Thursday 2 December 2010


International Destinations has a 20-day escorted tour to Syria on April 9 next year whose itinerary reads like the wildest musings of the most fertile mind.

Highlights include Damascus that's the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, Bosra with its superb Roman Theatre and Baths, the Crusader Castle of Krak des Chevaliers that was once the home of Richard the Lion Heart, the prestigious medieval fortress Saladin's Castle, Apamea founded by Alexander the Great's General Selucius in the 2nd century BC, the ruins of ancient Palmyra discovered by accident in a desert oasis only in 1933, Maaloula the last place on earth where the language of Christ (Aramaic) is still spoken…

Plus Nero's Great Temple of Jupiter, a handicraft centre established in a 16th century Koranic school… and by contrast, the chance to take afternoon tea in Aleppo's fame Baron Hotel where Agatha Christie often penned her novels.

This rare tour will be personally escorted by International Destination's Manager, Margaret Hill whose many visits has gained her an extraordinary knowledge of the region.

Prices start from $6950pp twin-share including return air and taxes from Sydney, 15-nights twin-share first-class hotels, breakfasts daily and select other meals, tours and entries. An optional 5-night Jordan extension, again escorted by Margaret Hill, is available from an additional $1630pp twin-share.

Full details (02) 9519 1380, toll-free 1800 044 519 or

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