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Harissa Church overlooking Lebanon Coast

Land of the Cedars

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
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25/04/22 30/04/226 days £1,995 ex. flights £285Ian Colvin15 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Byblos, Lebanon 1

Unearth ancient treasures

Learn of the gamut of ancient civilisations at the UNESCO site of Byblos

Harissa Church overlooking Lebanon Coast 2

Take in stunning vistas

Take a dramatic cable car ride to the Virgin Mary shrine in Harissa for breath-taking views

Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon 3

Explore Ancient cities

Explore the monumental temple city of Baalbeck, a wonder of the ancient world

Sidon Crusader Sea Castle, Lebanon 4

Discover port towns

Explore the wonderful Phoenician port towns of Tyre and Sidon

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Beirut

  • Day 2

    Beirut City tour

  • Day 3

    Jeita, Harissa and Byblos

  • Day 4

    Baalbeck, Ksara and Anjar

  • Day 5

    Sidon and Tyre

  • Day 6

    Depart Beirut

Day 1

Coastline at sunset, Beirut, Lebanon

On arrival, you will be met an transferred to your hotel. There will be an evening welcome dinner hosted by Ian Colvin.

Day 2

Pigeon Rocks, Beirut, Lebanon

Explore some of the sights this beautiful city has to offer. Begin at the seaside cliffs and rock arch, continue to The National Museum of Beirut and finally explore The Palace of Beiteddine.

Day 3

The Old Medieval Pedestrian Souk, Byblos, Lebanon

Head out of the city and travel north, visiting the limestone caverns of Jeita Grotto. Transfer by cable car to the pilgrimage site of Our Lady of Lebanon at Harissa. From here, drive to the World Heritage Site of Byblos.

Day 4

Mosque in Baalbek, Lebanon

Discover the monumental temple city of Baalbeck in the Beqaa Valley, one of the wonders of the ancient world. Continue to Ksara winery for a taste of Lebanese wine and then proceed to Anjar.

Day 5

Sidon Crusader Sea Castle, Lebanon

Travel to Sidon and discover the medieval alleys and souks of the Old Town, along with the 13th century Crusader Sea Castle. Continue to Tyre, one of the oldest cities in the world, according to tradition, dating back to 2750 BC.

Day 6

Oriental Sweets, Lebanon

Depart after breakfast. For those wanting to explore further, additional days can be added on a tailormade basis.

Coastline at sunset, Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanon
Pigeon Rocks, Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanon

Beirut was once known as the Paris of the east and it is slowly being returned to its former glory.

To the north of the city lies the picturesque and ancient fishing harbour of Byblos and to the south east the Chouf mountains, peppered with small villages, a 19th century palace complex and the Chouf cedar reserve.

Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon
Lebanon

This area of the country is best known for the beautiful site of Baalbek – known as the ‘Sun City’ of the ancient world which is home to some of the most impressive ancient Roman remains in Lebanon.

Even hardened sceptics and temple weary tourists fall open-mouthed when confronted by the sheer size and scale of Baalbek. Also found in the area are the remains of the Middle Easts best preserved Umayyad town at Aanjar and this is the area to sample some of Lebanon’s wonderful wine at one of the many vineyards.

Sidon Crusader Sea Castle, Lebanon
Lebanon

Less visited than other parts of Lebanon and an area of the country that has suffered greatly from the civil war and unrest in the Middle East. This region is rich in history, both ancient and modern.

The city of Sidon (Saida) has a charming Crusader Sea Castle and Medieval souqs while the beachside city of Tyre (Sour) has a picturesque harbour and Roman sites.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to Lebanon?

We like this tour as it makes a little know destination accessible, and because Lebanon is a remarkable country made even more fascinating by the insight of historian and expert Ian Colvin. Group tours can be a fun and fulfilling way to travel in the company of like-minded people, especially in a country like Lebanon.

Is it safe to travel to Lebanon?

Generally, most parts of Lebanon are considered safe for tourists to visit. As it stands, the western and central segments of the country have been declared as safe to visit – although there are asterisks in place above certain parts of Beirut, and areas along the eastern frontier.

What is the food like in Lebanon?

Eating is quite simply a passion for the Lebanese – Lebanese cuisine is a cuisine of the sun and a cuisine from the heart. The Lebanese gastronomy is a rich mixture of various products and ingredients coming from the diverse Lebanese regions.
Mezze, an elaborate variety of thirty hot and cold dishes, has made the Lebanese cuisine renowned worldwide. A typical Mezze may consist, of salads such as the Tabbouleh and Fattouch, together with the caviars: Hommous and Moutabal, and some patties such as the Sambousseks and finally the stuffed grape leaves.

What will the weather be like in Lebanon in April?

Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate – hot and dry in the summer, cool and rainy in the winter; approximately 300 days of the year are sunny.

Spring is the best time to visit as temperatures are mild and the landscape lush and pretty with lovely spring flowers in certain areas.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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Important Information

Activity Level
Light Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Ian Colvin
  • Accompanied by an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Meals on full board basis
  • Transportation throughout
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Donation to Steppes Fund for Change
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks with meals

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25/04/22 30/04/226 days £1,995 ex. flights £285Ian Colvin15 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

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