We will have 8 days, and looking at other peoples posts I feel it would be possible to spend 3 days in Beirut, drive (taxi) to Damascus for 2 days and then taxi to Amman for 3 days.
One twist to the story is that my Wife will be 4.5 months pregnant so we don't want to be rushing around too much.
All we want to do is chill out is some nice hotels, walk around the shops, do a little sight seeing and try the regional foods. In addition I saw a picture of Byblos seafront in a magasine which looked idylic. How far is this from Beirut and is it worth the trip (or even a night)?
When we get to Jordan I don't think we will have time to get to Petra unfortunately however we would love to go to a dead sea resort for a day.
Any comments on the above itinerary would be very gratefully appreciated.