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LEBANON TOURS

Lebanon tours offer the adventurous traveller a great place to visit, both as a standalone destination or combined with other Middle East countries to make a more comprehensive tour of the region. From the capital city of Beirut, to the stunning Roman ruins at Baalbeck, to the ancient hippodrome and mosaic streets of Tyre, there is plenty to see and do in Lebanon. For the more active visitor, there is great skiing and trekking in the mountains along with scuba diving, snorkelling and many other popular watersports.

The cosmopolitan capital Beirut is an ideal base for a tour to Lebanon, and is widely regarded as one of the liveliest cities in the world. Theatres, pubs and restaurant abound and the unique nightlife can be a highlight of any holiday to Lebanon. From here it's easy to make excursions into the surrounding countryside. To the north sits the coastal city of Tripoli, famous for its old covered souks, selling olive oil-based soaps and sweets. To the east are the amazingly well preserved Roman ruins of Baalbek, most notable for the enormous temple of Bacchus. To the south lies the ancient city of Tyre, a prime location for snorkelling and scuba diving, with many interesting underwater archaeological ruins to explore. It is also home to one of the largest Roman hippodromes ever discovered.

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Duration:

8 Days

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Lebanon

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Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 7, L - 1, D - 0

Highlights:

Beirut, Beiteddine Palace, Tyre World Heritage Site, Sidon Souk, Baalbek temple complex, Ksara Caves wine tasting, Cedar Forest, Qadisha Val...


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$1610(p/p)

$1735

Duration:

7 Days

Country(ies):

Lebanon

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 1 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 6, L - 0, D - 4

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Lively & modern Beirut city, Roman ruins at Baalbek & Byblos, stunning scenery of the Beka'a Valley, crusader Castle of Qalaat Al-Bahr, old ...


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$1380(p/p)

Duration:

4 Days

Country(ies):

Lebanon

Tour Type:

City Break

Group size:

Min: 1 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 3, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

Cosmopolitan Beirut, the stunning Jeita Grottoes, old souks & markets of Beirut, beautiful & historic Albergo Hotel


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$1345(p/p)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best month to visit Lebanon?

The best time to go to Lebanon is the spring and autumn, when it’s far milder, the scenery is at its most beautiful, and the archaeological sites are not at all busy.

Late spring, May and June, as well as the autumn months of October and November, are some the best months for trekking. Summer temperatures is quite bearable compared to other Middle Eastern countries – up to around 25°C to 28°C in Beirut, whereas it’s substantially cooler at higher elevations.

What type of climate can I expect in Lebanon?

Lebanon’s climate is best described as a temperate Mediterranean climate with warm, arid summers and cold, wet winters. In comparison to its more arid neighbors, Lebanon is considered to have rainy, wet weather which is why Summer is generally a more popular time to visit as there is generally no wet weather.

Autumn and Spring are also considered optimal times of the year to visit as there is less humidity, fewer rainy days and cooler temperatures. There are also fewer tourists during Autumn and Spring in comparison to Summer.

During Winter, there is often snow-fall towards the mountain regions and there are several ski resorts throughout the country. However, during Winter the coastal region is still relatively mild and temperatures below 13°C (55°F) are rare.

What is the official language of Lebanon?

Lebanon’s official language is Standard Arabic and the native language Lebanese Arabic which is similar to the Arabic of Syria, Jordan and Palestinian territories.

The Lebanese locals understand Standard Arabic but will likely respond in Lebanese Arabic or English as English is widely spoken, particularly by the youth in the business and scientific sectors.

What currency is used in Lebanon?

The official currency of Lebanon is the Lebanese pound(LBP) or Lebanese Lira which is often abbreviated to “LL”. The value of their currency is kept stable relative to the US dollar, with a value of LL 1,500 to US$1.

Most places in Lebanon accept Either Lebanese pounds or US dollars and it is common to pay in dollars but receive change in Lebanese Lira.

What can I see and do in Lebanon?

Lebanon is abundant in natural scenery, with sandy beaches to breath-taking mountains and valleys. The Lebanese people are prideful of their country because it is one of the few countries in the world that offers the opportunity to go skiing in the morning and then visit the beach in the afternoon. However, it is only possible to go skiing for a few days of the year during the snow-fall periods in Winter.

What type of food can I expect to eat in Lebanon?

Lebanon boasts an outstanding range of exquisite cuisine, ranging from mezze like dips such as hummus, to salads such as tabbouleh and stuffed vine leaves called ‘inab. Groups going to a restaurant often share a variety of Mezze which reflects the cultural and social importance of food in the Lebanon.

The concept of sharing an array of different foods allows you to try several different Lebanese dishes in one sitting. The main dishes often involve meats that have been barbecued in a Labense style, such as a Shish Tawouk (barbequed chicken).

Is it safe to travel to Lebanon?

It’s better to avoid the borders of Israel and Syria, instead stick to Lebanon's interior and coast. However, you should always check your government's travel advice before you travel or even plan to book your trip.

Street crime is rare – It is believed that if you drop something on the street it is almost sure to be there when you come back for it, if someone hasn’t already chased you down the street to return it.

Locals in the rural areas can be a bit more wary of foreigners than their urban counterparts, but everyone can be seen as helpful and kind as long as you are respectful of local norms and dress appropriately.

How do I plan a trip to Lebanon?

Although Lebanon small in size, it offers its visitors an array of activities – from historic sites to its buzzing nightlife and serene nature.

When planning a trip to Lebanin, our top places to visit are Beruit, Bekaa Valley, Qadisha Valley, and more. Have a look at our Lebanon tours here.

How much is a meal in Lebanon?

How much a meal costs depend on the type of food you’re interested in – mid-level restaurant, street food, or fast food. For a mid-level restaurant it can cost around $10 person whereas a fast food outlet such as McDonald’s can cost around $8 per person.

Do you need vaccinations to go to Lebanon?

Yes, you will need to get some vaccinations when travelling to Lebanon whether its recommended or required. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Lebanon: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, anthrax, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

How much would a trip to Lebanon cost?

A trip to Lebanon depends on your budget and how long you’re planning on staying. Our Lebanon tours range from $535 to $3005 per person.

Where should we go in Lebanon?

The Roman ruins, monasteries, hipster cafés, impressive restaurants and vineyards, and beautiful beaches are just a few of the best places to visit in Lebanon. Here are a few of our recommendations: Jeita Grotto, Baatara Gorge Waterfall, City of Byblos, Temples of Baalbek, Hamra Street, Beirut, and more.

How many days in Lebanon is enough?

When travelling to Leabanon and you want to see things at a more leisurely pace, we would recommend +/- 10 days however, a week is also good enough to cover major attractions.

TOUR REVIEWS

This is our first travel through Egypt Uncovered and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

The trip was excellent and very well run, we have no complaints it was exactly as we expected.The guide was knowledgable and courteous, it ran on time and accommodation was fine.We have no complaints and have now booked again to go to India.
The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.

There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.

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