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[13 days] Lebanon Inside & Out Beirut

  • Trip Type: Small-Group (Guided)
  • Group Size: Up to 12
  • Departure Date: Single Fixed Date
  • Trip Start: 3 Sep, 2021
  • Trip End: 15 Sep, 2021
  • Duration: Extended (10+ days)
  • Physical Rating: Average

From roaming the streets of Lebanon’s coastal cities, to tasting homemade specialties and street food, to stepping foot in some of the most underrated beauties of this land, this trip is the ultimate insider travel experience to Lebanon. Come see the true facets of the country through its people, their generosity, and know-how.

Highlights:

  • City walking tours including monuments, hidden gems, and food tastings
  • Ancient ruins, caves, monasteries, and archaeological sites
  • Souks, hammams, mosques, and khans
  • Mosaic workshop, pottery demonstrations, and wine tasting at “Sept,” a biodynamic winery
  • Included activities such as a sunset bike, two short, moderate level hikes, and a boat tour; optional activities such as stand up paddleboarding, sailing, snorkeling, or SCUBA diving
  • Giving back by planting cedar trees and spending a day volunteering with an NGO distributing food essentials, medicine, and more
  • Free time in many of the towns for you to explore on your own

You’ll travel Lebanon like a local. Along this 13-day loop route, get ready to hike in some of the most pristine hidden forests and valleys of Mount Lebanon and connect with generous locals by partaking in artisanal workshops, staying in guesthouses, and sharing homecooked traditional meals.

You will definitely visit some of the country’s world heritage sites and learn about its millennial history while uncovering the secrets of the great Phoenician civilization. You also won’t miss swimming and relaxing on the clear beaches of Batroun & the Palm Islands.

This trip is also all about giving back and upholding sustainability. Therefore we are sparing time for planting cedar trees in the Lebanese highlands and donating essentials to unprivileged families within the program.

🌤️ Seasonal Notes: High season is between April and September. The low Season is between October and March. The month of September, when this trip occurs, is warm with an average temperature of 77°F / 25°C. Still considered the summer season, it’s a very good time to enjoy the coast and beaches as well as mountains. It is also the month of grape harvesting that you can witness during the culinary tour in West Bekaa.

📋 Itinerary

Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the program may occur.

Day 01: Beirut [Lebanon] (arrival day)
Day 02: Beirut
Day 03: Byblos/Jbeil - Ehmej
Day 04: Ehmej – Aassia – Nahle – Bchealeh - Douma
Day 05: Qadisha Valley – Cedars - Batroun
Day 06: Batroun
Day 07: Tripoli – Menjez - Qubaiyat
Day 08: Akkar el Atika highlands – Hermel highlands
Day 09: North Bekaa
Day 10: Baalbek – Riyaq – Kherbet Qanafar - Saghbine
Day 11: Maasser El chouf – Deir el Qamar - Beiteddine
Day 12: Tyre
Day 13: Beirut (departure day)

🌱 Sustainability

🌱 We thrive on creating a positive impact for the visited destinations. We support the sustainable development of their societies by helping them generate income, respecting the environment and nature, and preserving valuable cultural heritage and know-how instead of endangering them.

🌎 We aim to propose alternatives to the most frequented itineraries, visit locations away from mass tourism, or expose common destinations from a different perspective.

🌲 This is a 100% carbon emission-free trip. Within the trip fee, each participant is donating an amount equal to their flight's CO2 emissions (international and national flights) to plant cedar trees in Lebanon. Travelers will plant the trees themselves during the trip.

🗑️ We leave no trace after every activity.

♻️ We encourage our guests to bring reusable water bottles and separate their trash as much as possible (glass, plastic, cardboard, and paper).

🚗 We will be driving around Lebanon (no in-country flights), and doing sustainable activities along the way.

🥾 Sustainable activities include Hiking in the Qadisha Valley, hiking in Akkar el Atika highlands, and planting cedar trees.

🏡 All accommodations are either homestays or locally managed guesthouses. They are special because the guest is hosted and taken care of by the owners themselves. All food served at accommodations is homegrown and homemade.

🍴 Meals and food tastings outside of accommodations are street food bought from small businesses.

🍷 The winery we visit is a small-scale winery that is locally managed.

💼 70% out of the trip cost is directly generating income to the local communities working in the tourism sector, including accommodations, services, activities, and small businesses.

  • Clear sustainable travel policy
  • Social / Environmental Impact
  • Tourism Dispersal
  • Behavioral Awareness Education
  • Small Group Travel
  • Listen to Community Feedback
  • Conserve Ecosystems/Preserve Biodiversity
  • No Animal-Harming Tourism
  • No In-Destination Flights
  • Local/Organic Restaurants
  • Participate in Certified Carbon Offsetting
  • Provide Local Employment
  • Supports Local Businesses
  • Tours Benefit Local Community
  • Connect Travelers to Local Products
  • Engage with Local Communities
  • Stay with Local Communities
  • Inclusive & Non-discriminatory Hiring
  • Provide Authentic Experiences

📌 Location

Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.

A specific route map is included in the downloadable detailed itinerary.

🏷️ Pricing

🏷️ Prices vary based on single or double rooms.
🏷️ Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
🏷️ See the full list of price inclusions and exclusions in the downloadable detailed itinerary.

  • Deposit per person

    25% of trip price; due by Aug. 15th; refundable (see Cancellation Policy)

  • Price per person, double room occupancy

    Excl. flights

    $ 1975
  • Price per person, single room occupancy

    Excl. flights

    $ 2615

ℹ️ Other Info

📧 If you're ready to book this trip, or if you still have some questions, contact us to let us know!

💯 Book with confidence: To reserve your spot on a tour, a 25% deposit will be required by Aug 15th, 2021; the full amount due by Aug 25th, 2021. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable (minus the bank charges) if the traveler cancels the reservation BEFORE August 1st, 2021.

  • If the trip is canceled because of Covid and airport closures, all money will be refunded.
  • If the cancellation occurs ON or AFTER August 1st, 2021, half of the amount paid will be refunded. (Subject to case by case.)
  • If the cancellation occurs ON or AFTER August 20th, 2021, the full amount will NOT be refunded. (Subject to case by case.)

We mention case by case because if someone cancels due to Covid or other extreme measures even after the dates above, they will still be refunded.

📅 This trip takes place in the fall of 2021; we're hoping it will be safe to travel by then. If not, the trip will be postponed.

⚕️ Be sure you have traveler's insurance.

😷 If you choose to travel before a vaccine is widely available, be sure to get a negative test result before arriving. You should also have both a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.

Special precautions:

A negative PCR test is required to join. Masks are required in public spaces. If deemed too dangerous for the trip to take place in September, it may be postponed.

💭 Q: What does the Physical Rating of "Average" mean?
This trip requires a normal level of fitness. The hike as well as the pace of the trip are active but don't require serious exertion.

💭 Q: What are the accommodations like?
We will do homestays and stay at guesthouses.

💭 Q: What about weather and safety?
The weather will be warm with an average temperature of 77°F / 25°C.

💭 Q: Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travelers?
Yes. The trip is organized by a female tour operator who designed the itinerary off of her solo travels. Our company and trips welcome everyone and promote diversity!

💭 Q: Do I need a visa?
You must check this based on your nationality, but for most travelers, a visa is not required.

⌛ Duration: 13 days, fixed departure date of September 3rd, 2021
🍴 Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
🚗 Transportation: Small van or something similar, depending on the number of guests.
⛺ Accommodation: Homestays, guesthouses