"Syria through the eyes of an American" Top 5 Page for this destination Syria by midnight_mike

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General overview

Traveling in Syria is as hassle-free as possible. There are no “danger zones” in the major cities and crimes occur at an extremely low rate. If there is a problem, police officers are posted at just about every major intersection. The only places that should be avoided are the border areas near Iraq and Israel.

Prior travel to Israel not allowed

Prior travel to Israel is strictly forbidden and border officials will inspect every stamp in a traveler’s passport to confirm this. (Anyone with an Israeli stamp will have to get a new passport before applying for a Syrian visa.) Relations between Syria and Israel have been tense since the Jewish state was formed in 1948. The fact that Israel has occupied Syria’s portion of the Golan Heights since 1967’s Six Day War only deepens the animosity.

If you go, spend at least eight days

To fully appreciate Syria’s rich history, eight to 10 days are recommended. Here are some of the most popular destinations:
• Palmyra: the ruins of this 2,000-year-old desert city are a testament to what was once a highly advanced civilization
• Damascus: the streets of Syria’s capital only hint at its history
• Aleppo: the capital of Islamic culture is a shopper’s paradise
• Krak Des Chevaliers: a leftover from the Crusades, this is one of the finest castles in the world

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of history, few tourists, low prices
  • Cons:Language barrier, flights into Syria are expensive
  • In a nutshell:Don't judge Syria by its reputation
  • Last visit to Syria: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Your page helps a lot, thank you

  • Dec 27, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    hello! where can i catch a bus from ankara to aleppo in syria where do i take the bus and do they run frequently ? or do you think it is easier to go from istanbul directly to aleppo?

  • Doctor38's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2008 at 4:06 AM

    Excellent page.One correction for your first tip in local customs, Christians are NOT the majority of the population in Latakia.

  • Fudge's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2007 at 11:32 PM

    lovely pics and tips. I just returned from Syria and have many pics to sieve thru. What a fantastic trip though :) Loved Palmyra, Bosra, Maloula, Homs, Bludan :)

  • Bavavia's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2007 at 8:56 AM

    Great perspective on Syria and hi light on top spots to visit and recommendations...

  • tzuki's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Fantastic photography of Syria landscapes. :-) thanks

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2006 at 12:11 AM

    Always good to see stuff about Syria - fantastic country. Some excellent photos . leyle

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2006 at 10:35 PM

    Hello Mike. Great start to your Syria pages! I enjoyed reading your tips :-) Prior travel to Israel is banned here too, the embassies are just as useless, and the lonely planet guide is only good for one thing: camp fire! LOL! / Jess :-)

  • siaki68's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2006 at 12:09 PM

    Great photos! Can't wait to visit Syria again....

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2006 at 7:13 PM

    can't wait to go here. i'm all set to go in late july (hottest time yeah i know!). glad to see more americans traveling in non traditional fashion!


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