Adventures with Purpose: Lebanon

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Overview

Despite rebuilding after a war and being in the grips of an economic crisis, Lebanon is taking care to embrace and cherish sustainable initiatives throughout the country. A new generation of NGOs and private initiatives are blossoming to preserve and protect heritage, traditions and cultural history. Ranging from guesthouses and restaurants, farmers markets and craft workshops, to the 450km Lebanese Mountain Trail protecting the environment and creating livelihoods for the villages along the ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

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Example Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes and budget, or build a trip from scratch.

Day 1 Arrive Beirut

Fly into Beirut and transfer to your hotel in a lively and friendly neighbourhood.

Beit Tamanna

Day 2 Beirut: Museums & Markets

Explore Beirut with your guide today. As well as taking in the National Museum to admire archaeological finds from the country, you may also like to visit one or two of the city’s art galleries, a number of which showcase local and young Lebanese artists. Head to Souk Al Tayeb, one of the local farmer’s markets to taste some of the regional Lebanese cuisine and visit some of the local artisans, whether it be the Armenian jewellers in Bourj Hammoud or one of the women’s co-operatives where you can buy exquisitely embroidered items by Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

Beit Tamanna Breakfast

Day 3 Beirut - Byblos: Jabal Moussa Hike & Ruins

Leaving the city today, you’ll drive inland to the Jabal Moussa Nature Reserve, winding your way up a gorge along the Ibrahim River. On arrival at the reserve, there are a number of trails, but we would recommend the Chowan Lake trail which is around 4km and takes you down to the river where it forms a beautiful blue lake. After the hike, enjoy lunch at the small restaurant run by Jacqueline and her family serving traditional Lebanese food with produce from their own land. Exploring the area further you’ll discover some of the small ancient ruins dating from Roman, Phoenician and Crusader times. For the particularly adventurous, there is the chance to go caving. Leaving the mountains, you’ll then return to sea level to the delightful coastal town of Byblos.

Beit Faris wa Lucia Breakfast

Day 4 Byblos: Phoenicians To Crusaders

The city of Byblos offers a grand display of the history of the region. Amongst its archaeological sites, it is possible to see Phoenician remains, Hellenistic ruins, a Roman theatre and a Crusader castle. The town is home to alleyways filled with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops, and the ancient harbour is filled with fishing and tourist boats. Explore the history of Byblos this morning with your guide before an afternoon at leisure, and in the evening, it’ll be possible to take a cookery class at a local home.

Beit Faris wa Lucia Breakfast

Day 5 Byblos - Bcharre: Mountain Trail & Monasteries

Just an hour’s drive inland and you’ll feel like you’re in a different world from the coast. The Qadisha Valley is a breathtaking gorge home to ancient cedar forests, dozens of monasteries and small towns perched on the hillsides. On arrival, you’ll meet your local guide and hike a section of the Lebanon Mountain trail, a country-long walking route developed to protect the environment and promote community projects in Lebanon. The hike will take you along the side of the gorge, where you can visit monasteries and enjoy the views across the valley. Afterwards, transfer to a local guesthouse for dinner and stay overnight.

Chbat Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Bcharre - Douma: Cedars With Views

A short drive further along the gorge will bring you to the Tannourine Cedar Reserve. Here you’ll take one of the many trails to look out across the mountains and enjoy the dense cedar forests. If visiting in the spring, you’ll see plenty of wildflowers, too. After your hike, head to the village of Douma where you will check in to your guesthouse for the night. The guesthouse is part of an NGO working to promote sustainable practices and preserve regional traditions. All the food comes from local farmers to protect rural heritage, and guests are invited to join in in the kitchen to learn more about the ingredients and recipes.

Beit Douma Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Douma - Shouf: Epic Roman Ruins

This morning’s drive takes you through the Mount Lebanon range and down into the Bekaa Valley. There will be plenty of photo opportunities along this beautiful drive but at the end, the fabulous site of Baalbek awaits. These Greco-Roman ruins are amongst the best in the Middle East, with every step from the grand entrance through the courts to the Temples of Jupiter and Bacchus providing awe-inspiring moments. From here, you’ll head to Tawlet Ammiq, serving up local farm produce for lunch. Head back into the mountains to the Shouf Biosphere Reserve and the village of Maaser for your local guesthouse. Perhaps enjoy dinner at the small, family-operated St Michael’s Winery.

Castle Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Shouf: Lebanon Mountain Trail

This morning, make a stop at the bakery run by a lady from the village to try your hand at making manoushe, a Levantine flat-bread topped with olive oil and zaatar before you head off to the starting point of your hike. There are five sections of the LMT running through the Shouf and you’ll spend a day completing one of the sections. Another guesthouse awaits you this evening with a sumptuous feast of traditional Lebanese food.

Castle Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Shouf - Tyre: Crafts & Cliff-side Fortresses

You'll head south this morning, stopping along the way at the workshop of Nazih Bah who makes abayas and other textiles on a century-old loom in the traditional way his grandfather taught him. Driving through the beautiful mountains, you’ll reach Niha where you can visit what’s left of the 10th-century fortress which was carved into and perched on the cliffside. Although little remains of the fortress, the sheer setting is quite remarkable. Continue south passing through Jezzine, where a number of waterfalls tumble dramatically down the cliff face, and visit traditional knife makers in the bazaar. Arrive at the coast and the city of Tyre, where you check in to your guesthouse near the harbour.

Dar Alma Breakfast

Day 10 Tyre: Mediterranean Coastal Town

Start the day with a visit to Al-Bass Roman ruins with their large necropolis, Hadrian’s arch and the second largest hippodrome in the Roman world. From here, head to Al-Mina ruins, formerly the port, where you’ll find colonnaded streets overlooking the sea. Stop off at a local paper maker, Papyrus Atelier - a project that aims to recycle waste into gifts while teaching the local community, especially the children, about waste. After a walk in the old town and lunch near the harbour, you may like to head out on kayaks this afternoon. Green sea turtles use Lebanon’s beaches for laying their eggs and can be seen swimming in the water at certain times of the year.

Dar Alma Breakfast

Day 11 Tyre - Beirut: Glass Blowers & Sea Castles

Heading back to Beirut today, your journey up the coast will bring you first of all to Sarafand, where you can stop at the Khalifeh Glass Blowing Workshop. The family that run the workshop have been making glass objects for generations in a furnace that dates back to the Phoenician times. They are the last remaining glass blowers left in Lebanon. After your visit, continue to Sidon, where you can visit the Crusader Sea Castle, as well as explore the busy bazaar where you will find a traditional Khan, the soap museum and the Debanné Palace Museum in an Ottoman house. Have lunch in a restaurant overlooking the castle and sea, or perhaps try falafel from Abou Rami, a popular falafel stand. Return to Beirut in the late afternoon and check in to your guesthouse for your final night.

Beit Tamanna Breakfast

Day 12 Beirut: Departure

transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Breakfast

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

12 days from £4,370

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 0 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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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.

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