Syria

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Bradt Travel Guides, 2006 - Travel - 296 pages
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This ambitious new Bradt guide aims to promote a responsible, nonintrusive kind of tourism by offering visitors more than mere descriptions of sites, hotels, and restaurants, stimulating a genuine interest and understanding of the people and their role in modern-day Syria. The country possesses some of the most impressive historical sites in the Mediterranean. Damascus and the surrounding area are covered in detail, with the Roman caravan city of Palmyra and the Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers being just two of the featured attractions.   Features include:   *Exceptionally detailed on-the-ground descriptions of archaelogical and historical sites *In-depth examination of Islam--never properly attempted by previous guides to Syria *Traveling independently or part of an organized tour, with accommodations ranging from renovated Arab palaces to camping *Language section with basic greetings and everyday phrases in Arabic  
  

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Contents

Background Information 3
viii
Chapter
6
Practical Information
25
PART TWO
55
Christian Villages of the Qalamoun Mountains
105
Horns Hama and the Southern Cities of the Dead
115
Aleppo to the Coast
163
The Syrian Coast
179
The Hawran and the Jebel Druze
207
Palmyra and the Desert
225
The Euphrates and the Desert
249
Language
271
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About the author (2006)

Diana Darke has 25 years' experience studying, living, working, and traveling extensively throughout the Arab world, first with the British Foreign Office, then as an Arabic consultant. She has written several books on the region and is the author of Bradt's North Cyprus and coauthor of the new Oman guide.

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