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18-Day Deluxe package covering Turkey, Syria & Lebanon
ONLY $7809.00!! per person
based on double occupancy

Accomodation Included
Air fare included
ground transportation included
Tour Highlights
Itinerary

Round trip air from the U.S.
Domestic flights in Turkey
All transfers and sightseeing throughout operated by private cars and guides
Damascus Museum
Omayyad Mosque
Azem Palace
Via Recta
Anania's House
Bab Sharqi
Anjar
Baalbek
Maaloula
Krak Des Chevaliers
Hama
Apamea
Bara
Aleppo Museum
Dinner Shows
Saint Simeon Cathedral
Bazaar
Lunch at a Villager Home
Dinner at a Syrian Home
Palmyra
Loofah Bath and Massage

Saint Sophia
Blue Mosque
Topkapi Palace
Soliman Mosque
Grand Bazaar
Ankara
Museum of Anatolian Civilization
Mousoleum of Ataturk
Cappadocia
Goreme Museum
Zelve
Derinkuyu
Izmir
Castle of Agora
Ephesus
House of Virgin Mary
Spice Bazaar
Dolmabahce Palace
Deluxe hotels as indicated
All entrance fees, guidance and taxes

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Depart U.S.A. on a scheduled flight to Damascus. All meals and beverages served on board flight.

Arrive Damascus International Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel, the Cham Palace Hotel for an overnight. (D)

Breakfast, then start your tour of Damascus visiting the National Museum which houses artifacts that span five millenniums. From there visit the old and colorful Bazaar. Visit the famous Omayyad Mosque filled with mosaics inlaid with gold and where the head of St. John the Baptist is buried. From there visit Azem Palace which was built in 1749 for Assad Al-Azem, Governor of Damascus then. In the afternoon visit Via Recta mentioned in the historic stories when Saint Paul was blinded by God's revelation on the road to Damascus. Visit also Anania's House where Saint Paul met Ananias and restored his sight. Continue our tour to visit Bab Sharqi (the Eastern Gate) and Saint Paul's Window. It is an old Roman gate, preserved by the Byzantines and the Arabs, and restored many times particularly in the 12th century. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Lebanon: Baalbek, World's best preserved Roman Acropolis

Breakfast, then drive for about an hour and a half crossing the Syrian border into Lebanon. Visit Anjar, Lebanon's only remaining walled city. See the ruins of restored palaces, markets (souks), baths, colonnaded streets and walls. Lunch at a traditional Lebanese restaurant. Continue our tour to visit Baalbek, the largest and best preserved Acropolis of Roman architecture left in the world. Its temples are dedicated to Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus, and were built in the 2nd and 3rd Century A.D. The ruins present a majestic ensemble: two temples, two courtyards preceded by propylaea (ceremonial entrances). In the evening transfer back to Damascus for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Maaloula: Burial place of Saint Takla

Syria: Krak Des Chevaliers

Breakfast, then drive from Damascus to Maaloula, about an hour and half drive, to see the village where people still speak "Aramaic", the language of Christ. Visit the Byzantine convent of Saint Sergius (Sarkis). This Church is one of the oldest in the world dating back to the year 300 A.D. Behind the monastery you will find a small Chapel where Saint Takla is buried and water dripping from the roof is said to possess miraculous powers. Continue our tour with an hour drive to Krak Des Chevaliers and visit the famous Crusader castle from the 11th century. Drive for about an hour and a half to reach Hama. Dinner and overnight at the Cham Palace Hotel in Hama. (B,D)

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Syria: Some of the Ancient sites of Palmyra

Breakfast, then visit the town of Hama with its 400-year-old Norias (giant water wheels) located on the Orontes river. A break for some Middle Eastern coffee. In the afternoon take an hour and a half drive to Apamea, the town built by Seleucos Nicator, one of the commanders of Alexander the Great. See the antique 1000-column Hellenistic city dating back to the year 299 B.C., as well as its large theater. Continue your tour to Bara, one of  the largest and most impressive of the dead cities, extending a mile and half. Drive to the beautiful city of Aleppo for check-in at the luxurious and historic hotel, the Dar Zamaria Martini Hotel. In the evening you will be met and transferred to a traditional Aleppo club where you will enjoy local music and a floor show performance while being served delicious Syrian food. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then start your tour with a forty minute drive in the countryside, visiting the beautiful cathedral of Saint Simeon dating back to 420 A.D., where Saint Simeon lived over a column for 42 years preaching. The cathedral was the largest one in the Byzantine empire. A special lunch at a villager home, then continue your tour of Aleppo visiting the Aleppo museum. Visit the Grand Mosque dating from 1090 A.D. Continue your tour to visit the 6-mile-long colorful bazaar of Aleppo. In the afternoon visit the Citadel which was constructed around 333-364 B.C., and see some caravanserais and the old Christian neighborhood. A short visit and a stop for coffee at the historic Baron Hotel where Lawrence of Arabia stayed and see his signature on a few items. Later transfer back to your hotel. In the evening you will be met and transferred to a Syrian home in Aleppo for a traditional dinner and to get acquainted with the local people and their culture. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Aleppo: The Cathederal of Saint Simeon

