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Syria: The Fertile Crescent

March 11-25, 1996

When asked by Lord Feisal how T.E. Lawrence liked their encampment in Wadi Safra, Lawrence replied, "Well; but it is far from Damascus." We, too, are far from Damascus but it is our pleasure to offer you the opportunity to experience not only Damascus but also Aleppo, Palmyra, Ebla and Mari, to name just a few of the places you will see with the Oriental Institute's Syria: The Fertile Crescent. Planned for the traveler who seeks a taste of adventure and not just the typical tourist sites, this journey will provide you with the chance to see ongoing Oriental Institute projects in Syria along with other sites of significant impact to the understanding of the history of the area. You will see such marvels as the Krak des Chevaliers, a crusader castle high atop a mountain and overlooking the strategically important Homs Pass; the incredible extant ruins of Queen Zenobia's Palmyra; the tranquil Mediterranean beauty of Ugarit; and, of course, the unsurpassed bazaars of Aleppo and Damascus. Enjoy sunset on the Euphrates River, dream of civilizations and people long past, of camel caravans and the shadow of T.E. Lawrence's bedouin army.

Our guide for this journey to adventure is archaeologist Tony Wilkinson, Research Associate (Assoc. Prof.) of the Oriental Institute, whose years of excavation in Syria will give you insight unavailable elsewhere.

Space on this trip is limited, so I urge you to act quickly to reserve your place. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Revised: March 3, 2009

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