SYRIA / JORDAN TOUR - TIMELESS TOURS

**TOUR** 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

 

Dates: CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO SITUATION IN SYRIA                                      

 

Home to Damascus, the world’s oldest inhabited city, Ugarit, where the world's first alphabet was found and Ma'aloula, where Aramaic, the language of Christ, is still spoken, Syria has been a meeting place for 12,000 years. Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Sumerian and Phoenician civilizations' have left a country rich in archaeological and cultural remains. The bazaars of Aleppo, the Crusader fortress at Crac des Chevaliers, the waterwheels of Hama and the Roman sites of Bosra and Apamea are just some of the highlights in a country with a living, breathing history.
 
Jordan is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern, offering ready access to the cultures of Egypt, Israel, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Amman, the capital, is a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis with many traces remaining of its rich past. The 'rose red city' of Petra, carved and built by the Nabateans 2000 years ago, is a must to visit. Mt Nebo, reputedly the burial place of Moses, and nearby Madaba have mosaics and churches from more recent times. Kerak and Shobak are famed for Crusader castles while Jerash, covered by desert for a thousand years, is arguably the best-preserved Roman city anywhere.

Will Willis – Timeless Tour LeaderWill Willis – Timeless Tour Leader

Your tour leader, William Willis, is an Australian who lived in Turkey for several years working first with the Turkish Government, then as manager of a Turkish tour company. Will, a Vietnam War veteran, has visited Gallipoli many times and has led Timeless Anzac groups for eight years. Will also lectures in World War I history and gives guest seminars at March 18 University, Canakkale.
 

2011 Itinerary:

Wed 27 Apr: Aleppo: Arrival Aleppo Airport. Meet and assist transfer to hotel.
 
Thu 28 Apr: Full day city tour Aleppo: After breakfast a full day sightseeing tour of Aleppo. Of all Syria’s towns and cities, it is perhaps Aleppo that leaves the deepest impression upon the visitor. A key town on trade routes (including the Silk Road) for thousands of years, it remains a thriving centre and a visit to the 12km of historic covered souks and khans enables you to see something of the town's current everyday life as well as beautifully designed and decorated monuments remaining from the past. The Citadel, which dominates the city centre, is a masterpiece of Arab military architecture. 2 nights Aleppo. (B,D)
 
Fri 29 Apr: Full day excursion to St. Simeon and return to Aleppo: Today after breakfast we visit the site where St. Simeon is reputed to have lived on top of a pillar for forty-two years. Today, remnants of the magnificent Church built after Simeon’s death remain and, from the Citadel, there are great views over the ‘dead’ towns of the Byzantine era. (B,D)
 
Sat 30 Apr: Aleppo/Ebla/Bara/Hama: After breakfast, leave Aleppo to visit the hill top site of Ebla. Destroyed in about 1600 BC, archeological work continues here today. Continue to Bara, the largest ghost town in Northern Syria and now a centre of cherry and olive growing. But it was an important centre from the 2nd century BC with monumental tombs of surprising size and design. Proceed to Hama and overnight. (B,D)
 
Sun 01 May: Hama/Apames/Crac/Hama: Followingbreakfast see the Norias (ancient waterwheels) then we continue to Apamea which was an important Greek and Roman city. It is laid out in a chessboard fashion like so many other imperial cities. Crac des Chevaliers. Our next stop, is a stunningly impressive Crusader fortress which was important in controlling inland Syria from the Mediterranean world. Return to Hama and overnight. (B,D)
 
Mon 02 May: Hama/Palmyra: We leave Hama after breakfast to travel through the Syrian desert to visit the oasis town of Palmyra whose ruins are impressive both for their extent and their remarkable state of preservation. The ancient Arab city is gradually being restored in all its grandeur and its Agora, Theatre, Baths and Temples of Nabo and Bel are among the finest in this part of the world. Overnight Palmyra. (B,D)
 
Tue 03 May: Palmyra/Ma’aloula/Damascus: After breakfast we drive to Ma’aloula, a honeycomb village hewn out of rock. Besides possessing two old convents (Saint Tekla and Saint Serge), Ma’aloula is remarkable for the fact that Aramaic, the language of Christ, is still spoken there. The Monastery of St. Tekla, a disciple of St. Paul, contains the remains of the Saint's body. Continue to Damascus for two nights. (B,D)
 
