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Old 24 Mar 2011
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Suggestions for Syria and Lebanon?

It looks as though I'll be going to a friend's stag party in Beirut in May, and rather than a boring flight I think I'll go on the bike as it'll be a good opportunity to see something of the region. I live in Istanbul and so will leave from here.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what to see in Syria and Lebanon, or good routes through either, bearing in mind I'll only have 4 or 5 days altogether in both countries?
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Hey Expat,

Hopefully the security situation in Syria is cooled down at that point. Since you are in Turkey already, I would suggest getting your visa ahead of time as one could imagine that the sometimes current practice of showing up at the border and getting your visa there might get more complicated if they start worrying about security in general.

Allepo is short ride from the border and an interesting city. Palmyra is not to be missed. I didn't go, but some friends swung by Crac de Chevalier and recommended it. Damascus is wonderful as well, but now that's a lot to see in a few days. Happy riding.
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Turkish citizens need no visa to enter Syria and Lebanon.

Turkish citizens need no visa to enter Syria and Lebanon.
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I didn't go, but some friends swung by Crac de Chevalier and recommended it.

I have been there in 2008 and I confirm that the Krak des Chevaliers is a must see: you will visit the entire castle in about one hour, and it's in the middle of a nice hilly area.
I enjoyed much Aleppo, Damascus, the roman theatre of Bosra (very close to the border with Jordan) and the nice ruins of Apamea.

But Palmyra is the highlight of Syria: if you arrive there at sunset, you'll see a real "postcard" you'll never forget.
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Turkish citizens need no visa to enter Syria and Lebanon.
All other informations available by our club.

wish you all the best
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Lübnan: Diplomatik, Hususi, Hizmet ve Umuma Mahsus Pasaport hamili Türk vatandaşları, Lübnan'a yapcakları turizm amaçlı seyahatleri veya transit geçişlerinde, Lübnan'da toplam ikamet süresi, ilk giriş tarihinden itibaren geçerli olacak şekilde, altı ay içerisinde 90 günü geçmemek kaydıyla vizeden muaftır.

Suriye: Diplomatik, Hizmet, Hususi ve Umuma Mahsus Pasaport hamilleri her altı ay içinde ilk giriş tarihinden itibaren geçerli olacak şekilde doksan (90) gün ikametli seyahatlerinde vizeden muaftır.
Hi Mehmet, I'm not Turkish so I'll need a visa. I think I met you when I helped Jurgen (from Belgium, on a KTM) with his bike.

The plan is to not wander too far from a line between Turkey and Beirut, unless I can convince my wife to allow me a few extra days.
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''''Hi Mehmet, I'm not Turkish so I'll need a visa. I think I met you when I helped Jurgen (from Belgium, on a KTM) with his bike.''''

Nice to meet you here again.I remember you now.

His KTM is repaired in the club garage and Jurgen is back in Belgium after a lovely off-road we had together.We keep in touch with him.
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