As some of you might know – I can never keep a thought in my mind without telling the world about it – I am going back to Egypt on summer. Nothing weird so far.
The thing is that I was doing some research about flights and they look more expensive than ever. Therefore I thought “if I have to spend this money just to fly, why not adding little more and have an unforgettable trip“?
There are flights to Istanbul from Genoa, my hometown! Yes, we have an airport in Genoa… a rather useless one, but since they introduced this flight to Istanbul my mind started daydreaming about Turkey much more than I ever did before.
The next step in my mind was easy:
I will fly to Istanbul, and then down to Egypt by land!
Easy! Peasy! Not.
Can you imagine how excited I got? I rushed to Google and started searching for information and routes. Scribbling, scribbling.
I knew since the beginning that the word “by land” was not appropriate as I had to skip Syria. So I thought I could take a ferry from Turkey and reach Northern Cyprus, then cross the border and take another ferry from Cyprus to Lebanon. I heard Beirut is a cool city too many times and I want to go!
Thanks to Anil I found out about ferries from the town of Tasucu in Southern Turkey to Girne, North Cyprus.
I also found out I can cross the border from Northern Cyprus to the South in Nicosia and that there is just one “official” passage at the Lhedra Palace Hotel, and crossing is only possible if walking. Fair enough. Exciting. I can do that!
From Cyprus I planned to reach Lebanon, then proceed south to Israel and Palestine, then Jordan, and finally Egypt.
Here are some of the problems I am facing:
- From Cyprus to Lebanon it looks like there are no ferries (since I would like to avoid flights, it would be the best solution)
- If I decide to fly to Lebanon, I will need a return flight in order to be admitted into the country and get a visa.
- Once in Lebanon, I can’t cross the border to Israel. Call me ignorant but I had no idea that the “Blue Line” at the border is closed. So what’s the point in going to Lebanon if I can’t go further than that?
- So shall I skip Lebanon? Then I should skip Cyprus too and go directly to Israel. The itinerary is loosing a lot.
I would like to ask everyone for help and advice.