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Lebanon: Jewel Of The Levant

Group Tour

7 Days From £2,145

Overview

Emerging from the ashes of its war-torn past, Lebanon is a country of captivating contrasts, having lain at the crossroads of religious, historical and social change for over 7,000 years. Blessed with gorgeous coastlines, delicious cuisine and a collection of ancient sites that are the envy of many, today it is emerging once more as one of the most engaging and dynamic countries in the Middle East.

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

6 x Breakfasts
6 x Lunches
5 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use minibuses.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in mid-range hotels. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Low / Moderate

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

VERY HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Lebanon: Jewel Of The Levant
EXPAND ALL ITINERARY DAYS
COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN BEIRUT

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN BEIRUT

Our journey begins in the Lebanese capital, where on arrival we will be met at the airport and transferred on to our centrally located hotel. Ideally situated within easy walking distance of the bustling markets of the Rue Hamra and the famed Pigeon Rocks, the hotel provides an ideal base close to the glittering waters of Zaitunay Bay.

Raouche Arjaan or similar

DAY 2: BEIRUT

DAY 2: BEIRUT

Reputed to be one of the oldest cities in the world, with an unquenchable thirst for life and an ancestry that encompasses Phoenician, Crusader and Ottoman influences, Beirut has risen from the ashes of its recent troubles to become once more one of the most dynamic cities in the Levant. Discover its remodelled centre, visit its mosques and historic churches and stop along the way to sample some of the city's culinary delights, before exploring its Corniche and its famous Pigeon Rocks. This evening we will then venture out to explore some of Beirut's famous nightlife.

Raouche Arjaan or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: BEIRUT - JEITA GROTTO - HARISSA - BYBLOS

DAY 3: BEIRUT - JEITA GROTTO - HARISSA - BYBLOS

A morning visit to Beirut’s National Museum presents a fascinating insight into the cultures, conflicts and traditions that have shaped this remarkable city. Departing Beirut, we then head for the vast limestone cave complex at Jeita, one of Lebanon’s most extraordinary natural wonders. Continuing on to the pilgrimage site of Our Lady of Lebanon at Harissa, we then explore the renowned church and take a cable car up to enjoy the views across the Bay of Jounieh before completing our journey on to Byblos.

Byblos Sur Mer or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: BYBLOS - QADISHA VALLEY - AL SHOUF CEDAR NATURE RESERVE

DAY 4: BYBLOS - QADISHA VALLEY - AL SHOUF CEDAR NATURE RESERVE

The spectacular UNESCO ruins of Byblos can boast a lineage that dates back some 7,000 years. Mentioned in biblical text and appearing in both Egyptian hieroglyphic and Punic inscriptions, the city provides us with an ancient souq, Phoenician ruins and easy access to the dramatic and revered landscapes of the Qadisha Valley. Here we can enjoy an afternoon walk and soak up the beautiful scenery with a simple picnic lunch along the way, before continuing on to our hotel for the evening.

Le Cedrus or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: CEDAR NATURE RESERVE - BEKKA VALLEY - BAALBEK

DAY 5: CEDAR NATURE RESERVE - BEKKA VALLEY - BAALBEK

This morning we will take some time to explore the ancient forests of the Cedars Nature Reserve, home to some of the oldest and finest examples of Lebanon’s national symbol, some of which reputedly date back over 2,000 years. From here we will continue on to the fertile lands of the Bekka Valley which form the north-easternmost extension of the Great Rift Valley and can lay claim to one of Lebanon’s greatest archaeological treasures. Here lie the spectacular Roman remains of Baalbek, site of the magnificent Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter, whose remaining Corinthian columns are amongst the largest of their kind left from ancient antiquity. After our visit we can relax for the evening and enjoy the views of the ruins from our hotel.

