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Easter 2022: Syria Trip

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  • 7 Days
  • Group : 6-12 People
  • Guided Backpacking
  • Difficulty : 4
  • Pickup: Beirut Airport
  • Min Age : 18+

Join us traveling through Syria this Easter 2022!

Recommended Airport

Beirut International Airport (BEY)

Meeting Point

At the start hotel in Beirut

Price Includes

  • Visa support (security clearance that allows you to get the visa at the border)
  • Twin-share hotel accommodation
  • Transportation between the places mentioned in the itinerary
  • English and Arabic speaking guides
  • Entry fees to all of the mentioned sites

Price Excludes

  • The on-arrival visa fee at the border
  • Syrian departure tax (approximately 3 USD each)
  • Hamam, should you decide to do one
  • Single supplement for those who do not want to share a room (180 Euros)
  • Tips for the guides (not mandatory)
  • PCR tests to exit Syria (100 USD)
  • Lunch, dinner, drinks and souvenirs
What to Expect

We might be staying at airbnbs, hostels or simply just camp in the nature or at Walmart parking lots when we are in the cities. We will try to hit up some national parks to do some trekking and try to adapt the itinerary to the wishes of the group.

Itinerary

Day 1Beirut Arrival Day

  • Meet and greet in Beirut, where we will give a pre-trip briefing at our hotel. I’ll answer any questions that you may have.
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  • Here, we will also collect the remainder of the money required for the tour (950 Euros), which you will have to give me in cash. If you would prefer to pay the equivalent in USD, rather than Euros, that’s also fine.
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  • We will go for dinner together and we’ll answer any questions about the trip.
  • Accommodation is included for this night in Beirut – Q Studio or Mayflower Hotel.

Day 2Damascus

  • Wake up early before gathering at 7:00 am at a soon-to-be determined location. We will leave Beirut for Damascus at 7:30, provided that all of our group members are present.  
  • The drive will take between 3 and 5 hours including border formalities. On the way to the border, we’ll stop for a Lebanese breakfast. 
  • Check in to Beit Zaman Hotel,or another boutique hotel, where you’ll have a short break to relax.
  • Then, we’ll go to Ananias Church, Souq Medhat Pasha, Khan As’ad Pasha, Qasr El Azm Palace, Beit Jebri Restaurant, The Ummayad Mosque, Salaheddine’s mausoleum, Maktab Anbar, Al Nassan Palace, Al Hamidiyah Market, Al Nawfara Coffee Shop (to hear traditional Damascene storytelling). 
  • We’ll also visit the Tekiyeh Suleimaniyeh, The National Museum, Souq Al Shalaan, Souq Al Saroujeh, should time permit.
  • In the evening, we’ll go for a stroll in Bab Touma and Bab Sharqi, where we’ll get to see Syria’s nightlife scene. We’ll enter a few bars. Drinking alcohol is fine, but please ensure that it’s not excessive. Those who do not want to join may relax at the hotel, or wander around the old city.

Day 3Damascus => Saydnaya => Maaloula => Al-Mishtaya

  • We will leave Damascus in the morning to visit Saydnaya. This town is home to a famous Greek Orthodox monastery, and it receives many Christian pilgrims each year (mostly from Syria and Lebanon). It was supposedly founded by Byzantine emperor Justinian I, and it’s perched on top of a hill with a wonderful view.
  • We’ll then head to Maaloula, a Christian town where many residents speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. We’ll explore the town’s churches, monasteries and streets, and meet some local residents. 
  • Finally, we’ll head to Al-Mishtaya, which is located in Syria’s Christian Valley (Wadi Al Nasara). Seeing as it will be the 4th of April, we’ll get to see Syria’s awesome Easter celebrations! This will be one of the highlights of the trip.
  • Overnight at Al Wadi Hotel in Al-Mishtaya

Day 4Al-Mishtaya => Krak Des Chevaliers => Aleppo

  • After breakfast, we’ll head to the Krak De Chevaliers, which is arguably Syria’s most magnificent castle. This ancient crusader castle has also got some great views of the surrounding countryside. We’ll spend a few hours wandering around this magnificent site.
  • Then, we’ll drive to Aleppo. Upon arrival, we’ll wander around the city centre.
  • Dinner and overnight in Laurus Hotel

Day 5Aleppo

  • We’ll spend a full day in Aleppo today, exploring what the city has to offer. 
  • After breakfast, we’ll head to the citadel, which dates back to the 3rd Millennium BC, where we’ll have a magnificent view of the city below. We’ll see the hustle and bustle in some neighbourhoods, as well as the unfortunate destruction in others. We’ll also visit the recently reopened Aleppo museum, the old city, Al Azizieh neighbourhood, Al Talel Market, Farhat Square and more.
  • We’ll also sample some of the worlds’ most delicious dishes, and discover what makes Aleppian cuisine the tastiest in Syria!
  • Dinner and overnight in Laurus Hotel

Day 6Aleppo => Hama => Damascus

  • We will wake up early, and drive to the city of Hama, which is on the way back to Damascus. It’ll be a fairly long drive this day. 
  • We’ll visit the Norias of Hama (historical waterwheels) along the Orontes River in the city, as well as a stroll through the old town, which is one of the oldest in the country.
  • We’ll then make our way back to Damascus. On the way back (time permitting), we’ll visit Mar Mousa monastery, built inside a cliff-face. The monastery’s spectacular rock paintings and inscriptions will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. The natural setting is also beautiful. 
  • Free time in Damascus and overnight in Beit Zaman Hotel.

Day 7Damascus => Beirut

  • Final breakfast together. In the morning, we’ll go to do PCR tests, which are required to get back into Lebanon (100 USD each). Results should be ready in 3/4 hours. While we’re waiting for the results, you’ll be able to search for your final batch of souvenirs from Syria before we depart Damascus between at roughly 1pm
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  • We’ll cross the border to Lebanon. Those who wish to be let out in Anjar, Zahle, or anywhere else on the way to Beirut may do so (depending on Lebanon lockdown rules at the time). Everyone else will be dropped off in central Beirut.
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  • The tour ends!
Map of the itinerary

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

No, there is no extra charge. We will have enough tents, and you can have your own if you want. There will also be an opportunity to upgrade to hostel or hotel accommodation, but this will be on your own charge.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Canada – Canadian Dollar (CAD) – USA – US dollars (USD) – Mexico – Mexican Pesos (MXN)

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

If you want to. Or you can let us help you sort this our before you arrive.

What is cancellation policy?

30+ days before tour starts: loss of deposit
<14 days before tour start: 50% refund
>7 days before tour start: no refund (except for covid reasons)

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