A Special Departure to Lebanon: September 2018

Lebanon Tour September 2018

Explore Lebanon w/ Kirby McDonald & Richard Bangs

September 14-24, 2018


BOOKING DETAILS

Contact Julie McCormack at: Julie@mtsobek.com for booking enquiries.


ITINERARY

Day 1 ~ Arrival in Beirut

Upon arrival at airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Beirut. Welcome dinner in Beirut

D: Hotel in Beirut

Day 2 ~ Beirut

After breakfast, spend the day exploring Beirut. Visit the National Museum, Place des Martyrs and Grand Mosque as well as Roman ruins, churches. Take a Corniche Walk and mix with the local Beirutis.

B,L,D: Hotel in Beirut 

Lebanon Tour September 2018

Day 3 ~ Byblos

Breakfast at hotel and briefing for the day. Depart for Baskinta (28 miles), where we will take a guided short walk on the Lebanon Mountain Trail, Baskinta Literary Trail. We will enjoy sandwiches at a small, local restaurant in a village along the trail. Later, transfer to Byblos (30 miles). Byblos is one of the contenders for the “oldest inhabited city award” and spend the afternoon exploring this medieval city.

B,L,D: Hotel in Byblos

Lebanon Tour September 2018

Day 4 ~ Byblos – Tripoli – Ehden Cedars Nature Reserve

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Byblos Crusader Fort. Then drive to Tripoli and visit the old souk, the port and the fortress, all of which date from medieval times. Tripoli was originally founded around 800 BC, and saw Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans inhabit it. Later transfer to Ehden (24 miles) and tour Midane Square in the old town, the oldest Maronite Church of Mount Lebanon (which dates back to the 9th century) and St. Georges Cathedral.

B,L,D: Qozhaya Lodge or similar

Lebanon Tour September 2018

 Day 5 ~ Ehden Cedars Nature Reserve

After breakfast, transfer to the Qozhaya Monastery. We will explore the Monastery, which has been in continual use since it was founded in the 8th century. It has been printing texts since the 16th century, including texts in Syriac, a language still used by the Maronites in their services. We will have a packed lunch along the way.

B,L,D: Qozhaya Lodge

Day 6 ~ Qadicha Valley and the Lebanon Mountain Trail

After breakfast, we will take a short walk on the Lebanon Mountain Trail. Ouadi Qadicha, also known as Holy Valley, is one of the most important settlement sites of the first Christian monasteries in the world, and its monasteries, many of which are very old, are set in an extraordinarily rugged landscape. Transfer to Aqoura for lunch at a guesthouse and then return to Beirut.

B,L,D: Hotel in Beirut

Lebanon Tour September 2018

Day 7 ~ Baalbek

Transfer to Tanourine and visit the 3 Bridges Sinkhole. Then transfer to Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley. The valley was one of Rome’s breadbaskets and there are Roman sites dotting the area. Visit the Temple, Turkish school and recent archaeological discoveries in the city. Wine tour and tasting.

B,L,D: Hotel in Baalbek

Lebanon Tour September 2018

Day 8 ~ Anjar – Chateau Kefraya – Tyre

After breakfast, transfer to Anjar and visit the Ummayyad City, then transfer to Tyre (60 miles). In the afternoon, tour the souk, Crusader Cathedral and Roman hippodrome.

B,L,D: Charming Boutique Hotel in Tyre

Day 9 ~ Tyre – Sidon – Beirut

We rise early this morning for a traditional breakfast in the old souk of Tyre. Then transfer to Sidon, an important Phoenician city that was settled as early as 4,000 BC. Explore the city and then return to Beirut. In the evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

B,L,D: Hotel in Beirut

Day 10 ~ Beirut – Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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