Evocative Lebanon: People, History & Landscapes

Evocative Lebanon: People, History & Landscapes

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Evocative Lebanon: People, History & Landscapes

10 Days Starting and ending in Beirut, Lebanon

Visiting: Lebanon

Tour operator:

YellowWood Adventures

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, 3: Entry Level

Age range:

12-80

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Walking, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

Roman ruins in Baalbek. Wine tasting in Beqaa Valley. Vibrant Beirut contrasts with walking in Cedar forests & historic Qadisha Valley.

Highlights

  • Wine tasting in Beqaa Valley

  • Explore Roman temples in Baalbek

  • Discover Beirut, Byblos & Jeita Grotto

  • Walk in the Cedar Forests & Qaadisha Valley

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival Into Beirut

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

With group members arriving during the afternoon and evening, today is a 'free' day for you to arrive, be transferred to the start hotel, and to shake off any travel fatigue and get your bearings, before the start of your adventure in earnest, tomorrow.At an appropriate point in your itinerary, in line with our approach of making travel worthwhile, we will be invited to learn about a local charity called FoodBlessed, based in Beirut and tackling hunger among Lebanon's poorest. Any visit or opportunity to get involved will be optional.Overnight: Gems Hotel or similar

Day 2: Beirut City Tour

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast and a welcome briefing, your adventure begins with a tour of this vibrant city, located on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, having been inhabited for more than 5000 years, and our tour will include the most famous sites: the Green Line (line of demarcation during the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 - 1990), the National Museum displaying the famous Phoenician gilded bronze figurines buried near Byblos, Mohammad Al Amin Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque), ancient churches and Roman Baths. Enjoy delicious Lebanese cuisine for dinner before your first taster of the nightlife of Beirut!Overnight: Gems Hotel or similar

Day 3: Explore Sidon & Tyre

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we drive out from the city, to the ancient coastal city of Sidon (also known as Saida) (45 minute drive), an ancient coastal city, set amongst citrus and banana groves. It is well known for its fresh fruit and sweets, including a speciality cookie called sanioura. We walk through the old souks, picking up some fresh falafels for lunch, before continuing along the coast to Tyre (45 minute drive) for its archaeological sites and old Fisherman’s port. Overnight: Hotel Al Fanar

Day 4: Jezzine & Walk In The Barouk Reserve

Accommodation Name: Guest house

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Jezzine, one hour drive away from Tyre, is a summer resort for Beirut dwellers, surrounded by mountain peaks and pine forests. We visit the impressive Niha Castle, carved into the rock face of a cliff, and before continuing on to your next destination (45-minute drive). There we enjoy a walk (1-2hrs) in the Masser el Chouf (barouk) reserve, admiring the beautiful cedar trees.Tonight we sleep in a guest house owned by the Achkar family in the village of Kheribe. They will share their beautiful old traditional Lebanese house with us. We will eat dinner and breakfast with them there. Please note that the house contains only a small number of rooms, and single beds (and bunk beds) only. Double beds and single-occupancy rooms are not on offer for this night.Overnight:Salim Achkar Guesthouse

Day 5: Wine Tasting In The Beqaa Valley

Accommodation Name: 5 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We visit the elegant 19th-century Beit el Din Palace which showcases Arab design before driving to the stunning Chateau Kefraya in the Beqaa Valley to visit its vineyard and partake of a little wine tasting of the red, rose and white blended wines.We spend tonight in the beautiful nearby mountain town of Zahle, also known as the ‘City of Wine & Poetry’ and famous for the Battle of Zahle during the Lebanese Civil War, admiring its architecture and sophisticated nightspots. Overnight: Hotel Grand Kadri

Day 6: Visit The Ruins Of Baalbek

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We spend the morning in Anjar - a 30 minute drive away - a UNESCO World Heritage site, before visiting the incredible Roman ruins at Baalbek (45 minutes). The ancient city ruins at Anjar were only revealed in the 1940s and date back to 705 - 715, during the Umayyad period, under Caliph Walid Ibn And Al-Malak. They help demonstrate how construction, architecture and Islamic art were all developing during this time. From one UNESCO site to another: the Roman Ruins at Baalbek, previously known as Heliopolis during the Hellenistic period. Here we enjoy one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture, built over more than two centuries. The complex includes two huge, and very grand Roman ruins: the Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter, the most significant outside of Italy. Overnight: Palmyra Hotel

