32 days in Lebanon & Syria Itinerary

32 days in Lebanon & Syria Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Beirut, Lebanon
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Bcharre, Lebanon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Baalbeck, Lebanon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Damascus, Syria
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hamah, Syria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Aleppo, Syria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Tartus, Syria
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beirut: Chateau St Thomas (in Zahle), Byblos (Memoire Du Temps, Byblos Castle, &more) and Our Lady of Lebanon (in Harissa). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Jeita Grotto, don't miss a visit to Corniche Beirut, stop by Beirut Souks, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Beirut planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Beirut is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Beirut is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Beirut to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bcharre.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Byblos, Chateau St Thomas, Jeita Grotto, Churches of Harissa, Hall of Fame
Find places to stay May 1 — 8:
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Jeita Grotto ©
Jeita Grotto
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut
Zaitunay Bay ©
Zaitunay Bay

2
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.
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Qannoubin, pause for some serene contemplation at Saydet el Hosn Lady of the Fortress, and delve into the lush surroundings at Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, 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 Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ehden, Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve
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Qadisha Valley ©
Qadisha Valley
Gibran Museum ©
Gibran Museum
Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve ©
Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve

3
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. Baalbeck is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Temples of Baalbek, make a trip to Hajar al-Hibla, steep yourself in history at Baalbek Roman Ruins, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saieda Khaoula - Mosque.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, 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 Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bekaa Valley
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Bekaa Valley ©
Bekaa Valley

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Damascus: Maaloula (Mar Sarkis, Deir Mar Takla, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Damascus Umayyad Mosque, take a stroll through Old City, get engrossed in the history at Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), and appreciate the history behind Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Damascus trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Baalbeck to Damascus takes 2 hours. Traveling from Baalbeck in May, you will find days in Damascus are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit cooler (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamah.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Maaloula
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm) ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

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.
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: walk around Norias Park, explore the historical opulence of Qasr Ibn Wardan, visit Norias (Water Wheels), and browse the exhibits of Hamah Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, 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

Homs, Apamea
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Apamea ©
Apamea
Norias Park ©
Norias Park
Azem Palace of Hamah ©
Azem Palace of Hamah

3
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, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque, steep yourself in history at Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), don't miss a visit to Aleppo Town Centre, and delve into the distant past at Ebla Citadel.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aleppo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamah to Aleppo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tartus.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Aleppo Citadel ©
Aleppo Citadel
Great Mosque ©
Great Mosque

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tartus: Lattakia (Saladin Castle, Salah el-Din Citadel, &more), Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers) (in Homs) and Deir Mar Sarkis (in Maaloula). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Arwad Island, contemplate the long history of Jabla, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa, and expand your understanding of the military at Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tartus tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Aleppo to Tartus in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tartus can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tartus

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lattakia, Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers), Deir Mar Sarkis, Jabla, Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel
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Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers) ©
Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers)
Arwad Island ©
Arwad Island
Saladin Castle ©
Saladin Castle

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