After nearly a decade of unfortunate conflict, some areas of Syria are finally gaining certain safety and stabilityr, allowing intrepid adventurers to discover its many Christian monasteries, bustling souks, and ancient Roman ruins.
From Palmyra to Bosra, Krak de Chevaliers, Aleppo, and more, our tours focus on Syria’s highlights but what makes us truly unique is that we put a lot of attention to the human side of Syria. This means that we will interact and get to know kind-hearted Syrians, while witnessing their struggle and desire to return to normality.
We already have a large experience in running tours in Syria and we only work with the best local team, the reason why this is our top-selling destination.
We have many, many scheduled group expeditions for Syria all year long, plus we can also organize any sort of private, tailored adventure.
In order to join a tour in Syria, you must first obtain a security clearance (Letter of Invitation). We will take care of that, so you don’t need to visit the embassy.
As of today, the areas which are controlled by the Government (the ones we visit) are perfectly safe. We’d never take a group of travelers to a risky area. Moreover, know that our team in Syria is continually monitoring the area and has the latest security updates.
We can apply for pretty much any nationality worldwide, including US citizens since March 2023.
We have two types of scheduled Syria tour packages:
On the one hand, we have our classic 8-day trips, typically composed of 12 people, always led by a tour leader, either myself (Joan Torres) or someone from my team, besides a Syrian tour guide.
On the other hand, we also schedule shorter, budget versions of 5 days. The main difference versus the 8-day expeditions is that they are obviously cheaper, and the Western tour leader will not attend.
These are all our upcoming tours in Syria
Let's take advantage of the pleasant Mediterranean weather and come to Syria before the beginning of summer.
Come to Syria to experience the annual Marmarita Festival, while enjoying the Syrian coast, Aleppo and Damascus
Our classic 8-day itinerary.
Our classic Syria itinerary but for Spanish-speaking travelers.
October is one of the best months to visit Syria and on this trip, we also decided to include the Mediterranean coast.
Our classic Syria itinerary, probably the last one in 2022
Spend Christmas-day in magical Damascus
Our classic itinerary during Eastern and Ramadan, two of the most important events in Syria to enjoy its holiest places
Transfer to and from Beirut
Security clearance (needed for the visa)
Private transportation and driver around Syria
Breakfast and lunch (in 8-day expeditions, otherwise, just breakfast)
Special permit for Palmyra & Bosra
English-speaking Syria tour guide
Western Tour leader (in 8-day expeditions)
Entrance fees to the places listed in the itinerary
Do you want to travel solo, or with a group of friends?
From 1-day trips to Damascus (from Beirut or Amman) to compelling multi-day itineraries, we are able to design any sort of adventure based on your needs, 365 days a year.
If you can’t afford a private, solo trip, we can also help you find other partners to travel with.
When do you want to travel to Syria
We will design the perfect itinerary based on your needs
Beirut, Amman or Damascus?
Here’s the standard 8-day tour we offer on most of our expeditions.
Day 1 – Beirut and Damascus
Day 2 – Full day in Damascus
Day 3 – Maaloula, Mar Musa, and Aleppo
Day 4 – Aleppo
Day 5 – Hama, Krak de Chevalier, Al Mishtaya
Day 6 – Palmyra and Homs
Day 7 – Bosra
In order to come to Syria, you must first obtain a security clearance (Letter of Invitation). We will take care of that, so you don’t need to visit the embassy.
Price varies depending on nationality:
The visa fee is paid at the border, to the respective authorities.
All nationalities, and that includes US passport holders.
Syria started issuing visas for Americans in March 2023, so US citizens are welcome to join too.
Your credit card can’t be used in Syria. You must bring all your money in cash.
Mostly US dollars ($) but € can be exchanged too.
If I want to join a Syria tour, where does it usually start?
Our scheduled group tours into Syria generally start in Beirut. It’s just easier, since flights into Damascus get canceled often and Amman is further.
However, for a private Syria tour, you can start from anywhere you like, including Beirut, Amman, and Damascus International Airport.
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