If your going to do any tours in Beirut, do this one! Anjar in itself was an amazing place.. So big was the ruins and spectacular.. Baalbeck was even more breath taking with the Temple of Jupiter and Venus... the grand scale of the temples were mind blowing.... and Lunch was superb as was ksara! The caves were jaw dropping....
I went with a structured tour out of safety concerns for the region, however, during the tour I received no inclination of anything out of the ordinary. It was fine throughout.
As for the tour itself, I found it to be exactly as described. The site visits were nice, although perhaps a bit rushed, restaurant lunch was phenomenal seriously! and everything went smoothly. I think a very good value for the money.
MAKE SURE you book a few days early. I did mine the day before on a Sunday and didn't receive a confirmation and therefore didn't know where to go. After a call to Viator and some legwork on their end, I did get the info last minute and a rush to the meeting point ensued. Made it, but just keep that in mind.
I would recommend this trip. I do not think you will find a better deal elsewhere.
Comfortable car, punctual pick-up, knowledgleable tour guide and amazing lunch. No complaints!
THIS IS THE TRIP YOU CANNOT MISS! IF YOU DON'T SEE BAALBEK, YOU CAN SAY YOU HAVEN'T SEEN LEBANON!!!
First, i have to tell you something very important. Most embassies will not recommend or will even forbid you the Bekaa Valley and Baalbek. IGNORE THEM! Lebanon is SAFE! on your way to baalbek, you will cross the refugees camps and a lot of check points of the army. Don't worry, you will not feel as a prisoner. They are nice. Just insuring that everything is ok.
Baalbek is the most well preserved site. The most impressive is Bachus temple, which is under restauration in this moment. Well, they are always restoring their heritage...
Anjar is a combination between roman, bizantine and islamic style. You will like it.
Ksara winery is a natural cave used during the war as a refuge for the people. you can taste sm very good wines there.
By the way, all your tours will be with Nakhal and you will love them! They are profesionals! Really profesionals!
The guide made the visit remarkable. Madelaine was the perfect host, fluent in English, French and Spanish, as well as Arabic, of course, she was steeped in the culture and therefore able to help us get an insight into the world of Lebanon.
The tour was remarkably easy, starting with collection at my hotel and transfer to the Nakhal offices, before transfer to a comfortable bus for our onward journey. Thankfully there was not this endless transfer round the local hotels picking people up, as this had already been done by a fleet of buses.
On the way to Baalbek, Madelaine made us aware of the history and culture of Lebanon and the Lebanese people. The place is full of history, and with layer upon layer of civilisation it is difficult not to get overawed by the sites. Our first visit was to Anjar, which was established by the Umyadd in the 8th century. The ruins are very well preserved and give you a unique insight into the culture of the day. One can see Islamic culture, sitting alongside Roman design and Byzantine architecture.
Arriving in Baalbek one is taken aback by the sheer scale of the site. The famous pillars cannot be described with mere words and pictures and need to be seen up close to get the full sense of the place. The Temple of Jupiter, is said to be one of the largest Roman temples in the world. The expanse of the temple and that to Bacchus give a wonderful insight into the Roman and Greek worlds. Remarkably well preserved, despite war and many conquests, it was a remarkable opportunity to see up close the historic ruins.
Although a conservative area around the ruins did not seem to worry about wearing shorts and t-shirts, in spite of what is often said in the guide books.
Having just about recovered from the tumultuous sites, we repaired to Zahle for a typical Lebanese lunch by the river. The tour company had arranged for superb range of meze and mixed grills all included in the price of the trip.
Finally a quick stop at the Ksara vineyards
Well organized and tour guide very knowledgeable.
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.
Great trip with friendly and informative guide. Amazing sites to see!
Really Beautiful places! Nice and knowledgeable guide talks a lot about history and culture.
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.
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