By Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds
Discover one of the Middle East’s most intriguing and delightful destinations with this definitive guide to travel-shopping in Syria. Despite some international political efforts to marginalize this country, Syria remains one of the safest, friendliest, and most hospitable places for tourists.
Claiming to be the cradle of civilization, Syria is especially noted for its rich history, art, culture, and architecture, which encompass more than 7,000 years of human settlement.
If you love ancient history, impressive Roman ruins, picturesque Crusader castles, compelling medieval cities and markets, beautiful Islamic art and architecture, and energetic cities juxtaposing the old and new – all in a contemporary setting that includes a very friendly and hospitable people, great shopping, wonderful cuisines, fine hotels, enticing beaches, surprising entertainment, and colorful festivals – you’ll be enthralled with Syria’s many places and people.
Here’s the guide that also brings to life one of Syria’s best kept secrets – its wonderful shopping! Examining the best places to both travel and shop, two seasoned travelers present the definitive guide to travel-shopping in Syria.
Primarily found in the well-preserved old sections of Damascus and Aleppo, fascinating markets (souks) and shops offer visitors a wide range of quality products, from art, antiques, and jewelry to carpets, spices, water pipes, and souvenirs.
Individual chapters examine the what, where, and how of shopping in Syria, including tips on bargaining, shipping, and avoiding potential problems.
The book covers Damascus, Aleppo, Palmyra, Krak des Chevalier, Bosra, and other popular locations in Syria. It offers practical tips on pre-trip planning, transportation, bargaining, and shipping as well as sample itineraries.
Special chapters also include the best hotels, restaurants, and entertainment for lifestyle travelers who enjoy experiencing the best Syria has to offer its guests. Color photos and maps. 168 pages.