For the first time ever, YPT offers a combo that will take you to both Iraq and Syria. During this combo tour, you will have the opportunity to truly witness what was the forefront of news a year ago by visiting the sites of Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria which were on everyone lips.
During this tour, you will see the impact of the war on Syria but also learn more about the Peshmerga, who were fighting IS on the frontlines.
Our tour begins in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, a prospective new nation protected by the Peshmerga which was at the forefront of the fight with ISIS until the end of the recent war. Despite its significance and proximity to probably the most important war currently raging, Kurdistan offers not only safety, but beautiful scenery, famed in Middle Eastern literature as a paradise on earth, with more than 3500 archaeological sites, and some of the most friendly and welcoming people on earth. The trip takes us to the world’s only Yazidi shrine at Lalish (40 KM from ISIS territory), before heading north to Duhok, the Saddam palace, Amadiya, and then looping around and heading south to Sulamaniyah, and back to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Erbil, checking out lots of cool sights in between.
Back in Erbil, we then fly to Lebanon’s vibrant capital, Beirut and from there will make our way to Syria the next day. This tour is your opportunity to see Syria at a unique point in its history. Until the recent war, the only thing most people knew about Syria was Palmyra and maybe the Krak des Chevaliers, and now Syria’s famous but for all the wrong reasons. But guess what – there’s a lot more to it than you’d expect! Starting with the buzzing old town of Damascus, the streets of which are lined with cool bars and cafes, and young locals smoking shishas and drinking cocktails, we’ll make our way to the war-torn old town of Aleppo, stopping on the way at charming coffee stands and destroyed villages. Shrouded in a coat of destruction, we’ll then visit Palmyra, which now requires special permission to get into, but despite its tragic recent history, is still a breath-taking site. A couple of Assad souvenirs, an afternoon relaxing in a hammam, and no doubt some genuine Syrian hospitality later, we’ll return to Damascus, before ending the tour in Beirut.
For a full-on combo and a complete incursion in the recent war for the Middle-East, why not join our Southern Iraq tour which takes place just before our Iraqi Kurdistan Tour for additional discounts?
Book this combo and your flight between Erbil and Beirut as well as your accommodation in Beirut are included! Those expenses are excluded for those who join only the Syrian Tour. The MEA Erbil-Beirut direct flight often books out well in advance so please make sure to book this tour at least two months before the starting date. If the flight is booked out, YPT reserves the right to change the price of the tour to reflect changes in airfare.
For a tour of this nature, security is the most important factor and the itinerary is subject to change depending on the situation on the ground and the information we receive from our local partners. The local guide and YPT guide’s decision on eventual itinerary changes is final and taken with your safety in mind.
Monday October 21st – Erbil
Tuesday October 22nd – Lalish/Alqosh/Duhok
Wednesday October 23rd – Amadiya/Sarcinc/Rawandas
Thursday October 24th – Sulaymaniyah
Friday October 25th – Halabja/Tawela/Sulaymaniyah
Saturday October 26th – Sulaymaniyah/Kirkuk/Erbil/Beirut
*For safety reasons, we chose not to make the Syrian part of the itinerary public. For the detailed itinerary, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org*
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• Letter of Invitation for Syria
• Accommodation in twin share basis, breakfast included
• Transportation to complete itinerary
• Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the itinerary, except otherwise mentioned
• YPT guide and local guides
• Visa fee (paid at the border on arrival)
• Departure tax (2,500 SYP paid at the border)
• Lunch and Dinner
• International Transport to leave Beirut
• Personal expenses and drinks
• Visa application fees (if needed)
• Single Supplement (€535)
• International transportation to the start of the tour in Erbil
• Tips for the local guides and drivers
• Lunch & Dinner
• Personal Expenses
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