Damascus— 2 nights
Aleppo— 2 nights
Palmyra— 2 nights
Drive to Damascus, Fly to Beirut
Tue, Mar 3 - Tue, Mar 10
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Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.Step out of Damascus with an excursion to Deir Mar Takla in Maaloula--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Damascus Umayyad Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), and explore the galleries of The National Museum of Damascus.
To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Damascus trip planner.
Beirut, Lebanon to Damascus is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Beirut in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Damascus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Aleppo.
Things to do in Damascus
Deir Mar Takla
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Inhabited since ancient times and boasting a rich and turbulent history, Aleppo's rustic old town, historic mosques, and lively bazaars used to attract tourists from all over the world.On the 7th (Sat), wander the streets of Old City, admire the striking features of Aleppo Citadel, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Souq al, then explore the ancient world of Dead City of Serjilla, then don't miss a visit to Aleppo Town Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan).
To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aleppo road trip website.
Traveling by car from Damascus to Aleppo takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palmyra.
Things to do in Aleppo
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Dating back to the Neolithic period, Palmyra once stood as a center of wealth and culture.Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan, contemplate the long history of Roman Theatre of Palmyra, then steep yourself in history at Site of Palmyra, and finally steep yourself in history at The Tetrapylon.
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Traveling by car from Aleppo to Palmyra takes 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Palmyra
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