hi all, what is the best route to fly into Damascus? Also can you get a visa at Damascus airport as most countries have no longer Syrian embassies due the situation there. Any information on anything would be great.
Would it be unwise to visit even just Damascus at the moment?
I plan to go Jordan in Feb 2015, and would like to check if I can have a short visit to Damascus.
I will be going to Syria in about 14 months, is it safe? For an American Muslim?
Are syrians allowed in the airport? if so, do they have the full rights to travel to other countries?
hi I'm Syrian and I'm in Syria now . A Greece company send me an email told me that I have an interview with its manger , I don't have Visa to be allowed to travel to Greece , how that company can help me to get that visa ? what should I ask it for ?
I am planning a two week trip to Syria in early June. Looking for reliable guides. If anyone has any contacts they would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.
Was planning for an overland trip with our own cars from Cairo to Istanbul passing by jordan and syria via the old classical overland route, i had noticed that the borders were closed due to the situation in Syria. Anybody have any information about if it is opened or when will it be opened again.
Appreciate your help.
Do anyone knows about border regimes at that times. Is it possible to enter Syria from Turkey (Kilis-Azaz).
Now the cruise itinerary has changed and not to go to Syria due to the situation there. They move to some places in Turkey. Please advise any visit on my own doable at Mersin and Iskenderun in Turkey.
I'm planning a trip for late May to Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. I just wanted to get some advice on a few things.
1. What should I bring?
2. What are some must-see/must-do things?
3. How receptive are the locals to travelers?
4. Any advice?
The cruise will arrive in Tartous and stay 2 days. We have choice for shore excursion on the same day for Palmyra and Aleppo. Each for a full day tour. I do not know what to choose between Palmyra and Aleppo. I prefer Palmyra from the tour programme read. Do I make a good choice ?
Another day is Damascas on a full day tour.
Does anyone know how I can get information about buses/trains from Istanbul to Damascus, Syria? Which bus/train companies? When do the buses/trains leave from Istanbul? How much is the fare? How long is the journey? Many thanks ahead.
we are now down to the final planning and contacts for our trip to Jordan and Syria. about 15 March for 3 weeks
Have any VTers had contact with good drivers guides or an axceptional company hiring out or touring?
I see some of the posts in getting around and am trying to follow up on them
It would be great to get a heads up before we jump on the planes
Now I know members don't tout but if a member has been doing lots of posts and good stuff in the forum I'd be very welcoming of an email off the forum or a recommend from others here
Hi there. I am a South African woman and I signed up to a study tour of Syria and Jordan a while ago. There are 28 of us in the group and we leave on the 28th of March. We will be based in Damascus for about a week of tour, and will have a local guide with us all the time. I see that there have been some protests and various embassies have ominous warnings about terrorists targeting tourist sites. I would appreciate some advice about whether I should still go on the trip, especially from people who live there or have travelled recently. Thanks!
How much should one tip in a hammam? What is the process for tipping? When you're actually in the hammam, your money is elsewhere with all your clothes. Also, do staff expect different tips from locals, vs. tourists?
(In Istanbul, I didn't understand/plan for tipping at a nice hammam, so I was too embarrassed to go back there later!)
I am planning to drive(bus or taxi) from Lebanon to Syria and then Jordan late Feb.
I want to be in each country for a couple of days. I know it is way too short of a trip. But if I was to cover the basic most important sites what would they be?
Also is it safe to cross borders considering the recent Mideast concerns? (hezbollah in lebanon and protests in Jordan and possibly in Syria etc..?
Wanting to share the cost of a car and driver to tour the Euphrates in mid to late March for 2-3 days. Anyone interested in splitting the cost?
I'm working on a project and I'm making a model of Tartous and wondering what the weather is like during the winter months? I've read about it in a few places, and most of them said that it was typically heavy rain storms and whatnot. But I was hoping to get some more specific details, like the time the sun rises and goes down, temperatures, wind, fog, etc, and hoping to possibly get some pictures or something.
