Route & dates
21 days in Syria Itinerary
Damascus— 5 nights
Tartus— 4 nights
Drive: 2h 45min
Aleppo— 4 nights
Drive: 4h 30min
Palmyra— 5 nights
Drive + Fly: 30h
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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.Take a break from Damascus with a short trip to Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi in Maaloula, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Umayyad Mosque, appreciate the history behind Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, wander the streets of Old City, and take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm).
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Damascus planner .
Sydney, Australia to Damascus is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Damascus is minus 8 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in November: highs in Damascus hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tartus.
Things to do in Damascus
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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: Hamah (Norias Park, Norias (Water Wheels), & more), Lattakia (Saladin Castle & Salah el-Din Citadel) and Homs (Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers) & Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Arwad Island, steep yourself in history at Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel, and delve into the distant past at Apamea.
To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tartus trip itinerary website .
You can drive from Damascus to Tartus in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Damascus in December; daily highs in Tartus reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aleppo.
Things to do in Tartus
Hamah, Lattakia, Homs, Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel, Apamea
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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.Step out of Aleppo to go to Hamah and see Qasr Ibn Wardan, which is approximately 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Aleppo Citadel, delve into the distant past at Dead City of Serjilla, explore the galleries of Aleppo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Aleppo Town Centre.
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You can drive from Tartus to Aleppo in 3 hours. When traveling from Tartus in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Aleppo: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Palmyra.
Things to do in Aleppo
Qasr Ibn Wardan
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Highlights from your plan
Dating back to the Neolithic period, Palmyra once stood as a center of wealth and culture.Palmyra is known for historic sites and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Site of Palmyra, get engrossed in the history at Palmyra Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Palmyra travel route planner .
Getting from Aleppo to Palmyra by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Palmyra when traveling from Aleppo in December, with lows around 6°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Wed).
Things to do in Palmyra
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