Most people, when you say you are going to Syria, are more than a little surprised. Some wonder if the country is open to visitors, others wonder if its safe, and still others just wonder why youd go in the first place. I would reply that if you are interested in cultural travel, wish to be on the cutting edge of opening tourist markets, and have more than a little bit of adventure in your blood, this is a great destination. I traveled to Damascus from Beirut and stayed for 2 nights and 3 days. It was a short visit (too short, really) and, though I wish I had more time, it was a great add-on to my Lebanon trip, and I was at least able to get a sense of this exciting and fascinating country.