I would like to listen to live music while I'm in Syria. I like the oud, and am also interested in Christian liturgical music. Here are a few questions:
Are live oud concerts common in Damascus and Aleppo? What kinds of settings are usual for this kind of music?
Which Christian liturgies (Greek Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, Armenian, etc.) use choirs, and which churches in Damascus and Aleppo have the best music (i.e. good choirs and mellifluous priests)?
There seems to be a lot of confusion and conflicting information on the web surrounding the issue of Visas on arrival at the Syrian border. I have read that it is officially permitted to obtain a Syrian Visa at the border if your country of residence does not have a Syrian Embassy. There is no embassy in Ireland and so I presumed that I could get one easily at the border - Is this the case? Has anyone first hand experience of obtaining a visa at the border? I know the official line but would like to hear from anyone who has actually obtained the Visa and how much it cost and how long it took to get? Thanks in advance.
I can get a mini bus out of Petra at mid day to Karack. Does anyone know of anything earlier?
Guide books give vague suggestions from Karack to Maraba.
Wanting to spend 2-3 hrs at Karack castle and then get to Maraba in late afternoon/early evening.
Has anyone got any bus/minbus times that will help me out?
Travelliyang to Bosra from Jordan then up to Damascuc in one day.
Where can I store my backpack so that I don't have to carry it around on the sites? Is there a left luggage facility at the the bus station?
I am planning on visiting the destinations listed in the Post title. Would Hama and Apamea be a day trip out of Aleppo? What kind of transport would be available? Could it be done on local buses/shared minibuses out of Aleppo?
Or, would it be possible to start in Aleppo, visit the intermediate locations, and end up in Damascus (perhaps spending the night in Hama)?
What kinds of travel times are involved?
Last minute I know but I only got my visa today and a ticket. I'll be arriving at midnight in Damascus airport. Calculating the time, I may get out of the terminal at 1:00am.
Will there be a bus that could take me to the city center or direct to the Harasta bus station on my way to Aleppo? Are there city buses running during that time?? If there is and I'll be able to get to Harasta terminal, will there be a Damascus-Aleppo bus that runs after midnight, say 2:00am?
I've seen that the train is out as an option as the last train runs at midnight.
Appreciate anyone's advise...urgent please. Thanks a lot!
Can someone give me a fresh and accurate update about the situation of GPSr's in Syria? I keep reading it's illegal to use a GPSr in Syria but at the same time I read reports of travelers who enter the country with GPSr and use them thoroughly during their trip. Any juicy data about this issue?
Hi Again! Just in the initial stages of planning our 10 day trip. We wondered if it would be ideal to stay in Damascas for 3 days, Homs for 3 days and Aleppo for 3 days (Back to Damascas for the flight home)would these 3 places give us a good base to see the main sights in Syria. Would there be good transport links from these cities to the sights around the surrounding areas?? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
My husband and I are thinking of visiting Syria. We are wondering if it is a good destination for a holiday. We like history and sightseeing so thought Syria would be good. Not sure if its the kind of country that would be ideal for a first time visit to the Middle East. Is public transport good to get around the country, is it expensive for accommodation and food? Any tips or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks
Is it possible in one day? If the bus takes approx 3 hours each way, what is needed for sightseeing in Palmyra? Is there quicker transport? Perhaps even a full day tour with guide/car? Also weather mid-December? Need to pack for really cold weather, or just a padded jacket? Thanks for info.
I have an Australian passport and am currently in the UK. I want to visit Syria next month and so far it does not seem possible for me to obtain a visa while here in the UK..
Can anyone offer any suggestions or advice please
I'm planning a trip in Syria and I'd like to know if I can reach Baalbek, in Libanon, from Homs. Is it possible and reasonable, since they are pretty close? All guides say to reach Baalbek from Damascus, but i'd like to visit the north Bekaa Valley. If yes by which means, and how long does it will take?
Thank you very much,