Wed 04 May: Full day Damascus Sightseeing: Said to be the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city (a claim disputed by Aleppo!) Damascus is now a modern city and Syria’s capital which charms the visitor with both its wonderful old quarters and modern aspects side by side. Within the famous ancient walls of the old city, we see the shrine of Sayida Zeinab, the magnificent Umayaad Mosque, Saladin's Memorial and the Epigraphy Museum, the Azem Palace, the Chapel of Ananias, the Suleimaniya complex designed by famous Turkish architect Sinan, the Artisans and Covered Bazaars, the and the Street called Straight. We also visit the National Museum and Historical and Army Museums. (B,L,D)
 
Thu 05 May: Damascus/Bosra and continue to Amman. We leave Damascus for Bosra withits most extraordinary monuments including the fortress-theatre, recently and beautifully restored, where the best ballet, theatre and folklore companies give performances every summer. From here, a narrow ancient road leads into the Decumanus near a triple arch known as the Gate of Lanterns. We proceed to the border for formalities and cross into Jordan.
We are met and assisted upon arrival at Jordanian border then visit Jerash, a huge Roman site and one of the 10 cities of the ancient Decapolis. We will see the Triumphal Arch, the Hippodrome, the Temple of Zeus, the Forum, the mile long street of columns, the Nymphaeum, the Temple of Artemis and the Viaduct Church. The Amphitheatre is still used for arts festivals and is remarkably well-preserved. Continue to Amman, the capital, for dinner and overnight. (B.L.D)
 
Fri 06 May: Amman: After breakfast, an Amman city tour offers both the old and new. We see the Roman Amphitheatre, the Citadel and the Archeological Museum, then spend time at a local souq and the exclusive newly built area of Abdoun. In the afternoon we visit Bethany where John baptized Jesus then the Dead Sea, where you can float at the Earth’s lowest point. Return to Amman for dinner and overnight. (B.L.D)
 
Sat 07 May: Mt Nebo/ Madaba/ Petra: This morning after breakfast visit Mt Nebo and Madaba. At Mount Nebo we see the hilltop Church erected on the site from where it is believed Moses saw the Promised Land. His tomb is also located here and there are as a beautiful array of mosaics in the floor of the church. In the town of Madaba we see St. George’s Church, home to a stunning 6th century mosaic map of the ancient Middle East before continuing to Kerak, a crusader fortress built over older fortresses and located on the King’s Highway in the area known in ancient times as Moab. Dinner and 2 nights in Wadi Mousa (Petra). (B.L.D)
 
Sun 08 May: Petra/ Little Petra: After breakfast, we will enjoy a full day sightseeing in Petra, one of the most magnificent sites in the Middle East. From the main gate we sit on horseback to the entrance of the Siq (canyon). Your guide will explain the sites, monuments, and history as we wander among the tombs, temples, water cisterns, the Roman Theatre, street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, the massive Courthouse, Roman Street and Triumphal Arch, ending at Qasr Al-Bint. Later, we visit nearby Little Petra. (B.L.D)
 
Mon 09 May:Wadi Rum/ Madaba: After breakfast we drive to Wadi Rum for a four-wheel drive jeep tour of about four hours. Wadi Rum is an expansive nature preserve that shows off the area’s geological features and a variety of flora and fauna. It was also the World War I base of Lawrence of Arabia. Then we transfer back to Madaba for dinner and overnight. (B.L.D)
 
Tue 10 May: Amman: Transfer to Queen Alia International Airport (Amman) for departure. (B)
 
tour price:
  • Price per person double/twin share $TBA
  • Single Supplement $TBA
Tour includes:
Tour leader, professional English speaking guides throughout, transport and , drivers, accommodation on dinner bed and breakfast basis, lunches in Jordan and one lunch in Damascus, visas to both countries, entry fees to all mentioned sites, meet and assist transfers, 4WD tour Wadi Rum, horse ride in Petra.
 
Tour excludes:
Flights to Syria and from Jordan, travel insurance, departure taxes, lunches in Syria, tips for guides and drivers, personal extras.
 
Group size:
Minimum: 8  Maximum: 20

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