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Cultural Lebanon

Your next adventure could be in a country with lots of beauty, history and culture.

Lebanon is a small country in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean and increasingly a fascinating tourist destination, offering many options for different tastes and ideals.

Embark with us on this adventure where you’ll come into contact with a lot of history, castles, palaces and mosques, but also natural landscapes that will remain in your memory forever.

Looking for a different trip? Book now! this is THE TRIP!

Duration
Home
Grupo
Price
Flights

8 Days

3 June, 2024

5 – 12 people

1275€

425€

Moments of Travel
What is included
What is not included
Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles

Tripoli visit

Batroun Visit

Sidon, a famous Phoenician city,

Marine archaeological ruins in Tyre (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Cedar Forest

Gebran Museum

Visit to Baalbeck, city of the sun

Ksara Winery, the oldest in Lebanon

Jeita Caves, candidate for the 7 wonders of the world

Byblos Visit

Spanish-speaking guide every day of the excursion

Comfortable, air-conditioned transport with driver on visiting days

Airport-Hotel-Airport transport.

Hotel accommodation and breakfast

Entrances to the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary and wine tastings

Complementary services for the Tour Leader in a single room

Tour Leader accompaniment throughout the trip

Classic Plus Travel Insurance

Medical Travel appointment

Flights (We will help you buy them if you wish)

Any service not specified as included

Lunches and dinners

Personal expenses and tips

Upgrade basic travel insurance

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Lebanon - Beirut

Departure by flight to Beirut / Rafick al Hariri airport. Reception, welcome and transfer to the hotel. Hotel Accomodation

Day 2

Batroun and Tripoli

Breakfast and departure for Tripoli, in the far north of the country. Tripoli is Lebanon's second largest city. Tripoli's history dates back to at least the 14th century BC. The city is famous for having the largest Crusader fortress in Lebanon (the Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles) and has the second largest Mamluk architectural heritage in the world (after Cairo). Tripoli is home to many historical sites and traditional soap, copper and pottery factories that have sustained its economy throughout history. Some highlights include the old souk, which sells all kinds of antique and classic products, both culinary and commercial, the Khan Al Saboun olive oil soap factory and Qasr el Helou, a shop selling traditional Arab sweets. Continue to Batroun, famous for its seasonal summer attractions (water sports, beach clubs and nightlife) and its beer and lemonade. We'll stroll through the 19th century souk, where a showcase of sandstone arches and vaults is on display. We'll head to the 225-metre-high Phoenician wall 225 metres of Phoenician wall carved into the rocks of the neighbouring beach over 2,000 years ago. We will also visit St Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Roman-Byzantine architecture, as well as the Chapel of the Lady of the Sea (Saydet el-Bahr), the ancient Phoenician fort damaged by the massive earthquake of July 551 and the remains of the 11 levels of the ancient Roman theatre. Overnight in hotel in Beirut.

Day 3

Sidón and Tiro

Breakfast and departure for the south of Lebanon. 45 kilometres south of Beirut, we reach Sidon, a famous Phoenician city, where we can visit its Sea Castle dating back to the Crusaders at the beginning of the 12th century. Here we will visit the old traditional markets, caravanserais, the Arab Soap Museum, Debbane Palace and the Hammams. About 40 km further south, we'll visit the incredible Phoenician city of Tyre, visiting its marine archaeological ruins (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the great necropolis, the triumphal arch and the spectacular Roman hippodrome. Accommodation in Beirut.

Day 4

Cedar Forest, Bcharré and Qadisha Valley

Breakfast and today is a day of travelling dedicated to visiting the mountains of northern Lebanon. The tour begins in Becharré with a visit to the Gebran Museum (1883-1931), the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. The museum is a 19th-century monastery that was carved directly into the rock in fulfilment of Gibran's last wish to be buried there. Continue with a visit to the majestic forest of God's cedars, which are the survivors of the immense cedar forests that once covered the slopes of Mount Lebanon. The slopes of Mount Lebanon. Its wood was exploited by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and Phoenicians. Wood was particularly appreciated by the Egyptians for shipbuilding. The day ends with a drive down the holy valley of Qadisha, where Maronite Christian monasteries, unique in the Middle East, abound. We'll visit the Qozhaya monastery, where it was first printed in the 16th century. Then we'll visit Father Darios in the valley. Hotel accommodation in Beirut.

