Essential Lebanon


Discover the essential Lebanon with our 5-night escorted tour delivering you a beguiling mix of antiquity, modernity, and fine wine!

A turbulent recent history means this beautiful and welcoming country sees few visitors. However, a trip to Lebanon is a deeply rewarding experience. Its ancient history, friendly and forward-looking people and wealth of natural beauty, ensures that this small country packs a lot of punch. Come see for yourself. Take a boat through the cave complex at Jeita, journey back in time at the incredible Roman complex of Baalbek and explore Byblos, the birthplace of the alphabet and the ancient heart of world-shipping before indulging in Ksara’s finest wines.


  • The historic Southern towns of Sidon & Tyre
  • Experience Beirut’s beguiling mix of antiquity and modernity
  • The Temple of Eshmun
  • Visually stunning Jeita Grotto
  • Byblos, the birthplace of the alphabet
  • Byblos, ancient town and port
  • The spectacular Qadisha Valley
  • Baalbek, vast Roman complex
  • Sample the finest wines at Ksara winery


  • Flights from Dublin to Beirut, Lebanon
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 5 nights accommodation in Lebanon
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Tours each day, outlined in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites and parks on the itinerary
  • Ground transport with driver
  • Flights from Beirut to Dublin
  • Services of English speaking guide and local representatives
  • Taxes, charges & 20kg check-in bag per person


Day 1 Beirut, Lebanon

Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred from the airport to the hotel. Overnight in Beirut (Hamra area).

Overnight in Gems Hotel, Beirut

Meal plan: n/a

Day 2 Sidon, Lebanon - Tyre, Lebanon - Beirut, Lebanon

Early start. Drive to the South of Lebanon, to one of the oldest Phoenician cities, Sidon (Saida) and explore the colourful souk, the sea castle and the fish market (the name ‘Sidon’ means fishery). Visit the nearby Temple of Eshmun. Continue to another Phoenician town, Tyre (Sur), and visit its spectacular ruins. Learn the complex history of invasions by Persians, Egyptians, Ottomans and Babylonians. Return to Beirut for overnight.

Overnight in Gems Hotel, Beirut

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 3 Beirut, Lebanon - Jeita Grotto, Lebanon - Byblos, Lebanon

Half day tour of Beirut including the modern downtown, the historic Green Line, the bustling Hamra and the charming waterfront, known as The Cornice. In the afternoon drive to Jeita Grotto. Spend some time exploring these incredible caves with one of the world’s most impressive collection of stalagmites and stalactites. Drive to Byblos for overnight in hotel.

Overnight in Ahiram Hotel, Byblos

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 4 Byblos, Lebanon - Qadisha Valley, Lebanon - Baalbek, Lebanon

Take a tour of Byblos, famous archaeological sites including its Crusader castle and Roman ruins. Wander through the beautiful souk and down to the harbour, once the nerve centre of the world’s shipping, for lunch. Nowadays there’s little more than a quaint little port. After lunch, drive to the stunning and historic Qadisha Valley, stop in Bsharreh to visit the Gebran museum, dedicated to the Lebanese artist, writer and philosopher, Khalil Gibran. Take a walk through a Cedars grove. Drive to Zahle for dinner & overnight In hotel.

Overnight in Grand Kadri Hotel, Zahle

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Day 5 Baalbek, Lebanon - Aanjar, Lebanon - Beirut, Lebanon

This morning visit Baalbek (the “Sun City”), arguably the most important Roman site in the whole Middle East. After marvelling at the temple complex in Baalbek, drive to the famous Ksara winery to take a tour of the winery and to sample some of Lebanon’s finest wines. From Ksara drive to the predominantly Armenian town of Aanjar. Visit the beautiful Umayyad ruins here before stopping for lunch in Aanjar town. After lunch return to Beirut. Rest of the day free.

Overnight in Gems Hotel, Beirut

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Day 6 Beirut, Lebanon

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dublin.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes as indicated
  • Single supplement on request
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit 15% Full payment due on confirmation
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking

  Cost per person: €2,879pp
  Number of nights: 5

11 Oct 2020 €2779
09 May 2021 €2879
24 Oct 2021 €2879

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