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Lebanon & Syria: Empires Past

Lebanon, Syria, Syrian Arab Republic, Middle East

from $6,795* per person 14 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Cox & Kings 12 people max
  • Beirut airport, lebanon
  • Active & Adventure trips
National Geographic Traveler's Tours of a Lifetime 2011
Under the domination of a succession of foreign rulers for centuries, the amazing remnants of a multicultural legacy may be found everywhere in this region.

Your journey begins in Beirut, a city with a venerable past, going back 5,000 years.

Today, many of the beautiful Ottoman and French Mandate period buildings have been restored to their original splendor. From your base at the charming Hotel Albergo, tour Beirut, with day trips to lovely port cities, Crusader castles, the spectacular temples of Baalbek, and one of the oldest wineries in Lebanon.

In Syria, tour Aleppo's Citadel and souq, the well-preserved ruins at Palmyra. And finally, Damascus, reputed to be the world's oldest continuously inhabited city. Stay at boutique properties in the heart of the old quarters in both Damascus and Aleppo.

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Lebanon, Syria, Syrian Arab Republic, Middle East

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Itinerary

Day 1
Depart USA.

Days 2-3
Arrive Beirut, Lebanon. City tour, including the National Museum; drive to Byblos for lunch, Hotel Albergo.

Day 4
Day trip to the Roman ruins of Baalbek, and the country's oldest winery, Hotel Albergo.

Day 5
Day trip through southern Lebanon: the Roman ruins at Tyre, lunch by the harbor in Sidon, then tour the Crusader castle and souqs, Hotel Albergo.

Day 6
Drive to Latakia. En route, lunch in Tripoli, then cross into Syria, visiting the Al Marqab Castle, Afamia Rotana Hotel.

Days 7-8
Drive to Aleppo, visiting the Knights Templar castle of Qalaat Salahuddin en route. Excursion to the basilica of St. Simeon, and tour Aleppo, Mansouriya Palace.

Day 9
Drive to Palmyra, visiting the site of Apamea en route, Tadamora Palace.

Day 10
Explore the ruins of Palmyra, and the Arab castle at sunset, Tadamora Palace.

Day 11
Drive to Damascus, stopping at Crac des Chevaliers fortress, Talisman Al Ameen Hotel.

Day 12
City tour, including the Umayyad Mosque, Azem palace, the ancient underground church of St. Ananias, and the Damascus National Museum, Talisman Al Ameen Hotel.

Day 13
Complete your visit of Damascus' old city ending with a stroll through the old souq. Afternoon at leisure, Talisman Al Ameen Hotel.

Day 14
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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