I am planning a break between three and four weeks and I have not yet decided on which part of the world the tooth to thrust. For now I am concentrating on the area of Middle East, with its rich history and exciting culture.
One of the possibilities would be to know Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. The first thing you have to know when visiting these countries is to learn about visas and the possibilities of jumping from country to country as if it were the goose game. On the one hand, Israel should be left as the final destination country since all its adjoining countries - except for Egypt- they do not allow your entry if they find any sheet marked by an Israeli official.
To enter Syria it is necessary to obtain a visa from home. If you want to cross the border from Syria to Lebanon it is simple, straightforward, without a visa and also free. Unfortunately, the only possible way out from Lebanon is to return to Syria, but doing so would mean obtaining a two-entry multiple visa from the beginning.
The same happens from Syria to Jordan. You can enter paying 10 euros at the border but if we want to return we would need that multiple visa that allows us to return to Syria.
The border between Jordan and Israel It is located on the Jordan River and the visa is free. If once in Israel we intend to return to an Arab country such as Lebanon, Jordan or Syria, it is necessary to convince Jordanian officials not to mark your passport. The Israelis already know how the move is going and they mark the seal on a separate page so you can return to those countries without problems.
Once in Israel you can enter Egypt through the border of Tabat-Eliat although a prior visa is required. Anyway, I think that the three or four weeks would not give me to include the pyramids and the Nile River in the itinerary.
Tourists are the only ones who allow entry from Israel to West bank to visit the city that saw the birth of the baby Jesus in his famous portal and the ruins of Jericho. Although I still have to inform myself if it is necessary to go with an agency or it can be done to the God.
For now I am considering the easiest possibility of movement. That is to say: Syria, Jordan and Israel. I should only get a unique visa for Syria and the others would acquire them on the fly when crossing the borders. In addition, the flight connection would be ideal with direct Turkish Airlines flight from Barcelona to Damascus and the return with Vueling Tel Aviv direct to Barcelona.
Another completely different option is to forget about rocambolescas pirouettes and get a visa to Iran, a flight to Tehran and get to know this immense country before it is too late.
If any reader has been around it would be great if he shared his travel experiences. I will keep you informed.
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