Ahlan wa sahlan & Welcome to Damascus and to every city in Syria!
Damascus: The Capital of Civilizations
A perfect conglomeration of the ancient and the modern, the capital city of Damascus is supposedly the world's oldest continuously inhabited city. In fact, it is this juxtaposition of the old and the new that makes Damascus so compelling. Add to this a host of enthralling ancient sites, vibrant festivals, delectable cuisine, top-notch Damascus hotels, lively entertainment and traditional Syrian hospitality, and Damascus will soon figure among your most memorable holiday spots.
Damascus is a city with a storied history, but still full of life, where street vendors flaunt their wares whilst men in business suits walk past.
In the newer portions of the city are a number of modern homes, government buildings and posh Damascus hotels, while the Old City of Damascus captivates you with its charming minarets, towering domes and 200 plus mosques rising from the renowned one-story Damascene houses. The older portions of the city are particularly enthralling with their labyrinth of narrow alleys and alluringly secretive doors that open out into lush courtyards and rather blank-faced houses. Many of the traditional hotels in Damascus are amongst these alleys and make for great places to stay in Damascus. You can also use our Damascus map to choose your hotel in Damascus based on its location.
The several historical sites stand testimony to Damascus' rich legacy and heritage, and t hey are ideally visited on a tour of Damascus. A resilient city, Damascus has withstood the occupation of Romans, Greeks, Persians, Christian crusaders and the Umayyad Empire. Among the great highlights and things to see and do in Damascus, the Barada River and the Ghouta Oasis are not to be missed. Also worth visiting are the Biblical sites, the historical Roman gates and walls, the enormous Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, the reputed Damascus University and the Damascus International Airport. Ensure your Damascus hotel is within reach of all these popular sites by speaking with our local team!
The city of Damascus is a significant site for Christianity. The capital of the Aramean Empire in the 11th century BC, its importance stems from the fact that it was where Paul the Apostle accepted Christianity and started the early Christian church. However, Damascus' heyday was during the Umayyad Empire, when it was a flourishing capital. Many monuments built during this time still occupy a place of pride among the Damascenes.
The Ummayad Mosque, reputed as the Grand Mosque of Damascus, is perhaps one of the largest in the world. It was built in the 7th century by the Caliphate Al-Walid I. Set out splendidly with ornate designs and inlays, and covered from wall to wall with plush carpets, it has become almost emblematic of the city. Another prime monument is the Azem Palace. Dating back to the 18th century, it is a typical Damascene house.
To experience modern-day Damascus, take a Damascus tour or head off yourself to the souks. The most famous and largest of these date back to 1863. It is the perfect place to find some great bargains; shop for exotic jewellery, inlaid mosaic boxes, hookahs (hubble-bubble pipes) and chessboards.
We are a locally based company who love our city and have a passion for sustainable tourism. Let us help you plan your ideal Damascus holiday with our wide range of Damascus hotels and tours in Damascus. And if there's anything else we can help you with don't hesitate to contact us!
The splendid building of the Albal Hotel resembles an ancient Damascene artwork and makes this house a unique marvel of craftsmanship. The mosaic woodwork and splendid stonework designs in Albal Hotel's rooms and courtyard illustrate an ancient Damascene architectural pedigree and mystique. Sitting in the liwan of the courtyard, you can enjoy the masterful depictions of ancient Damascus and relax to the soothing sound of the courtyard fountain, (here in the adorable Albal Hotel!).[more info]
When entering Beit Zafran hotel de Charme, one will be astonished how its traditional Damascene roots and its lustrous luxuries offered are merged into such a wonderful fairytale! Zafaran is the Arabic term for Saffron, which gives Beit Zafran hotel de Charme an identity of royalty. The culinary standards in Beit Zafran hotel de Charme is first rate; done with a unique and personalized touch by the hotel's chef, one will love to take a bite out of history in Beit Zafran hotel de Charme![more info]
This is one of the largest hotels in Palmyra. It is located near the local market in the old city area. Guests are only a few minutes away from travelling over 3 millennia back in time. This hotel includes many amenities for guests to enjoy![more info]
Lyon Palace is a top end, but well priced hotel that is a two minutes' drive from the Krak des Chevaliers. One will enjoy a great holiday here, as there are numerous recreation facilities and amenities for an entertaining and enjoyable stay. With its luxuries and amenities, Lyon Palace is perfect for both honeymooners and tourists. From a large swimming pool to a rejuvenating sauna facility and from a large shopping center to a large conference hall, this make Lyon Palace has it all![more info]
Marhaba & Welcome to Damascus and Syria's Southern and Central cities.
Meet your local connection in Syria, Mr. Wahid Ghazal and the team of Ghazal Tours! We are proud to be a part of whl.travel and are happy to assist visitors as they plan to visit our beautiful and historically rich destination. Feel free to ask us about any insider tips as you plan your trip; our motto is 'We Keep an Eye on Your Comfort' ![more]
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