Russian company embarks on tour to Syria

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Russian tour operators have launched a service to divert tourists to Syria. 

However, the government has issued a warning to its citizens about visiting this war-torn country.

According to several Russian media institutions, two Russian companies have embarked on a tour to rotate seven cities in Syria. The tour will begin with the Lebanese capital Beirut.

The eight-day tour includes the capital Damascus, the city of Aleppo, and the 'bride of the desert' Roman Palmyra.

The tour is priced at US $ 1,950 excluding airfare, visa fees or insurance costs.

Following media reports about the tour, the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism has asked all tour companies to stop such tours to Syria and Russian tourists to avoid such tours in Syria 'until normal conditions occur'.

This warning has had little effect and a Kilimanjaro operator has withdrawn its advertisement.
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Tour to be in 2020

Kilimanjaro's first tour of Syria was to begin in October. The company had announced the second tour on its website which was 3 April 2020. After this, it has removed the name of Syria from its list of countries.

According to the Miracle Tour Operator Company website, it has scheduled its first tour of Syria on 14 March 2020.

This company has given its tour called 'Legends of the Middle East', about the historical places that it has to tour. However, the company has not told the tourists about the potential dangers of the country, which is struggling with war at this time.

The tour operator has not mentioned the northwestern Idlib province in his travel details. Idlib is the last stronghold of the rebels. He has also clarified that he is only resuming those trips which were suspended after political instability.

Civil war broke out in 2011 after a peaceful protest against President Bashar al-Assad, after which the country has been destroyed in eight years.

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Discussion is also on social mediaAfter this news came to the fore, many Russian people have made surprise comments on social media.

On a forum called Autzil dot ru, the user wrote, "The country is very interesting, but it's crazy to go there now."

Blogger Bellaruca 1971 tweeted a joke, "A machine gun and helmet will have to be given as soon as we enter the country."

Another blogger jokingly wrote, "The tour costs $ 2,000. Taking money from Russians to show how money is spent is a good business idea."

The idea of ​​going to Syria may seem strange to many, although many fearless tourists had shown the passion to visit Syria.

The Russian Border Service told the Commonsont Business newspaper that in 2019, 334 Russian tourists visited Syria and in 2018 the number tripled.

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Experts from the Middle East, Gregory Liontef, believe that Syria's tourism has potential and ten thousand people can come here in two to three years. However, he says that those going to Syria will be amateur tourists and bloggers.

Famous blogger Ilya Verlamoff is among the Russians who visited Syria this year. He wrote a long blog on his journey.

He wrote, "There is no war in Syria." There are big cities, ancient ruins, there are also resorts. Peaceful life continues in this country despite years of civil war.