so, you guys are having a break ....
Is the borders to Syria closed? My wife and I left our bikes at Wim's n Ethiopia and will go back in Sept Oct to go on to try and make Turkey or Euro. But if you say there's a problem with the ferries or boat then going around Syria way will be the only way.
Did you ask on HorizonsUnlimted maybe some others have answers?
Are you coming through Switzerland anytime ?
There is always a guest room and cold beer in the fridge for any overlander, RTW, Transafrica, etc.
Good Luck and happy trails
Thomas & Andrea