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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I thought it was very good we didn't have to worry about anything everything was in order and kept with the schedule as planned, unless we wanted to deviated from it to do somethingelse. The trip really a trip of a life time.
There was a time many years ago that I wanted to travel to Egypt and didn't because of the cost. This trip was, to me, very affordable. I think everyone should experience this trip. The tour guide was alos excellent, Sherif Mohammad.
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.
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
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....
My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.
Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.
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The town of Baalbek is located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, approximately 85km northeast of Beirut and 75km north of Damascus (Syria). Nowadays the town is famous for its exquisitely detailed Roman ruins which attract thousands of tourists to the country each year and also plays host to the annual Baalbek festival.