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Lebanon Standard with a Twist

Lebanon Standard with a Twist

$1965$ / per person
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Number of days:  9 Days/8 Nights

 

NB: Towns and cities featured on the map represent 70% out of the trip stops

Dates : Set your dates freely (From May to October)

 

Maximum capacity: 9

 

All Areas or towns visited:

Beirut – Sidon – Tyre – Maasser El Chouf – Moukkhtara – Deir El Qamar – Riyaq – Deir El Ahmar – Baalbek – Deir El Ahmar – Hermel  – Hermel Highlands – Tripoli – Batroun – Qannoubine Valley – Byblos

 

Highlights:

  • Visiting Hidden gems in Lebanon
  • Staying at traditional guesthouses and ecolodges
  • Rafting in the Aassi River
  • Hiking in the Qadisha Valley
  • Agritourism activity
  • Experiencing  and storytelling in all Unesco world heritage sites

 

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Set your dates freely (From May to October)
  • Departure Time
    Set your dates freely (From May to October)
  • Included
    Private Customized Lebanon Trips
  • Not Included
    Difficult
    Upcoming Small Group Trips

Tour Plan

1

Day 1: Beirut

  • Morning arrival to Rafic Hariri Airport: Pick up & Assistance. Transfer to guesthouse.
  • Afternoon guided alternative walking tour of Beirut
  • Meet the right to play NGO, understand their stories and active work in Lebanon, and how your donation will be spent.
Meals Included: Dinner
Sleeping arrangements: Beit Tamanna Guesthouse in Beirut
2

Day 2: Beirut – Sidon – Tyre – Maasser El Chouf

  • Early departure to the city of Sidon 38 km south of Beirut.
  • Typical Lebanese breakfast at a streetfood restaurant in the souks of Sidon. Then take a guided walk in the souks, Hammam Al Jadid, the Khan and Sea Castle.
  • Visit the Sarafand Glass Blowing family workshop (this workshop can occasionally not be active in that case we only visit the boutique)
  • Afternoon visit of the Tyre historical sites (Al Bass and the Sea side site)
  • Free time at the Tyre old port.
  • Return 2h drive to guesthouse Al Fundok in Maasser El Chouf and dinner at guesthouse.
Meals Included: Breakfast + Diner
Sleeping arrangements: Al Fundok Guesthouse in Maasser El Chouf
3

Day 3: Maasser El Chouf – Moukkhtara - Deir El Qamar

  • Breakfast at guesthouse
  • Guided visit of Al Moukhtara Palace and proceed for a visit of the village of Deir el Qamar with coffee break at local family home.
  • Afternoon traditional tile making workshop where you can create your own tile and take it with you as a souvenir OR Donkey farm visit (if there are children)
  • Sunset 1h roundtrip easy walk in the Masser El Chouf Cedars Reserve.
  • Private dinner and wine tasting at saint Michel Winery in Maasser El Chouf ( if group is 4 persons and more) if not dinner at Al Fundok guesthouse
Meals Included: Breakfast + Diner
Sleeping arrangements: Al Fundok Guesthouse in Maasser El Chouf
4

Day 4: Maasser El Chouf - Riyaq – Deir El Ahmar

  • Breakfast at guesthouse
  • Agritourism activity depending on season (potentially Grape picking between end of August and end of September)
  • Wine and Arak Tasting at Chateau Rayaq
  • Lunch at local family restaurant in Riyaq
  • Visit of Riyaq Military Airbase and abandoned train station
  • Return to Deir El Ahmar for overnight and free evening
Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch Sleeping arrangements: Homestay guesthouse in Deir El Ahmar  
5

Day 5: Deir El Ahmar – Baalbek

  • Breakfast at guesthouse
  • Guided visit of Baalbek mercury temple, Heliopolis site, the Roman Querry and Sayida Khawla Mosque.
  Baalbek with its majestic structures, is one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman Architecture at its apogee. Well known as Heliopolis since the Hellenistic Period or the city of the sun for its complex where a triad of deities was worshiped.  
  • Street food lunch and sweets tasting in the souks of Baalbek.
  • Coffee break at the legendary Palmyra Hotel
  • Return to Deir El Ahmar for an afternoon visit of The Lady of Bechwat Sanctuary and the world’s largest rosary.
  • Free evening in Deir El Ahmar.
Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch
Sleeping arrangements: Homestay guesthouse in Deir El Ahmar  
6

Day 6: Deir El Ahmar – Hermel - Hermel Highlands or Akkar Highlands

  • Breakfast at guesthouse
  • Drive to Hermel and Rafting trip in the Orontes (Aassi) river in northern Bekaa region.
  • Drive to Hermel highlands and off road to the unique Ecolodge where you will relax in a serene environment all afternoon.
  • Dinner at the Ecolodge
Meals Included: Breakfast + Dinner
Sleeping arrangements: Ecolodge Lazzab in Highlands of Hermel or Chambouk Farm (rural very modest sleeping arrangements)
NB: Ecolodge Lazzab every two persons in one room with private bathroom but they will be sleeping on floor matresses At Chambouk Farm if there are 8 persons they will be sharing two studio rooms each with private bathroom but the advantage is that they have beds.
7

