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Salam from Syria – news from our tour group

Our group on their Cairo to Istanbul overland tour have just left Syria and crossed into Turkey.  Tour leader Dave tells us how they got on…

Oasis Overland tour truck at Palmyra, SyriaOur travels through Syria on our Oasis Caravan trip from Cairo to Istanbul has been good fun and we’ve seen the usual sights on the itinerary.  We spent a day in Damascus which was very quiet and everyone enjoyed seeing this great and historic city and we had a nice quiet bush camp in Palmyra, then onto Aleppo.

The trip has been quite uneventful in relation to the news reports of demonstrations, which can look a lot worse on the news than on the ground.  The atmosphere has been good spirited in the major cities we have visited with the vast majority of the population supporting the President, Bashar Al-Assad – it seems the people would like change to their constitutions and government personnel but are behind the president himself.  We know there have been some issues in the smaller towns, Dera’a and Lattakia, but these places are not on our itinerary and our travellers safety is of the upmost importance so we would never bring them to any areas where this would be at risk.

Crac de chevalier Crusader Castle in SyriaAll the Oasis travellers are enjoying their time in Syria, which is one of the most hospitable and welcoming countries we visit on our travels.  This has not changed and the locals are still welcoming tourists with open arms and smiles on their faces.  We have constantly been in touch with head office and our local reps on the ground so we’ve been able to keep our group informed of what is happening within the country.

Not once have we felt threatened along our travels and tourists are very much safe (which there are a lot of in the country at the moment).  Our trip to Syria is coming to an end now, we are off to Turkey tomorrow morning first thing for some Turkish delights and maybe a spot of belly dancing.

Signing off from Syria – Dave

As Dave says, the safety of our travellers and crew is paramount and we are monitoring the situation in Syria closely.  Our itinerary takes in Damascus, Palmyra, Crac de Chevalier and Aleppo but does not include the cities of Dera’a and Latakia where the main protests are taking place.  We are in contact with our crew on a daily basis as well as with local agents and partners in Syria and itineraries are flexible enough to be changed at short notice, should it become necessary.

Palmyra on Oasis Overland's Cairo to Istanbul tour

Our next trip runs from Istanbul to Cairo and starts on 23rd April 2011.

Our overland trips that travel to Syria:

Turkey & Syria – Damascus to Istanbul or Istanbul to Damascus

Oasis Caravan – Cairo to Istanbul or Istanbul to Cairo

Salam from Syria

Our travels through Syria on our Oasis Caravan trip from Cairo to Istanbul has been good fun and we’ve seen the usual sights on the itinerary. We spent a day in Damascus which was very quiet and everyone enjoyed seeing this great and historic city and we had a nice quiet bush camp in Palmyra, then onto Aleppo.

The trip has been quite uneventful in relation to the news reports of demonstrations, which can look a lot worse on the news than on the ground. The atmosphere has been good spirited in the major cities we have visited with the vast majority of the population supporting the President, Bashar Al-Assad – it seems the people would like change to their constitutions and government personnel but are behind the president himself. We know there have been some issues in the smaller towns, Dera’a and Lattakia, but these places are not on our itinerary and our travellers safety is of the upmost importance so we would never bring them to any areas where this would be at risk.

All the Oasis travellers are enjoying their time in Syria, which is one of the most hospitable and welcoming countries we visit

Salam from Syria

Our travels through Syria on our Oasis Caravan trip from Cairo to Istanbul has been good fun and we’ve seen the usual sights on the itinerary.  We spent a day in Damascus which was very quiet and everyone enjoyed seeing this great and historic city and we had a nice quiet bush camp in Palmyra, then onto Aleppo.

The trip has been quite uneventful in relation to the news reports of demonstrations, which can look a lot worse on the news than on the ground.  The atmosphere has been good spirited in the major cities we have visited with the vast majority of the population supporting the President, Bashar Al-Assad – it seems the people would like change to their constitutions and government personnel but are behind the president himself.  We know there have been some issues in the smaller towns, Dera’a and Lattakia, but these places are not on our itinerary and our travellers safety is of the upmost importance so we would never bring them to any areas where this would be at risk.

All the Oasis travellers are enjoying their time in Syria, which is one of the most hospitable and welcoming countries we visit on our travels.  This has not changed and the locals are still welcoming tourists with open arms and smiles on their faces.  We have constantly been in touch with head office and our local reps on the ground so we’ve been able to keep our group informed of what is happening within the country.

Not once have we felt threatened along our travels and tourists are very much safe (which there are a lot of in the country at the moment).  Our trip to Syria is coming to an end now, we are off to Turkey tomorrow morning first thing for some Turkish delights and maybe a spot of belly dancing.

Signing off from Syria

Dave

on our travels. This has not changed and the locals are still welcoming tourists with open arms and smiles on their faces. We have constantly been in touch with head office and our local reps on the ground so we’ve been able to keep our group informed of what is happening within the country.

Not once have we felt threatened along our travels and tourists are very much safe (which there are a lot of in the country at the moment). Our trip to Syria is coming to an end now, we are off to Turkey tomorrow morning first thing for some Turkish delights and maybe a spot of belly dancing.

Signing off from Syria

Dave

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