Private guides and guided tours in Syria
Private guides in Syria
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Currency: Syrian pound (SYP)
CAPITAL CITY OF Syria: Damascus
LANGUAGE OF Syria: Arabic
CURRENCY OF Syria: Syrian pound (SYP)
COMMENTS ABOUT Syria:
Syria is one of the larger states of the Middle East
Cities : Damascus (capital), Aleppo, Deir-az-Zur, Hama, Homs, Latakia, Tartous
Best Places : Crac des Chevaliers, Palmyra, Der Mar Musa
Electricity : 220/50 Hz (European plug)
Calling Code : 963
Time Zone : UTC +2(Winter) / +3(Summer)
Following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Syria was administered by the French until independence in 1946. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. Since 1976, Syrian troops have been stationed in Lebanon, ostensibly in a peacekeeping capacity. Over the past decade, Syria and Israel have held occasional peace talks over the return of the Golan Heights.
CLIMATE OF Syria: mostly desert; hot, dry, sunny summers (June to August) and mild, rainy winters (December to February) along coast; cold weather with snow or sleet periodically in Damascus
RELIGION OF Syria: Sunni Muslim 74%, Alawite, Druze, and other Muslim sects 16%, Christian (various sects) 10%, Jewish (tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo)
POPULATION OF Syria: 18,448,752>>>
ECONOMY OVERVIEW OF Syria: Real GDP growth rose to 2.3 percent in 2004, a slight increase from 2003 when the predominantly statist economy suffered from disruptions caused by the war in Iraq and other developments in the region. Annual real GDP growth has averaged 2.3 percent for the last seven years. The Government of Syria has implemented modest economic reforms in the last few years, including cutting interest rates, opening private banks, consolidating some of the multiple exchange rates, and raising prices on some subsidized foodstuffs. Nevertheless, the economy remains highly controlled by the government. Long run economic constraints include declining oil production and exports and pressure on water supplies caused by rapid population growth, industrial expansion, and increased water pollution.
Popular tours in Syria
Hi There Oden, There is so much to see in Damascus ... it is difficult to mention all of them here ... But you defintely should go around the Old City by foot ... everything there is historical ... there are some houses , churches and mosques that have been there for 100s of years. See Al Zaytoun Church ,,, Umayyad Mosque,, Damascus Fort & Saladdin's Tomb in the Old City. Other than that don't miss the view from Qassioun Moutain .. As for Nearby locations if you mean in Syria .. You can definitely go see the Lost cities of Serjilla and Bara (around Hama governorate). Also Crac des Chevalier it is a fort just outside Homs (a city that is around 2hours away from Damascus) Away from Homs like 45minutes or less,, you can go see the Ancient Water Mills in Hama ... The first ever in civilization ... If you drive another couple of hours from there you could go see the site of the Ugarit civilizaition.. that gave the world the first Alphabet ..Around Lattakia. Another Big city with lots to see is Aleppo ... Forts, tombs , souqs etc... As I told you there is so much to see it is difficult to write everything here .. there is Palmyra , there is Aphamia ...so many sights of old civilizations and monuments ... not to mention the bazars and souqs.. As for food ... make sure you try the following: Fattoush in Damascus Yalanji in Aleppo Kibbeh(so many types of it) in Aleppo Fatteh & Hommos in Damascus Sourkeh or Shanglish in Lattakia or Tartous (coastal cities) Shawarma in Lebanon As for sweets : Don't miss the famous Syrian Ice Cream from Bigdash in Damascus. You will not find it anywhere else except in Damascus .. Trust me .. people come from other Syrian Cities and neighbouring countries like Jordan , Lebanon and Gulf to eat it ... The shop selling this ice cream type is in Old Damascus also ... And if you drink alchohol do try Araq but be wise with it ,,,it is very strong and it takes you by surprise .. you think you are fine and all over a sudden your stomac and head are both turning ... So you need to sip it real slow and it is better to eat something suitable with it ... The locals will recommend that for you ... I hope I have summed it up ... Really it is impossbile to be brief about what you can see in Syria ... Also if you are in the Area... there is lots to see and try in Jordan and Lebanon ... If you plan your trip in such a way to allow a couple of days in each of these it will be worth your while.. Finally enjoy the nice, friendly people of Syria ... If you buy anything haggle till you drop ,,, once you turn your back away they will be coming after you to bid you to buy ... Check things like Aghabani , Mosaic & Brocar. Good luck & Have fun Simon