Art House Damascus

Mazzeh behind the Children's Hospital, Damascus, Syria

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Forum Posts

flight to Damascus-best way?

by shunter1

I have an unexpected "window" coming up and I was looking into London to Damascus flights. They seemed to be quite expensive.
Is there an alternative way to get there that would perhaps be overland and therefore enhancing the experience?
I will be travelling by myself.

Re: flight to Damascus-best way?

by stevemt

Have you looked at

their flights seem to start from 150 pounds odd1 way.


Re: flight to Damascus-best way?

by ElDesierto

Yes, there is. You can purchase a relatively inexpensive EasyJet flight from London (Luton or Gatwick, with Luton being cheaper) to Istanbul. Travel overland through Turkey (if you have the time to do so) to either Antakya or Gaziantep, or fly from Istanbul to either of those two cities. There are buses from Antakya to Aleppo (Haleb) and there should also be buses from Gaziantep to Aleppo (Haleb). Aleppo (Haleb) is in northern Syria and is definitely worth exploring.

If you have the time to travel overland through Turkey, do so as Turkey is an outstanding country to travel in. As an aside, don't forget to determine the best method for you to satisfy Syrian entry visa requirements prior to your arrival at the Syrian port-of-entry.

Good luck,

Re: flight to Damascus-best way?

by shunter1

Thank you to both of you.
I will investigate both depending on how much time I will have.

Re: flight to Damascus-best way?

by stevemt

Just remember to get your visa before you go

Re: flight to Damascus-best way?

by shunter1

oh yes. Thank you.
Is it straightforward to obtain do you know...not wees or anything like that I hope.

Re: flight to Damascus-best way?

by stevemt

With Syria, nothing is straightfoward

Re: flight to Damascus-best way?

by leics

If I remember correctly, it took my son some weeks to obtain his Syrian visa earlier this year. I don't think they are available on arrival (I may be wrong about this). He flew BMI (the flight arrives late at night, I think?). will give you carriers and (usually) cheapest fares for your dates.

Re: flight to Damascus-best way?

by mkinanc

xyz - > Istanbul (by plane)
Istanbul - > Damascus (SAM) (normal rate $500$ / special offer $200 [round trip])

xyz - > Istanbul (by plane)
Istanbul - > Antakia(TR) with bus ( 15 hours / $45 /one way)
Antakia -> Damascus by bus (max6 hours) $10 / one way

Have a nice trip

Travel Tips for Damascus

My Shoes Get Polished !

by coceng

I was walking somewhere neat The Citadel when this man (on the photo) called me & asked me whether I wanted my shoues to be polished !
I thought that was so funny because the shoues that was wearing was meant for the bin anyway but I thought let's see how he could polish them...
He's doing okay. They didn't look as new anyway but I felt good with a shiny shoes !


by themagiclake

Clean your feet, wash your sins...get ready to met God, get ready to pray Him...
How to describe that feelings i felt?You understand me, always. No more secret between us, no more lies...the dirty is clean, now.

Al MArsa, 7/7 internet cafe

by call_me_rhia

Al-Merjeh square is the place to go to find internet cafös.. there's plenty of them! However I feel like recommending this one for two reasons: first of all it has a decent speed (thanks ADSL) and secondly because it's open on Friday as well, while most others are closed. The owner speaks good English, which is quite a plus. It's on the first floor of the Al Murabit building

The Fallen

by TheWanderingCamel

Syria saw fierce fighting in both World Wars.
Those of you interested in this aspect of the country's history might like to find their way to the Commonwealth War Cemetery to wander among the graves of the dead of both these wars. As well as the immaculately kept graves of soldiers from Britain, Australia, NZ, Canada, India and other Commonwealth countries, you will find the memorial to the men of the Indian Army who are buried in unmarked graves. There are also a few Polish graves and even a woman who served there with the Church Army. It is a beautiful, tranquil place, well worth seeking out.

The staff at the Cemetery finish work each day at 2.00 pm and the gates are locked from that time. Arrangements are in hand for a spare set of keys to be kept nearby and a sign erected on the gates informing visitors of the locality.

The cemetery is approximately 5 kilometres south-west of the city centre in an area known as Sabara (Arabic for prickly pear). The cemetery is amongst an area of prickly pear plants, which is located behind apartment blocks and therefore is not easily viewed from any main roads. However, visitors can best reach the cemetery by private car or taxi. From Al Umawiyeen Square go along Fayez Mansour Motorway to just past the Ar Razi Hospital. Then turn left until you find Al Farabi St. (which runs parallel with Fayez Mansour Motorway) and turn right into it. You will then go past the British Ambassador's Residence (which is easily recognised by the soldiers outside), go past Casablanca Flowers, past Tello Chocolates & Gifts (all on the left side). Just past No.95 is a small street named Mahmoud Antar (3) Alley. Turn left into this and then right into Abdul Karim Razzooq St and the cemetery is about 150 - 200 metres along here. All the streets are signposted.


Haret al-Yehud: Damascus' Jewish quarter

by TheWanderingCamel

Once thousands of Jews lived in Damascus, it's estimated that today there are fewer than 100. Two synagogues survive to service this tiny community. While they are not permitted to serve in the army, life became easier under the Assad regime for those who stayed after the mass immigration of the early 70s.
Little remains as evidence of the old Jewish quarter in the city where the handful of remaining families still live. This is located in the north-eastern corner, near Bab Touma. Beit Dadah, once the home of a wealthy Jewish family, can be visited and gives an idea of how well the family must have lived with its large rooms and splendid iwan.


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