1 independent reviews for Small group tour of Lebanon
Reviews for Small group tour of Lebanon
Kevin Brodsky review 11 Mar 2023
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?The most memorable site was by far the temples in Baalbek. I was already familiar with a variety of Roman ruins, but this was something else entirely. Absolutely a must see if one is interested in the Roman and Byzantine periods. Talking to our guide Tony and our driver Mitri was at least as enjoyable to me as visiting the various sites. Tony is extremely knowledgeable thanks to his archaeology background and his experience as a guide, and is more than happy to discuss and explain any topic. Both him and Mitri are extraordinarily kind and friendly, and it is probably them I will miss the most.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?If you can, absolutely visit the National Museum in Beirut *after* your tour. This is what I did, and it made the visit extremely interesting as I was then already familiar with the various sites, and our guide Tony made many references to pieces in the museum during the tour. While in Beirut, make sure to spend some time in Gemmayzeh, much nicer than Hamra in my opinion. Having dollars with you is by far the most convenient, as you can directly pay in dollars in most places. If you run out of cash, it is very easy to transfer yourself some money via Western Union and get cash (dollars) from any OMT shop, which can be found everywhere. In fact the WU fee turned out to be lower than getting travel money in my case.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?It certainly benefited our guide Tony and driver Mitri (both truly locals), which felt great. The environmental impact was probably as small as possible, as the van matched the size of our group (4) and there is no alternative to driving to travel inside Lebanon. Tony is also very knowledgeable about conservation efforts and he made sure to highlight them.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?Excellent vacation, it certainly made me feel like I must come back to Lebanon! The local staff was also very helpful and arranged to move me to a different hotel in Beirut on a simple request.
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