Al Fares Hotel

29th May St, Assufara Cinema, Damascus, Syria
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Damascus to Baalbek

by renaissancemensch

I would like to make a daytrip to Baalbek from Damascus, but there is a scarcity of information on the practicalities of this. What are my possibilities? The cheapest options are preferable to me. Is there a bus from Damascus to Baalbek? Where in Damascus can I catch a Service or Microbus to Baalbek? What about the return journey? I would appreciate any help with my trip!

Re: Damascus to Baalbek

by Mel_H

Hi,

There isn`t a direct route or bus from Damascus to Baalbek , for a direct route your only option is a private taxi , 5 hrs + drive cost about 300 US dollars.

For shared taxis you `ll have to choose either segments
Damascus to Zahle leb. then a shared or private taxi from zahle to baalbek
Damascus to chtoura (leb. ) then a shared taxi from chtoura to baalbek,
note that you`ll have to wait for the taxi to fill in with passengers in Damascus and once in lebanon in either zahle or chtoura you are not gauranteed shared transportation so might be taking your own taxi againn for that segment.
Check in Damascus for the stations for shared taxis to lebanon , there is Somariyah station outside Damascus , pullman garage , harasta & baramkeh as well.
OR shared cab from Damascus to Beirut then the microbus to baalbek , microbus from beirut to baalbek segment might cost 4000 + leb. lira.

Whichever way you work it out it`s better to go on a privately rganized tour day trip unless you are staying in Beirut.
Also note that shared taxis will not wait for you if you don`t have a visa to lebanon at the border and a multiple entery visa back into syria as it could take hours to obtain one.
Have a nice trip.

Re: Damascus to Baalbek

by renaissancemensch

Thanks foryour help! I guess I'll do Baalbek another time.

Travel Tips for Damascus

Damascus

by albateh

Damascus owns everything to the river Barada. Descending like a torrent from the Anti-Lebanon Range, this narrow but abundant river, joined by a hundred smaller streams, cascades down the gorges of Ain al Fijeh. Then it meanders for a while beside the Beirut road, giving pleasure to the patrons of restaurants and cafés along its lush green banks, before losing itself in myriad branches and ditches. These fertilizing waters have produced the Ghouta, a vast expanse of gardens fields and orchards, the oasis from which Damascus gets much of its food.

Sabahouki Sukkar...

by themagiclake

Sweet as a sweetie, but not less than your heart
Sweet as a candy, but not less than your kisses
I want to share this sweetness with you every day
and every day to tell you...Sabahouki Sukkar, Habibi...

Damascus

by albateh

By channeling the Barada it has been possible to create gardens right to the very heart of the lower town. To the north-west however the city has flung itself far up the rocky slopes of the Jabal Qassiun, whose summit (1,115 m) is topped by a television mast.
These higher parts of the city are populous and poor, with the exception of the district known as Al Mouhajarine (bounded to the south by the rue Beirouny, and the rue Nazem Basha), where great modern blocks face out over the vast urban panorama extending away to meet the green Ghouta. Saahat Khorshid, a small square where several bus lines have their terminus, offers a similar view; there is a café there with several terraces from which to enjoy it. A new road has now been built up the mountain from the other side, emerging near the summit to command another fine view over the city.

Early Christianity in the Middle East

by plexus77

In the bible the Apostle Paul was send to the house of Ananias in Damascus to await recovering of his sight. The bible says to "go to the street called Straight Street to the House of Ananias.
Well, the street isn't exactly straight, maybe it leads straight TO somewhere, I don't know.
Nevertheless, the house the Apostle Paul visited and stayed in, is indeed there in Damascus. Bab Sharqi (East Gate Street), is the modern name for this famous street.
The first thing you will notice, is the level of the streets in Damascus have raised alot in the last 2,000 years. The rooms in the house of Ananias which were on the ground floor in Pauls time are now in the basement!!

Boys' toys

by TheWanderingCamel

Sitting somewhat incongruously between the treasures of the National Museum and the grace of the Tekkiye Mosque, the garden surrounding the Army Museum is full of planes and tanks. As most them are Russian , there is a curiosity value in them and any would-be modern warrior would probably find them worth a look at least.

The museum itself contains an interesting and quite comprehensive collection of a military nature, from Iron Age arrowheads to a Sputnik. Islamic weapons and armour are well represented and there are good scale models of Krak, and the citadels of Damascus and Aleppo.

For anyone accompanying a military buff who might be less than enthralled with these displays, the building itself has very fine tiles and banded stonework which are worth your consideration. Otherwise you could get in a little extra shopping time in the Handicraft souq which leads off from the far corner of the garden.

The museum is open from 0800 -1400. Closed Tuesdays.

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