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Lebanon

A small country, dominated by great mountain ranges, Lebanon's impact on the history of the Mediterranean is out of all proportion to its size, for here is a stunningly rich archaeological history to explore. This is the homeland of the Canaanites/Phoenicians, whose great coastal trading emporia supplied the known world with luxuries, including cedarwood, spices and metals. When the region was absorbed into the Roman Empire by Pompey the Great in 64 BC, Lebanon became part of the province of Syria. Under the Pax Romana, the cities of the Levantine coast prospered and the Romans built their largest ever temple at the cult centre of Baalbek. Castles, churches, mosques, and souks recall the medieval period, when Lebanon was a battleground between the Crusaders and Islam as well as a vibrant mixing bowl of religions and cultures. Modern Lebanon is an interesting experience – Beirut is a vibrant, modern and stylish city with an air of affluence and 'French polish". But, not far away, in the hills and countryside beyond, there still exists a biblical feel in the villages and landscapes.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Entries & tips

Led by...

Tony O'Connor

Tony O'Connor Expert Scholar

Tony O'Connor is a specialist in the Roman Empire, who has excavated widely across Britain, Europe and North Africa. He is particularly passionate about Roman North Africa, having excavated in Libya for many years.

Today's Price
$3,740

Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $465

Tour highlights:

  • Explore Byblos, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world
  • The Roman remains at Tyre including the Hippodrome and monumental streets
  • Visit the great temple of Jupiter Heliopolis in Baalbek, and of Eshmoun in Sidon

Tour details

Dates October 25 2020 - November 1 2020
Duration 8 days
Cost
Today's Price
$3,740
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $465 Balance due by August 2 2020
Activity Level
Tour code ALEB201025

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October 25 2020: Itinerary

We fly to Beirut. Upon arrival, we transfer to our comfortable hotel. 

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Four Points Sheraton, Beirut

Byblos awaits today, site of one of the great trading cities of the early Bronze Age and arguably the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. Through its trading contacts with the Greek world, Byblos exported the alphabet to the West. Our morning includes visits to the citadel and St. John’s Church, and in the afternoon we visit the archaeological park as well as monuments from the crusader period. We’ll also stop to view the inscriptions left by ancient armies at the Nahr-el-kalb (the Dog River), between Byblos and Beirut.

All meals included

Hotel: Four Points Sheraton, Beirut

All day in Beirut, a city reborn – the rebuilding programme following the civil war (1975 -1990) gave the unique opportunity for an archaeological study of the city. The earliest occupation dates to the Palaeolithic period, but the first urban phase belongs to the Middle Bronze Age (c. 3000BC). The Roman city of Colonia Julia Augusta Felix Berytus was famous in the third century for its law school. The major surviving monuments also date from this period, including a large bath complex and one of the main thoroughfares lined with shops, luxury houses and a laundry. We visit the National Museum with excellent collections of Lebanon's cultural heritage and the reconstructed heart of the city and the central archaeological zone with the remains of Roman Berytus.

All meals included

Hotel: Grand Hotel Kadri

The great temple complex of Baalbek in the heart of the Bekka valley awaits discovery today. It includes the vast Temple of Jupiter Heliopolis, once the largest in the world (22.9 m high), with peristyles and hexagonal courts. To the side, lies the Temple of Bacchus and the remarkable state of preservation of these temples – particularly the latter – show fine detail of their devotional purpose. We also visit the nearby quarries, which contain some of the largest monoliths ever quarried.

All meals included

Hotel: Grand Hotel Kadri

Following the Arab conquest in the 7th century, the first Islamic dynasty of the Umayyads saw themselves as heirs of Rome and Byzantium, and used the architectural and artistic language of those earlier powers to express their own ideas. This fusion between east and west is nowhere more evident than at the planned city of Anjar. In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Dekweh and also the two distinct groups of temples of the Roman period at Niha. The chief temple here is dedicated to the god Hadranus and has been well restored.

All meals included

Hotel: Grand Hotel Kadri

We start our day with a visit to the palace at Beit Eddine. Built by the Emir Bechir at the end of the 18th century in an opulent oriental style, today it also contains a museum of Byzantine mosaics. We also visit the contemporary town of Deir El Qamar before travelling back to Beirut.

All meals included

Hotel: Gefinor Rotana

Sidon grew wealthy from the production of glass and textiles, and held a favoured position with the great King of Persia. In their wars with the Greeks, the Persians relied on Sidon's navy. We visit the Temple of Eshmoun, patron god of Sidon, and see evidence of the Crusader past with a visit to the Sea Castle. Tyre: "Say to Tyre, that city standing on the edge of the sea, doing business with the nations in innumerable islands" – this was Ezekiel's description of Iron Age Tyre, one of the great cities of the ancient Near East. Its wealth, through trade and manufacture, particularly of purple dye from the murex, was the benchmark from which all others were measured, and the influence of the cities colonies spread right across the Mediterranean. We also visit the two archaeological parks, which show the wealth of Tyre in the Roman period.

All meals included

Hotel: Gefinor Rotana

We depart to the airport for our flight home

Meals include: Breakfast

October 25 2020: Additional Info

October 25 2020: Accommodation

The elegant Four Points By Sheraton Hotel is a 4-star business hotel located in the heart of Beirut. Since 2004, it has been hosting guests in the center of Beirut.The property lies within 1.6 km from National Museum of Beirut, Hamra Street and Monot Street (nightlife). A 20-minutes walk to the center of Beirut and walking distance to ABC shopping mall. Four Points By Sheraton Hotel provides 132 guestrooms appointed with a laptop safe, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a living space for a pleasant stay. A fridge and coffee/tea makers as well as family bathrooms with a hairdryer, a shower or bathtub are available in each room. A buffet breakfast is offered at the Bistro Restaurant. A fine selection of fusion dishes is served at the poolside restaurant. Guests can try selected best brews in the lobby bar.

Grand Kadri hotel, nestled in the vibrant heart of the charming city of Zahle, is one of the rare remaining historical landmark hotels in Lebanon.

The architectural style of our hotel combines oriental aesthetics with an exquisite modern touch. It is one of the finest spots for business travelers and tourists seeking to visit Lebanon’s fascinating eastern regions.

All rooms in the hotel are air conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine and a minibar. The rooms include a private bathroom with a bathtub, a hair dryer and bathrobes. 

Centrally located in Hamra area, the newly renovated five-star property is part of Beirut’s rich tapestry. It offers modern rooms, a rooftop bar and swimming pool featuring panoramic views.

Each room is air-conditioned and features large windows, a seating area and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Soft bathrobes and slippers are provided and a coffee maker is available.

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