Syria Travel Guide

  • Yalbouga Hammam
    by Robin020
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    Omayyad Mosque at night
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    Alleppo castle
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Damascus

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825,2203,66

Aleppo

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754,1837,23

Latakia

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80,180,5

Hamah

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131,421,4

Palmyra

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237,767,0

`Afrin

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48,68,0

Shahba'

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33,77,0

Busra ash Sham

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51,254,1

Apamea

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Syria/Muhafazat_Hamah/Apamea-1816448/TravelGuide-Apamea.html

54,320,0

Majdal Shams

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9,26,0

Baniyas

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13,39,0

Al Qamishli

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6,4,0

Tartus

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2,37,0

Ar Raqqah

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0,2,0

Qanawat

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37,122,0

Qal`at as Sim`an

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24,95,0

Qal`at al Hisn

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38,159,0

Ma`lula

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50,206,0

Birkat Ram

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1,9,0

Dayr az Zawr

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5,100,0

As Suwayda'

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24,51,0

Saydnaya

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3,7,0

Marmarita

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2,0,0

Dar Ta`izzah

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14,26,0

Az Zabadani

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1,0,0

Ath Thawrah

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0,1,0

Jazirat Arwad

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2,12,0

Al Yahudiyah

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18,41,0

Al Mayadin

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0,2,0

Safita

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0,22,1

Qasrin

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4,7,0

Qal`at al Marqab

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0,3,0

Mas`adah

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1,2,0

Manbij

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Kassab

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8,20,0

Jisr ash Shughur

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Syria/Muhafazat_Idlib/Jisr_ash_Shughur-1814045/TravelGuide-Jisr_ash_Shughur.html

2,2,0

Jablah

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Syria/Muhafazat_al_Ladhiqiyah/Jablah-1814205/TravelGuide-Jablah.html

3,1,0

Bludan

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Syria/Muhafazat_Rif_Dimashq/Bludan-1815294/TravelGuide-Bludan.html

0,8,0

Al Haffah

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0,3,0

Al Basit

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0,1,0

Abu Kamal

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0,1,0

Damascus

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  • Omayyad Mosque

    Damascus Things to Do

    The Omayyad Mosque, which I saw it in 2011 when we started our middle east trip was so beautiful. It was built by Abdulmelik bin Merwan who is the fifth calif of umayyad dynasty. ?t is rumoured that he said "I will built a mosque which was not built in the past and will not be able to built in the future"

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  • Beit Al Mamlouka

    Damascus Hotels

    Rooms & Suites Rooms offer exceptional grace and comfort and all give views over either the hotel’s...

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  • jabri house

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Restaurants

    I've been many times to Beit Jabri, the atmosphere is very nice and you make an encounter of meeting either a famous Syrian actor or actress there by only having a drink or a meal there. There are different sections in the restaurant and it assures your privacy if needed and the availability to accommodate more than all your friends (I already had...

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Aleppo

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  • Citadel

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Dominating the whole of Aleppo, the Citadel is one of the most important historic monuments of the old city and one of the middle east's most impressive medieval fortresses. It was also worthy of being listed, along with the Old City of Aleppo, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The natural hill on which it was built rises from the ground like a...

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  • Sheraton Aleppo Hotel

    Aleppo Hotels

    Try a breakfast in the Sheraton, all you wish to eat and more... And if you love ancient times,...

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  • dragon great wall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Aleppo Restaurants

    In 2008 August my husband,my daughter and myself with the help of 2 local police officers searched for the dragon Great Wall Tes.Sadly we found it butwas a shut down Indian rest. So we finally got Ikebana in Sherato Hotel .The chef is Malaysian.Its a Japanese / Asian rest. Really delicious.The chef is great and very knid and friendly.Definitely NOt...

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Latakia

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  • Mate (mati) drink

    Latakia Local Customs

    Mate in Arabic (mati)is south American drink but very popular drink in Syria,Is drunk with Massasa (strow )and hot water.Those who share the mate join in a kind of bond of total acceptance and friendship.some of the benefits of drinking yerba mate tea.1. Rich in AntioxidantsYerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it's got about 90% more...

