PLAN OF TOUR.
across the country to Beirut and Damascus; but it is advisable not to
place confidence in the dragoman too lightly. As to prices, see p. xxvii.
9th Day. From Jerusalem by Bethany (El-'Azariyeh, p. 162) to
(5l/2 hrs.) Jericho (Eriha, p. 164); in the evening walk to the Jebel
Karantel (p. 166) and to the Sultan's Well (Ain es-Sultdn, p. 165).
10th Day (fatiguing: start early on account of the heat in the
valley of the Jordan). From Jericho to the (172-272 hrs.) Ford of
the Jordan (p. 167), thence to the (1 hr.) Dead Sea (Bahr Lut,
p. 170) and then ascend to (5 hrs.) Mar Saba (p. 173).
11th Day. From Mar Saba to Jerusalem (372 hrs.). By previous
arrangement with the dragoman, the day may be filled up by riding
from Mar Saba to Bethlehem (3 hrs.) and back by the Pools of Solo¬
mon to Jerusalem (comp. 5th day).
These eleven days contain all the objects of interest in and around
Jerusalem which it is 'the correct thing' to see.
The 12th and 13th days may be devoted to paying a second visit
to spots of special interest or to making purchases (p. 20). Other
objects deserving a visit in Jerusalem are: the Church of St. Anne
(Es-Saldhiyeh, PI. G, 2, p. 77), the model of the Church of the
Sepulchre (p. 62), the Lepers' Hospital (p. 104, not agreeable to
every one), the Tombs in the Valley of Hinnom (p. 101), the Mt.
of Evil Counsel (Jebel Abu Tor, p. 101), and a walk round the
town walls. Short excursions may be made to 'Ain Fdra, 72 uaY
(p. 118); Philip's Well and Bittir, 72 day (pp. 115, 13); Frank
Mountain and the Cave of Adullam, 1 day (pp. 133, 134). Ramleh
(p. 11) also deserves a visit.
14th Day. From Jerusalem to Ydfa by rail. If by carriage, the
journey should be made on the evening before the departure of the
II. Beirut — Damascus — Ba'albek — Beirut.
a. Direct (by carriage), 8 days at least.
1st Day. Beirdt. Leave card at the Consul's and request a pass¬
port (tezkereh, p. xxx). Note the times when the steamers leave.
Secure seats in the French diligence (PI. F, 3), which leaves early
in the morning for Damascus (special carriage for 5 persons see
p. 304). Spend the rest of the day in walks about Beirut (Pineta.
Ras Beirut, pp. 288, 289).
2nd Day. From Beirut to Damascus (p. 303). Arrival 6 p.m.;
the hotels are in the neighbourhood of the stopping-place of the
diligence. Secure a guide for the next day.
3rd Day. Damascus (1st day, walk). Leave card at the Consul's
and request escort of a Kawass for the GreatMosque (Jdmi 'el-Umawi,
p.328j. After visiting the mosque, stroll through the rich bazaars
(p. 314) with their khans: the scene in the streets is most in¬
teresting. The bazaars cannot be visited too often. In the evening
drive to Es-Sdlahiyeh and Jebel Kasiun (p. 333).