Palmyra Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: BAALBEK - BEITEDDINE - TYRE

DAY 6: BAALBEK - BEITEDDINE - TYRE

We begin today visiting the charming Chateau Marsyas winery where we can learn more about this celebrated industry and enjoy a wine tasting. Following this we will enjoy a delicious lunch at the very special Tawlet Ammiq, the restaurant belonging to Souk el Tayeb, an organisation which helps to support small-scale farmers and producers and encourage sustainable agriculture through respecting culinary traditions and the natural environment of this region. Continuing on we then head to the 19th century Beiteddine Palace, set against the stirring backdrop of the Chouf Mountains and a sumptuous gem of Italianate and Arab design. Built by Emir Bashir II and badly damaged during the civil war, today it is considered one of the country’s greatest cultural treasures. From here we continue on to the city of Tyre, whose ancient Phoenician ruins include the UNESCO site of its magnificent Roman hippodrome. This evening we can enjoy the Mediterranean setting of this historic city with our final dinner together.

Tyre Rest House or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TYRE - SAIDA – TOUR ENDS IN BEIRUT

DAY 7: TYRE - SAIDA – TOUR ENDS IN BEIRUT

Also known as Sidon, the port town of Saida provides us with our final stop as we head back towards Beirut this morning. A once flourishing Phoenician city, today its winding backstreets, colourful markets and prominent Crusader sea castle provide an ideal spot to break our journey for a delicious lunch. From here we will then transfer back to the airport for the flight home.

Breakfast, Lunch

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Superior

Superior

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Supporting smale-scale farmers

On Day 6 we will enjoy a delicious lunch at the very special Tawlet Ammiq, born from Souk El Tayeb, an organisation which helps to support small-scale farmers and producers and encourage sustainable agriculture through respecting culinary traditions and the natural environment of this region. Tawlet Ammiq is situated within the village of Ammiq, where most residents work in agriculture, and is nearby the Ammiq Wetland, one of the most significant in Lebanon as it is frequented by migratory birds. It is therefore very important to support the local food industry and educate producers on environmentally friendly practices. The restaurant allows for locals to showcase their wine or crops, which are then reimagined into delicious dishes by the cooks. Furthermore, the building itself is environmentally friendly, using 80% less energy than a standard construction, and features interiors designed by local artisans and craftsmen. 

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.

If you plan to spend time in Beirut once the tour has finished, we can arrange for you to be complimentary transferred to our designated post-tour accommodation, once the group tour has finished at Beirut Airport.

Flight Code Departing Arriving
ME 202 London Heathrow (LHR) 13:00 Beirut Airport (BEY) 19:35
ME 203 Beirut Airport (BEY) 17:25 London Heathrow (LHR) 20:35

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently require a visa for Lebanon, which can be obtained upon arrival into the country.

NB. It should also be noted that anyone with a passport showing evidence of having visited Israel (including having entered or left Jordan/Egypt from posts which are known to border Israel) are likely to be denied a visa for Lebanon.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Beirut

Why not extend your time in Beirut to explore more of this atmospheric city or simply relax on the beaches of the Mediterranean. Allow 2-3 days. 

Tripoli

Head north from Beirut to reach the city of Tripoli, famous for its street food. Explore the old town, mosques, beaches and imposing citadel, one of the biggest in Lebanon. Allow 2-3 days. 

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

Despite its Middle Eastern location, Lebanon has a mild climate with four seasons. Spring (March - May) and autumn (October - November) are considered the best times to visit due to milder temperatures and less rain. Generally, temperatures on the coast are higher, with spring temperatures between 13-25C in Beirut and 5-20C in the Beeka Valley. Autumn temperatures range between 16-28C in Beirut and 4-22C in the Beeka Valley. However, weather can be unpredictable at any time of year, especially if going to the more mountainous regions, so please allow for both hot and cold weather during your visit.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.
On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 4304 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

INSPIRATION

TRAVEL GUIDE TO LEBANON | WILD FRONTIERS

In this film, Wild Frontiers Founder Jonny Bealby shows us around Lebanon

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP