32 days in Lebanon & Syria Itinerary

32 days in Lebanon & Syria Itinerary

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Beirut, Lebanon
— 7 nights
Drive
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Bcharre, Lebanon
— 2 nights
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Baalbeck, Lebanon
— 3 nights
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Damascus, Syria
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hamah, Syria
— 3 nights
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Aleppo, Syria
— 3 nights
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Tartus, Syria
— 4 nights
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Beirut, Lebanon

Paris of the East

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beirut: Byblos (Memoire Du Temps, Byblos Castle, &more), Chateau St Thomas (in Zahle) and Our Lady of Lebanon (in Harissa). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Zaitunay Bay, examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and pause for some photo ops at Jeita Grotto.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Beirut trip maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Beirut is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Beirut is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Beirut reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bcharre.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 8:

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Bcharre, Lebanon

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.
Step out of Bcharre to go to Ehden and see Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Qadisha Valley, pause for some serene contemplation at Saydet el Hosn Lady of the Fortress, contemplate the long history of The Cedars of God, and explore the fascinating underground world of Qadisha Caves.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bcharre trip maker tool.

You can drive from Beirut to Bcharre in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Baalbeck.

Things to do in Bcharre

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

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Baalbeck, Lebanon

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. Step out of Baalbeck to go to Hermel and see Kamouh el Hermel, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Temples of Baalbek, make a trip to Hajar al-Hibla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saieda Khaoula - Mosque, and get to know the fascinating history of Baalbek Roman Ruins.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Baalbeck itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bcharre to Baalbeck takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Baalbeck can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Baalbeck

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

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Damascus, Syria

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Damascus: Maaloula (Deir Mar Takla, Ma'alula Village (Maaloula), &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, contemplate the waterfront views at The Barada River, wander the streets of Old City, and get engrossed in the history at Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Damascus trip planning app.

You can drive from Baalbeck to Damascus in 2 hours. When traveling from Baalbeck in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Damascus, with highs around 36°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamah.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 20:

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Hamah, Syria

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hamah side-trips: Homs (Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque & Um al-Zennar Church) and Apamea (in Apamea). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Norias (Water Wheels), walk around Norias Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Jamea Alkabir Mosque, and browse the exhibits of Hamah Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamah trip planner.

Traveling by car from Damascus to Hamah takes 3 hours. While traveling from Damascus, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Hamah, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Aleppo.

Things to do in Hamah

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

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Aleppo, Syria

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, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque, contemplate the long history of Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), admire the landmark architecture of Aleppo Citadel, and browse the exhibits of Aleppo Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Aleppo online journey planner.

Getting from Hamah to Aleppo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tartus.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

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Tartus, Syria

A popular summer getaway for domestic tourists, Tartus boasts a number of historical sites and a pleasant Mediterranean Coast harbor.
Venture out of the city with trips to Deir Mar Sarkis (in Maaloula), Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers) (in Homs) and Salah el-Din Citadel (in Lattakia). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Arwad Island, steep yourself in history at Jabla, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tartus day trip planner.

Getting from Aleppo to Tartus by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Tartus are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tartus

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Lebanon travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.

Syria travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Flea Markets
Before the eruption of a devastating civil war in 2011, Syria enjoyed a reputation as one of the safest Middle Eastern countries. Most visitors took a trip to Syria for a chance to visit Damascus, an ancient city filled with Christian church spires and Muslim minarets. The country offered tourists a lively cafe culture and many art galleries, which often sat next door to traditional hammams. Today, Syria represents one of the world's most dangerous places, nearly impossible to visit by foreigners. Until peace returns, dozens of Roman ruins--legendary Palmyra among them--remain off limits and off the radar to all but the most intrepid and daring explorers.