Explore puts Lebanon back on the map

Explore has introduced a new eight-day ‘Highlights of Lebanon’ trip, putting the destination back on the tourist map.

Lebanon has only recently re-opened its doors to visitors; with the FCO recently updating its travel advice and no longer advising against travel to much of the country. Using local, knowledgeable guides, travellers on this trip will learn about Lebanese life, discover aromatic souks, walk through fragrant cedar forests and savour local dishes.

The trip starts in the capital city of Beirut where clients can get a taste of local life and enjoy a traditional breakfast at the old souk before heading south to the coastal city of Tyre and its UNESCO World Heritage archaeological sites, dating back to 2750 BC.

There is a chance to stay overnight at an eco-lodge in the grounds of St Anthony’s Monastery in the Qadisha Valley, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wake up to the sound of bells calling the monks to mass and experience rural Lebanese life and homemade food. Guests will then visit the Bekaa Valley and tour the labyrinth of roman cellars at Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest and biggest winery to learn about the wine-making process and taste the red wine which makes the region famous. The trip ends in Beirut with a guided tour of the city followed by a traditional mezze meal.

The trip costs £1,350 per person and includes flights, internal transfers, seven-nights’ accommodation, seven breakfasts and three dinners, and services of a tour leader. 2019 departures fall on September 21, October 12 and November 9; and in 2020 on March 21, April 11, May 23, June 13, August 1, September 26 and October 17.

Call 01252-884709 or go to www.explore.co.uk to find out more.


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