Cheap Flights to Syria

As one of the larger states in the Middle East, it only connotes that Syria is home to a number of significant historical sites in the world. Here, you can feast your eyes on crusader castles and Damascene houses. You can also stroll and shop in souqs and witness how locals do about their everyday grind. However, the ongoing civil war torn the nation apart, which eventually drove tourists away, failing to explore the country’s rich cultural heritage. For one, Syria’s capital Damascus made it to the roster of UNESCO’s World Heritage, as well as two other ancient cities, Aleppo and Bossra. However at present, Damascus and Aleppo are considered war stricken areas and travel to the aforementioned cities are strongly discouraged. Once Syria managed to tame down its unrest, Syria and its cities hopefully will earn back its glorious title.

As the capital of Syria, Damascus is home to about 4.5 million people. It is also one of the world’s oldest cities continuously inhabited by its people. Here, you can stroll in the Souq al-Hamidiyya, a broad street with numerous shops, accessible through columns from a Roman temple. At the end of the street, you can admire the great Ummayad mosque. The Ummayad mosque boasts of a complex yet interesting history. It was first an Assyrian temple that was converted to a Roman temple to Jupiter, upon the conversion of Rome to Christianity. Afterwards, it became a mosque and a church altogether. At present, it became a mosque. Inside the Ummayad mosque you can visit the grave of John the Baptist (Yahya for Muslims), as well as see the Christian drawings on the walls. Female visitors are advised to cover their hair, arms, and legs. Fully body covers or Abayas are provided together with the entrance ticket.

In Aleppo, you can visit the citadel which sits on a hill in the city center. Originally dating back to the middle of the third millennium BC, current structure dates back from 13th century. Daily tours are available and you can help yourself to magnificent views while in here. You might also consider going into the souq, which stretches for 1.5km from the west of citadel. The souq makes the city’s one of the Middle East’s main attractions. The partially covered passageways extend for a few hectares. In here, you will feel like getting lost and transported back in time to the sight of medieval bazaars all around, with parts of the atmospheric markets dating back to 13th century.

How to get around within Syria

You can reach most cities in Syria through bus, which runs from Turkey and Antakya. You can also travel by bus from Jordan and Lebanon. If you are arriving in Damascus by bus, best way to roam the city is to hail a taxi. Be careful when hailing a taxi since most cars poses as taxis, and is operated by two people, with one person distracting you and the other one securing your luggage in the trunk in order for you to ride with them.

How to get there

Syria has four international airports namely, the Damascus International Airport located approximately 35km southeast of the capital, the Aleppo International Airport located northeast of Aleppo in the north, the Lattakia International Airport is the south of Lattakia, and the Al Qamishli International Airport. However with the ongoing civil war, major national air carriers such as Emirates, Royal Jordanian, and EgyptAir suspended their service into the airports, and international air carrier Aeroflot terminated its service as a result of low demand, while direct flights between Syria and the European Union are banned. At present, the only way to reach the country is through air links from Iran, and possibly, Algeria.

One of the easiest ways to get into Syria is to take a domestic flight going to Gaziantep International Airport in Turkey, and from there, hail a taxi going to Aleppo through the Oncupinar border gate in Kilis. Travel time is approximately two hours.  

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