Prepare to be enchanted. Wild, sun-scorched deserts meet fragrant fruit orchards, and unspoilt Mediterranean beaches are backed by cool, forested hillsides. Lose yourself in the maze-likesouksof Aleppo, discover ancient ruins or take in the serenity of the Great Umayyad Mosque. Syria is a land of magic and poetry. Diana Darke leads you authoritatively through Syria's history and culture, as well as providing all the practical essentials for a visit to this astonishing country--from restaurants and hotels to health and safety. *Crusader castles and classical ruins--including Palmyra *The timeless capital, Damascus *Waterwheels, palaces, and richly colored mosaics *The haunting Cities of the Dead *Detailed itineraries--where to go and what to see *Essential ArabicDarke, Diana is the author of 'Syria ', published 2006 under ISBN 9781841621623 and ISBN 1841621625.