Day 7: Hermel Highlands or Akkar highlands – Tripoli - Batroun

  • Breakfast at the ecolodge
  • Scenic drive towards Tripoli
  • Historical and Culinary tour of Tripoli the second biggest city in Lebanon.
  This vibrant city is renowned for its rich history and delectable street food scene, offering a delightful fusion of flavors and cultural experiences. Discover the remnants of ancient civilizations at the Crusader Castle, marvel at the intricate architecture of the Great Mosque, and soak in the vibrant ambiance of the souk, khans and Hammams.  
  • Boat trip to the Palm islands for snorkeling and free afternoon on the beach (If sea conditions are bad to sail we will choose Anfeh beach)
  • Free evening in Batroun
Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch Sleeping arrangements: Villa Paradiso
8

Day 8: Batroun - Qannoubine Valley

  • Breakfast at the guesthouse
  • Moderate level hike from Hadchit to Qannoubine Monastery and back to the old Mar Licha Monastery. (7 km distance, ascent 250 m, descent 450m). Discover hidden waterfalls, relics, caves and settlements of past hermits as well as the Qannoubine Monastery jewel of the Qadisha valley. (picnic lunch included)
The Qadisha Valley is one of the most important early Christian monastic settlements in the world, dating back to the 5th century AD. Listed among the Unesco world heritage sites it is characterized by a dramatic rugged landscape, rocky cliffs and caves carved into the hillside.  
  • Drive to Batroun for overnight and free evening.
Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch Sleeping arrangements: Villa Paradiso
9

Day 9: Batroun – Byblos - Beirut

  • Breakfast at guesthouse.
  • Visit of the historical ruins & old town of Byblos.
  One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, bearing an exceptional testimony of the Phoenician civilization, and the diffusion of their alphabet.  
  • Free time on Okaibeh or Jbeil beach (depending on flights departure time)
  • Transfer to Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast END OF THE TRIP

Environmental:

This is a 100% carbon free emission trip. Within this trip fee each participant is donating an amount equal to your flights CO2 emissions to plant and adpot a cedar tree in Lebanon through the local reforestation NGO Jouzour Loubnan. Jouzour Loubnan

Local Community:

70% out of the trip cost is directly generating income to the local communities working in the tourism sector, from accommodations to services, activities and small businesses.

Community Service:

By participating in this trip, each traveler contributes $50 from the trip cost, which serves as a donation to support the INGO Right to Play Lebanon that has been serving at-risk children and youth in the country since 2006. They support mostly displaced Palestinians and Syrians from vumnerable communities based in Lebanon.

Prices:

  • 2700$/Person for 2 in a double room
  • 2350$/Person for 3 in triple room
  • 2200$/Person for 4 to 6
  • 1965$/Person from 7 to 10
  • Single Supplement: 500$
NB: For odd number persons 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th or 11th, or 13th price stays the same as shown above if you share in triple room. If you wish a single room then you should add the single supplement.

Rate Includes:

  • Professional 24/7 ASSISTANCE - Pia ABBOUD: Tour Operator, Licensed National Guide, Travel Expert and Heritage management specialist.
  • Full 9 days TOUR, VISITS, ENTREES. (referring to the program)
  • All Airport PICK UPS and TRANSFERS.
  • Private TRANSPORTATION with all fuel expenses throughout all the journey according to the program.
  • 8 Nights ACCOMODATION in homestays, guesthouses or campsites according to program. (Sleeping arrangements will be in multi shared rooms, dorms, or in some cases double occupancy)
  • MEALS: 8 Breakfasts + 4 Lunches + 4 Dinners
  • Local guides and mountain GUIDES when needed or on hiking trails.

Rate Excludes:

  • International Flights
  • Optional Travel Insurance covering daily activities and tours (Ask for the price depending on the option you choose)
  • Any Alcoholic drinks during all mentioned meals
  • Laundry service
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs.
  • Optional activities.
  • Any other Item not included under “RATE INCLUDES”
  • PCR tests if needed

Registration policy:

  • Registration will not be taken into consideration or confirmed unless you pay at least 50% DEPOSIT out of the total amount.
  • The remaining 50% has to be paid in cash upon arrival due to difficulties within the banking system in Lebanon.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months after the departure date.

Cancellation policy:

  • In case of any local dangerous disruption in Lebanon or airport closures related to COVID measures the trip will be postponed to a later date or you can choose to cash back all the amount paid.
  In other normal cases:
  • IF you cancel your reservation, 31 DAYS and above your scheduled arrival date, The full amount you paid will be refunded, minus the bank charges.
 
  • IF cancellation occurs between 30 to 15 Days before your scheduled arrival dates, Half of the amount you paid will be refunded. (Subject to case by case)
 
  • IF cancellation occurs Starting and less than 14 Days before your scheduled arrival dates the full amount will be unrefunded. (Subject to case by case)
  NB:   *Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur. * Places are limited (maximum trip capacity 6 persons).   For more Information and Registration:   Email: info@discoverybeyondborders.com Calls, SMSs and WhatsApp: +33 6 68 27 22 16 OR +961 3 00 76 86 Facebook: Discovery Beyond Borders Instagram: discoverybeyondborders    
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