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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

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  • Location:Beirut, Lebanon
  • Duration:9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut

Explore the ancient ruins and winemaking heritage of Lebanon on this full-day trip from Beirut, including lunch. With an expert guide, visit the age-old ruins at Baalbek, a stunning complex of Roman temples and buildings that made up the Roman city of Heliopolis. After a tour of the 8th-century Ummayad ruins at Anjar, finish at the Ksara Caves, a series of ancient caverns used as wine cellars by Lebanon’s oldest winery, Chateau Ksara. Tour the winery and cave cellars, and sample some delicious wines before your return to Beirut.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara from Beirut
  • Explore three fascinating cities and marvel at several well-preserved historical remains, such as Heliopolis and the Temple of Jupiter
  • Discover Ksara Chateau -- one of Lebanon's oldest wineries – and enjoy a wine tasting
  • Savor traditional Lebanese cuisine at a local restaurant
  • Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary from your expert local guide
  • Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut

Bacchus Roman God of Wine Statue

Depart Beirut by air-conditioned coach and venture through Lebanon’s countryside to Baalbek. After around two hours, arrive at this ancient archaeological site and set out on a guided tour of its age-old ruins.

Known by the Romans as Heliopolis, this timeworn site is largely made up of semi-crumbled temples built during the Roman era. View the broken remains, including the massive Temple of Jupiter, built on a huge podium and around a rectangular courtyard where sacrifices were performed.

As you explore, hear about the mystery of the gigantic stones that served as the foundations for earlier temples here. The size and weight of the stones have left scholars confounded as to how they were originally transported here, and then manipulated into place.

Having explored Baalbek, relax over a delicious lunch of meze (small dishes) and tapas at a local restaurant, and then drive on to Anjar. On arrival, stretch your legs around Anjar’s souks, and then explore the town’s showpiece: its Umayyad ruins. Consisting of the remnants of an 8th-century palace-city ruled by the Ummayad dynasty, this fascinating complex is filled with ruined temples, arcades and gates, many built in Hellenistic and Roman style.

Next, continue into the Bekaa Valley to Ksara, home of the famous Ksara Caves. Discovered in 1898, these ancient caves are now used by Chateau Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest wine estate. Take a winery tour, and see the thousands of bottles stored in the caves-turned-cellars. Learn about the winemaking process and then finish with a tasting of some of the delicious wines made here.

Finally, return to to Beirut, where your trip ends.

Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning against travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns, Viator’s Lebanon tours continue to operate with no disruptions. We are in frequent contact with our local suppliers and guides in Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.

Customer Reviews

Brian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Well organized and tour guide very knowledgeable.

Nicole G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was my favorite tour of all! Baalbek was breathtaking! I would highly recommend this tour to everybody. The guide was great and very knowledgeable! The sites were all beautiful! Not much of a wine fan but it was still beat to see the Ksara caves.

Adelaide S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great trip with friendly and informative guide. Amazing sites to see!

Xin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really Beautiful places! Nice and knowledgeable guide talks a lot about history and culture.

Oliver E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An amazing day trip that was lead by a thoughtful, passionate and knowledgeable guide - taking you to places that would have been hard to access as a solo traveller. Highly recommended.

Elias C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

One of the most beautiful places on earth I have ever seen!!! Baalbek is spectacular and a must see in your lifetime.Good tour and the lunch was good as well.Downside was the transportation which was kind of uncomfortable and van was small.

Patrycja W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Baalbek is spectacular, if you can only do one tour in Lebanon, this is the one you should do. We have done a number of other tours with this company, they were all great, but nothing beats Baalbek.

The lunch is surprisingly nice, no lousy sandwiches, proper sit down meal.

Travelled in September 2015.

Anastasia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour guide was fantastic, sites were beautiful. The tour company was great at doing pickups / drop offs. The scenery on the drive was great. I would have liked more time / detail at the winery, but other than that all good.

Sonya G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really enjoyed the tour. It was really great to stand where people stood thousands of years ago!
Our guide was Madeline. She was very knowledgeable about everything.
I had a couple of complaints about the trip, not really anything to do with Nakhal, but with the tour guide and the driver. The driver was an excellent driver however...it was a very warm day, in the nineties. Everyone was pretty hot. The driver was too cool so he kept turning the air down. When you have a van with every seat taken except one, on a ninety poise degree day, the air needs to be kept on HIGH! Our tour guide Madeline would aim the vent UP to the ceiling instead of back towards everyone.
As we were walking into the entrance of Baalbek, Madeline pulled out her whistle and used it much throughout Baalbek. We are all adults and don't need to be treated as grade school students. I realize that we were on a timetable however, if you explain to people at the beginning that due to being on a time table that when you need to tell us some facts we need to be by to listen, it would probably work better.
All in all, it STILL was an excellent day trip and we would take it again. Would prefer to have georgette as our guide.llwe enjoyed her on our other day trip!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My tour was great! We spent just enough time in each place and the lunch we had was amazing! My only comment would be that the drivers who picked me up and then dropped me off had no clue where I was and I had to give them directions and finally walk the last bit because they were so lost.

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