Discovering Syria & Jordan
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 17-Day Deluxe Tour with extensive sightseeing
$5135 per person based on double occupancy

Accomodation Included
Air fare included
ground transportation included
Tour Highlights
Itinerary

Round trip air from the U.S.
All transfers and sightseeing provided in Jordan is operated in a private car and guides
Bosra
Chahba
Damascus
Palmyra
Krak Des Chevaliers
Hama
Aleppo
St. Simeon Cathedral
Sergella
Apamea
Maaloula
Dinner at a Syrian Home
Dinner at a Jordanian Home

Jerash
Ajlun
Dessert Castles
Kan Zaman Village
Madaba
Mt. Nebo
Kerak
Crusader Castle
Petra
Deluxe hotels as indicated
All entrance fees, guidance and taxes

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Also Included: All taxes, service charges, entrance fees to sights. Meeting and assistance and baggage handling is also included. "If any modifications or changes are needed to package, that will be accommodated at an extra cost".

Not included: Items of personal nature, such as phone calls, wine, tips, etc.

REMARKS: You cannot enter Syria if you have an Israeli stamp on your passport.

Departure from other gateway cities is available as follows: Departure out of Boston, please add $169. Departure out of Washington, D.C., add $189. Departure out of Chicago, add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, add $369, or call for your city.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy, please add $684.

Please add a peak season supplement of $219 per person if traveling between Dec. 09th to Jan. 14th or from Mar. 19th to Apr. 23rd. 

EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to additional sites are available upon request.

If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $1060 from posted rate.

If you need a different tour package of Syria & Jordan, we will customize it for you.

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

Arrive Damascus where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Le Meridien Hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Breakfast, then start your excursion to the south: visit Bosra, the antique Roman city with its 15000-seat amphitheatre. Continue to Chahba, the city of "Philip The Arab", the Syrian emperor of Rome, with its mosaics, Roman bath and amphitheatre. Return to Damascus for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

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Breakfast, then visit Damascus including the National Museum, the Old Bazaar, Omayad Mosque, Azem Palace, Via Recta, Anania's House, Bab Charki and St. Paul Window. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Palmyra: Entrance to the main gate of Palmyra

Breakfast, then drive to Palmyra to visit the museum, the temples of Bel, Baal Shamin and Nebo, the Roman Bath, the Tetrapyle, Diocletian's Camp and the tomb's Valley. Dinner and overnight in Palmyra at the Cham Palace Hotel. (B,D)

Breakfast, then depart to Krak Des Chevaliers and visit the famous Crusader Castle, the most spectacular example of Crusader military architecture in the Middle East. Proceed north to Hama with its Norias (giant water wheels) located on the Orontes River. Arrive Aleppo where you will be transferred to the Cham Palace Hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Syria: Temple of Bel, holy of the holies

Syria: Cathedral of St. Simeon

Breakfast, then visit Aleppo: sightseeing tour of the city, including the museum, Grand Mosque, the 5-mile old bazaar, the Citadel, and some caravanserai. Afternoon excursion to visit St. Simeon Cathedral, where St. Simeon stayed for 40 years on top of a column in the fifth century. The Byzantine Cathedral was then the largest in the Byzantine empire. Back to Aleppo. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast and start heading south to visit Sergella, one of the 500 Dead Cities of the north. These were ghost cities built between the 4th and 7th centuries and disappeared around the 9th century for still unknown reasons. Continue our visit to Apamea, the antique 1000-column Hellenistic city built by Selucos Nicator who named it after his Syrian wife. Proceed to Maaloula, the famous village between two cliffs, where people still speak Aramaic, the language of Christ, and its St. Serguis Chapel. Return to Damascus for dinner and overnight at the Le Meridien Hotel. (B,D)

Breakfast and morning free for relaxing by your hotel pool or for last minute shopping. In the evening, you will be met and transferred to a Syrian home where you will enjoy dinner with a Syrian family and have a social discussion about the way of life in Syria. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred by car from Damascus to Amman. Arrive Amman where you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel, the Marriott or the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Amman for an overnight. (B)

Amman: The Roman Theatre

Breakfast, then drive to the lowest spot on earth and experience floating on the waters of the Dead Sea. Continue northwards to Pella in the Jordan Valley, considered to be one of the largest, richest and most important archeological sites in Jordan. Continue our tour to Um Qeis, Gedara which was renowned in its time as a cultural center. Um Qeis boasts an impressive colonnaded terrace and the ruins of two theaters, as well as a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee, the Yarmouk River and the Golan Heights. Transfer back to Amman. In the evening, you will be met and transferred by our representative to a Jordanian home for dinner and a friendly social discussion to get to know the Jordanian people and see their way of life. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

After breakfast start your tour by visiting Jerash, the best preserved city of Roman times, to see its theaters, temple, churches and colonnaded streets. Then continue to Ajlun and tour the 12th century Saracen Castle built by one of Saladin's lieutenants in the campaign against the Crusaders. Transfer to your hotel in Amman for an overnight. (B)

Breakfast and start our tour of the Desert Castles, which include the Amra Castle with its zodiac dome adorned with the early examples of Omayyad fresco paintings, the fortress-like mysterious Qasr Kha-ranah, the black basalt Roman/Medieval Islamic fort at Azraq and the Roman fort turned Omayyad residential palace of Qasr Al-Hallabat. Enjoy a nice lunch at Azraq. Transfer back to your hotel. Later you will be met and transferred to Kan Zaman Village, which dates back to the 19th Century. It was transformed into a handicraft center with small workshops in narrow and winding streets selling all hand-crafted traditional products, a sidewalk cafe and a main restaurant that offers a wide selection of home-made dishes. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Kan Zaman with live folkloric music and entertainment. Transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,L,D)

Breakfast, then drive southward along the Kings' Way to Petra. En route, visit Madaba with the oldest map of the Holy Land and its Mosaic School and Mt. Nebo, the alleged burial site of Moses, overlooking the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley; then drive through the magnificent scenery of Wadi Mujib to Kerak to visit the Crusader Castle. Continue to Petra. Overnight at the luxurious Movenpick Hotel in Petra. (B)

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Jordan: First Century Treasury of Petra

Breakfast, and a full day tour visiting the many sites of Petra, first on horseback and then on foot. This city was carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to civilization until re-discovered by the Swiss explorer Burkhardt. Walk through the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach the Treasury, the Roman Theater, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. An afternoon at leisure or to explore on your own. If you wish you may climb up to the Monastery. Overnight in Petra. (B)

Breakfast and transfer back through the desert highway to Amman. Transfer to your hotel, the Marriott Hotel in Amman. Balance of day at leisure for last minute shopping or simply relaxing by your hotel pool. Overnight. (B)

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Amman Airport where you will be helped with your check-in formalities for your departure flight . (B)

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