Simply Lebanon

  • destination Lebanon
  • traveltime8 days
  • moneyFrom € 1075,- pp

Lebanon is a small country situated next to the Mediterranean Sea, with a diverse character and varied landscape. This 8-day tour can be done with a private driver or rental car.

This trip starts in the capital Beirut, a vibrant city often called the Monaco of the Middle-East. Beirut is well-known for its exuberant nightlife and trendy culture. You will then drive north where you will visit Tripoli. Next, you drive through the beautiful Qadisha Valley, visit the impressive ancient city Baalbek and make a stop at the castle in Beittedine. Your journey will end back in Beirut where you can relax the last few days.

If you are looking for a varied trip filled with culture, nature and excitement, Lebanon is the perfect destination. Not to mention the delicious cuisine!

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Itinerary

Flight to Beirut, Lebanon including airport transfers

On the first day you travel from your home address to Lebanon. You will arrive in Beirut. Welcome to Lebanon! Upon arrival our local team member will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to your accommodation for the first night. You have the rest of this day at leisure.

Beirut - Jeita - Musar Winery - Byblos - Beirut pick up rental car

Today you travel from Beirut to the coastal town of Byblos. Before we arrive in Byblos we make some stops along the way. We go to the Jeita caves, a natural phenomenon. From here you head for the winery of the famous wine ‘Chateau Musar’. Chateau Musar is considered as one of the most special wine estates in the world. Firstly, because of its location, the Lebanese Bekaa Valley, and on the other hand, because they still work the traditional way. The vineyards are located on siliceous limestone soils at an altitude of about 1000 meters. The long, warm summers guarantee excellent ripening of the grapes. You will return to Beirut in the evening for the night.

Beirut - Byblos - Tripoli - Qadisha Valley

Today’s first stop is the picturesque fishing town of Byblos. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the world. The name Byblos is Greek; papyrus received its early Greek name (byblos, byblinos) from its being exported to the Aegean through Byblos. Hence the English word Bible is derived from byblos as “the (papyrus) book.” In Byblos you will find a large fortress from the time of the Phoenicians and crusaders and a historic city center.

The next stop is Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon with approximately 500,000 inhabitants. Due to its favorable location, the city has a turbulent past. You will find remains from the Crusader era but also from the Ottoman period. After the second war, the city was under French mandate. From here we go to a special place for the overnight stay. We will spend the night in the area of Qadisha and visit the monastery, dedicated to Saint Anthony the Great, which is built against a mountain. This place offers a beautiful view of the area and there are plenty of opportunities to head into nature.

Qadisha - Baalbek - Aanjar - Zahleh optional visit Baalbek with guide

From Qadisha you drive furher inland towards the Bekaa Valley. Here you will find the city of Baalbek with its famous Roman ruins. Baalbak was built by the Phoenicians and was called Heliopolis. The heyday started in the year 15 BC, when the city became a Roman provincial capital under the authority of emperor Augustus. You will find one of the best preserved Roman temples in the world here. Despite the wars, lootings, and earthquakes that have ravaged Baalbek over the centuries, many pillars have remained.

The city Aanjar is one hour away from Baalbek. Here you will also find beautiful ruins from the Roman time. It used to serve as a resting place for the caravans that maintained the connection between the capital Damascus and the Mediterranean Sea. You drive to the provincial town of Zahleh for the night.

Zahleh - Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve - Deir el Qamar - Beittedine

Today you will head to Beiteddine. On the way you pass the Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, a nature reserve with the famous cedar trees. Later on, you will arrive in Deir el Qamar, literally translated ‘monastery of the moon’. This UNESCO landmark is located high in the mountains and used to be on the legendary Silk Road. Not far from this place you will spend the night in Beiteddine, a small picturesque village which is known for its charm and ancient ruins.

Beittedine - Sidon - Tyre

Unfortunately, your time in Lebanon has come to an end. Depending on the departure time of your flight you still have some time to spend in Beirut. One of our local representatives will pick up up at the hotel and take you to the airport.

Beirut optional city tour with guide

Today you wake up in the glamorous Beirut. Lebanon’s capital is completely different from the rest of the country and has been modernized rapidly. There are beautiful beach clubs, cool rooftopbars and a beautiful and authentic citycenter in the Al Hamra area. Beirut has a lot to offer. We can organize a citytour for you with a guide, who will take you along all the highlights of the city. You can also choose to relax today, we are happy to advise you where to go.

Beirut - flight back home including airport transfer

Unfortunately, your time in Lebanon has come to an end. Depending on the departure time of your flight you still have some time to spend in Beirut. One of our local representatives will pick up up at the hotel and take you to the airport.

Accommodation

Mir Amin Palace

Beiteddine This restored palace from the 19th century offers panoramic views over the Shouf Mountains. The restaurant offers views of the Beiteddine Palace.

Mist Hotel & Spa by Warwick

Ehden Mist Hotel & Spa by Warwick is located in Ehden near the Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve. The hotel features a large outdoor pool.  

Warwick Palm Beach Hotel

Beirut The Warwick Palm Beach Hotel enjoys a prime location in Beirut, just a 1-minute walk from the Corniche seaside promenade and Zaitounay Bay.

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Add-ons

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Details & Prices

Simply Lebanon

  • destination Lebanon
  • traveltime8 days
  • moneyFrom € 1075,- pp
Included
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Meet & assist local representative
  • Overnight stays in selected hotels
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Car rental with full insurance and without excess
  • All taxes and fees
  • Personal travel app with travel route and information
  • An unforgettable experience! 
Excluded
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses & tips
Optional
  • Quad driving
  • City tour with guide in Beirut
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