Our program here at LAU ends on the 3rd of August which means I have 20 days before I need to be in Cairo. My plan is to fit a couple of months worth of touring into these 20 days hitting some cool spots along the way.
The cheapest and most likely plan looks like this: spend the 4th-6th of August in Damascus touring the old city, the souqs, and the Umayyad mosque among other places. Cab ride to damascus: about $10.
Be back in Beirut for my birthday on the 7th- celebrate with friends until most of them start leaving (Yusra leaves on the 11th I believe). Luckily, I have spoken with the director of the program and it seems to be okay to have us stay roughly an extra week for free in the dorms.
On the 11th- leave for Istanbul flying Turkish Airlines- ticket will be $185 plus $65 tax. Stay in Istanbul for 2-3 days at the Side Hotel- around 35-50 Euro per night, but with views of both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia.
After that- $20 five hour bus ride to Sofia, Bulgaria where I will meet up with my friend Sofi and her family. We will stay in Bulgaria for a few days before heading down to Greece and staying on the coast there. If all goes as planned I will then be flying out of Athens airport and landing in Cairo around 2 am on the 22nd for the measly price of $120 on Olympic Air.
Most likely, all of this will change, but it’s good to at least have a plan.