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Damascus – Aleppo – Palmyra – Socotra – Sanaa – Tripoli – Mogadishu – Bosaso

Are you yearning for a tour across the architectonic wonders and the fascinating cultures of ancient Syria but they told you the country is way too unstable for tourism? Do you dream of a visit to the superb Roman ruins and the bustling kasbahs of coastal Libya but militant islamism and civil war scare the hell out of your friends and relatives? Are you playing around with the idea of photographing the decaying colonial splendour and the edgy bazaars of Somalia but nightmares of pirates and mercenaries keep you away from the sandy beaches of Mogadishu? Have you heard about the natural oddities and mystic traditions of Socotra but you have no clue how the heck to reach this almost mythical island off the coast of war-torn Yemen

Well, we have good news for you! Regardless of the negative aurea undeniably surrounding the aforementioned countries you can actually enjoy them almost hassle-free and tour their many wonders in a relatively safe and comfortable way. Through our partners in the region we offer you the unique chance to visit these exciting and yet-to-be-discovered destinations while feeling protected and cared of like a foreign dignitary. For insurance reasons we cannot and do not operate tours to Syria, Libya, Somalia and/or Yemen under our brand. However, for a relatively small once-off commission fee, we will share with you the exclusive contacts of trustworthy local operators we collaborate with. Below you can see some sample itineraries offered by our reliable local contacts in Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Puntland. All routes are flexible and customisable: shorter (e.g.: a 3-day Damascus-only trip) and longer tours (e.g.: a 10-day beach holiday in Somalia) are available upon request. The cities and the regions listed in below are considered safe to visit as they are located relatively far away from the frontline. While in the area you shall strictly follow the rules your guide will brief you about. The local tour operator reserves the right to modify the itinerary, interrupt the tour and/or cancel your reservation if the security situation deteriorates. For dates, prices and further details do send us an email at info@soviettours.com


Please note: there are no definite routes for such pioneering tours into countries and regions, which are still in a fluctuating geopolitical situation: the itineraries suggested below have to be considered tentative travel schedules, both minor and major variations to the program must be taken into account. All tours to Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are run exclusively by the relevant local tour operator.  


Syria 

DAY 1 - Damascus

  • Early in the morning you will meet your tour guide in the lobby of the designated hotel in Beirut.

  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Syria.

  • Transfer to Syria along the legendary Beirut-Damascus highway.

  • You will then head straight towards Damascus.

  • Afternoon stroll through Damascus Old Town.

  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 2 - Damascus

  • You'll spend the whole day touring ancient Damascus and its wonders.

  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 3 - Palmyra and Syrian Desert  

  • You'll leave Damascus early in the morning and head east to Tadmur to visit the legendary ancient ruins of Palmyra.

  • You'll then drive through the Syrian Desert and in the afternoon you'll eventually reach Almishtaya in the Valley of Christians.

  • Dinner and overnight in Almishtaya.

DAY 4 - Almishtaya and Krak des Chevaliers

  • You'll devote the morning hours to tour Almishtaya and the mighty Krak des Chevaliers.

  • In the afternoon you'll drive to Tartus, a booming seaside resort town.

  • Dinner and overnight in Tartus.

DAY 5 - Tartus, Arwad Island and Amrit

  • In the morning you'll enjoy a walking tour of Tartus and hit the lively city beach for lunch.

  • In the early afternoon you can undertake a boat ride to Arwad.

  • Dinner and overnight in Almishtaya.

DAY 6 - Hama, Homs and Aleppo

  • In the morning you'll head north towards Aleppo.

  • On the way you'll cross the provinces of Homs and Hama.

  • Dinner and overnight in Aleppo.

DAY 7 - Aleppo

  • You'll spend the whole day touring ancient Aleppo and its historical sights (or what remains of them).

  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Aleppo.

DAY 8 - Damascus

  • Today you'll slowly head back to Damascus.

  • Dinner and overnight in Damascus.

DAY 9 - Beirut

  • Transfer back to Beirut.

  • End of the tour.

Yemen (Socotra)

DAY 1 - Hadiboh and Delisha

  • Your guide will meet you at Hadiboh International Airport and drive you to the hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email).

  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Socotra.

  • Hadiboh walking tour.

  • Drive to Ayhaft Canyon National Park.

