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Essential Lebanon

The small country of Lebanon offers amazing ancient Phoenician, Greek, Roman, early Christian and Crusader monuments, the natural beauty of soaring, snow-dusted mountains and sparkling green valleys, great food and wine, and friendly, forward-looking people. During the tour, we'll journey back in time, as we visit the incredible Roman complex of Baalbek, admire the Phoenician towns of Byblos and Tyre, explore the Umayyad town of Anjar with its leading archeologist, and kick back in the cosmopolitan Beirut. We'll relax at the beautiful beaches, cruise on a private catamaran along the coast, explore complex karst caves by boat, tour Christian monasteries set in the famous Lebanon cedar forest, and indulge in fine food and excellent local wines.

Phoenician Alphabet

The world's first alphabet was invented by the Phoenicians, ancient inhabitants of modern-day Lebanon. Consisting of 22 letters, all consonants, the Phoenician alphabet was derived from Egyptian hieroglyphs and became one of the most widely used writing systems, spread by Phoenician merchants across the Mediterranean world, where it evolved and was assimilated by many other cultures. More...

Lebanese Wine

History tells us that from ancient times, the Lebanese have been masters of wine. At least two thousand years before Alexander the Great, wine was being produced in the region to certain acclaim - the Israelite prophet Hosea urged his followers to return to God so that "they will blossom as the vine, their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon." More...


Baalbek, known in antiquity as Heliopolis ("Sun City"), is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon, many of the structures rivaling those that remain in Rome today. The city was once the center of the solar cult that worshipped the sun as both a natural entity and living god, and temples were also built to the Roman gods Jupiter, Venus, and Bacchus, mirrors of the Canaanite deities Hadad and Atargatis. More...

Kahlil Gibran

Few writers are as widely circulated or universally beloved as the Lebanese writer and artist Kahlil Gibran, known primarily for his influential 1923 book The Prophet, and the third best-selling poet of all time. More...

Lebanese Cuisine

Lebanese cuisine follows the Mediterranean tradition of an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood, with sparing use of animal fats. Red meat often takes a backseat to poultry, and comes more readily in the form of lamb or goat. Olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon are typical flavors found in the Lebanese diet. More...

Lebanese Cedars

It's no wonder that the cedar is the national emblem of Lebanon, displayed right in the center of the country's flag - prized by the Egyptians for building ships and the Ottomans for building railways, the Lebanese cedar's renown is so influential that it is mentioned throughout texts from the Epic of Gilgamesh to the Holy Bible. More...


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9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Beirut

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