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This adventure is a heady combination of must-see sites and exciting hiking opportunities in the stunning Qadisha Valley, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful country on foot.
From the Mediterranean to snowy mountains to the vineyards of the Beqaa, Lebanon awaits the inquisitive traveller, who wishes to scratch a little deeper and explore some more remote areas on a 4 day trek, enjoy traditional Lebanese guest houses, historical and religious iconic sites and of course, the world-famous cuisine.
In a country where French, Arabic and English can be heard in a single sentence and a multitude of faiths reside, history emanates from every stone: The costal village of Byblos (جبيل ‘Jbeil’ in Arabic) is the oldest continuously-inhabited town in the world; the Roman temples at Baalbek are some of the grandest ever built; Lebanon is mentioned 71 times in the Bible; with rule having passed through the hands of Arab Caliphates, Crusaders, Mamluks, Ottomans and more.
Lebanon really does have it all – but perhaps nothing surpasses the openness, charm, glamour and friendliness of its people. Experience this enchanting destination with like-minded fellow travellers, with the assurance that you will find a unique and varied culture quite unlike any you have seen before.
We fully believe in, and practice Responsible Tourism, using hotels run by locals. We put time and effort into building our relationship with them to ensure you have a a great trip.
We choose hotels based on cleanliness, comfort, safety, proximity to our route (to avoid unnecessary extra travel), and a warm client welcome, as well as reliability in their service to us. Some hotels will be basic, and in modern buildings and or in towns. Wherever we can, we will choose smaller more characterful, individual hotels, but in areas where tourism is still developing, this may not be available.
An aspect of our adventures is to escape the ‘trappings’ of modern Western lifestyles and to experience new things which are exciting and memorable, and reflects the countries we are visiting.
This is adventure travel and on occasion the advertised services at a hotel (eg wifi, or hot showers!) may not be functional on our arrival. This tends to occur in the smaller, more remote hotels. Very rarely a hotel lets us down and we are required to find alternative suitable accommodation that might not be our first choice.
This trip uses hotel and guesthouse accommodation. Options are understandably more limited in more remote areas during the trekking part of the adventure. The list below gives information on our first choice of accommodation for this adventure. Where hotels and guesthouses are fully booked or unavailable, we will use an alternative of a similar standard, and equally well situated. We will provide you with an accurate list of accommodation, with contact information to leave with relatives, prior to departure on your adventure.
Beirut (Day 1 & 2): Le Commodore, Beirut
Dir Al Qamar (Day 3): Deir Al Oumara, Deir Al Qamar
Ehden (Day 4): La Reserve Horch Ehden Guesthouse
Qozhaya (Day 5): Monastery St Antoine, Qozhaya
Bsharre(Day 6): Tiger House Guesthouse
Bazaoun (Day 7): Karam Guesthouse
Tannourine (Day 8): Eco Dalida Guesthouse
Byblos (Day 9): Aleph Boutique Hotel
You will find that the hotels we use in Lebanon are of an international standard and have the facilities you would expect from a developed country. The Guesthouses will have more simple furnishings and facilities and offer shared rooms and shared bathroom facilities.
Unless you have booked a single room (where they are available) and paid the single room supplement for those nights, you will be sharing a twin room with another client (of the same gender). Single rooms are not available during the trekking days due to the small size of the guesthouse we use, and the layout of St Antonio’s Monastery. For these nights we will arrange for you to share a twin room with another client of the same gender.
Supporting you on your holiday will be an experienced, approachable and knowledgeable English speaking guide from our local partner agency, with whom we have worked with since we started running tours in Lebanon. On some days, you may be joined by additional local experts for further information and guidance. This ensures you have information and support on your trip, with your Lebanese guide offering insight into local life, history and customs, as well as routes during walks.
This adventure is a fabulous mix of sightseeing, and trekking along the Lebanon Mountain Trail and in the Qadisha Valley. The level of walking trails is variable but at times is technical and with steep ascents and descents. Terrain will be rough at times, though will also follow marked trails, footpaths and gravel tracks.
To get the most of out of this adventure, you need to be in good physical health, and be experienced hiker . Walking will be at the natural pace of the group, with regular stops, but there is walking on consecutive days, and for up to 7.5 - 8 hours during 2 of those days. You will be carrying a day pack with water, any clothing you require, sun protection and your packed lunch.
You will need to have fully broken in, comfortable walking boots for this adventure.
Please note that you need to have an open mind to adventure travel, and experiencing different cultures to your own, first hand.
Your adventure starts at the airport in Beirut. We understand that arriving into an unfamiliar airport can be very daunting, so we aim to give you as much information here as possible to help you prepare.
Flights are not included in the cost of your holiday, and whilst we are happy to help advise you, responsibility for booking the correct flights rests with you. We recommend that you use a comparison tool such as www.momondo.co.uk or www.skyscanner.net when searching for flights.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. We also receive notifications direct from the FCDO so we are always aware of the ‘status’ in our destination countries.
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To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.
All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.
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