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.
A popular tourist hotspot before the Lebanese Civil War, it was known in its heyday as the "Switzerland of the East", whilst its capital, Beirut, enjoyed the title of "Paris of the Middle East". Since the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, the country has worked hard to rebuild its reputation again and visitor numbers are steadily on the increase.
Today, Lebanon is a hub of cultural activity, with a thriving arts and fashion scene in and around Beirut's bustling coffee shops and boulevards. Away from the chic buzz of its thriving cities, the country’s historic past can be seen in its crusader castles and the crumbling ruins of the 7th century Umayyad city of Aanjar. Across the mountains of the east, through the terraced hills of the Shuf region and down to the beaches of the western coastline, Lebanon is an easily accessible, vibrant and modern country perfect for an extraordinary adventure.