Welcome to
Lebanon

A land of truly amazing contrasts stretching along the coast of the Mediterranean for some 250 kilometers.  With the Cedar Mountains, fertile plains, Islamic architecture, ancient sites from Phoenician, Greek and Roman times, snow skiing in the mountains and water skiing on the coast, together with a lively night life, traditional souks and excellent restaurants, Lebanon with its kindly climate, has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday.

Pigeon GrottoBeirut
Once called the 'Paris of the East' due to the opulence of the city, Beirut is the capital of Lebanon.  Pigeon Rocks are the most famous natural feature of the city, these offshore rock arches are a lovely compliment to the dramatic sea cliffs, also wandering the corniche and the old souks is a must for any visitor.

ByblosByblos
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back some 5000 years, Byblos was a flourishing port in Phoenician times and the site of a crusader castle and church, it has a historic harbour as well as some Byzantine ruins.


Tripoli
SoukWith its narrow alleys, souks and Mameluk architecture retains an air of special Arabic charm, complemented by its slow pace of life and friendly people.Baalbeck

Baalbeck
Home to the acropolis, Baalbeck has one of the largest
in the world with two temples, two courtyards and an enclosure.  The temples of Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus all bear testimony to the time when the Romans held this city as the centre of their Syrian Empire.


There are many historic sites in Lebanon, tours can be arranged to include as many or as few as you want.  The following is an example of a 4 night / 5 day tour.

Day 1
Arrive Beirut

Day 2
Take a tour of the capital and surrounding area, sights to see include: Pigeons Rocks, the huge offshore rock formations; the Corniche, with its beaches, cafes and shops; the city centre and the Beirut National Museum.  Then en-route to the Chouf Mountains visit Deir El Qamar, the ancient residence of the Governors of Lebanon, and Beiteddine, where you can see superb examples of Lebanese architecture from the 18th and 19th century, including a museum and an exhibition of mosaics.

Day 3
Today see the northern region.  Discover Harissa, take a cable car up to the statue of Notre Dame, then continue to Lebanon's second city Tripoli.  Here visit St. Gilles Castle and the Taylan Mosque then enjoy a walk through the souk.  Continue to Byblos, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, there you can visit the Citadel, St. John's Church built by the Crusaders and the historic harbour.

Day 4
Drive across Mount Lebanon then descend towards the Bequaa Valley to reach one of the world's greatest historic sites, Baalbeck.  Baalbeck's temple complex is one of the largest in the world, it has the temple of Jupiter, completed about 60AD and the Temple of Bacchus built around 150AD and is amazingly well preserved.  Next visit Ksara winery and then proceed to Anjar to visit the excavated Ommayyad site recognised to be one of the major market places on the Silk Road.

Day 5
Return to Bahrain

Ski Lebanon
FarayaLebanon has six ski resorts with groomed slopes, catering for skiers Farayaandsnowboarders of all levels.  There are also trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  Each of the ski resorts is different, Faraya-Mzaar is the biggest and caters for all levels, The Cedars is an area of outstanding beauty and Laqloug is ideal for families up to intermediate level.

Prices on request

When to go

Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate with long hot dry summers, August is usually the hottest month with average temperatures of 32°C, and short cool rainy winters with January being the coolest and wettest month.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 2 DST applies Lebanese Pound Arabic / French 3 hours