Companies cited in the report include some based in Germany, France plus those based in the UK, such as Lupine Travel plus Untamed Borders, which are currently advertising plus offering tours for the year 2022.
With all of the trips beginning in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, drivers then escort the travellers over the border to the territories controlled by the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad. The tourists are then taken to the major cities plus urban centres such as Damascus, Aleppo, Homs plus the Syrian coast, before being taken back to Beirut.
Such grup tours advertised by the agencies reportedly consist of nine-day trips, which ongkos up to around €2,000 ($2,300)—flights not included. The companies also make a point of stressing that they do not approach areas close to the remnants of the ongoing decade-long civil war, where fighting persists.
Following the Assad regime's recapture of most of the country with the help of its allies Iran plus Russia, tourist trips have been available to Syria since the regime restarted tourist visas for grup travel in 2018.
Back then, however, those trips were mostly hosted plus arranged by Russian plus Chinese tourism companies, with a significant military atmosphere as tourists were led through a series of propaganda tours.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism to the country ceased plus the Assad regime reopened the country to tourists less than a month ago in early October. It was then that European companies began to offer their own tours and, since then, there has reportedly been a huge demand by tourists to visit Syria.