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Lebanon Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

Emerging from the ashes of its war-torn past, Lebanon has undergone a rebirth in recent years to present visitors with a country that enjoys the rich benefits of an ancient past and a bustling Mediterranean future. Bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, the impact of Arabic, Roman and French influences are clearly visible everywhere you look. There is no better way to explore this country than on one of our Lebanon tours or tailor-made holidays. 

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Group tours

Travel to Lebanon with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

GROUP TOUR

Lebanon: Jewel Of The Levant

Visit a country of contrasts from modern day Beirut, ancient ruins of Byblos and the Qadisha Valley famied for it's cedars, enjoying the sumptuous cuisine as you go!
7 days from A$4,061

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Lebanon

The perfect introduction to this diverse country, a short stay in Beirut offers the chance to explore cities and sites that have been forged over the centuries by Phoenician traders, Roman legions and fierce crusades.
5 days from A$1,943
TAILOR-MADE

Lebanon In Style

This luxurious itinerary encompasses the country's most exclusive experiences, lavish accommodations and high-quality produce to combine the best of Lebanon's ancient past with its spectacular rebirth as one of the Middle East's most fashionable destinations.
10 days from A$8,880
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Lebanon

Discover artisanal traditions and tastes that have evolved and blossomed over countless centuries, whilst staying in charming guesthouses and meeting local Lebanese people.
9 days from A$5,143

HIGHLIGHTS OF LEBANON

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Baalbek

Baalbek is probably the most impressive historical site in Lebanon and has some of the best Roman ruins in the Middle East. Originally the site of a temple devoted to the Semitic god Baal, the Greeks ...

Beirut

Before the civil war, Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East, a cosmopolitan city famous for its nightlife, beaches and restaurants. Beirut suffered grave damage during the civil war of 1975-1992 ...

Byblos

Byblos is a picturesque port city with a wonderful archaeological site. It is known as the world's oldest continually inhabited town and the remains here date from the Stone Age through to the Crusaders....

Shouf Biosphere Reserve

Most of Lebanon used to be populated with cedar trees, which provided the timber for the boats that made the Phoenicians such renowned sailors as well as wealthy merchants of the Mediterranean. Today ...

Tyre

In the south of Lebanon lies the Phoenician port city of Tyre. Tyre was badly affected during WW2 but the archaeological remains are impressive, most of them dating from Greek and Roman times. The best ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

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Albergo, Beirut

Hidden in the lively Ashrafieh district, one of the oldest and most exciting areas of Beirut, the Albergo Hotel has an air of understated elegance. Each of the 33 suites has a unique theme drawn from…
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Beit Faris wa Lucia, Byblos

Hidden within the old souks of Byblos, Beit Faris wa Lucia has all the old-world charm of the city it resides in. Built on the foundations of a Crusader tower, the beautiful stone building was the home…
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Dar Alma, Tyre

This beachfront property is located near the iconic castle of Tyre, allowing for sightseeing and water sporting opportunities. Originally built in 1967 and given a new lease of life in 2010, it still…
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Le Gray, Beirut

The five star Le Gray hotel offers its guests a contemporary and stylish location in the beautiful city of Beirut, and is only a 15-minute drive from the airport. The property centres on a circular…
Superior | Boutique Hotel

Palmyra Hotel, Baalbek

Palmyra Hotel is sure to be a highlight during your stay in Baalbek. Having been open for over 140 years, the hotel has hosted many famous guests such as Ella Fitzgerald, Picasso, Einstein and Charles…
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Zanzoun, Beirut

A gorgeous bed and breakfast, Zanzoun is set within a traditional Lebanese home, tucked away in Mar Mikhael. The exclusive heritage property has only three queen-size rooms, all boasting antiques and…

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WHEN TO GO

INSPIRATION

Meet the expert, Dan

Dan is our Middle East expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

Speak to Daniel by calling
+44 (0)20 3944 6258

Jupiter Temple at Baalbek is the largest Roman temple in the world and there is barely anyone there. If you have any interest in ancient history or more generally the ingenuity of mankind, you'll be amazed.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Travel Tips

• Enjoy freshly cooked fish by the harbour side in Byblos

• Sample the delights of Chateau Ksara wines in the Bekaa Valley

• See the Cedars in the less visited Chouf National Park

• Enjoy the nightlife in Lebanon's undiscovered gem, Batroun.

• Go walking in the Hermel mountains

Practical Information

Time: Lebanon is 2hrs ahead of GMT. A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com

Food and Alcohol: When the Lebanese eat out, they will usually order group meals - a selection of mezze, or starters, followed by main meals to share. Arabic unleavened bread, or khoobz Arabi, is eaten with almost everything. The other staples are falafel, deep-fried chickpea balls; shwarma, spit-cooked sliced lamb and foul; a paste of fava beans, garlic and lemon. Mensaf is a Bedouin speciality - a whole lamb, head included, on a bed of rice and pine nuts. Lebanese food is often described as the “pearl of the Arabian kitchen” so eating well is nothing to worry about with their kebabs, tabbouleh, couscous and fresh salads. Vegetarians or those with special dietary needs can also be catered for; much of mezze is vegetarian.

Alcohol is available in Lebanon but with much of the population being Muslim it is not as plentiful as other nations.

Money: In Lebanon the official unit of currency is the Lebanese pound. To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Language & Religion: Article 11 of Lebanon's Constitution states that "Arabic is the official national language. A law determines the cases in which the French language may be used". The majority of Lebanese people speak Arabic and either French or English fluently. Moreover, Lebanese people of Armenian or Greek descent also speak Armenian or Greek fluently. Also in use is Kurdish spoken by some of the Kurdish minorities in Lebanon, and Syriac by the Syriac minorities.

Religion is split with around 60% being of various Muslim varieties with the Shi’a Muslims being the largest group, and the remaining 40% being different variations of Christianity.