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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 02, 2015
Info on Syria  (28 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 17, 2014
If only to visit Damascus?  (7 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 02, 2014
Is it safe for me?  (9 Answers)

I will be going to Syria in about 14 months, is it safe? For an American Muslim?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 10, 2014
Syrians can travel?  (3 Answers)

Are syrians allowed in the airport? if so, do they have the full rights to travel to other countries?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 29, 2013
get Visa to travel to Greece  (2 Answers)

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 ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 17, 2012
Syrian travel.  (7 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 10, 2011
Jordan to Syria borders  (9 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2011
Borders  (5 Answers)

Do anyone knows about border regimes at that times. Is it possible to enter Syria from Turkey (Kilis-Azaz).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 30, 2011
Cruise  (4 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 30, 2011
Planning a trip to Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon  (4 Answers)

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 20, 2011
Palmyra or Aleppo  (9 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 18, 2011
Transportation to Damascus from Istanbul  (2 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 04, 2011
Recomended drivers / guides  (1 Answer)

Hi all
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

thanks heaps
Don :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 28, 2011
Current safety in a tour group to Syria?  (4 Answers)

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!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 23, 2011
Tipping in Hammams  (1 Answer)

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!)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 01, 2011
Lebanon Syria Jordan  (4 Answers)

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..?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 25, 2011
Share cost of car and driver  (3 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 20, 2011
Weather on Mediterranean Coast in December?  (1 Answer)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 20, 2011
Music in Syria  (2 Answers)

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)?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 15, 2011
Visa at the border???  (15 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 14, 2011
Travel from Petra to Karak and on to Maraba in one day.  (1 Answer)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 11, 2011
Bosra  (4 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 09, 2011
Aleppo-Hama-Apamea-Damascus transportation options  (1 Answer)

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 11, 2010
Damascus airport to Harasta bus station at midnight  (4 Answers)

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!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 05, 2010
GPSr in Syria  (4 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 26, 2010
Visiting Syria  (5 Answers)

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!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 22, 2010
Visit to Syria  (5 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 27, 2010
Damascus to Palmyra  (2 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 20, 2010
Australian wanting a visa  (8 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 14, 2010
Going to Baalbek from Homs  (1 Answer)

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,

Sauro Zei

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