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  • Cote D'Azur De Cham

    Latakia Hotels

    It is rated as 5 Starts; I would rate it as 4 Stars. It is clean, on the beach.. The receiptions...

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  • Some Syrian Mezze (starters ) or for...

    Latakia Local Customs

    MAGDOUSIngredientsEggplantsSweet red pepper pasteCrushed walnutsOlive oilSaltSliced garlic (optional)The stuffingMix together the sweet red pepper paste with the crushed walnuts and the garlic.MOUHAMMARAIngredients100 gr. bread crumbs50 gr. sweet red pepper paste10 gr. crushed dried hot red pepper20 gr. cumin40 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup100...

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Hamah

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  • A Pictorial Day Tour to the beautiful ...

    Hamah Things to Do

    These Pictures which paint thousands of words. If you happen to visit Syria, it is a must to have a break to visit even just drink a cup of coffee or taste a Syrian Cuisine in a Restaurant on the Riverside where you can also enjoy the pictorial beauty of the Landscape with all inclusive the the nature of Orontes River, the greeneries of the Valley...

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  • Cairo Hotel

    Hamah Hotels

    Hama's Cairo Hotel is one of the great travellers' hotels of the Middle East. It is nothing much to...

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  • Some Syrian Mezze (starters ) or for...

    Hamah Local Customs

    MAGDOUSIngredientsEggplantsSweet red pepper pasteCrushed walnutsOlive oilSaltSliced garlic (optional)The stuffingMix together the sweet red pepper paste with the crushed walnuts and the garlic.MOUHAMMARAIngredients100 gr. bread crumbs50 gr. sweet red pepper paste10 gr. crushed dried hot red pepper20 gr. cumin40 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup100...

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Palmyra

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  • Palmyra Archaeological Museum

    Palmyra Things to Do

    Modest in size, the Palmyra Archaeological Museum can be toured in a relatively short period. The museum exhibits a large number of artefacts, mosaics and sculptures found in the ancient city of Palmyra. Most notable is a statue of Athena, the Greek goddess equated with the Semitic goddess Allat. The museum also has a miniature reconstruction of...

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  • Temple of Baal-Shamin

    Palmyra Things to Do

    Although built in stages over a whole century, the Temple of Baal-Shamin was not inaugurated until 130 AD by Emperor Hadrian. By then, it was made up of two courtyards and a cella (inner sanctuary). Only the cella has survived largely intact from the entire temple. In the temple's original form, a colonnaded portico surrounded the spacious...

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  • The theatre of Palmyra

    Palmyra Things to Do

    palmyra pleasant evenings : it is worthy of consideration , whereas the long evenings in the desert are very pleasant.the sight there invites us for some set and meditation ….some people sat here, they ate, drank, wore, and lived life like us ....truly ?..

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`Afrin

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  • when is best time to visit Syrian...

    `Afrin Tourist Traps

    When is the best time to visit Syria?- The best time to visit Syria is spring or autumn, as the temperature is in the mild mid 20s. Winter is too cold and Summer is probably too hot for all but the most hardy traveler, add to that frequent electricity and water shortages during the hot summer months.

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  • Internet and Netcafes

    `Afrin Local Customs

    InternetSyrians has easy and cheap internet access. Internet is very common around the cities at internet cafes. since the Syrian upraising and crisis that started january 2011 most of Facebook and YouTube have been blocked and monitored but there are still some websites unblocked. The cafes are very friendly but in order to avoid being price...

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  • Mate (mati) drink

    `Afrin Local Customs

    Mate in Arabic (mati)is south American drink but very popular drink in Syria,Is drunk with Massasa (strow )and hot water.Those who share the mate join in a kind of bond of total acceptance and friendship.some of the benefits of drinking yerba mate tea.1. Rich in AntioxidantsYerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it's got about 90% more...

