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Lebanon: Land of the Phoenicians

Private Travel | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £2495

Lebanon is a jewel of the Levant - a captivating mix of coastal and mountain scenery, dotted with important and impressive historic remains. 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
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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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 Gefinor Rotana Hotel 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 the most important early Christian monastic settlements in the world. Highlights of the day include visits to the Monastery of St Elieus and the Monastery of St Anthony 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 Sidon and see its old buildings that date back to the Middle Ages and 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, arches and a hippodrome with a capacity for 20,000 people. (B)

Day 4: Jeita Grotto • Harissa • Byblos

Begin the day with a visit to the limestone caves of Jeita Grotto and see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Continue to Harissa for scenic views over Jounieh Bay and to 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 the one of oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. 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 style architecture. Enjoy sampling 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, with columns measuring over 22 metres high. 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 Gefinor Rotana Hotel. (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 from Beirut to London with Middle East Airlines. (B)

Meal basis:

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

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based on 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2395 per person

High season from £2395 per person


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 This departure is guaranteed to run.

Terms & Conditions: Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the FCDO or entry restrictions relating to Covid 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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  • 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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