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Lebanon: Land of the Phoenicians

Group Tour | General Interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £1695

This journey takes in the country's highlights, visiting the Phoenician ports of Byblos and Sidon, the bustling cosmopolitan capital of Beirut and the colossal Roman remains of Baalbek.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Spend time at the spectacular Roman site of Baalbek
  • Wine tour & tasting at Château Ksara winery
  • Visit monasteries built into cliff walls in the Qadisha valley
  • See dramatic limestone formations in Jeita Grotto
  • Stay in 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 18
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Beirut

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Beirut with Middle East Airlines. Transfer to the Four Points by Sheraton for 4 nights. (N)

Day 2: Qadisha valley

Travel to the north of the country and take a full-day tour to the Qadisha Valley, offering rugged scenery and one of the most important early Christian monastic settlements in the world. Highlights today include visits to the Monastery of St Elieus and the Monastery of St Anthony at Qozhaya, which was founded in the 17th century and has been built into the side of the rock face. (B)

Day 3: Sidon - Tyre

This morning, travel south to the ancient Phoenician port city of Sidon. Visit the remains of Qala’at al Bahr, a 13th-century Crusader castle. Later, continue to the coastal town of Tyre, once a great Phoenician city that is home to impressive Roman remains including aqueducts, roads, a monumental arch and a well-preserved hippodrome. (B)

Day 4: Jeita Grotto - Harissa - Byblos

Visit the limestone caves of Jeita Grotto and see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Continue to Harissa for views over Jounieh Bay and see the gigantic shrine and pilgrimage site of Our Lady of Lebanon. Travel north to the coastal town of Byblos, which lays claim to being one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. The town is home to a fortified harbour, a Crusader castle, Egyptian temples and a Roman amphitheatre. (B)

Day 5: Anjar - Château Ksara winery - Baalbek - Zahle

Visit the ruins at the ancient city of Anjar; dating back to the Umayyad period, the city was made up of a mix of Roman, Byzantine and Islamic architecture. Sample some wines at the Château Ksara winery and in the afternoon visit the Roman temple complex of Baalbek. This archaeological site is one of the best-preserved in the Middle East and is home to the Temple of Jupiter, the largest of the Roman world. Finish the day in Zahle and stay overnight at Grand Hotel Kadri. (B, D)

Day 6: Beiteddine - Beirut

Drive through the Chouf Mountains towards Beirut, with stops en route. See the beautiful 19th-century Palace of Beiteddine and the small mountain town of Deir el Qamar. Stay 2 nights at the Four Points by Sheraton (or similar). (B)

Day 7: Beirut

Take a morning tour of this cosmopolitan city, including a visit to the National Museum. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Middle East Airlines. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Gefinor Rotana
    Gefinor Rotana

    With a distinctive view over the city, the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, the Gefinor Rotana Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Beirut. The property offers a rooftop area with an infinity pool, terrace and bar. The onsite Olive Garden Restaurant & Terrace offers all-day dining with an alfresco option. Features: 163 rooms, restaurant, 2 bars, gym, rooftop pool. Room amenities: Minibar, hairdryer, safe, tea & coffee facilities, air conditioning, Wi-Fi.

  • Grand Kadri Hotel By Cristal Lebanon
    Grand Kadri Hotel By Cristal Lebanon

    An historical landmark in the beating heart of Zahle, Grand Kadri Hotel is a great base from which to explore the eastern regions of Lebanon.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2395 per person

High season from £2395 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • * The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • * Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Beirut

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  • Beirut

    Beirut, with its million-plus inhabitants, conveys a sense of life and energy...

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  • Beirut

    Beirut, with its million-plus inhabitants, conveys a sense of life and energy...

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  • Beirut

    Beirut, with its million-plus inhabitants, conveys a sense of life and energy...

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  • Zahle

    Zahle is situated only 52 kilometres to the east of Beirut and located on the...

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  • Beirut

    Beirut, with its million-plus inhabitants, conveys a sense of life and energy...

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  • Beirut

    Beirut, with its million-plus inhabitants, conveys a sense of life and energy...

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