Language for Syria


What language do they speak in Syria?

Simply put the answer is Arabic. The only official language of Syria is Arabic and most media and education is conducted using Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). However, conversationally Syrians speak Levantine Arabic, which is similar to that spoken in  Lebanon.

Many Syrians today speak some basic English and may even know some French as a left over from past French rule.

Arabic is not the only language spoken in the country though, with Syria being made up of numerous minority groups. The largest of which is the Kurds, who are mainly based in the North East of the country and speak mainly Kurdish. This is the second most spoken language in the country, however it is not recognised as an official language. Turkish is also spoken in the Northern border areas near Turkey.

Aramaic

A fun fact about Syria is that is the only place left in the world where people speak Aramaic, the very same language spoken by Jesus. Maaloula, a village northeast of Damascus is one of three villages that currently still speak it. Aramaic is considered a dying language though sadly, as less and less people are learning it and to make things more difficult it has no written form.






Example Tours

Syria July Budget Tour
A jam-packed few days in this troubled, but spectacular country.

July 25, 2024
4 days
US$795.00
Syria July Budget Tour
Bookings closed!
Syria July Tour
Such an amazing country, we hope you're going to love Syria as much as we do. We carefully explore all aspects of this country, and can't wait to show it to you!

July 25, 2024
9 days
US$1595.00
Syria July Tour
Bookings closed!
Syria Autumn Budget Tour
The best way to see Syria if you only have a few days.

Oct. 31, 2024
4 days
US$795.00
Syria Autumn Budget Tour
Syria Autumn Tour
Beginning and ending in Beirut, this tour is your opportunity to see the best of Syria, including Palmyra, Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus.

Oct. 31, 2024
9 days
US$1595.00
Syria Autumn Tour
Syria New Year Budget Tour
New Year in Damascus, how cool's that! We'll throw in Bosra, Palmyra and Krak for you too, in this whirlwind tour of Syria.

Dec. 30, 2024
5 days
US$895.00
Syria New Year Budget Tour
Syria New Year Tour
What better way to bring in the New Year than with the bustling nightlife of the Damascus old town? But that's not all, we'll still take you to all our favourite spots around the rest of the country too!

Dec. 30, 2024
8 days
US$1495.00
Syria New Year Tour
Middle East Extravanganza Tour
This is our take on the three wonderful countries of Iran, Lebanon and Syria. From Roman ruins, to breath-taking nature, from vibrant cities to destruction and heart break, and everything in between.

May 11, 2025
28 days
US$3995.00
Middle East Extravanganza Tour
Summer in the Levant Budget Tour
The best of the Levant, in 8 fun-filled days, going to some of the least visited parts of Lebanon, followed by the must-sees of Syria.

May 26, 2025
8 days
US$1490.00
Summer in the Levant Budget Tour
Summer in the Levant
Syria and Lebanon are two countries rife with turmoil, but this doesn't stop them from being wonderful travel destinations, and if you want a fascinating holiday, this is the trip for you.

May 26, 2025
13 days
US$2290.00
Summer in the Levant
Summer in Syria Budget Tour
Anyone looking to see the must-see sights of Syria, but you only have a few days to do it in? We've designed this super speedy short tour just for you!

May 30, 2025
4 days
US$795.00
Summer in Syria Budget Tour
Summer in Syria
Syria might not be the first place that jumps to mind for a summer holiday, but why not?!

May 30, 2025
9 days
US$1595.00
Summer in Syria
Syria July Budget Tour
Designed for those planning a whirlwind tour of all the highlights. Starting and ending in Beirut, we'll cover Damascus, Palmyra and Krak des Chaveliers.

July 25, 2025
4 days
US$795.00
Syria July Budget Tour
Syria July Tour
All the highlights, including Palmyra and Krak Des Chaveliers, plus some SAIGA favourites like a beach holiday in Latakia and the best manakish in the Levant.

July 25, 2025
9 days
US$1595.00
Syria July Tour
Syria Autumn Budget Tour
A jam-packed few days in this troubled, but spectacular country.

Oct. 31, 2025
4 days
US$795.00
Syria Autumn Budget Tour
Syria Autumn Tour
We want to show you every side of this wonderful country - the famous history, the recent crisis, but also the nightlife and the beach parties.

Oct. 31, 2025
9 days
US$1595.00
Syria Autumn Tour
Middle East Extravanganza Tour
Three countries with so much in common, and yet so much variety, Iran, Lebanon and Syria certainly all have a story to tell.

May 13, 2024
28 days
US$3995.00
Middle East Extravanganza Tour
Completed
Summer in the Levant Budget Tour
The best of the Levant, in 8 fun-filled days, going to some of the least visited parts of Lebanon, followed by the must-sees of Syria.

May 28, 2024
8 days
US$1490.00
Summer in the Levant Budget Tour
Completed
Summer in the Levant
Syria and Lebanon are two countries rife with turmoil, but this doesn't stop them from being wonderful travel destinations, and if you want a fascinating holiday, this is the trip for you.

May 28, 2024
13 days
US$2290.00
Summer in the Levant
Completed
Summer in Syria Budget Tour
Anyone looking to see the must-see sights of Syria, but you only have a few days to do it in? We've designed this super speedy short tour just for you!

June 1, 2024
4 days
US$795.00
Summer in Syria Budget Tour
Completed
Summer in Syria
Syria might not be the first place that jumps to mind for a summer holiday, but why not?!

June 1, 2024
9 days
US$1595.00
Summer in Syria
Completed

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