Ugarit & Saladin’s Castle

A short drive away from Latakia the ancient city of Ugarit dates back to 6,000 years BC.

An ancient cosmopolitan city perhaps because it was both a port and the entrance of the inland trade route to the Euphrates and Tigris lands, Ugarit sent tribute to Egypt and maintained trade and diplomatic relations with Cyprus, reaching its zenith between 1450 and 1200 BC.

The first written alphabet in the world was invented here and was adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans and is still being used today by a large number of the people around the world.

The ruined site, although mostly down to its foundations contains a royal palace laid out around enclosed courtyards, private dwellings, temples and libraries.

Visit Ugarit and continue to Saladin's Castle. Recognized as a masterpiece of military architecture was considered impregnable and was defended by the Knights Hospitaller.

A powerful citadel controlling one of the passages between the Orontes valley and the sea and at the same time an advance defense port for the city of Antioch.

Dedicated to Saladin, it played its part in Syria's history under three different and competing authorities, Byzantine, Frankish and Arab.


Special Notes:
Comfort stops available at sites.

Comfortable clothing, walking shoes and hat recommended.

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

A considerable amount of walking is involved on uneven cobblestones and ruined passages at all sites.

Long flight of stairs to reach the entrance to the castle.

Participants change into small buses at the base of the mountain to reach the citadel due to the narrowness and winding road.


Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:
00hr00 -> Depart from Latakia Port

00hr00 -> 00hr30 Drive to Ugarit
00hr30 -> 01hr30 Visit Ugarit
01hr30 -> 02hr15 Drive to Salah El Din’s Castle
02hr15 -> 04hr15 Visit Castle
04hr15 -> 05hr00 Drive to Latakia



Tour Details

Tour Name:
Ugarit & Saladin’s Castle

Sightseeing Shore Tours
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:

Approximately 5hr00

medium excursion

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