  • In the afternoon, you will visit Delisha beach.

  • Dinner and overnight in Hadiboh.

DAY 2 - Dihamari, Homhil and Qaria

  • Drive to Dihamri Marine Park.

  • After lunch you'll head to Homhil Protected Area and stop en-route at Qaria lagoon.

  • Dinner and overnight in Homhil.

DAY 3 - Diksam, Derhur and Qalansiyah  

  • Drive to Diksam Plateau.

  • Visit to the last Dragon's Blood Woodland.

  • You will then continue by road towards Derhur Canyon.

  • You will then to the little fishermen’s town of Qalansiyah.

  • You will finally reach the Detwah Lagoon Protected Area.

  • Dinner and overnight in Hadiboh.

DAY 4 - Flight back home

  • Transfer to Hadiboh International Airport for your flight back home.

  • End of the tour.

Libya

DAY 1 - Tripoli

  • Your guide will meet you at Mitiga International Airport and drive you to the hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email).

  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Libya.

  • Afternoon stroll around Tripoli's old town.

  • Dinner and overnight in Tripoli.

DAY 2 - Leptis Magna

  • After breakfast you'll head to Leptis Magna, one of the most spectacular Roman remnants along the Mediterranean coast.

  • You'll devote the morning to this magnificently preserved archaeological site.

  • Lunch near the ruins and transfer back to Tripoli in the afternoon.

  • Dinner and overnight in Tripoli.

DAY 3 - Tripoli and Sabratha

  • You'll spend the entire day exploring Tripoli and its many historic, architectonic and cultural sights.

  • After lunch you'll head to glorious seaside Roman ruins of Sabratha, second only to Leptis Magna for building greatness and historical importance.

  • Dinner and overnight in Tripoli.

DAY 4 - Flight back home

  • Transfer to Mitiga International Airport for your flight back home.

  • End of the tour.

SOMALIA

DAY 1 - Mogadishu

  • Your guide will meet you at Mogadishu International Airport and drive you to the hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email).

  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Somalia.

  • Afternoon tour around Mogadishu's old town.

  • Dinner and overnight in Mogadishu.

DAY 2 - Mogadishu

  • You will spend the whole day touring Mogadishu.

  • Highlights: Lido beach, old harbour, fish market, Italian colonial buildings.

  • Dinner and overnight in Mogadishu.

DAY 3 - Flight back home

  • Transfer to Mogadishu International Airport for your flight back home.

  • End of the tour.

Puntland

DAY 1 - Bosaso

  • Your guide will meet you at Bosaso International Airport and drive you to the hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email).

  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Puntland.

  • Afternoon sightseeing in Bosaso.

  • Dinner and overnight in Bosaso.

DAY 2 - Coastline

  • You will spend the whole day driving along and touring the magnificent and remote Puntland coastline.

  • Highlights: pristine beaches, fishing hamlets, ancient mosques, natural hot springs and old forts.

  • Dinner and overnight in Bosaso.

DAY 3 - Hinterlands

  • You will spend the day travelling across the untamed lands south of Bosaso.

  • Highlights: remote villages, lunar landscapes, sun-scorched mountains.

  • In the afternoon you will head back to Bosaso for some chill-out time with the locals.

  • Dinner and overnight in Bosaso.

DAY 4 - Flight back home

  • Transfer to Bosaso International Airport for your flight back home.

  • End of the tour.

 

 


Avowal of Intermediation: Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia are a countries currently placed under the German Government Foreign Office advice 'Reisewarnung' (travel alert). For countries and regions under the German Government Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) advice ‘Reisewarnung / Teilreisewarnung’ we will act solely and exclusively as intermediary travel agent and/or vacation reseller and/or travel broker (German: 'Reisevermittler' gemäß § 651a BGB), hence not performing as a tour operator (German: Reiseveranstalter gemäß § 651a BGB). Herewith we are explicitly and openly informing you about our actual role as intermediary actor between you and the local tour agency, you will eventually finalise the booking of this tour with. You will be timely and appropriately informed about the details of the local tour agency operating the tour. In compliance with § 651a BGB partial or total exclusion of liability applies in case of intermediation.  

Warning: entry to Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia will be refused to Israeli passport holders and travellers with any evidence (stamp, visa, permits) of visiting Israel