PLAN OF TOUR.
4th Day. Damascus (2nd day, walk). Stroll through the bazaars
and the S. suburb El-Meiddn (p. 324); thence to the E. and N. round
the town. Visit one or other of the cafe's on the Barada. Visit the
Tekkiyeh (p. 334).
5th Day. Damascus (3rd day, walk). Visit some private re¬
sidences (p. 319), stroll through the Christian quarter (p. 327) and
orchards in the suburbs. In the evening, drive to Dummar (p. 306).
6th Day. In the morning, by diligence to Shtdra, thence by car¬
riage to Ba'albek (p. 335). Arrival 4 p. m. Visit the Acropolis (p. 342).
7th Day. Ba'albek: visit the Acropolis. 4 p.m. return by car¬
riage to Shtdra, and thence by the night mail to Beirut. Secure
seats in advance.
8th Day. Arrival in Beirut 8 a.m. Walks in Beirut or drive to
the Dog River (p. 290).
This arrangement leaves no time for Beirut and the neighbour¬
hood. Travellers who do not intend to take the tour II b. mentioned
below are recommended to take 14 days to this trip and to stay
longer in Damascus. It is also worth while to spend a few days in
Beirut and its environs, especially in the autumn.
b. From Ba'albek by the Cedars and Tripoli to Beirut (on
horseback only), 14 days.
Start from Damascus with dragoman, and with tent if accompanied
by ladies. Travellers who intend to join the French steamer at Tripoli
(p. 352) must take Beirut at the beginning of their tour and at the same
time take their steamer tickets, so as to be sure of their cabin at Tripoli.
Heavy luggage may be banded over to the agent, not without taking a
receipt. Travellers who are going to return to Beirut had better leave
their luggage in charge of the hotelkeeper.
1st and 2nd Days. As above in tour II a.
3rd Day. Damascus (1st day) as in tour Ha. Instead of driving
to Es-Sdlahiyeh visit the Tekkiyeh (p. 334).
4th Day. Damascus (2nd day) see route II a.
5th Day. Damascus (3rd day). Ride to Es-Sdlahiyeh and over
the Jebel Kasiun to Dummar (pp. 333, 334).
6th Day. Damascus (4th day) see route Ha, 5th day.
7th Day. From Damascus by El-Fijeh to (ffih hrs.) Ez-Zebeddni
8th Day. From Ez-Zebeddni to (6l/2 hrs.) Ba'albek (p. 340);
start early, in order to visit the Acropolis the same afternoon.
9th. Day. Ba'albek. In the morning, visit the Acropolis. After¬
noon: Der el-Ahmar (p. 348) 3 hrs.
From Ba'albek to Beirut by Shtora see above, R. II a.
10th Day. From Der el-Ahmar to the (6 hrs.) Cedars of Leba¬
non (p. 349) and to (3 hrs.) Ehden (p. 351).
11th Day. From Ehden to (572 hrs.) Tripoli (p. 352; point of
embarkation for the French steamers to Smyrna).
12th Day. From Tripoli to (9Vi hrs.) Jebeil (p. 356).
13th Day. From Jebeil to Beirut (8 hrs.) by the Dog River (Nahr
el-Kelb, p. 358).