38 days in Lebanon & Syria Itinerary

38 days in Lebanon & Syria Itinerary

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38 days in Lebanon & Syria Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Beirut, Lebanon
— 10 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tartus, Syria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Aleppo, Syria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hamah, Syria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Damascus, Syria
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Baalbeck, Lebanon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Bcharre, Lebanon
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  24 h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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10
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beirut: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Jounieh), Byblos (Memoire Du Temps, Byblos Castle, & more) and St. George Christian Orthodox Monastery (in Deir El Harf). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Jeita Grotto, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, explore the striking landscape at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and don't miss a visit to Hamra Street.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Beirut trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Beirut is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Beirut. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Beirut, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tartus.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Byblos, Our Lady of Lebanon, Bkassine Pine Forest, Jeita Grotto, St. George Christian Orthodox Monastery
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 28:
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Jeita Grotto ©
Jeita Grotto
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut
Zaitunay Bay ©
Zaitunay Bay

4
nights
Tartus, Syria

Tartus ©
A popular summer getaway for domestic tourists, Tartus boasts a number of historical sites and a pleasant Mediterranean Coast harbor.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tartus: Jabla (in Jablah), Lattakia (Saladin Castle, Blue Beach, & more) and Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers) (in Homs). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Arwad Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa, and steep yourself in history at Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tartus journey planner .

You can drive from Beirut to Tartus in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Beirut in November, plan for little chillier nights in Tartus, with lows around 15°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Aleppo.

Things to do in Tartus

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lattakia, Jabla, Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel, Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers)
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
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Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers) ©
Arwad Island ©
Arwad Island
Saladin Castle ©
Saladin Castle

4
nights
Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo ©
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.
Aleppo is known for historic sites, shopping, spas, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque, wander the streets of Old City, explore the galleries of Aleppo Museum, and explore the ancient world of Ebla Citadel.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Aleppo online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Tartus to Aleppo by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Tartus in December, expect nights in Aleppo to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hamah.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Great Mosque ©
Great Mosque
Dead City of Serjilla ©
Dead City of Serjilla

3
nights
Hamah, Syria

Hamah ©
The conservative city of Hamah stands as the fourth-largest urban center in the country, and boasts a number of historic sites and a rich, complex heritage to match.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hamah: Apamea (in Apamea) and Homs (Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque & Um al-Zennar Church). And it doesn't end there: walk around Norias Park, step into the grandiose world of Qasr Ibn Wardan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Jamea Alkabir Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Azem Palace of Hamah.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hamah holiday builder site .

Drive from Aleppo to Hamah in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Aleppo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hamah, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Hamah

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Homs, Apamea
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:
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Azem Palace of Hamah ©
Azem Palace of Hamah
Norias Park ©
Norias Park
Norias (Water Wheels) ©
Norias (Water Wheels)

6
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
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.
Explore Damascus' surroundings by going to Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi (in Maaloula) and As Suwayda Museum (in As Suwayda). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umayyad Mosque, take a stroll through Old City, admire the landmark architecture of Khan Asaad Basha, and deepen your knowledge of military history at The Citadel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Damascus travel website .

You can drive from Hamah to Damascus in 3 hours. Traveling from Hamah in December, expect Damascus to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Baalbeck.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maaloula, As Suwayda Museum
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

5
nights
Baalbeck, Lebanon

Baalbeck ©
Baalbek, properly Baʿalbek and also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a town in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, about 85km northeast of Beirut and about 75km north of Damascus. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baalbeck: Zahle (Coteaux Du Liban & Chateau Ksara), Massaya Winery (in Shtawrah) and Mzaar Kfardebian (in Kfardebian).

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Baalbeck trip planner.

You can drive from Damascus to Baalbeck in 2 hours. Traveling from Damascus in December, expect nights in Baalbeck to be much warmer, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. On the 20th (Fri), you're off toBcharre.

Things to do in Baalbeck

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Zahle, Anjar, Massaya Winery, Mzaar Kfardebian
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Chateau Ksara ©
Chateau Ksara

4
nights
Bcharre, Lebanon

Bcharre ©
Sitting at 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level and nestled between a mountain and a valley, Bcharre offers holiday goers breathtaking views.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bcharre: Saydet el Nouriyi Monastery (in Chekka) and Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve (in Ehden). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Cedars of God, appreciate the views at Qadisha Valley, head outdoors with Ehden Adventures, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Qozhaya.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bcharre online road trip planner .

You can drive from Baalbeck to Bcharre in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Bcharre can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bcharre

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ehden, Saydet el Nouriyi Monastery, Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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The Cedars of God ©
The Cedars of God
Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve ©
Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve ©
Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve

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