Using local, knowledgeable guides, Explore is putting Lebanon back on the tourist map with a new eight day ‘Highlights of Lebanon’ trip. Lebanon has only recently re-opened its doors to visitors;* on this trip travellers will learn about Lebanese life and discover aromatic souks, walk through fragrant cedar forests and savour the many flavourful foods on this ‘Highlights of Lebanon’ trip.
The trip starts in the capital city of Beirut before heading south to the coastal city, Tyre. Get a taste of local life and enjoy a traditional breakfast at the old souk. Dating back to around 2750 BC, Tyre’s archaeological sites have UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Stay overnight at an eco-lodge in the grounds of St Anthony’s Monastery in the beautiful Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wake to the sound of bells calling the monks to mass and experience rural Lebanese life and homemade food.
Visit the Bekaa Valley and tour the labyrinth of roman cellars at Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest and biggest winery. Learn about the wine-making process and taste the red wine which makes the region famous. The trip ends in Beirut with a guided tour of the city by a local followed by a traditional mezze meal consisting of tabbouleh andfattoush, baba ghanoush, falafel, skewered meats or grilled fish and pita bread, finished with a desert of baklava.
‘Highlights of Lebanon’
The 8-day trip costs from £1,350pp and includes return flights, internal transfers, 7-nights’ accommodation, 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners, and an Explore Leader.
2019 departures – 21 September, 12 October and 9 November
2020 departures – 21 March, 11 April, 23 May, 13 June, 1 August, 26 September and 17 October.
Land only price is available from £999pp. Single room option is £225.
*The FCO has recently updated its travel advice to Lebanon and no longer advises against travelling to much of the country. Explore works closely with local partners and the FCO to ensure that the latest UK Government travel advice is followed and would not visit an area where they advise against travel.
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