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Anjar

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Anjar

The Basics

While there’s accommodation in the nearby town of Anjar, the ruins of Anjar are typically visited as part of a Bekaa Valley day trip from Beirut. Tours generally combine it with the Bekaa Valley’s signature sight, the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins of Baalbek, and a winery, such as Château Ksara or Château Kefraya. Anjar tours typically include a circuit of the site to get a sense of the scale, followed by a walk along the main street with stops at palaces, the mosque, and the baths.

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Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
star-4.5
US$88.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing experience
This tour with Nakhal was amazing. It takes you to the breathtaking temples of Baalbek which is an absolute must if you visit Lebanon. The tour guide was very friendly and did a great job. The included lunch in Zahle was also very good.
Remo_W, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Beirut

star-5
Very Insightful tour,...
Fedra_S, Dec 2021
Small Group Tours from Beirut to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara
Very Insightful tour, delicious lunch and wine tasting and a friendly tour guide. A visit to Lebanon without a tour to Baalbek is incomplete.
star-5
Ancient Historical Tour & So Much More!
Steven_W, Sep 2021
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
The tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara was fantastic! Hassane (the driver) and Natasha (the archeologist who accompanied us the entire trip) were full of knowledge about the historical sites we visited but also provided a super interesting glimpse into Lebanese life and culture, which I found equally as interesting. The tour was well thought out and designed, including lunch which was an absolute Lebanese feast! If in Lebanon, I highly recommend this tour! You will not be disappointed.
star-5
Great trip to Baalbek and other sites
Lindsay_S, Dec 2021
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Can we give 6 stars? We couldn't have been happier with our tour of Baalbek and the surrounding area. Our driver, Albert, was kind, informative, funny, and generous. We'll definitely be looking up this tour company for any future trips to Lebanon.
star-5
Fantastic experience with...
Amira_J, Sep 2021
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Fantastic experience with well prepared guides and a delicious typical lunch. I recommend this experience.
star-5
Highly recommended
Remo, Aug 2021
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Awesome experience. I highly recommend this agency. Very nice tour guide, amazing sights and yummy Lebanese lunch.
star-5
Exciting travel
Tams_K, Dec 2019
Private Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara from Beirut
It was a very exciting trip with nice guids. Baalbek is the most beautiful old roman monument in the world. In Anjar is also great memory and there was a excellent lunch. In Ksara we tasted great wines.
star-5
Great historic sites
Piyush_P, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara From Beirut
Great trip to Baalbek to see the Roman ruins. Some of the buildings are down to rubble, but one temple has withstood the test of time. Definitely worth seeing. The lunch in Anjar was AMAZING! That restaurant was worth the price of admission. The winery in Ksara is a nice finishing touch to a great trip.
star-4
Worth a visit
FrequentFlier373059, Jun 2019
Private Anjar and Baalbek Tour from Beirut with Departure Ticket
We had an amazing daytrip to Baalbek and Anjar! The Roman ruins in Baalbek were absolutely stunning and not to missed if you are travelling to Lebanon. We had a lovely and informative driver named Jeyhad The only reason for a 4 star review is that our daytrip had to be rearranged. Apparently it is quite common for violence in the area and understandably our daytrip couldn’t go ahead. Luckily we had a free day to rearrange the trip to
star-5
Another Viator Jewel
Dreamer09819249036, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Excellent organization ! Guide Paola and Driver Paul were just perfect! The Anjar part could be kept to a minimum..
star-5
Fine experience
Helmut_S, May 2019
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Everything was OK. The guide was nice. The Bus was old and Not very clean. Maybe a little bit more time in Balbeek?
star-5
Fantastic tour!!!
christiancW1958NE, May 2019
Private Anjar and Baalbek Tour from Beirut with Departure Ticket
Excellent tour of the ruins and delicious lunch! Our driver was a great conversationalist and we learned a lot about Lebanese history, culture, and food! Highly recommended!!!
star-5
Tour of Baalbeck, Anjar and Ksara
Abbie_W, Apr 2019
Small Group Tours from Beirut to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara
Overall this was a well organised and executed tour. It is a beautiful country and we all really enjoyed the tour, the information relayed and the excellent lunch!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The ruins of Anjar will be of interest to history buffs.

  • Safety in this part of Lebanon has come into question due to terrorism and armed conflict, according to the US Department of State. Travelers considering a visit should refer to their government’s travel advisories for the latest information.

  • Anjar’s dirt pathways are uneven and can turn to mud at rainy times of year.

  • The town of Anjar has a substantial Armenian community. It’s well worth stopping for a taste of Armenian food.

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How to Get There

The ruins of Anjar are located just outside the little town of Anjar in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border, about 38 miles (61 kilometers) east of Beirut. It’s possible, if time-consuming, to piece together minibuses from Beirut’s Cola station to Anjar by way of the city of Zahle. Given the Lebanese driving style and the Bekaa’s checkpoint hassles, most travelers will find it easier to join an organized tour than to drive.

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When to Get There

The ruins of Anjar are open from morning to afternoon seven days a week and are rarely busy. Late spring through early fall (roughly late April until October) are the best times to visit. During winter (December through February), the Bekaa Valley can be surprisingly cold, while rains can make the site unpleasantly muddy.

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Who Were the Umayyads?

The Umayyad dynasty ruled the Muslim caliphate from AD 661 to 750, mainly from Damascus in modern-day Syria. Their building style combined Byzantine architecture with Persian influences. Besides Anjar, other Umayyad monuments include Jordan’s Qusayr Amra desert castle, the Great Mosque of Damascus, and the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem.

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