36 days in Tehran & Syria Itinerary

36 days in Tehran & Syria Itinerary

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1
Tehran, Iran
— 19 nights
2
Damascus, Syria
— 6 nights
3
As Suwayda, Syria
— 1 night
4
Saydnaya, Syria
— 1 night
5
Tartus, Syria
— 1 night
6
Aleppo, Syria
— 3 nights
7
Hamah, Syria
— 2 nights
8
Palmyra, Syria
— 2 nights

19
nights
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tehran: Qazvin (Aminiha Hosseiniyeh & Caravanserai of Sa'd al-Saltaneh), Karaj ('O Park & Iran Zamin Park) and Qom (Fatima Masumeh Shrine & Walking tours). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Azadi Tower, see the interesting displays at Sadabaad Palace, and wander the streets of Darband.

Before you visit Tehran, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from Iran, the closest major aiports are Mehrabad International Airport and Imam Khomeini International Airport. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Qazvin, Karaj, Qom, Damavand Mountain
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Azadi Tower ©
Azadi Tower

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Damascus Umayyad Mosque. Get out of town with these interesting Damascus side-trips: Maaloula (Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi, Ma'alula Village (Maaloula), &more). There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, admire the striking features of The Arc Gate, appreciate the history behind Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, and expand your understanding of the military at The Citadel.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Damascus online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Damascus takes 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Tehran to Damascus due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tehran in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Damascus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to As Suwayda.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Maaloula
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

1
night
As Suwayda, Syria

As Suwayda ©
As-Suwayda, also spelled Sweida or Swaida, is a mainly Druze city located in southwestern Syria, close to the border with Jordan.It is the capital of As-Suwayda Governorate, one of Syria's 14 governorates, bordering Jordan in the South and Daraa Governorate in the West and Rif Dimashq Governorate in the north and east. On the 21st (Sun), explore the ancient world of Helios Temple, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sun God, thencontemplate the long history of Shahba City, and finally browse the exhibits of As Suwayda Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our As Suwayda trip maker tool.

You can drive from Damascus to As Suwayda in 1.5 hours. June in As Suwayda sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Saydnaya.

Things to do in As Suwayda

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Helios Temple
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Shahba City ©
Shahba City
As Suwayda Museum ©
As Suwayda Museum
Helios Temple ©
Helios Temple

1
night
Saydnaya, Syria

Saydnaya ©
Saidnaya is a city located in the mountains, 1500 metres above sea level, 27km north of the city of Damascus in Syria. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Lady of Saidnaya.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saydnaya sightseeing planner.

You can drive from As Suwayda to Saydnaya in 2 hours. June in Saydnaya sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tartus.

Things to do in Saydnaya

Historic Sites
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Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery ©
Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery

1
night
Tartus, Syria

Tartus ©
A popular summer getaway for domestic tourists, Tartus boasts a number of historical sites and a pleasant Mediterranean Coast harbor.
On the 23rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa, thensteep yourself in history at The Templar Fortress of Tartous, and finally head off the coast to Arwad Island.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tartus trip planner.

You can drive from Saydnaya to Tartus in 3 hours. When traveling from Saydnaya in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Tartus, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Aleppo.

Things to do in Tartus

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel
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Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel ©
Saladin (Selahedin) Citadel
Arwad Island ©
Arwad Island
Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque, delve into the distant past at Dead City of Serjilla, browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al, and make a trip to Aleppo Town Centre.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Aleppo trip builder app.

Getting from Tartus to Aleppo by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Tartus, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Aleppo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hamah.

Things to do in Aleppo

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll around Norias Park, thenvisit Norias (Water Wheels), thensteep yourself in history at Azem Palace of Hamah, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Jamea Alkabir Mosque. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Hamah Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Um al-Zennar Church, thenexplore the historical opulence of Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamah trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Aleppo to Hamah takes 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Aleppo in June since evenings lows in Hamah dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palmyra.

Things to do in Hamah

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Homs
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Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers) ©
Qala'at al-Hosn (Krac des Chevaliers)
Norias Park ©
Norias Park
Norias (Water Wheels) ©
Norias (Water Wheels)

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nights
Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra ©
Dating back to the Neolithic period, Palmyra once stood as a center of wealth and culture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan, steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Palmyra, thenget engrossed in the history at Palmyra Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Site of Palmyra, and finally contemplate the long history of The Tetrapylon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Palmyra trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hamah to Palmyra in 3 hours. Traveling from Hamah in June, you will find days in Palmyra are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). On the 30th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Palmyra

Historic Sites Museums
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Site of Palmyra ©
Site of Palmyra
The Tetrapylon ©
The Tetrapylon
Roman Theatre of Palmyra ©
Roman Theatre of Palmyra

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