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Home to one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements, Lebanon has an extremely rich history, and on this tour you will delve into the long and complex past of this wonderful country. Discover incredibly well-preserved Roman ruins at Baalbek, wander through the remains of Umayyad cities, and travel back in time as you explore imposing Crusader castles. You will also experience modern Lebanon’s cosmopolitan side in the vibrant capital, Beirut.
Conveniently located in the heart of Beirut, the Gefinor Rotana Hotel is within easy reach of the restaurants and shops of the fashionable Achrafieh district. All 164 rooms and suites are spacious and bright, featuring a contemporary décor and amenities. The hotel features a rooftop swimming pool with stunning views over Beirut and the Mediterranean as well as fitness centre, sauna and steam bath. The Olive and Oil Restaurant serves international cuisine and, for the more adventurous, Trader Vic’s Restaurant offers an interesting dining option with a menu of French-Polynesian specialties.View Images
Located in a heritage building in Beirut’s fashionable Ashrafieh district the Albergo has an air of understated elegance. Each of the hotels 32 rooms are unique, drawing on Lebanon’s rich cultural heritage. The hotel also features a swimming pool and rooftop terrace with fabulous view over Beirut. Part of the Relais & Chateaux group the Albergo is a thoroughly recommended choice when staying in Beirut.View Images
Silk Road Tours offers private tailor made journeys to Lebanon
The smallest country in continental Asia, Lebanon stands at the crossroads of the Middle East. Over the millennia different civilisations have passed through, each leaving their mark and making for an incredibly rich assortment of cultural sites. Ancient Byblos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world, with a history spanning at least 7000 years, whilst the Roman temples of Baalbek and the Umayyad city of Anjar are incredibly well-preserved. Vibrant and cosmopolitan Beirut, rebuilt after the civil war, is again taking its place as the ‘Paris of the East’, whereas something of old Lebanon can be found in the picturesque villages of the Qadisha Valley and the coastal town of Batroun. Alongside its man-made delights, Lebanon also offers beautiful scenery, and the Mount Lebanon range, home of the famous cedars, has excellent walking trails with spectacular views.
The complex mix of cultures and religions has made for a vibrant and friendly people with lively and welcoming outlook. Lebanese cuisine is rightly regarded as one of the world’s finest, and the wines of the Bekaa Valley are beginning to make a name for themselves. Lebanon is truly a country that enchants the visitor.
Time Zone – GMT + 2
Best Times to Visit – May to October
Visas – UK passport holders, visa stamp on arrival
Currency – Lebanese Lira (LBP) obtainable before travel