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Syria played an incomparable role in the history of mankind.  It was here the secrets of Agriculture and Metallurgy were discovered and the world's very first alphabet invented.  Along its Mediterranean coast silk caravans passed en route to China, establishing a link between east and west.  Its citadels, fortresses, towers and walls have witnessed generations of great civilisations.  Enter the old souks and history comes alive, the silk weavers in Damascus whirl the wooden handlooms as their ancestors did 400 years ago, while glass blowers at their brick furnaces recall their predecessors who invented coloured glass 3000 years ago.  Folk artists still draw epic heroes, almost identical to those engraved on stone by Doura Europos artists in the year 3000 BC.  The stunning natural beauty is diverse with rugged mountains, green plains, vast deserts, snow covered mountain peaks, forests in the north west and quiet beaches in its Mediterranean coast.

Ummayyad MosqueOne of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world - a living museum, spanning thousands of years with landmarks like:  The Omayyad Mosque with its collection of stunning golden mosaics and the tomb of John the Baptist; the Azem Palace, an amazing work of 18th century Arabic architecture; the Souq al Hamidiyeh; St. Paul's Church and
the National Museum. 

Bosra TheatreBosra
Situated in the vast Hawran Plain Bosra is an extremely ancient city mentioned as far back as the 14th century BC.  The most interesting part of the city today is the famous theatre built in the 2nd century AD which seats 5000 spectators and is considered one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world.

Qalát Al Hosn
One of the most famous medieval citadels in the world, located 650 metres above sea Crac Des Chevalierslevel, Qalát Al Hosn was built to control the Homs Gap, the gateway to Syria.  In ancient times the importance of this corridor was immense.  It was of crucial importance to the Crusaders and other foreigners on their way to the coast. 'Çrac Des Chevaliers' was built on the site of a former castle erected by the Emirs of Hom.  "Crac" is a modification of the Arabic world 'Qalá".  The citadel covers an area of 3000 sq metres and has 13 huge towers, in addition to many stores, tanks, corridors, bridges and stables.  It could accommodate 5000 personnel with their horses, equipment and provisions for five years.

PalmyraSituated in the heart of the Syrian desert Palmyra is often described as the 'Bride of thedesert', it has magnificent remains that tell of a heroic history during the reign of Queen Zenobia.  The oasis was an ideal halt for caravans moving between Iraq and Al Sham (now Syria), Lebanon and Jordan trading in silk from China to the Mediterranean.

Aleppo SoukDating back to the early 2nd millennium BC, Aleppo competes with Damascus as being the oldest inhabited city in the world.  Once the major commercial centre of the Orient, it is still vibrant with traders coming from all over the world to buy, sell, barter and haggle in traditional fashion.  Places to see include: the Citadel, The Grand Mosque, The Christian Quarter and the Old Souk.

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When to go

With hot dry summers and cold winters, spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit Syria. In mid July and August average temperatures can frequently be in the high 30°C's. The highest rainfall is expected between December and February.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 2 DST applies Syrian Pound Arabic 2 hours 40 mins