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Given the problems between Israel and several of its neighbours added to the problems in several Middle East countries due to the Arab Spring, and perhaps some other closed borders or unsafe countries, if I really want to get to Israel from Europe without flying is it currently possible and which route would be least dangerous and least risk of being disallowed entry at border crossings etc?

The important part is at the middle east end. The Europe end doesn't really matter since travelling among the European countries is a piece of cake in comparison.

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Your default way would be via Syria and Jordan, but I'd say that's not safe. You may need to look into ferries from Greece or Cyprus –  Gagravarr Sep 16 '11 at 16:00
    
If it was via Syria and Jordan is the route beyond either then totally obvious? I heard the border region with Turkey and Syria is not safe right now. Does Armenia have a border? I could be there in a few months. Also are all other land routes besides Jordan impassable? Sorry for my fairly complete ignorance \-: –  hippietrail Sep 16 '11 at 16:07
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I believe your two options are trying to get a ferry from Cyprus, or overland it from Egypt (friends in Egypt say the situation is much better now) –  Gagravarr Sep 16 '11 at 16:13
    
Aha. Now I have to look up the route from Egypt to Europe... I think there is plenty for you to make an answer (-: –  hippietrail Sep 16 '11 at 16:19
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Looking at the ever useful Seat61 page for Israel, there are three typical routes. One is via Turkey, Syria and Jordan. My understanding of the current situation in Syria is that this one is out. Next up is a direct ferry from Greece, but that isn't running currently. Finally there are suggestions that you can get a ferry from Cyprus on to Israel, I'd suggest you try looking into that.

If you wanted to get to Jordan avoiding Syria, then you'd have to go through Iraq, which isn't any better! I think you'll have to consign yourself to not overlanding it via Turkey any time soon. Ferry in is your best bet.

One other possible option is via Egypt. Friends in Egypt tell me that the situation in the country is much better now, however relations between Egypt and Israel aren't great (to say the least...). That'd likely mean taking the ferry from Venice to Alexandria and then onwards by land to the border (and hope it's open). Snag is, that ferry is reported to have issues at the moment too, as it normally stops in Syria on the way

Looks like your only bet is the Cyprus ferry, assuming their website is telling the truth about it running a the moment...

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Obviously it will be much easier to get there than getting back (because of visa issues) –  Grzenio Sep 19 '11 at 14:49
    
There shouldn't be any visa/passport stamp issues via Greece and Cyprus, but you're right it's an issue for overland via neighbouring countries –  Gagravarr Sep 19 '11 at 16:55
    
Borders with Egypt are working fine as usual (of course you would enter from Taba not Rafah), and relations between Egypt and Israel are more than great as they have always been. Some people in either countries might not love the other, others will always try to ruin these relations and spread rumors on both sides. But thank god both governments have had perfectly good relations for almost 40 years. May they forever live in peace –  msk Nov 21 '11 at 7:04
    
You can ask Israel to stamp on a separate piece of paper to avoid issues getting back –  JoelFan Nov 30 '11 at 23:32
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