Day 7: Discover The Qadisha Valley

Accommodation Name: Monastery

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We drive 2 hours to the town of Bcharre. It is a small but welcoming mountain town with links to Kahil Gibran (1883-1931), author of 'The Prophet', who was buried in the 19th-century monastery built into the rocky slopes overlooking the town. We are in the Qadisha Valley (another UNESCO site), also known as the ‘Holy Valley’. Its rocky cliffs have served for centuries as a place of meditation and refuge and it comprises the largest number of monasteries and hermitages dating back to the very first spread of Christianity.We visit Our Lady Cannobine Monastery, partially cut into the rock and with some lovely 17th-century frescoes in the interior. And we have the opportunity to visit another monastery – the Monastery of Mar Lishaa - built into caves nestled deeper in the valley. This can be reached on foot, by following a section of the Lebanon Mountain Trail, which extends for 470km through over 75 towns and villages, attracting trekkers and day walkers alike – for 90min (expect rough terrain and some steep sections). It can also be reached by 4x4 for a small fee.Tonight we sleep in Qozhaya (St Antonio’s) Monastery if it is possible as often it is booked out for services, part of the UNESCO Word Cultural Heritage site, which is very much a “Living Treasure” hosting travellers, scholars and students alike. The rooms are a little spartan with single beds only, as you might expect from a monastery, but the beauty and history of the place make it well worth the visit. Tonight we enjoy a meal at the monastery’s cafeteria. If it's not possible to stay we will transfer to the delightful Palace Hotel near to the cathedral in Bcharre.Overnight: Monastery Saint Antoine or Palace Hotel

Day 8: Enjoy Byblos

Accommodation Name: 4 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

With far too much beauty to absorb in the Qadisha valley in one day, we treat ourselves to another, to explore it further, at our leisure. We visit Our Lady Cannobine Monastery, partially cut into the rock and with some lovely 17th century frescoes in the interior. Then we transfer to the town of Byblos, previously the ancient Phoenician port of Jebeil, is steeped in history. In fact, it is the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world. It was first occupied between 8800 and 7000 BC and is, unsurprisingly, another World Heritage Site. We visit the Old Souk and Citadel and spend the night in Byblos.Overnight:Ahiram Hotel, breakfast included

Day 9: Jeita Grotto

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Heading back down the coast, we stop off at the Jeita Grotto and the Nahr al-Khalb valley on the way. One of the world’s great natural wonders, it is a system of interconnected karstic limestone caves spanning nearly 9 km, with the upper galleries housing the world’s largest known stalactite. Open to visitors on foot and by boat, it is a Lebanese national symbol and well worth the visit. The extent of our visit will depend on the weather! There may too much water to see both galleries, but we will enjoy the first gallery. Afterwards you will all be transferred back to Beirut (3-3.5 hours) for your final evening together in the bright lights of the city!Overnight: Lancaster Hotel

Day 10: Fly Out From Beirut

Meals Included: Breakfast

We transfer you to the airport for flights out of Beirut. Time to plan your next adventure but it will be tough to find somewhere that has as much to offer as Lebanon!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation as detailed

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Yes

  • Fully Guided

    Supporting you on your holiday will be an experienced, approachable and knowledgeable English speaking guide from our local partner agency, with whom we have worked with since we started running tours in Lebanon. On some days, you may be joined by additional local experts for further information and guidance. This ensures you have information and support on your trip, with your Lebanese guide offering insight into local life, history and customs, as well as routes during walks.

  • Meals

    Meals as detailed

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Accommodation

We fully believe in, and practice Responsible Tourism, using hotels run by locals. We put time and effort into building our relationship with them to ensure you have a a great trip. We choose hotels based on cleanliness, comfort, safety, proximity to our route (to avoid unnecessary extra travel), and a warm client welcome, as well as reliability in their service to us. Some hotels will be basic, and in modern buildings and or in towns. Wherever we can, we will choose smaller more characterful, individual hotels, but in areas where tourism is still developing, this may not be available.



An aspect of our adventures is to escape the ‘trappings’ of modern Western lifestyles and to experience new things which are exciting and memorable, and reflects the countries we are visiting.

This is adventure travel and on occasion the advertised services at a hotel (eg wifi, or hot showers!) may not be functional on our arrival. This tends to occur in the smaller, more remote hotels. Very rarely a hotel lets us down and we are required to find alternative suitable accommodation that might not be our first choice.



