Lebanon small group tour, 10 days
US $1999ToUS $2699 excluding flights
Includes: 9 nights based on twin sharing 9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners Includes all transfers and local English speaking guide Grade 3 - Suitable for beginner hikers, max.
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Description of Lebanon small group tour, 10 days
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1 Reviews of Lebanon small group tour, 10 days
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 20 Nov 2019 by Gaynor Verity
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
We enjoyed the lebanese food and the variety of sights to see in Lebanon and traveling in a small group with a knowledgeable local guide.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
You don't need any smart/formal clothing for this vacation so you can travel relatively light, don't forget a torch as there are short power cuts.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes as tourism in Lebanon is not what it used to be due to both the civil war and the wars going on around its borders therefore any money bought into the
country by tourists is helping the local people.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetLebanon boasts a variety of different landscapes and terrains, and we are very keen to conserve this very special Middle Eastern country. This tour travels along the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) which is just reopening up to tourists. We are passionate about leaving the LMT as we find it and as such we operate a strict no litter policy, taking all refuse to either be recycled or properly disposed of in nearby towns. We work with the policy of ‘take nothing but memories, Leave nothing but footprints’.
When not in the cities of Beirut, Byblos and Tripoli where we will travel by high-top minibus, we will do some walking to experience the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful country on foot. We will explore the incredible Roman ruins at Baalbek; a complex that includes two huge and very grand Roman ruins, the Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter; the most significant outside of Italy. We visit a local vineyard to partake in some wine tasting in the Beqaa Valley and continue our route along the LMT.
All of our leaders have been trained on how to promote responsible tourism, particularly focusing on reducing the use of single-use plastic. We are very proud to be working with Pure Hydration, specialists in personal and expedition water purification, instantly, and on-demand.
We recognise that the ability to produce safe drinking water from sources off the beaten track, of sometimes dubious quality, offers incredible benefits to our adventure travelers and so are excited to be subsidising this product to make it more accessible to you. Having a re-usable filtration bottle avoids single use plastic, with each bottle purifying 350L of water. RRP is £39 but our clients are able to purchase a bottle for £20.00.
PeopleDuring this itinerary we stay in locally owned accommodation such as Auberge Kheribe & Auberge Hadas el Jibeh; beautiful old traditional Lebanese Houses and during a section of the LMT we say in St Antonio’s Monastery. We use local drivers and tour leaders so that all operational costs go directly into the local economy wherever possible.
Lebanon is world famous for its delicious cuisine and we stop at the many fresh fruits stalls and coffee kiosks and eat in a range of traditional and locally owned restaurants along the way. We make the most of the opportunity to eat out and support the local communities, whilst getting to experience some of the most delicious food in the world! We have developed links with a well established local charity called FoodBlessed, who focus on distributing food parcels to those in need of support, as well as working with restaurants and supermarkets to reduce food waste and encourage food redistribution. Our clients are invited to learn more about the charity and to spend a few hours volunteering if they would like.
We encourage our travelers to shop for their souvenirs in the colourful souks of Beirut, Byblos and Tripoli. Buying goods directly from local traders helps to support the local economy and gives a positive impact from tourism to the communities who benefit.