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Shahba'

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  • The Palace

    Shahba' Things to Do

    Adjacent to the Kalybé on the north side are the remains of a Roman palace. It might have been the centre of the Roman government of the city or even the rulers residence. The ruins of the palace were incorporated into a residence constructed during the Ottoman period.

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  • The Kalybé

    Shahba' Things to Do

    One of the most prominent remains of Philippopolis, this stage-like structure is believed to be a Kalybé. Such a structure, found in many of the Roman cities of this region, is of Semitic/Nabataean origin and resembles a nymphaeum. In fact, the two types of structures are so similar that the earliest archaeologists mistakenly identified the Kalybé...

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  • Hexastyle Temple

    Shahba' Things to Do

    Three and a half of the six original Corinthian columns of this temple are still standing along the Decumanus Maximus of Philippopolis (Shahba). In the modern era, these columns are now in the front porch of a house (how lucky the owners are!) but they once preceded a Roman temple. Although it was named by archaeologists as the Hexastyle Temple...

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Busra ash Sham

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  • Mosque of Mabrak el-Naqa

    Busra ash Sham Things to Do

    Located north-east end of the historic centre of Bosra, the Mosque of Mabrak el-Naqa was built in 1136 AD and expanded in the 13th century. It has an usual egg-shaped white cupola over a black basalt structure, and a square black basalt minaret. It is believed to have been built on the spot where the Prophet Mohammed camped in a tent on his visit...

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  • Bosra Cham Palace

    Busra ash Sham Hotels

    Bosra only has one hotel option, the Bosra Cham Palace Hotel. It is part of the state-owned 'luxury'...

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  • The Kalybé

    Busra ash Sham Things to Do

    At the north-east corner of the intersection between the decumanus maximus and the cardo rose another 2nd century AD monumental structure, the Kalybé. It faced the Nymphaeum on the opposite side, and consisted of an exedra with niches flanked by two Corinthian columns. Only the two columns and a fragment of the entablature above have survived, but...

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Apamea

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  • Ottoman Mosque

    Apamea Things to Do

    The Ottoman-period mosque was built in the 16th century using stones from the Roman ruins of Apamea. It is located at the foothill of the citadel mound, just above the Khan, and was used by the pilgrims staying at the caravanserai on their way to Mecca.IMPORTANT UPDATE: In March 2012, this mosque was damaged in the shelling by the Syrian...

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  • The Apamea Museum

    Apamea Things to Do

    The Apamea museum is housed in an Ottoman khan (caravanserai) located in the town below Apamea. The khan was built in the 16th century, with stones from the ruins of Apamea, and was used as a resting stop for pilgrims travelling from Turkey to Mecca. On my first visit to Apamea in December 2006, my travel companions and I were pressed for time so...

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  • Qala'at al-Mudiq

    Apamea Things to Do

    The Apamea Citadel, or Qala'at al-Mudiq in Arabic, occupies the top of a hill overlooking al-Ghab valley and the ruins of Apamea. This natural hill rises from the ground like a volcano, much like the one on which Aleppo's citadel was built. In antiquity, this hill was site of the Greek Acropolis of Apamea, but over time, its strategic position was...

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Majdal Shams

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  • Beware of the witch!

    Majdal Shams Restaurants

    At a height of 1115m above sea level, this is one of the highest restaurants in Israel. From here you have a beautiful view. The place itself a beautiful, rustic, cabin offering a selection of quiche, soups, locally made cheese, casseroles, fish, lamb and beef. All served with local herbs. This is the perfect place to end a day of snow on the...

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  • Mount Hermon Ski Resort

    Majdal Shams Things to Do

    This is not a fancy ski resort in European standards, but it's the only one we have in Israel... People come here to ski, or just to play in the snow or enjoy some of the attractions built for the kids.

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  • Shouting Hill

    Majdal Shams Local Customs

    Majdal Shams is right on the border with Syria. The fence separated the Golan Druze from their brothers in Syria. This place is where Druze from both sides come to see each other. As the distance from the other side if minimal here. People come here and shout to their relatives on the other side.

