Dip into this fascinating country over a long weekend, with time to explore some of Lebanon's main highlights including its bustling capital, Beirut, along with the beautiful city of Byblos and ancient ruins among the modern buildings. Out from the cities, find more remnants of ages past at Baalbeck and Anjar, and don't miss the chance to taste some delicious Lebanese wines at a local winery.
Drink in the culture of this wonderful destination, bouncing back spectacularly from war, and discover just what it is that makes Lebanon so special. Stroll along sun-soaked coast and among the strongholds of ancient empires, and taste delicious food at a variety of restaurants. Make sure to keep one eye on the landscape as you travel between sites - it's some of the most amazing in the world.
Fly to Beirut direct from London. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the centre of this lively city.
Meet your guide this morning and head out to explore Beirut. Stop at the National Museum to see the rich history of the country. Artefacts from all over Lebanon are on show, offering an overview of its storied past. Move on to the Roman Baths and then walk through the lively neighbourhoods, strolling down the corniche and seeing Beirut’s modern centre. (B)
Head out across the country to the Bekaa Valley today. Keep an eye on the stunning scenery as you pass by en route to epic Baalbeck. This is a huge Roman site with two vast temples dedicated to Bacchus and Jupiter, as well as well-preserved colonnades and impressive facades. After exploring the site, move on to Anjar with its stunning Umayyad ruins, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the way back to Beirut, stop at one of the local wineries to sample some wonderful Lebanese wines. (B)
In the limestone hills behind Beirut you'll find the Jeita caves. This huge network stretches hundreds of metres into the earth, with impressive stalagmites and stalactites everywhere you look. Walk through one cave and take a boat ride through the other heading back above ground. Move on to the coast, to the port of Byblos. In Byblos, visit the Crusader Castle, which is set on the hill amidst the Phoenician ruins. Later explore the narrow streets, home to the souq, which lead you down to the beautiful harbour with its wooden fishing boats. (B)
This morning is at leisure before you transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)