Aleppo

Mentioned in Hittite documents dating from the 2nd millennium BC Aleppo claims to be the oldest continuous inhabited settlement in the world. Governed by Amorites, Persians, Seleucids, a general from Alexander the Great armies, Ottomans and Arabs, Aleppo was the centre of a prosperous kingdom called Yamhad.

Modern day Aleppo (Halab in Arabic) occupies the ancient site thus scarcely touched by archaeologists. It is the 2nd largest in population city after Damascus and leaves the profoundest impression upon the visitor.

Its importance grew after the Arab conquest, the citadel dominating the city's centre is a masterpiece of Arab architecture. Built atop a partially artificial mound it rises 50 meters above the rest of the city, dating to the 13th century.

Visit the citadel then take time out to relax and enjoy lunch at one of the leading restaurants in Aleppo.

The division between old and new Aleppo is relatively clear. The older portion is contained within a wall 5kms in circuit with seven gates. It has impressive, covered souks and courtyards.

Visit the Grand Mosque founded in 715 AD. The building contains the tomb of Zachary, father of John the Baptist. Its tower was erected in 1090 and reaches 45 meters into the air.

Take a guided walk through the souk and shop for souvenirs before you return to Latakia

 

Special Notes:
Comfort stops en route to and from Aleppo. Toilet facilities at the citadel, museum and restaurant.

Tour not suitable for wheelchair confined persons or with restricted walking conditions.

Comfortable clothing, walking shoes and hat recommended.

Conservative dress for when visiting the mosque. Shoes must be removed and carried while visiting the mosque.

A considerable amount of walking is involved on uneven cobblestones and ruined passages at the citadel.

Steep incline with lots of stairs at intervals throughout the citadel.

 

Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:

00hr00 -> Excursion departs from Latakia Port

00hr00 -> 03hr45 Drive to Aleppo with comfort stop en route
03hr45 -> 04hr45 Visit museum
04hr45 -> 05hr00 Drive to the citadel
05hr00 -> 06hr15 Visit citadel
06hr15 -> 06hr45 Drive to restaurant
06hr45 -> 07hr45 Serving set menu lunch
07hr45 -> 08hr00 Drive to mosque
08hr00 -> 08hr30 Visit the mosque
08hr35 -> 09hr15 Guided walk through the souk
09hr15 -> 12hr45 Drive to Latakia with comfort stop en route

 

 

 

Tour Details

Tour Name:
Aleppo

Sightseeing Shore Tours
Cultural Shore Tours

 

Tour ID:
LAT-01

Duration:
Approximately 12hr30

medium excursionmeal included with tour

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