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Feb 28th, 2010, 06:38 PM
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Need assistance with 9-day Lebanon-Syria-Jordan Itinerary

I am in the early stages of planning my first trip to the Middle East. I will only have 9-days on the ground, so I need to be judicious about designing an itinerary. I know I want to visit Beirut, Damascus and Petra. I have also heard good things about Byblos, Lebanon, Aleppo, Palmyra and Krac des Chevaliers in Syria and Wadi Rum and the Dead Cities in Jordan.

If you were planning a 9-day first time visit to these 3 countries, how would you divide your time among these cities?

Will I only have enough time to visit Beirut, Damascus and Petra? I do not want this trip to be done at breakneck speed.

How do I get from place to place? I have read that I can take the Syrian bus system from Beirut to Damascus. Is that right? How would I travel from Syria to Jordan?

Finally, I will be flying from NYC. What city should I fly into and which city should I fly out of?

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Feb 28th, 2010, 08:10 PM
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You might find my TR helpful. I traveled overland from Aleppo to Hama to Damascus to Beirut to Damascus to Amman (where I joined a tour). See http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...iddle-east.cfm

I would recommend shared taxis rather than buses for trips involving borders as they're likely to be quicker, and they're not that much more expensive. You can visit Byblos from Beirut.

Nine days isn't very long for what you want to do, and I really think Petra is worth two full days, although a lot of people spend less time there.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 04:18 PM
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thursdaysd,

Your trip report is wonderful and incredibly detailed; it will be of great use when I'm planning my day-to-day trip itinerary.

I am still hoping that you or some other good samaritan on this board can offer some insight as to the amount of time I should spend in the cities I identify above given that I have only 9 days to spare. For a 9-day trip, what would you cut and how would you split your time? Also, could someone please let me know how much time it takes to travel from place to place, by car or by bus?

Thanks again.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 05:24 PM
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I usually schedule based on nights rather than days. Do you have 8 or 9 nights? Where are you traveling from and to?
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 10:55 AM
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9 nights -- I'm travelling from New York. One of the questions I had in my initial post was, where should I fly into and out of. My initial thought is to fly into Beruit and out of Amman. What are your thoughts?

Thanks for all your input.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 11:39 AM
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That's not a bad idea. I'd spend at least three nights in Beirut (figure the first day is jet lag, then two days for day trips), three nights in Damascus, two nights in Petra, and one night either Madaba or Amman - the airport is closer to Madaba than Amman, and Amman is pretty short on good sights. I don't know whether you could do Palmyra as a day trip from Damascus, worth checking into.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 12:44 PM
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I checked Lonely Planet - it's three hours by bus from Palmyra to Damascus. You could drop one night from Damascus for one night in Palmyra - I've read that you should really see the sunset and sunrise there. But you really can't count on making Petra from Palmyra - three hours to Damascus, change bus stations (note: service taxis go from the bus stations), and then maybe three to four more absolute minimum to Amman (LP says seven by bus, I did it in much less by service taxi). Then you'd have to find a taxi to go to Petra (too late for the buses) and it's another four hours.

I highly recommend spending some time with Lonely Planet's guides to Jordan and to Syria & Lebanon to work out the logistics.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 09:16 PM
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Thank you so much, thursdaysd. Your input has been invaluable!
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Mar 21st, 2010, 03:10 AM
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nobody should leave Lebanon without having paid a visit to the Jeita grotto.
www.jeitagrotto.com
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Hi Saudipinoy,

Your pictures are purely gorgeous! I have seen many Egyptian pictures, but yours are outstanding! May I know a few things. Your first Egypt picture (on the cover of the album)is very colorful. How did you make it to become like that? What did you do with your camera? What settings did you use?

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May 23rd, 2010, 01:39 PM
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Desidero, In March 2009 I visited Egypt, Jordan and Israel in about 13 days so I know your 9 day trip is doable. It did help to rent a car in Jordan and I only visited Jerusalem in Israel. I found my travels through The Middle East fascinating and will be interested to read about your experiences in Damascus and Beirut, two cities I would love to visit in the near future. My Middle East experiences and pictures are blogged at: www.dmbtraveler195.blogspot.com.
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@hobbitthefoodlover: Thanx for liking my pics in egypt and syria. Actually I didnt shoot that cover pic. My egyptian friend just gave that photo to me for my album cover. Regards!

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Sep 4th, 2010, 02:33 PM
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Hi guys.
I am planning to go Jordan,Syria and Lebanon this coming December 2010 for 14 days. I am an OFW here in Riyadh, KSA and please help me what is the best tour packages or operators who can provide me these itineraries.

@Saudipinoy...sir..i enjoyed the photos...sir can you help me..or can i contact you...my mobile number is 0530227986

Thanks..
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