Our Lebanon tours take a deep dive into this small but adventurous Mediterranean country that offers a goldmine of historic sites to visit - although it has a turbulent history, it now makes a great place to visit, either in its own right or as part of a longer Middle East holiday itinerary.
At Encounters Travel our Lebanon tours include many places of interest such as the capital city Beirut, the impressive Roman remains of Baalbek, the old souks in Tripoli, and the mosaic streets and the massive Roman hippodrome in Tyre.
More active pursuits include scuba diving, trekking and skiing - making a Lebanon tour the ultimate vacation!
Our Lebanon tours usually start in its modern capital city of Beirut, which is the perfect base to explore Lebanon from and is regarded as one of the liveliest cities in the world - with excellent restaurants, theatres, pubs and nightlife. From here, it's easy to make excursions into the surrounding countryside.
To the north, the coastal city of Tripoli is famous for its sweets and traditional olive oil-based soap, which can be bought in its wonderful old covered souks.
Inland lies the well-preserved Roman remains at Baalbek, with the colossal temple of Bacchus as the main attraction.
To the south, scuba diving and snorkelling in the waters around the ancient city of Tyre, where divers can explore interesting underwater archaeological ruins - this is a popular option among travellers on a Lebanon tour. The city is also home to one of the largest Roman hippodromes ever discovered.
For more active options, there is plenty of great scuba diving and snorkelling along the miles of the Mediterranean coast, along with other popular water sports.
Inland in the mountains, there is excellent walking and skiing, with several great ski resorts available.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you're looking for something more private, then our escorted Lebanon tours are something to consider.
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Contact the Lebanon tourism board for more information.
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My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.
Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.
I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.
Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.
Dial Code: +961
Area: 10 452 km2
Elevation: Lebanon's highest point is Qurnat as Sawda' 3,088 m (10,131 ft) and its lowest point is the Mediterranean Sea 0 m (0 ft).
Government: Semi-presidential parliamentary democratic republic
Tied to its turbulent history, Lebanon sometimes sees very few travellers flocking to its beauty and welcoming locals – however, one must know that visiting Lebanon is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a traveller. Lebanon is filled with both ancient and modern charms – the country has undergone a rebirth in recent years, presenting visitors with a country that enjoys the rich benefits if its past and its bustling future. Hugging an endless blue coastline on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, this small country of just 3.7 million has far more to offer than its size and population suggests. Lebanon's capital of cool, Beirut, is most likely to be your first stop - labelled everything from 'The Paris of the Middle East' to 'the party capital of the Arab world' and the 'the adrenalin sports capital of the Middle East', it won't be long before you realise why Beirut was once one of the world's most fashionable travel destinations. Away from the chic buzz of its thriving cities, Lebanon’s historic past can be seen in its crusader castles and the crumbling ruins of the seventh-century Umayyad city of Aanjar. Lebanon is home to both skiing and sun, a mostly liberal population, and bars and nightclubs that rival those found in Europe, it is the complete opposite of what most people imagine the Middle East to be. Across the mountains of the east, through the terraced hills of the Shuf region and down to the beaches of the western coastline, Lebanon is easily recognized as a vibrant and modern country perfect for an extraordinary adventure. Coolly combining everything the ancient and new world has to offer, Lebanon is a country that startles as much as it amazes.
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