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Adventure Holidays in Lebanon

Tours in Lebanon

It may be small on the global map but Lebanon has an awful lot to offer between its borders.  From the hedonistic pursuits of fine dining and high energy nightlife of Beirut to premier ancient sites spanning a history over 7,000 years old,  Lebanon really is a classic destination for visitors.  It is dotted with UNESCO World Heritage sites including grand and imposing Phoenician and Roman ruins and Crusader castles.  It is patchwork of Mediterranean coastline, rugged alpine peaks, green fertile valleys and the world famous stunning cedar forests.  These forests are famous for their use in the construction of some of the holiest buildings in the world, including Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock and Solomon's Temple.  If these are not enough reasons to visit then add the welcoming local people and a world-renowned cuisine and you really have a country that ends up being a feast for the senses and one you will be very glad you had on your bucket list. 

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Highlights of Lebanon

Jeita Grotto
Just outside the capital is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country, the Jeita Grotto. Geology, time and water have created an amazing array of stalactite and stalagmite rock formations out of karstic limestone. On the short list for the Seven Natural Wonders of the World these stunning caverns are visually stunning and easily explored.
Byblos
A contender for the oldest inhabited town in the world is Byblos which gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1984 for its ‘outstanding universal value’. Named by the ancient Greeks after their word for Papyrus, which was traded here and shipped to Egypt. Byblos also gave birth to the alphabet and is probably Lebanon’s finest jewels. Its port is charming and a definite picture-postcard scene. Its fully restored souk offers some of the most unusual and best souvenir items in the country.
Baalbeck
The Baalbeck complex contains some of the largest and most impressive Roman ruins in the world. Built to pay homage to the Heliopolitan Triad of Gods – Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, this ‘Sun City’ is magnificent in scale and sure to be one of the most memorable sites you visit.
Beiteddine Palace
Nestled on a hilltop with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside Beiteddine Palace (House of Faith) is a blend of Italian and Arabic architecture. It was built in the 19th Century by Emir Bechir Chehab II. Ochre stonework, courtyards with fountains, marble inlaid doors and intricately decorated balconies make up the design of this beautiful building.
Tyre
Originally a flourishing commercial centre for International trade the port of Tyre appeared in the classical writings of Herodotus and Homer. Today the visitor is able to see a still functioning traditional fishing port with a lively souk and UNESCO World Heritage site of Roman-era architecture.
Sidon (Saida)
This is an old Phoenician port city with a more traditional and relaxed way of life. Some of the oldest civilisations took advantage of its significant geographical location to further their empires. Sidon’s most recognisable landmark is the Crusader Sea Castle which is accessible by an 80 metre causeway. It was built in 1228 by the Crusaders but then destroyed by the Mamluks to deter future incursions by the medieval invaders.

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We offer more than 500 holidays across 100 countries on all seven continents. And although we’ve grown in the past 40 years, our philosophy has stayed the same: to bring like-minded people together on authentic adventures, with minimal impact to the environments and cultures we visit. We work only with reputable partners, with whom we’ve built long-standing relationships, and participate in various community and environmental projects around the world. Read more about our responsible travel initiatives here.