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FROM BEIRUT TO BYBLOS

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Duration
7
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HIGHLIGHTS

Lively & modern Beirut city, Roman ruins at Baalbek & Byblos, stunning scenery of the Beka'a Valley, crusader Castle of Qalaat Al-Bahr, old souks & markets, port city of Sidon
COUNTRIES : Lebanon

We start tour of Lebanon in the capital Beirut. Situated on the Mediterranean coast it has played an important role in shaping the history of the Middle East. From here we make the drive inland to Baalbeck, along the scenic Beka'a Valley. This valley is home to Lebanon's vineyards and wineries, and is at the heart of a tradition in wine making that goes back over 6,000 years. Baalbek, once called Heliopolis, was one of the largest sanctuaries in the Roman Empire, and today is without doubt Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure. Crown in the Jewel at Baalbek is the colossal temple of Bacchus, with its towering columns, which for the most part remain standing today.

We next head back towards the coast, stopping at the Umayyad remains of Anjar, before arriving at the magnificent Palace of Beiteddine. Built between 1788 and 1818 by Emir Bashir Shihab II, this beautiful structure is Lebanon's best example of early 19th century Lebanese architecture.

Heading south via the biblical city of Sidon, then north along the coast, we next take time to visit the UNESCO world heritage town of Byblos. We have plenty of time to explore this charming and historic town and its surroundings, before heading back to Beirut. The journey ends with a short tour of the city.

Our guide will meet you at Beirut airport and transfer you to your hotel in the city. The rest of today is free for you to begin exploring this beautiful coastal city.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Beirut hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Single Room Supplement (LBTMBB), Extra day in Beirut - pre-tour

Today we leave Beirut behind and head inland through the scenic Beka'a Valley, home to many vineyards and wineries, which are at the heart of Lebanon's famous wine industry. Eventually we reach the ancient Roman town of Baalbek, believe to have been founded by the Phoenicians as far back as the 3,000 BC. At some time in the 1st millennium BC a temple to the god Baal was built on the site, and later in 334 BC Alexander the Great conquered the area and renamed the town Heliopolis. The name derives from the Greek for sun 'helios' and 'polis' for city, thus 'City of the Sun' Today the town attracts many visitors each year and the star attraction it the remarkably well preserved Temple of Bachus.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Baalbek hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Today we drive back towards the coast, first stopping at Ksara. The town is most famous for producing some fine Lebanese wines and we'll take some time to sample some of the many excellent local wines. Continuing on we next visit the remains of Anjar, a city founded by Caliph Walid I at the beginning of the 8th Century. Careful excavations have unearthed much of the ancient city, including hundreds of shops, baths and souks. Our final stop of the day take us to the more modern Beitiddine Palace, where there is a little museum and fine mosaics collection.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Zahle hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Today we head west to the coastal town of Sidon where there remains a fine example of crusader architecture in the shape of the castle of Qalaat Al-Bahr, also known as the Sea Castle. This imposing structure was built by the crusaders in 1228 and consist of two main towers connected by wall. Although much of the castle was destroyed by the Mamluks, it still hints at the massive structure it once must have been. Later in the day we drive north along the Mediterranean coast to the port city of Byblos, where you have some free time to start exploring the souks and markets.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Byblos hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Today we enjoy a full day tour of this marvellous and historic town. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the coastal town of Byblos bears witness to the beginnings of the Phoenician civilization. We'll the citadel and ramparts of the old city, the Church of St John, the Roman amphitheatre, as well as wander through the old souks in search of souvenirs.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Byblos hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Today you return to Beirut and enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. Firstly, we take a drive along the coast to the beautiful Pigeons Rock, and marvel at this amazing natural wonder. It's then on to the National Museum, which is home to over 100,000 exhibits, but only a fraction are now on display. You can work your way through the museum in chronological order from the Bronze Age right through to present day. Our last stop of the day it Martyrs Square, which was the old centre of Beirut before being completely ravaged during the war. You can see signs of the war at every turn and also marvel at the massive reconstruction project aimed at resorting Beirut to its pre-war glory.

The evening is free for you to do a little shopping and perhaps sample one of the many world class restaurants that the city has to offer.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Beirut hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Today is free for you to explore Beirut further and perhaps do some last minute shopping or some more sightseeing, beforel we transfer you to the airport for departure.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Beirut - post-tour
Included:
  • All Accommodation
  • All meals indicated in your itinerary
  • Airport transfers at the start and end of your trip
  • Site entrance fees for all tours detailed in your itinerary
  • Qualified tour guide to accompany you on all sightseeing
  • Private vehicles for all road journeys indicated
  • Lebanon Tourist Visa
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Excluded:
  • International flights (can be arranged on request)
  • Departure taxes
  • Tips
  • Meals, drinks & snacks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other items not mentioned in the itinerary
From Beirut to Byblos accommodation
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Coral Beirut Al Hamra Hotel
Beirut, Lebanon

Situated in the heart of Beirut, Coral Beirut Al Hamra Hotel offers air-conditioned suites with a kitchenette with a minibar and a microwave. ...


