Lebanon Explorer

Upcoming Tour Date:

  • 09 November–17 November 2020 – Just added
9 days
from £1,999 pp
Tour code: AGT1116

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 09 November–17 November 2020 – Just added
    9 days
    from £1,999 pp
    Tour code: AGT1116

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      Tour Code AGT1116
      Max Group Size 26
      Single Supplement £300
      Start/End Point Beirut / Beirut
      Tour Manager Ellie Spawton – Read Bio

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      Explore Lebanon’s extraordinary cultural heritage, from the vast remains of empires past to the natural cedar forests and cave systems — including a visit to stunning Baalbek.

      Our tour to Lebanon showcases the best this Middle-Eastern gem has to offer. Visit the last remaining ancient Lebanon cedar forests used in construction by the Egyptians, Ottomans and more. Explore the immense remains of the temple complex of Baalbek, and enjoy a wine tasting in Roman-constructed caves. Based in a five-star hotel in cosmopolitan Beirut, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore the past and present of this small country in the Middle East, from wandering its vast ruins and spectacular churches and immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Jeita Grotto, to dining in carefully selected local eateries.

      Only recently back on the tourist trail, Lebanon is certainly on the up; we recommend visiting soon.

      Words from Your Tour Manager…

      “As soon as the travel advice was lifted from UNESCO World Heritage Site Baalbek, which boasts two of the grandest and largest Roman temple ruins in the Middle East, we knew we had to organise a tour to Lebanon – and the response for our first departure this year has been even better than we expected. A fascinating meeting point of cultures, from east to west and Christianity to Islam, Lebanon is a small but extraordinary country, renowned for its delicious cuisine and glamorous capital, Beirut, as well as its wealth of extensive archaeological sites from the Romans to early Islam to the Crusades – and everything in between. Baalbek itself retains its appeal as ‘undiscovered’, largely due to its semirural setting and from being ‘inaccessible’ to visitors for such a period of time.

      But this won’t just be a tour to uncover Lebanon’s history and archaeology. With a visit to Jeita Grotto, a national symbol and one of the region’s greatest natural wonders, as well as a wine tasting at Chateau Ksara in Roman-constructed caves (and whose wines are featured by The Wine Society), this is sure to be an absolutely fascinating introduction to this up and coming cultural hub.”

      Ellie Spawton

      Highlights

      • Explore the extraordinary remains of Baalbek
      • Visit Jeita Grotto, a natural wonder
      • Indulge in authentic Lebanese food and wine
      • Excursions to the seaside towns of Byblos and Sidon, dotted with historical sites

      What’s Included

      • Return British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Beirut
      • 8 nights’ accommodation in a five-star hotel
      • Daily breakfast, six lunches and two evening meals
      • All excursions and entrance fees
      • All overseas transport and English speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      On arrival in Beirut, transfer to your five-star hotel in the Hamra district. A light dinner will be provided due to the late arrival.

      Overnight: Beirut

      Day 2 - Jeita Grotto / Byblos / Harissa (B, L)

      Visit the astonishing Jeita Grotto, a system of caves spanning nearly 9km and considered one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature’, before continuing to Harissa, home to an important pilgrimage site: Our Lady of Lebanon.

      This afternoon, transfer to Byblos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

      Overnight: Beirut

      Day 3 - Beirut (B, L)

      Tour the highlights of Beirut, starting with the National Museum, followed by the city centre.

      This afternoon, visit the 19th century Beiteddine palace complex, which houses a museum of weapons as well as archaeology. Continue to Deir El Kamar, a typical Lebanese village with its historical centre, souk, and more.

      Overnight: Beirut

      Day 4 - Cedars of God (B, L)

      Depart to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site, ‘The Cedars of God’, one of the last surviving forests of ancient Lebanon cedar. Visit the museum of the famous Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran, as well as some of the town’s monasteries and churches. Finish the day at the Monastery of St Antoine of Kozhaya, built partly inside the mountain.

      Overnight: Beirut

      Day 5 - Batroun (B, L)

      Visit the Balamand Monastery, constructed in the mid-12th century over Byzantine remains and boasting a collection of 170 manuscripts.

      Batroun is one of the oldest cities in the world with an incredible heritage. It possesses historic Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, imposing Phoenician wall and a Crusader fort.

      Overnight: Beirut

      Day 6 - Sidon / Tyre / Maghdouche (B, L)

      Today, explore the seaside towns of Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche.

      Sidon’s origins are unknown, but it experienced its golden age during the Persian era. You can still see the remains of a Crusader castle and evidence of its long history of occupation.

      Tyre, a UNESCO site, boasts impressive Roman remains, including one of the largest hippodromes in the region.

      Finish in Maghdouche to see its most famous landmark, where Mary is believed to have waited for Jesus in a cave as he preached in Sidon.

      Overnight: Beirut

      Day 7 - At leisure (B, D)

      Spend the day at leisure, exploring Beirut or more of Lebanon’s stunning cultural legacy.

      This evening, there is a special farewell dinner.

      Overnight: Beirut

      Day 8 - Baalbek / Anjar (B, L)

      Visit Baalbek, which has some of the most impressive and well-preserved Roman temples in Lebanon, including the ‘Jupiter Temple’. The site itself has remains from centuries of occupation and construction.

      8th century Anjar has strong fortifications enclosing three palaces, two hammams and a mosque.

      Finally, visit Ksara Winery, located in Roman-constructed caves, for a tasting.

      Overnight: Beirut

      Day 9 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £300 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

      Call us today on 01425 480 600