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I've take Viator tours around the world. This was a good trip. A very wise and safe way to see the sites. I loved being in Lebanon. The people were nice and there were many tourists.
This tour was excellent - we saw so many wonderful sites and our guide Louise, was outstanding - very knowledgeable and engaging and also very considerate of all the needs and interests of tour participants. Lunch was great and the visit to the Ksara winery was an enjoyable finish to an unforgettable day. We should also complement the driver who was highly skilled and safely negotiated some challenging road conditions.
This approximately nine hour tour was absolutely phenomenal. It was very educational and filled with lots of historical information. The tour guide was very thorough in explaining the pertinent facts about the sights. The tour company picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off at our hotel once the tour was completed. I have booked several tours through Viator when I travel and this one in Beirut was by far the best of the best. We not only saw Beirut, but others areas and towns in Lebanon. I learned more about Lebanon on this tour than I have learned in school and/or church. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you want to learn more about the country of Lebanon.
What a wonderful day spent in Lebanon through this tour! Our tour guide Natasha was excellent! I learned so much about Anjar, Baalbeck and Ksara. Nakhal the tour company was very organized and efficient. In fact, I signed up the next day to a tour to Byblos.
Everything was more than expected. Amazing places . Safety . Amazing tour escort. The only think is that you cannot take as a souvenir the entrance tickets from the sites!!!!!!!!!!!
Notre guide était fantastique! Étant archéologue de formation, elle était en mesure de nous transmettre des informations très pertinentes sur les sites, en plus de pouvoir répondre à nos nombreuses questions en français et en anglais. De plus, nous avons particulièrement apprécié le repas du midi mets libanais traditionnels qui était délicieux et de très bonne qualité. Cette expédition nous a donc permis dexplorer certains des sites les plus grandioses du Liban, de façon tout à fait sécuritaire et confortable, en plus de découvrir la cuisine locale et de pouvoir discuter avec une guide chevronnée.
Fantastic value and a safe,convenient way to visit two of the most impressive archaeological sites in the country. Ksara looks an interesting town - wish we had had a little more time there - but the lunch in Ksara was delicious and in a scenic location.
A really enjoyable day trip from Beirut where you will see very old Lebanon at Baalbek, and pass the refugee camps of very new Lebanon. Our guide Madeleine was very good - she did the whole tour in English and French. Baalbek is just stunning - if you like your classical ruins this must be one of the best. Great lunch too.
Excellent driver and guide, beautiful historical Roman temples, excellent traditional Lebanese lunch, followed by delicious wine tasting, an amazing trip that is highly recommended!
This tour came alive with interest, thanks to Natasha, our tour guide. She is, simply, the best tour guide I have ever seen (and I and #39;ve seen a few)
Natasha was knowledgeable about archaeology, places of interest, food, culture and just about everything. She was warm and friendly beyond her duty.
very good tour. I love it. The guide was good and very knowledgeable. the place was awesome, especially Baalbek.
You must do this tour. Baalbek was incredible, 8th wonder of the world. Went to Zahle to have lunch, best meal for me, so fresh and amazing. Fancy too! Ksara winery was faboulius. Beautiful. Loved Lebanon so much when coming here.
The tour was well organised and efficiently conducted. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Anjar is an interesting monument to faulty leadership but Baalbek is a stunning monument to Roman power and influence, even if misguided. To my mind, Baalbek is much more worth seeing than the Acropolis, although nowhere near as publicised. Ksara wines are excelllent and the story of the caves is of interest. Excellent Lebanese mezze for lunch.
This is a must-see and must-do trip. Anjar and Ksara fun to see but the highlight by far is Baalbek. Stunning that so much of the original site remains. Go book it now!!!
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
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.
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