Axis of Adventure: Syria

Originally published on April 10, 2008 Damascus has had a corner in conversions for 2,000 years, since Saul of Tarsus saw the light and metamorphosed into St Paul the Apostle.

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Syria: bumper tourism season predicted

In remarks published by SANA, the state news agency, Bisher Yazigi pledged help for the area, predicting an influx of visitors because “various activities are planned… during the summer”. There

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Photos reveal ‘great damage’ to mighty Aleppo Citadel

Newly-released photos show the extent of damage to the great 13th century Citadel of Aleppo, in the latest example of heritage being lost to Syria’s five-year long war. Images from

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Syria three years on: what for the future of tourism?

It was a chilly Damascus morning. I pulled the peaked hood over my head and bent through an archway into the Umayyad mosque, its high walls shimmering green and gold.

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Palmyra, Syria: Isil has seized one of the world’s most fascinating sites

It was my first time in the Middle East – visiting Damascus, Aleppo and the Krak des Chevaliers – and all the Syrians we met were friendly and kind. But

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Destruction of Middle East’s heritage is ‘cultural genocide’

“My hotel has been closed since the middle of 2010. I lost it because of terrorist attacks. That building was part of my soul.” Kais Ahmed Alkalisi owns the Sana’a

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It’s ‘happy holidays in Syria’ according to the Assad regime

Syria’s beach resorts were busy this summer. “Last year and this year our hotel was full in the summer time”, said Rami Ibrahim, from the Holiday Beach resort hotel near

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Syria warzone tours planned by Russian travel company

A Russian travel company is planning to launch holiday tours to war-torn Syria next year, with a focus on the front line of the country’s bloody civil war. Megapolis Kurort

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How the world has shrunk for travellers since 2010

Much has changed since the protests that heralded the Arab Spring, sparked by a dispute between a government inspector and a vegetable seller in Tunisia, began exactly five years ago.

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The World Heritage Sites that are too dangerous to visit

More than one in 20 Unesco World Heritage Sites – 65 in total – cannot be safely visited, according to the Foreign Office.  Among the most notable are Saint Catherine’s

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