- Days: 12 days
- Period: april
- Weather: Mostly sunny around 20 degrees, but we had also colder days and even rain. Also in the evening and night it was pretty cold.
Currency: Syrian Pound
Internet: Available in a lot of places
ATM's: for Cirrus, Maestro and Visa in Aleppo,Damascus and Hama
Creditcards: No experience, we did not use them here
Safety: Travelling in Syria is very safe
Prices (per April 2007)
Value Money: €1 = 67 SYP
Fuel: 7 SYP per liter (about € 0,11). In Aleppo diesel was not available in the City Centre. Outside the centre it was no problem.
Camping: prices from 300 to 600 SYP per night for 2 persons and a car
Entrence fees: Entrence fees for the whole of Syria are 150 SP per person for larger sights and 75 SP for smaller sights. Most of Palmyra and the water wheels at Hama are free
Visa & Border crossing
We arranged our Visa at the border. In order to get in quickly we paid some bribe money (about 10 Dollar)
Visa costs 34 US Dollar per person
Visa is valid for 2 week
Within 2 weeks it can be extended at any police station
Dutch people can arrange their visa at the border as there is not Syrian embassy in Holland. If you have an Syrian embassy in your country you have to arrange it there. It that case at the border a visa might not be issued.
When taking your own car into Syria you have to pay road tax which is 9 US Dollar
A third party insurance must also be bought (even if you have one yourself you are still obliged to buy one). The price is 36 US Dollar.
When your car runs on diesel you have to pay a diesel tax. This is 100 US Dollar per week.
If you are not sure how long you will stay you can pay for one week. When you leave the country you can always pay more in case you stayed longer. Or in some cases you might even be lucky just like us. We stayed more then one week and the did not noticed it.
When leaving Syria you have to pay 1$ departure tax per person
Highlights or not
Aleppo: was a nice city with a great souk and nice citadel
Latakia and the rest of the coast: We found Latakia a dirty city and the coastal area was full of industry and building not much nature left.
Krak de Chevaliers: Great cruisader castle. The best of them all.
Hama: Although you have seen in very quickly the water wheels are nice. Hama also is a pleasant town.
Palmyra: The best site in Syria
Damascus: The old city is very laidback and there is a great souk
Bosra: Small friendly village with a well preserved Roman theatre
Syria is an islamic country. On Friday, their holy day, much shops are closed. Best not to visit a souk on this day.
If you would like to bring something to give away here, bring hand creme. All the women are asking you about it.
Dutch embassy in Syria:
Abou Roumaneh, Al Jalaa Street, Tello Building
(Bar Diab Building) no. 116, Damascus
tel: 00963-11-3336871 of 3337631
Syrian consulate in the Netherlands
Laan van Meerdervoort 53 D
2517 AE Den Haag
Grid: Lat/Lon hddd°mm.mmm"
|Aleppo||N36.11.961||E037.09.773||Place of interest||Citadel||Citadel of Aleppo|
|Aleppo||N36.12.719||E037.08.994||Bank||ATM for Cirrus, Maestro and Visa|
|Aleppo||N36.08.380||E036.52.575||Camping||Kadour||Campsite close to Aleppo, in a small village just off the road to Turkey|
|Krak de Chevaliers||N34.45.279||E036.17.693||Camping||Restaurant Le Table Ronde||Campsite next to the restaurant and to the castle|
|Hama||N35.07.845||E036.45.414||Hotel||Riad Hotel||Clean hotel in the centre. Fast internet close and ATM for visa in front|
|Palmyra||N34.32.766||E038.16.483||Camping||Al Baider||Directly next to the Bel Temple. Campsite also has a swimming pool.|
|Damascus||N33.32.800||E036.20.867||Camping||New Kaboun||Campsite just outside Damascus on the way to Homs. Good facilities.|
|Aleppo||N36.07.783||E036.52.802||Junction||Road to camping Kadour||Take this turn and follow the small road or track to reach camping Kadour.|
|Aleppo||N36.12.323||E037.09.110||Center||This street is in the middle of the area where most of the cheap hotels are located. In front in a good restaurant.|
|Krak de Chevaliers||N34.45.800||E036.17.809||Place of interest||Krak de Chevaliers||Very impressive cruisader castle|
|Hama||N35.08.039||E036.46.005||Place of interest||Water wheels||Behind the restaurant are the 4 norias (the four big wooden water wheels)|
|Palmyra||N34.33.254||E038.15.941||Place of interest||Greek ruins||Beautiful place with nicely restored ruins|
|Qalat Salahiddin||N35.35.743||E036.03.503||Place of interest||Castle||Castle ruins on top of a hill|