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Small - Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar & Ksara - Day Trip from Beirut

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    Stop At: Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar, Anjar Lebanon

    Anjar was established during the Umayyad period by Caliph Walid Bin Abed Al Malak at the beginning of the 8th century. Since the city was built at the beginning of the Islamic period, it witnessed the development of Islamic art and architecture. The city is strategically located at the crossroads of two important routes: one leading from Beirut to Damascus and the other connecting the Bekaa Valley to Homs. Archaeologists discovered the Umayyad ruins of Anjar at the end of the 1940s. It's a perfect testimony of the ancient Islamic civilization. The ruins of Anjar include the walls of the Umayyad palace, harems, a mosque, the great palace of the Caliph, thermal baths, and many pillars which include some elements of the Roman architectural style. The Umayyads adopted the construction techniques of the Byzantine and Sassanid empires. They often reused existing buildings.



    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Baalbek Roman Ruins, Baalbeck Lebanon

    The city of Baalbek is a major city in the Northern Beqaa valley, approximately 85 kilometres from Beirut. This vibrant city is famed for its Roman remains of a large temple complex. It was known as Heliopolis in the Roman period. The image of six standing columns from the peristyle of the temple of Jupiter has become the icon of cultural tourism in Lebanon. The original temple complex included four monumental temples, those of Jupiter, Bacchus, Venus and Mercury; the last of which did not survive. It also includes enormous propylaea and vast courtyards.

    Baalbek has been occupied by successive civilizations. Recent excavation dates some of its finds to the Bronze Age, however the Romans gave particular attention to this site because of its geographic location as an end of a series of cities in the eastern Mediterranean which was caravan stops for the commercial routes from Central Asia, India and China, among these cities is Palmyra in Syria. The city was also important for the successive Muslim dynasties that ruled the eastern Mediterranean especially for the Umayyads, the Ayyubids and the Mamluks.


    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chateau Ksara, Ksara, Zahle Lebanon

    Lebanon’s most famous wine producer, Ksara was founded in 1857 by Jesuit priests. It is Lebanon’s oldest and largest winery and the third most visited tourist attraction. When the winery was founded, Lebanon was under Islamic Ottoman rule; the Ottoman masters in Istanbul allowed the production of wine as long as it was used for religious purposes. Lebanon’s first red wine was created in the monastery and Ksara’s wine making tradition began. Of course, one cannot describe Ksara without mentioning its iconic caves, a truly remarkable subterranean structure dating back to Roman times (most probably built at the same period as the temple of Bacchus in Baalbek nearby). These mile-and-a-half-long caves were used as cellars as they provided the ideal temperature and humidity levels to store the wines.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Temples of Baalbek, Baalbeck Lebanon

    We wBaalbeck, also called the city of Baal or Heliopolis, is known for having one of the largest temples of the Roman Empire. In Baalbeck, Romans worshipped the gods Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus – gods that may also have been related to the Canaanite deities Haddad and Astarte.

    Though the Temple of Bacchus is the site’s largest ruin, there are actually three ancient temples at the Baalbeck Archaeological Site—the Temple of Venus, Jupiter, and Bacchus. The Temple of Jupiter originally featured 54 of the largest such columns in the world, some of which can still be seen today. The Temple of Bacchus is easily one of the best preserved remains of a Roman temple in the world, and it is rumored that its halls were once used for human sacrifice. The mammoth structure took 120 years and 100,000 slaves to construct, and today, its glory is a reminder of the history buried deep within Lebanon’s past.

    The sheer size of the Baalbeck Temple is enough to astound visitors. It ancient columns loom high overhead and support an intricately decorated roof. The carving throughout the temple depicts Roman scenes and history-buffs will enjoy recognizing famous gods and goddesses in the artwork.

    ill visit 3 Roman Temple in Baalbek

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Pass By: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

    We will go Through the Bekaa Valley in the way to Baalbek & Anjar
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    we pick up travellers from destinations near Beirut city centre
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    9h
    Inclusions
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Bottled water
    • Entrance fees / Admission to Baalbek
    • Wine tasting / Amateur Tasting
    • Entrance fees / Admission to Anjar
    • Entrance fees / Admission to Ksara
    • Entry/Admission - Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar
    • Entry/Admission - Baalbek Roman Ruins
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau Ksara
    • Entry/Admission - Temples of Baalbek
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • A Current valid passport is required on the day of the travel
    • The tour is available on Monday, Wednesday , Friday , Saturday and Sunday
    • Pick up time for the tour start at 8.00 am from your hotel or place of residence inside Beirut
    • People who live outside Beirut can meet us before 8.00 am at our office
    • Lunch and Entrance fees are included in the price of the tour
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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    We had a top driver / knowledgeable tour organiser.Picked up on time & went out of his way to get our essential morning coffee over looking Beirut on the way out of the city....a good start to a very good tour!!! As he went out...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Tony C
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    This tour was amazing. Starting with our wonderful driver, Fadi. He was a great driver, very friendly and helpful. My favorite of the day was Baalbeck. I wish we could have spent the whole day there. Amazing place. Anjar was amazing in a different way,...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Michele Z
    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    I book the small group tour and could experience the tour with only one another guest and the tour guide Ziad. Everything is as promising as the description of the tour. Ziad is very experienced and a very friendly tour guide. He offer free breakfast,...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank tdp94
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We booked this tour after our hotel let us down on booking direct with them. I'm very glad we did! Very efficient pick up from our hotel, comfortable mini bus for the tour and a great guide in Zlad who was very well informed and...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    2  Thank Rachael2001
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    I very much liked this tour. Well organized, good use of time, balanced mix of activities and a tasty lunch. Would have loved to spend another half hour on my own in Baalbek, that’s my only suggestion. And if all guides could sometimes speak a...More

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    We had an airport pick up. I’m sure the company would easily arrange it.
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