Get ready to experience the best of sensational Syria. Steeped in history and legend, Syria is a paradise for explorers, history-enthusiasts, admirers of art and culture vultures. Walk through the winding alleyways of Damascus, see one of the world's greatest castles explore the ancient wonder of the Palmyra ruins, admire trinkets and treasures in busy souqs and indulge in flavoursome Middle Eastern cuisine. Syria has a way of capturing hearts and enlivening spirits - this journey reveals why Syria is such a hit with travellers.
Days 1-2 Damascus
Start the journey in Syria's captivating capital. Walk through the narrow, winding streets of the Old City, where people have lived and worked for centuries. Admire the ornate architecture of the beautiful Umayyad Mosque and stroll through souqs full of trinkets and treasures. Choose to haggle for a handcrafted souvenir or authentic gift to take back home.
Day 3 Krak des Chevaliers
Admire the views over the valley from this perfect model of medieval fortification, regarded as one of the greatest castles in the world.
Days 4-5 Aleppo
By day, walk through the ancient streets of Aleppo filled with mosques, churches and houses built centuries ago. In the evening, choose to relax and enjoy the atmosphere at one of the city's open-air bars or cafes. Why not indulge in some flavoursome Middle Eastern meze and top it off with some delicious sweet baklava and a strong coffee?
Day 6 Palmyra
Travel into the desert to the crumbling ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra. Spend time exploring this archaeological site which features impressive monuments, temples, theatres and well-preserved funerary art.
Days 7-8 Damascus
Drive back to the ancient city of Damascus and use free time to explore this hypnotic place a little further. Tuck into traditional gastronomic delights by sipping a local brew in a coffee house, dining on Middle Eastern cuisine in a restaurant or sampling some local delicacies from a street cart. Choose to unwind at a traditional hamam, peruse shops or take in panoramic views from Mount Qasioun before bidding Syria farewell.