Breakfast, then a four hour drive from Aleppo to Palmyra. Start your tour visiting the largest oasis in the desert which has the biggest Roman town in the Middle East. The ruins of Palmyra are very impressive both by their extent and by their remarkable state of preservation. Visit the great Temple of Bel and the sacrifice altar, the main colonnaded street, the Diocletian's Camp and the Museum of Palmyra with its collection of religious and funerary artifacts. Continue your tour visiting the Temple of Baal-Shamin, Temple of Nebo, Roman Baths, the Tetrapylon, the Theater, Statue of Queen Zenobia, the Funerary Temple, the Temple of Allat, the Damascus Gate and the tower Tomb of Kithoth built in 40 A.D. which stands 28 feet high. Lunch. Continue your tour to visit the Tower Tomb of Iamliku. Visit as well the very well preserved Tower Tomb of Elahbel and his three brothers. Transfer to your hotel, the Cham Palace hotel in Palmyra for check-in and overnight. (B,L)

Breakfast and a three hour drive to Damascus. Arrive Damascus and transfer to the Cham Palace Hotel. Later you will be met and transferred to a Turkish bath for a rejuvenating experience. Turkish steam baths are still being operated the very same ancient way. It enhances your health by managing stress. This ancient art will include a loofah scrub to give your skin a new life by opening pores, stimulating circulation and removing dead skin cells. Also included will be a short massage for relaxation. Transfer back to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure for shopping or just relaxing. Overnight. (B,L)

Breakfast, then you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to Damascus International Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrive Istanbul where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then start a full day city tour to explore the famous treasures of Istanbul, the bridge between the past and the present: Saint Sophia, the Blue Mosque, famous for its colorful tiles; The Hippodrome, a center for political events of the old city; Topkapi Palace, imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, weapons and more. Also visit Soliman Mosque built in the 16th century as well as the Grand Bazaar claimed to be the largest in the world with nearly 4000 shops. Transfer back to your hotel. Later in the evening you will be met and transferred to the Sea Port Fish restaurant in an old Turkish house for dinner on the Bosphorus. Transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

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Breakfast, then you will be met by our representative and transferred to Istanbul airport for your flight to Ankara. Arrive Ankara and start your tour visiting the Museum of Anatolian Civilization which is located in a restored bazaar. The museum has the most unique and priceless collection dating back to the Prehistoric Era. Continue our tour to visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk. It is a magnificent structure serving as a tribute to the founder of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, the Dedeman Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then start your tour visiting the citadel of  Uchisar which will enable you to get a panoramic view of the region, then continue to the Goreme valley which is the highlight of the day. This valley houses the Goreme open air museum with its churches and colorful frescoes. Our next stop is Zelve and the caves of this ancient village, the underground city of Kaymakli (Derinkuyu) which was carved by refugees from persecutors during the early Christian Era. Dinner will be served in a typical Turkish restaurant with a Turkish folkloric show. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Breakfast, then drive to Ankara for your domestic flight to Izmir. Arrive Izmir where you will be met and transferred to the Hilton Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then start your tour of Ephesus: this is the best preserved and most often visited of all sites in Turkey. It is dedicated to Artemis who is the virgin goddess of Chase. Continue our tour to visit the house of the Virgin Mary which is world famous. Drive to Izmir for dinner at a famous restaurant in Kordon, the most popular area of Izmir. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then start your tour of Izmir visiting the castle of Agora the antique and modern city. Transfer with your tour guide to Izmir airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Arrive Istanbul where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Swissotel in Istanbul. Balance of day at leisure. In the evening you will be met and transferred to Pescatore, a famous seafood restaurant on the Bosphorus shore for dinner. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then start your tour visiting the Spice Bazaar and Dolmabahce Palace: the last residence for Ottoman sultans, with 365 rooms and 22 reception areas. In the afternoon visit Akmerkez, the most popular shopping center in Europe. Transfer back to your hotel. In the evening you will be met and transferred to a Kervansaray night club for dinner and a Turkish folkloric music dance show including a floor show and Turkish belly dancing. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Istanbul airport for your flight back home. (B)

Also Included: All transfers within Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. Personalized sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary by a private car, with a tour guide and a driver including entrance fees to sights mentioned. Included as well is the service charge imposed by hotels, porterage, meeting and assistance at airports and hotels.

Not included: Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, visa charge and tips.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: If single supplement is needed, please add $1165.

Please add a peak season supplement of $288 per person if traveling between Dec. 09th to Jan. 14th or from Mar. 19th to Apr. 23rd.
 

If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $1160 from posted rate.

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Aleppo: Lobby of the historic Dar Zamaria Hotel

Syria: Bas-relief on a tomb

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