Cedars of Lebanon

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $3,130
  • Length: 5 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Middle East, Lebanon
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Tour Description

Though a small country, Lebanon is large in terms of natural beauty, archeological sites and history. Set on the Mediterranean coast, Lebanon has held a strategic position in history. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders and others have all travelled through, leaving a legacy of architecture and culture. Discover its ancient treasures as you tour the monuments, temples and museums. Appreciate the beauty of the sea, as you explore Lebanon’s Sea Castle, Jounieh’s Bay and the ancient port of Byblos. Take a boat tour through the amazing Jeita Grottoes - two levels filled with a labyrinth of monstrous rock galleries. And, sample of the flavors of Lebanon’s ancient and modern blend of civilizations as you savor the tasty Lebanese cuisine and wine.

  • The collection of archeological treasures in the National Museum
  • Exploring the Roman temples in Baalbek
  • Tasting Lebanese wines at a local winery
  • Wandering the old souks in Sidon
  • Touring the ancient monuments and hippodrome in Tyre
  • Boat ride through the fascinating Jeita Grottoes
  • Discovering 7,000 years of Lebanese history in Byblos

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Beirut, Lebanon

Welcome to Beirut. You are met on arrival, and taken on a tour of the downtown area. Explore the recently renovated streets, newly found archeological sites, churches and mosques from the Crusader and Moslem periods. Visit the historic Grand Serail, an Ottoman monument that crowns Serail Hill. Explore the National Museum, with its vast collection of pre-historic Egyptian artifacts and statues, glassware and jewelry treasures from the Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine empires. This afternoon check into your deluxe hotel located on the Mediterranean Sea; it is your home for the next 4 nights.

Movenpick Hotel Resort, Beirut

DAY 2

Baalbek Anjar

This morning, it is a short hour’s drive to visit Baalbek, Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure and a wonder of the ancient world. Explore the ruins dedicated to Jupiter, Bacchus Venus - the largest and the world’s best-preserved Roman temples and towering monuments. Then take a break and enjoy a typical and tasty Lebanese lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to the Ksara Winery for a tour and tastes of Lebanese wines. Next, continue on to Anjar, a walled city built in the early 8th century, with the remains of over 600 shops, city walls, temples and baths. Return to Beirut by late afternoon. (B,L)

Movenpick Hotel Resort, Beirut

DAY 3

South Lebanon - Sidon Tyre

Today, drive to South Lebanon for a full day of touring. First, visit Sidon, the largest city in South Lebanon, whose start can be traced back to the 14th century BC. Explore the ancient caravanserail (traders’ way station) and the colorful old souks and then visit the 17th century Audi Sidon Soap Museum. Tour the Sea Castle, a fortress built by the Crusaders in the early 13th century, located on a small island just off the mainland. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Tyre, Queen of the Seas. Visit its large archeological site - featuring an aqueduct, a triumphal arch, and the largest hippodrome in antiquity, along with its amazing necropolis. En route back to Beirut, stop to explore the ruins of the Phoenician Temple of Echmoun, honoring the God of Death and Birth.(B,L)

Movenpick Hotel Resort, Beirut

DAY 4

Jeita Grottoes, Harissa Byblos

This morning visit the amazing Jeita Grottoes, Lebanon’s natural miracle. This is a striking, two level, 5½ mile long labyrinth of rock galleries. Explore the lower river level on a unique flat-bottom boat tour - floating on a subterranean lake past “weeping willows” and gigantic stone flowers. On the upper grotto, see striking images of monstrous mineral animals crouching in the shady corners. Next drive to Harissa to visit the magnificent Lady of Lebanon statue of the Virgin Mary and to gaze at the spectacular panoramic views of Jounieh’s Bay. After lunch in a local restaurant, proceed to Byblos (Jbail), the most ancient port in the world, and birthplace of the Roman alphabet. The city offers over 7,000 years of history culture, and presents a comprehensive look at the many layers of civilization that have existed in Lebanon. You are back in Beirut by late this afternoon.(B,L)

Movenpick Hotel Resort, Beirut

DAY 5

Depart Beirut

Today you are taken to the airport for your departing flight home or on to your next destination.(B)

Departures

Pricing Information

December 31, 2011

From $3,130.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,230.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by private deluxe A/C vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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