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1. Posted by mouldyking (Budding Member 24 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

So I had an absolute blast on my Adventure in Northern America and some of Central America. I drove 26000km, Starting in Toronto and making my way to Guatemala taking in all the sites and returning back to Toronto.

So here goes I've been home in Ireland three weeks and its time for my next adventure :).

My plan is to drive from Ireland take in parts of Europe and hit the middle east,

My plan so far is to head down through Serbia, Bulgaria in to Turkey and on to Syria. I know you cant drive from Syria into Lebanon so would have to enter from Jordan. I have my basic route in these countries plotted out and know exactly what I want to see :0.

My question is would Saudi Arabia be worth a look and get a ferry to India thus skipping Iraq and Iran, or head from Jordan and travel Egypt Libya, Algeria and Morocco.

From reading on my embassy website I know travel in Syria is extremely dangerous so I hope it calms down before I leave.

Has anyone done anything like this before? I know some parts of this trip will be dangerous but hey I get a serious kick out of it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5634 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like a great plan to me and nice choice as well!
Apart from a few safety aspects (you get a kick out of it as you say so), there are a few logistical/practical things:

First, I don't think they will let you in at this moment at all in a few countries or borders are closed between several of them. This applies for a number of countries and for a number of reasons. Syria is pretty closed for the moment. If you would travel through northern Africa, I am not sure about Libya right now, but borders between Algeria and Morocco remain closed as well.
Also, I think if you have your own transport, it is possible to travel through Saudi Arabia, but you will probably only get a 3-5 day transfer visa or something.
Not sure about borders with Iraq, but Iraq-Iran is almost certainly closed.

Also regarding one geographical aspect: you mean you can not drive from Syria to Israel I guess? You mentioned Lebanon, but that is (or at least was) possible. And Jordan doesn't border Lebanon.
Also try to get two passports in relation to visiting Israel if you visit countries like Syria first. Or skip Israel and travel by boat from Jordan to Egypt.

Have fun, whatever you decide

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jan-2012, at 13:26 by Utrecht ]