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Baniyas

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  • Baniyas Nature Reserve

    Baniyas Things to Do

    There are two ways to explore the Baniyas nature reserve. You can stay close to the entrance or you can hike from one entrance to the other. The waterfall is not far from the western entrance and the Pan temple is right next to the eastern entrance. So, if you don't want to walk too much or you don't have enough time you can just do these two. But,...

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  • Baniyas - trees, a knarled trunk

    Baniyas Things to Do

    Take your time on your approch to the waterfall and you will be rewarded with many a fantastic sight, here you can see one of the trees with a intricately knarled trunk.You can find out more at the National Park website :http://www.parks.org.il/

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  • Shrine to Pan - Columns

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    There is little that remains of the shire and its buildings, but just by looking at the top of this column, you can see the intricate detail that must have adorned each and every corner of this shrine.

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Al Qamishli

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  • Some Syrian Mezze (starters ) or for...

    Al Qamishli Local Customs

    MAGDOUSIngredientsEggplantsSweet red pepper pasteCrushed walnutsOlive oilSaltSliced garlic (optional)The stuffingMix together the sweet red pepper paste with the crushed walnuts and the garlic.MOUHAMMARAIngredients100 gr. bread crumbs50 gr. sweet red pepper paste10 gr. crushed dried hot red pepper20 gr. cumin40 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup100...

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  • Language

    Al Qamishli Local Customs

    Language when you in Qamishli and surrounding means you are in Kurdish region so every body speaks Kurdish Kirmanji dialect in their daily life and They use Arabic as second language when they go to big cities such as Aleppo.A hint If you want to recognize Kurdish person from an Arab person is easy : Arabs Cant pronounce the letter P They pronounce...

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  • Language

    Al Qamishli Local Customs

    Language when you in Qamishli and surrounding means you are in Kurdish region so every body speaks Kurdish Kirmanji dialect in their daily life and They use Arabic as second language when they go to big cities such as Aleppo.A hint If you want to recognize Kurdish person from an Arab person is easy : Arabs Cant pronounce the letter P They pronounce...

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Tartus

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  • Hosn Temple

    by Robin020 Written Nov 7, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hosn Suleiman (Arabic حصن سليمان), a Syrian village, is found on the slope of the Alnabi Alsaleh mountain at an altitude 950 m 56km from Tartous.

    Hosn Suleiman is called also Khikhi temple (Arabic معبد خيخي) or Sisi house (Arabic بيت سيسي)

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Qanawat

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  • References & Recommended Reading

    Qanawat Favorites

    Below are references and recommended reading:Syria - A Historical and Cultural Guide, by Warwick BallMonuments of Syria - An Historical Guide, by Ross BurnsSyria - A Selection of Reports, by Carol MillerRome in the East, The Transformation of an Empire, by Warwick BallCanatha and Philippopolis, by Hassan HatoumSyrie - Guides Bleus, Hachette

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  • Mount Hermon

    Qanawat Things to Do

    Though difficult to discern in the attached photo due to mist, Mount Hermon is quite visible from Qanawat. The town is situated on the western facing slopes of Jebel al-Arab, the volcanic mountain plateau known as the Hauran, which rises to a height of 1800 metres. Thus, Qanawat is graced by unobstructed views westwards over the Hauran and Golan...

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  • Oak Forests of the Hauran

    Qanawat Things to Do

    The Hauran countryside just outside Qanawat is blessed with a fertile soil and relatively abundant water. This is all the more a contrast in a region generally known for its desert and aridity. On the western slopes of the Hauran just outside Qanawat are not only farms, vineyards and olive groves, but surprisingly also large oak tree forests....

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  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    I am not quite sure where to post this, and it may seem like stating the obvious somewhat given the current situation in Syria but, literally this minute, I have heard on the BBC News that the British Foreign Office is now advising citizens of the UK no longer travel to Syria and that those already there leave by whatever possible means.

    Obviously, citizens of other countries should check with their respective Governments to ascertain the situation in relation to any potential travel.

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      Jun 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Ive come to see if theres any indication of tourists still having ventured into Syria in the last few months - as crazy as my enquiry sounds!

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