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Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut

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Beirut, Lebanon
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9 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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.
  • 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
Lunch
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Wine tasting
Pickup and drop-off is included if the guests are staying in Hotels only located within Beirut City (not Hostels, airbnb, or private apartment)
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Departure Point

Nakhal & Cie, Beirut, Lebanon

Traveler pickup is offered
We Pick up all guests from Hotels located in Beirut City Only. Pick up starts from 07:45 am. Guests should be ready in the lobby from 07:45 am.
We don't pick up from hotels outside Beirut, or from Hostels, airbnb, and private apartments, in this case guests should come to our office at 08:00 to join the tour.
If the hotel was not provided 48 hours before the tour departure date, then the guests should be present at our office at 08:00 am, as no pick up will be provided for last minute hotel details.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart Beirut by air-conditioned coach and venture through Lebanon’s countryside to Baalbek. 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.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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MohamedS15712
, Jun 2019
Very good company. Good organization. Very good guide Waleed. And good driver....simply amazing experience and very recommended
Excellent trip to Baalbek
GoPlaces23459915254
, Jun 2019
An amazing packed in day with very rich historical visits. Visits to both Anjar and Baalbek were stunning going back 5,000 years!
Good day trip, but too many people
Michael G
, Jun 2019
We really enjoyed the trip. The ruins are well worth the cost of the excursion! We enjoyed all of it and lunch was absolutely amazing!! Minor issues: We were with a large group (30-35 people), which often caused delays in leaving on time. Between this and an earlier minor traffic incident (no one was hurt, not the drivers fault), we were quite delayed and didn't end up eating lunch until 16:00. Generally, they should try to keep the groups smaller in number, as our second tour was much smoother and it only had about 15-20 people in the group. There were two tours doing the same trip, so they split the group due to size, which worked much better. Overall, would highly recommend.
Awesome, highly recommend
Constanse B
, May 2019
Highly recommend, very interesting day out! Great summary of the highlights of Lebanon. Favorite day trip out!
Great trip- felt safe at all times
Companion775291
, May 2019
I normally don’t write reviews of excursions, as I’m usually too busy with/exhausted from traveling. In this case, I’m making a point to review as I know Lebanon receives a lot of bad press, particularly from the state department. I am an American woman travel king alone, and was nervous about Baalbek. As it turns out, I am SO glad I did this trip. Baalbek is absolutely worth seeing- it blows Pompeii and Ephesus out of the water. Anjar also had beautiful ruins- including archways. Ksara was a nice cap on the day. There was a stop at the pregnant stone, and a stop for anyone who wanted breakfast or convenience store items (buy the water you think you need- then buy another bottle). There were no high pressure sales stop as are typical with group tours. You could buy souvenirs if you wanted or just sit outside and admire the rock/enjoy the sun. Time at each place was good. Like other reviewers said, I would have enjoyed more time at Baalbek but, since it is a city where security could potentially be an issue (again, it felt very safe while we there), it is probably for the best that this portion of the tour is more structured. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the company responded quickly and professionally when I changed my hotel for pickup. This is the way to see Baalbek as a solo traveler. Do not miss it
Stunning sites but the tour overall wasn't mine
El_Molotov
, May 2019
All started with not receiving an email confirmation for hotel pick-up which resulted in US$ 13.- phone calls to finally reach the person who would confirm it. Not the best start but happens, so not the end of the world. The sites itself are stunning, no question. However I ended up cancelling my other booked tours with this company and going with a private taxi instead. If you are 2 or more people it will cost you even less. If you are alone it would cost you slightly more yet brings you the freedom of stopping and staying wherever you want. The guide was very nice yet did not really share much interesting information in my opinion. Ended up looking up on Google the information I expected to get. In a nutshell, if you like tour groups go for it but to me, a better and more authentic way to discover Lebanon, is going with a private driver. By using Uber you will meet many drivers so just pick the one you "match" and suits your preferences. Hope this helps.
Great time
Wander42062281588
, May 2019
I am sooo glad I got this tour. Very informative. Great group. Excellent for the money. What can I say I don’t have one bad thing to say about this tour.
Fine experience
steinmhe
, May 2019
Everything was OK. The guide was nice. The Bus was old and Not very clean. Maybe a little bit more time in Balbeek?
100% of money value
Dream41259807595
, Apr 2019
Everything fine for money value we paid. Guide was nice, bus was clean, food was good at the restaurant
Fascinating tour of two stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites
JonnyG1983
, Mar 2019
Excellent, informative full day tour of two of the most spectacular historical sites in Lebanon, finished with tour and wine-tasting at Ksara. Hotel pick-ups are offered, which is incredibly convenient, and the tour is delivered on an air-conditioned coach, with accompanying guide commentary as you drive. You pass spectacular scenery of the Bekaa Valley en-route to Anjar, an ancient Ummayad ruined city, with snow-capped peaks in the background. You then head to the ancient city of Baalbek (Roman Heliopolis), which some of the most awe-inspiring and complete Roman ruins you will see outside of Rome itself. Lunch is then provided in a nice restaurant in Zahle, with a good, hearty and filling selection of Lebanese mezze, before finishing with a brief tour and wine tasting at Ksara. The wine tasting feels a little rushed, but there is a good shop there to buy some authentic Lebanese wine to bring home. Given that Lebanese public transport is not very well developed, and that these sites are inland and quite difficult to get to, this tour offers an easy, convenient way to see them. The tour guide also helps to bring the ruins to life and you get much more from the experience. Overall, an excellent tour that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Lebanon.

Product code: 5484BEIRUT_ANJAR

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