Situated in the heart of Beirut, Coral Beirut Al Hamra Hotel offers air-conditioned suites with a kitchenette with a minibar and a microwave. Facilities include a shisha terrace.

The rooms of Al Hamra have a modern interior, decorated with warm colours and dark wooden furniture. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, and a private balcony.

Snug Restaurant offers a selection of authentic Lebanese specialities and international favourites, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Room service is available as well.

Coral Beirut Al Hamra reception is open 24/7. The hotel also offers laundry and dry cleaning facilities, car rental, and fax and photocopying services.

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Palmyra Hotel
Baalbek, Lebanon

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Palmyra Hotel offers accommodation in Baalbek. The hotel has a sun terrace and views of the garden, and ...


Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Palmyra Hotel offers accommodation in Baalbek. The hotel has a sun terrace and views of the garden, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.

Certain rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Rooms have a private bathroom.

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

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Cristal Grand Kadri Hotel
Zahle, Lebanon

Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and fitness centre, Cristal Grand Kadri Hotel is set in Zahle, 23 miles from Beirut. The hotel has a children...


Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and fitness centre, Cristal Grand Kadri Hotel is set in Zahle, 23 miles from Beirut. The hotel has a children's playground and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.

The rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area for your convenience. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Extras include bath robes and a hair dryer. Cristal Grand Kadri Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property.

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

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Victory Hotel
Byblos, Lebanon

Victory Byblos Hotel & Spa is located in historical Byblos, just minutes from trendy boutiques and the Casino du Liban. The beach is 50 yards ...


Victory Byblos Hotel & Spa is located in historical Byblos, just minutes from trendy boutiques and the Casino du Liban. The beach is 50 yards from the hotel.

The hotel provides well-equipped rooms and suites, all with great views from private balconies. The rooms have flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, split AC, minibar, and blackout curtains.

Guests can work out in the gym or relax in the spa's hot tub. There is also a beauty centre, offering body and facial treatments.

Guests can enjoy a meal in the restaurant with its terrace and views of the Mediterranean Sea. For drinks, there is a lounge bar.

Victory Byblos Hotel & Spa is located 0.9 miles from Byblos old Souk & Castle and only 350 yards away from "Publicity" a group of 15 pubs and bars which is considered to have the best nightlife in Lebanon.

From Beirut to Byblos options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single Room Supplement (LBTMBB)
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Single Room Supplement (LBTMBB)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares are not available on this tour, so if you are single..


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares are not available on this tour, so if you are single traveller then you will need to add this option to your booking.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Beirut - pre-tour
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Extra day in Beirut - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your air..


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Beirut - post-tour
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Extra day in Beirut - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airpo..


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

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From Beirut to Byblos tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Egypt Uncovered shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

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Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Posted Jan 14, 2016
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.
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Posted Jan 17, 2016
I loved all the people on the trip and our guide Waleed was wonderful.
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Posted Nov 01, 2014
Service rating : pdf on website - only one page of six. When queried sent the master copy - still only one page of six !!!

Product : 100% couldn't have been better. Superb guides, good hotels. Tatty room on the boat but after complaining got a different one.
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Posted Feb 13, 2014
Service rating : The booking forward was straight forward in comparison to what i've experienced in the past. The negetive that i have is the lack of communication. The accomodation that was sent in our packet, was not the accomodation that we ended up staying at. The change in accomodation without communicating it back to us did not give any of the travellers an opportunity to update their families and loved ones on how they could be reached. This is something that could have been avoided had an email been sent.

Product : The tour itself was great, our driver and tour guide were friendly, flexible and readily available to help out when needed.
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Posted Feb 25, 2014
Service rating : I thought the guides and subject matter was great...I think the hotels could have been better ....

Product : Again guides and drivers made the tour impactful....
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Posted Aug 18, 2015
Excellent service
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Posted Apr 15, 2016
Service rating : The people who met us at the hotel were not very polite.

Product : Could have been better
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Posted Feb 13, 2014
Service rating : Everything was easily arranged and the consultant was fantastic

Product : Absolutely amazing. Our guide and his team were fantastic and I would definitely recommend trekking with them.
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Posted Feb 13, 2014
Service rating : Service of the agency vending the sub-contracted tour was excellent

Product : too much of a road trip with insufficient time allowed to visit important ancient Greek and Roman sites, museums et al; hotel buffets did not provide water at meals rather wanted to sell beverages; uncomfortable hard sells after visits to rug, leather, jewelry factories
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Posted Jan 07, 2016
Would (have) recommended to friends
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Posted Aug 10, 2016
There were just some things that we needed to know that we were not told before we set off.

1. That South Africa has a policy regarding the travel of minors with one parent - they need a birth certificate and a letter from the other parent if they are not to experience stress at immigration.

2. Pick up times for transfers - the hotels knew but it would be easier if the info was already on the travel instructions.

3. That airlines overbook their flights. I didn't know this and nearly had to wait to fly until the next day.
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Posted Jan 07, 2016
I've travelled with Encounters twice now, and both times the holiday has been well organised, and well thought out. The staff and guides have all been very professional and helpful.



I'm rating as 'good' rather than 'excellent' because on this latest holiday the extras were sold a bit hard, and we went to a couple too many tourist traps.