Day 5

Baalback, Ksara and Anjar

We started our tour in the Bekaa Valley, heading towards Baalbeck, known as the city of the sun. Visit the impressive and monumental Roman ruins; one of the largest and best preserved ever built in the world, the Temple of Jupiter, the Temple of Venus and the Temple of Bacchus. Not forgetting the famous Hajjar el Hibla quarry or the Rock of the Pregnant Woman, about 5 minutes from the temples, this monolith is considered one of the largest rocks ever carved by man, along with two other blocks of stone discovered in the same quarry. Continue to the Ksara winery (the oldest in Lebanon) to learn about its history, wine production and enjoy a varied wine tasting. We'll end our visit with Anjar, famous for its strong links with Armenia and unique testimony to Umayyad urbanism, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll discover the architectural ruins from the time of the Umayyads and the Caliphs. Hotel accommodation in Beirut.

Day 6

Jeita, Harissa and Byblos

Our trip begins with a visit to the Jeita Caves, candidates for the Seven Wonders of the World. It is one of the most beautiful caves in the world, where water and time have carved out cathedral-like vaults and splendid formations. Next, we'll visit the statue of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, the most important place for religious pilgrims in Lebanon. From the top, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over the Bay of Jounieh. We take the cable car down to Jounieh, a bustling city with modern buildings and an active nightlife. We'll end our visit in Byblos, 37 kilometres north of Beirut. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to 6,000 B.C. The birthplace of the alphabet, it has witnessed 18 civilisations, including the Canaanites, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. The heart of the city lies in its old souk, built during the Ottoman reign, which consisted of several khans (inns), shops and stables for horses. Its famous 1000-year-old citadel offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean, where you can climb the steps of a Roman amphitheatre and see a 2000-year-old Phoenician necropolis.

Day 7

Beirute - Deir el Qamar and Beiteddine

Breakfast and we'll start our tour of the capital Beirut, strolling through the renovated SOLIDERE Central District, where you can see Phoenician archaeological sites, Roman baths, churches and mosques of historical value, Martyrs' Square, the famous Pigeon Rocks and the National Museum and the yellow house. Heading towards the Chouf region, 45 kilometres east-west of Beirut, we will visit the ancient village of Deir El-Qamar, made up of stone houses with red roofs and the residence of Lebanese governors from the 16th to the 18th century. Next, we'll visit the Beiteddine Palace (known as the Alhambra of Lebanon). It is considered the best example of 19th century Lebanese architecture. Both inside and out, it's as beautiful as if it had come out of an Arabian Nights fairytale. Hotel accommodation in Beirut.

Day 8

Beirute - Return Home

Breakfast and transfer to the airport: 2.5 hours before the flight, departure from the hotel to Beirut airport.

Frequent Questions

What kind of accommodation am I staying in on this trip?

Accommodation for this trip will be a 4* hotel

We use twin or double rooms (on request).

If you want a single room, you will have to pay a supplement.

Does Triskelion Expeditions handle the flights?

Yes, although we don’t include the cost of flights in the trip, we can also take care of them if you wish. All you have to do is tell us when you book.

We send you a quote with the price of the flights at the time and then you decide whether to buy with Triskelion, on your own or with another agency.

Are arrival and departure transfers included?

That’s right, transfers are included in the price of the trip.

There is one flight on the trip that is recommended for the group to arrive at the same time, so transfers are available according to the arrival time of this flight. If you opt for flights with a different arrival time, these are no longer included (in which case there is no refund of the transfer fee).

Where do I meet the leader?

The meeting with the leader takes place at the destination airport.

If I enrol alone, do I have to pay an individual supplement?

It is not compulsory, as we will group together those who sign up for a double room with a twin bed (where possible), by sex and order of registration, travellers who sign up for the trip alone. If the number of travellers is odd, the participant who is left alone will have to pay the respective single supplement.

If you want to stay in a single room, then you will have to pay the single supplement.

What documentation do I need to make this journey?

For this trip you will need to carry a passport valid for at least six months after the date of departure from the country.

Can I arrive before and leave after the group?

Yes, if you want to arrive in Beirut before the group and leave after the end of the group trip, you can.

In that case, if you wish, we can book the accommodation for you, or you can choose to buy it without Triskelion Expeditions.

How are meals not included?

Meals that are not included can be taken as a group, in places recommended by the leader or local guides, or you can prefer to eat somewhere else that suits you better, with other people or on your own.

How can I pay for this trip?

A minimum payment of 35 per cent of the cost of the trip is required to confirm the booking.

The remaining amount must be paid at least 45 days before the start date of the trip.

The remaining value of the trip can be paid in instalments up to 45 days before the beginning of the trip.

There is no refund of the amount paid at the time of booking, after confirmation of the trip.

Can I cancel the trip?

You can cancel your trip up until the day we confirm it by email.

If you want to cancel the trip after it has been confirmed, you will incur costs that we have already paid for services to be used on the trip.

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