to the ingenuity of early Islam. It occupies the site of sacred temples going back to the second millennium
B.C. – first a temple to the Semitic god Hudod, the Greek god Zeus, and the Roman god Jupiter, then a Christian Church
dedicated to John the Baptist, and finally a mosque; the Azem Palace, the luxurious home of the Ottoman governor;
Souq Al Hamidiyeh, the bustling covered bazaar that fills the senses with colours and life; the Mausoleum of Saladin,
the great leader who liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders; the legendary Street Called Straight mentioned in the
Bible, which spans the old city’s length from East to West; the Chapel of St. Ananias and St. Paul’s Window, from which
Paul the evangelist was lowered to escape the Romans; and Bab Touma, the Christian quarter with its charming
alleyways and handicraft shops. Overnight in Damascus.

Day 04: Damascus – Sednaya – Maalula – Krak des Chevaliers

Drive to Sednaya, in Arabic Our Lady, which is renowned for its picturesque views and Christian heritage. After
Jerusalem, Sednaya has been the most famous center for Christian pilgrimage in the east since the 6 th A.D.;. Afterwards
drive to Maalulal, which attracts visitors both for its charm, and for its importance in the history of Syrian Christianity.
Homes in Maalula are gaily painted in violet and blue pastels, and perched abreast an imposing gorge between two
mountains. Follow a twisting, narrow pathway deep into the mountain crevasse, the famous Al Faj, to the top of the
mountain to explore caves dating back to Roman times. Maalula is also home to a population that still speaks a dialect
of Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, and to two historic Christian monasteries: one Greek Orthodox dedicated to St.
Thekla, the other Greek Catholic dedicated to Saint Sergius. Then continue to Wadi al-Nasara “Valley of Christians” for
overnight near Krak des chevaliers.

Day 05: Krak des Chevaliers – Damascus

Drive to visit Krak des Chevaliers which is the most spectacular but least known medieval castle in the world. 65 km (40
miles) West of Homs at 650 m (1985 ft) above sea level. Krac has unbelievable architecture and occupies a strategic
location overlooking Wadi al-Nasara, and is truly one of the unrivalled wonders of the world. This Crusader’s Castle of
the knights – or Qalaat al Hosn as it is known in Arabic – is an unforgettable sight of grandeur. Then continue to
Damascus for overnight.

Day 06: Damascus – Beirut Departure

Transfer at noon to Beirut Int’l Airport for departure.

This is a sample itinerary and a tailor-made program can be offered upon request. For individual or group travelers, tour services may include the following:

• Meet and greet, assistance with visa formalities.
• Accommodation as per your chosen hotels category (3, 4 & 5 stars).
• Transportation in a modern A/C vehicles with English speaking drivers.
• Meal Plan, Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, at hotels or in local restaurants.
• Entrance fees to all archeological sites.
• Multi-lingual guides.