Jo Reeves, from our Tailor-made department, recently travelled to Syria and has this to say about her experience:
When Visited: December 2009
Why: My boyfriend and I fancied a destination that wasn't going to be full to the brim of tourists looking to get away over the Christmas period.
What made it special: The people, the food is consistently great, the surprises...Syria is not what you would expect it to be.
Recommend it because: Syria has so much to offer. It has a fascinating history offering castles, churches and roman ruins. There is also such diversity with bustling, evolving Damascus, charming Aleppo and the vast desert and ruins in Palmyra. It is not over-run with western tourists either...for now anyway!
Quirky moments: There were so many! On Christmas Eve, we were beckoned to the restaurant by the hotel staff to join in on the celebrations and have some food...
3 hours later we had been given 16 different dishes of food, an entire chocolate log and heard the full back catalogue of Christmas songs played on a casio keyboard. They love to feed you in Syria - we couldn't move! However, it was one of the best ways I've seen Christmas in, such fun.
Also, the 'massages' over there resemble a darn good scrub rather than a ‘candles and relaxing shoulder rub’!
The Syrian people are so friendly, and some of the hotel staff literally couldn’t do enough to help. In one hotel, one chap refused to let us use the lift without him coming with us to press the buttons!!
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