This trip uses hotel accommodation, but at different levels of luxury, with some nights being more of a simple style than others. The list below gives information on our first choice of accommodation for the summer itinerary. Accomodation for the winter itinerary is the same, but we visit the sites in a different order.

Where hotels and refuges are fully booked or unavailable, we will use an alternative of a similar standard, and equally well situated. We will provide you with an accurate list of accommodation, with contact information to leave with relatives, prior to departure on your adventure.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This adventure is a fabulous mix of sightseeing, and exploring the stunning landscapes on foot. To get the most of out of this adventure, you need to be in good physical health, and enjoy walking as a way of exploring an area. You do not need to be an experienced hiker as the walks on the itinerary are on well trodden paths, for short periods of time (2-3hrs) and at the natural pace of the group, with regular stops. You will be carrying just a day pack and bottle of water (bottled water) when walking or sightseeing.

    NB: If you have bought new walking boots for this adventure, please wear them in BEFORE the holiday, not on the trip itself. Please note that you need to have an open mind to adventure travel, and experiencing different cultures to your own, first hand.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 12 people.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in Itinerary.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, flights are not included in the cost of your holiday, and whilst we are happy to help advise you, responsibility for booking the correct flights rests with you. We recommend that you use a comparison tool such as www.momondo.co.uk or www.skyscanner.net when searching for flights.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Supporting you on your holiday will be an experienced, approachable and knowledgeable English speaking guide from our local partner agency, with whom we have worked with since we started running tours in Lebanon. On some days, you may be joined by additional local experts for further information and guidance. This ensures you have information and support on your trip, with your Lebanese guide offering insight into local life, history and customs, as well as routes during walks. Should you have any concerns during your adventure, you will be able to contact our local partner agency direct, or come through to the UK YellowWood office.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Single rooms are available on a first come, first served basis, however, due to the nature of the accommodation we are using on this adventure, there are nights where single rooms are not possible, so the supplement price reflects this. We will charge on a pro-rata basis if a single room is not available to book for part of the trip where it would have been possible.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    As detailed in Itinerary.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Your YellowWood adventure starts at the airport in Beirut. We understand that arriving into an unfamiliar airport can be very daunting, so we aim to give you as much information here as possible to help you prepare.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2015

  • Risk Assessment

    YellowWood operates a Safety Management System which encompasses a planned, researched, implemented and reviewed approach to your Health & Safety. A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm (hazards) and the assessment of likelihood of hazards occuring, as well as the severity of the outcome of a hazard.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for our latest Covid-19 policies

  • Experienced Leaders

    On all of our adventures you will benefit from the daily presence of an experienced, English speaking local guide. You will also have additional guides at various points during the trip (see itineraries for details).

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    As a visitor to a foreign country, we inevitably leave our mark. At YellowWood Adventures, we are determined that this ‘mark’ will be a positive one. Tourism is not always beneficial and we are conscious of treading lightly in the lands we explore.

Reviews of this operator

Ruth  

FANTASTIC TRIP TO EITHIOPIA!!

2020

From guiding us through the crowded alleys of Lalibela at Genna to clambering up the dizzy heights of Abuna Yemata this was a trip that surpassed all expectations! Yellowwood hits the right balance of organised small group travel with adventurous, 'off the beaten track' experiences all the while making you feel as if you've travelling with a small group of your friends. Ethiopia is truly a beautiful country with wonderful friendly and generous people throughout. I highly recommend this trip and am already planning for my next Yellowwood adventure!

Ethiopia Adventure, 2020
Sophie  

Absolute trip of a lifetime

2019

This trip was one of the best I've ever done. Getting into the Tian Shan mountains was really quite magical; experiencing the scenery and feeling isolated from the rest of the world, thanks to the personalised feel of the trek, was unrivalled. The quality of the food was also a highlight, and I was catered for as a vegetarian (in a very non-vegetarian place!). Kyrgyzstan is a relatively undiscovered gem, and it was lovely to do a road-less-travelled style trip. Thanks to Sam and YellowWood for taking us on a genuine adventure with a fantastic itinerary. I look forward to joining some more non-traditional trips when possible!"

Kyrgyzstan Adventure, 2019
Ken  

People and Landscapes of Oman Adventure

2022

Every day was a highlight for me, no specific favourite. Oman deserves all the superlatives it gets -magnificent scenery, safe, friendly environment, welcoming and engaging people. YellowWood delivers a winner on this trip! Kudos to all.

Oman Adventure, 2022

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