Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 26, 2009 5:18 AM Last Post By: marcopoloo
Aug 24, 2009 8:23 AM
Syria-Lebanon ItineraryHi there! I will travel to Beirut next week and will thank you if you help me to organise it. This is a "last minute" planning as the trip has been unexpected .
The places I would like to visit are Beirut - Damasco - Palmira - Homs- Tripoli- Qadisar Valley (trek?) - Balbek - Byblos - Beirut - Sidon (one day in a beach club?) - Tiro.
All of this in two weeks: is that crazy?
Any comments will be wellcome
Aug 24, 2009 8:03 PM
1With only 2 weeks it is possible, but very tight and strenous, especially if you are planning on doing this on public transport.
Day 1 arrive in Beirut
Day 2 Beirut
Day 3 Bus to Damascus
Day 4 Damascus
Day 5 Damascus
Day 6 to Palmyra
Day 7 to Homs (in the evening)
Day 8 Homs
Day 9 Homs (trip to Krak)
Day 10 to Baalbek via Damascus
Day 11 Baalbek
Day 12 Hiking in the Lebanon mountains, to Beirut in the evening
Day 13 Day trip to Sidon or Tyre
Day 14 Day trip to Tripoli
If I were you I'd skip Sidon & Tripoli to give you more time in other places.
Aug 24, 2009 11:10 PM
2hi.if you can arrive in Beirut and leave from Damas, you would save borders suffering and some extra time which you need badly
have a nice trip
Aug 25, 2009 6:30 AM
Albouchii, our flight arrive and leave from Beirut so, no chance, we have to get back to Damasco.
George5, mi idea was going from Homs (skip it?) to Tarus/Latakkia and then entering into Lebanon though the coast road to Tripoli. From here to Qadisha Valley and Balbeck. What do you think about this?
Any other suggestions?
Aug 25, 2009 7:27 AM
Ask locally in Homs when you arrive whether they have direct buses to Baalbek. The problem is that most buses to Beirut go either via Damascus or Tripoli, so direct buses may be rare. But there is no harm in asking. You may get lucky.
As for including Latakia - I don't think you really have time and there isn't much to see there anyway unless you want to see Ugarit.
The problem is that public transport from Tripoli to Baalbek isn't all that great. So it may take you an entire day to get there via Beirut or alternatively you'll need to pay for taxis.
Day 6 arrive Palmyra
Day 7 Palymra
Day 8 to Latakia (via Homs)
Day 9 Latakia
Day 10 to Tripoli (you'll only have a couple of hours there)
Day 11 to Bcharré by taxi
Day 12 Kadisha Valley
Day 13 to Baalbek by taxi
Day 14 back to Beirut
So if you skip both Homs & Tyre/Sidon you could do it, but I would consider the prior more interesting unless yiou have a specific interest in Ugarit.
Aug 26, 2009 5:18 AM
6I second George suggestion in every details and doable.You coud not get a better itineray/advice from a local professional travel agent.
Keep in mind now that is Ramadan public transport is not in the best shape especialy unscheduled transport and towards the end of the day,when traffic almost comes to a halt,empty streets.
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