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Tours of Lebanon

I will be in Lebanon in September (from Australia). i would like to know if there are any short tours (i.e 5 days max) to see the main sights. i have not had any luck searching the net or with travel agents. Does anyone have any suggestions or been on any tours.

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1. Re: Tours of Lebanon

Hi,

Suggested five day itinerary in Lebanon:

Day 1 Transfer to the hotel - Free day at your leisure. Browse through the newly opened ABC mall in Ashrafieh, the nearby Beirut Central District, continue to the Beirut Corniche in Ain el Mreisseh, and then on to Hamra street brimmed with terrace cafe

Day 2 Have a morning city tour including the excellent National Museum with its unrivalled collection of the region's artefacts. After a break for lunch drive into the Chouf Mountains to visit the beautiful 19th century palace at Beit Eddine. Return to Beirut in the evening. Dinner in a smart local restaurant.

Day 3 Today venture south to the old Phoenician ports of Sidon and Tyre. At Sidon visit the Crusader castle of the sea and wander through the towns' labyrinthe souq. After a break for lunch continue to Tyre with its extensive Roman rions including the largest hippodrome in the Middle East. Return to Beirut for a typical Lebanese dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 4 Depart Beirut this morning heading into the Bekaa Valley stopping at the Ksara winery to sample some of Lebanon's finest wines. Continue to the tranquil Ummayyad remains at Aanjar before arriving at Baalbeck to visit the most famous of Lebanon's ancient sites wioth its glorious temples of Jupiter and Bacchus. Spend the afternoon exploring this amazing complex with an overnight stay at the Palmyra hotel, close to the site. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 5 After an early breakfast, return to Beirut and transfer to the airport for your onward or return flight home.

But also day 2 and 3 can be carried out in this way according of course to what you want to visit during your stay.

Day 2 Drive north to Tripoli to visit the dramatic Citadel overlooking the Mediterranean and the old city crammed with islamic architectural treasures, continue to Bsharre to to view the remainming Cedars of Lebanon. Bsharre is dramatically located and offers a tranquil break for lunch before descending once again to the coast and drive in the afternoon to the famous underground caves at Jeita to wonder at the amazing limestone formations. Return to Beirut to enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 3 Spend the day in the delightful harbour town of Byblos. This morning explore its ancient ruins said to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world. The afternoon is free to explore the gentle paced souk and relax with a stroll around its pleasant harbour. Dine this evening at a traditional restaurant.

Entrance fees to some archeological sites mentionned in the itinerary:

Tyre Ruins: 6000 LBP

Aanjar Fortifications: 6000 LBP

Baalbeck Temples: 12000 LBP

Tripoli Castle: 7500 LBP

Sidon Castle: 4000 LBP

Byblos Castle: 6000 LBP

Beit Eddine Palace: 7500 LBP

National Museum: 5000 LBP

Best regards

Gaby

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2. Re: Tours of Lebanon

chk these sites

http://www.nakhal.com.lb/

www.lebanon.com/anastasiatravel/ana079.htm

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3. Re: Tours of Lebanon

Thanks Gaby and Roger for you helpful suggestions. i think we have decided to stay in Jounieh and do a few day tours. we are in lebanon for 10 nights. instead of staying in Jounieh the entire time, what other town/area do you recommend staying in.

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Hi,

Other than Jounieh I would suggest to split your stay among Byblos, Zahle and Baalbeck.

Also if you like to sample wine, 3 wineries are associated with the Bekaa Valley (Ksara, Kefraya and Massaya).

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5. Re: Tours of Lebanon

We did an overnighter in Zahle and stayed at Chtaura Park Hotel and then visited Baalbeck, Aanjar and the Kasara wineries enroute back to Syria.

We bought wine there at a fraction of the price the hotels were charging!

Bronia :)

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