As I said in another comment: One of the best ways to tour the ruins of Palmyra and the desert is by camel. Riding on these great animals, which are large and have such a good character, it helps you get an idea of the grandeur of the ruins, at the same time you really have a good time! The tours usually last at least an hour and a half each way, with the possibility of spending one night in the desert and returning the next day. An amazing experience if you get the chance to do it alone, but not with a group of thirty people (not recommended). To hire a camel tour, dinner and overnight in the desert just ask the locals: Everyone knows everyone and they will send you on one of the happy trips.