While often just a pit-stop for our pioneers traveling to Syria – Lebanon has a unique history that while stretching back thousands of years is still just as important in the contemporary world. Thus, we present the Ultimate Lebanon Tour!
Lebanon has not been without its troubles in recent years, having a civil war, occupation by Israel and the controversy surrounding the prominent role Hezbollah still plays in the society.
More recently it has suffered from the destructive explosion at the port, as well as hyperinflation and constant power cuts. Do not though let this deter you from visiting Lebanon. With our tour we show you all the most important must-see historical sites, but also include the YPT dark tourism flair.
On our opening day you’ll do a full city tour of Beirut – the capital of Lebanon, covering the politics of the war to the present, experience Urbex exploration at the explosion site, as well as paying a poignant visit to the Palestinian refugee camp. Later that evening we’ll have dinner and drinks at the new part town of Junieh, which also includes nice beaches!
You’ll then spend the following day visiting the Jeita grotto, Harissa, and Byblos before retiring the night at this coastal town with its relaxed bars and overall great vibe from the locals. Next you’ll partake in the trip highlight exploring around Baalbek, Chateau Rayak, and Anjar. Baalbek is notoriously one of the hardest locations to visit in Lebanon, but you will see how worthy it is by the Temple of Venus (goddess of love, beauty and fertility), the Temple of Bacchus (God of wine and party), and the Temple of Jupiter (the God of Gods; and the largest Roman temple ever built). In Bacchus, you’ll also sample local wine and the famous local meat pies known as Sfiha Baalbakiyeh.
You’ll then have the chance to visit one of the oldest churches in the world, as well as its souk. The highlight of the trip is visiting Mleeta – The Hezbollah Disneyland. Regardless of your thoughts about the organisation this will be your chance to hear and experience the other side first hand.
Your tour then finishes in true YPT fashion with a huge feast in Beirut and a visit to the best bar in town famous for it’s hangouts for communists, Soviet kitsch, AK47s and pictures of martyrs.
Monday 12th September – Beirut, Lebanon – Jounieh
Tuesday 13th September – Jeita – Harissa – Byblos
Wednesday 14th September – Baalbek – Anjar – Chateau Rayak
Thursday 15th September – Tyre – Mleeta – Sidon – Beirut
Friday 16th September
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