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Treasures of Lebanon with Cyprus 3 Night Extension

8 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Lebanon, Middle East
Easygoing Pace

Enjoy four days/three nights at leisure on the beaches of Paphos after your Escorted Tour. Stroll along the picturesque Paphos harbour as you bask in the Mediterranean Sun.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy time at leisure in Cyprus
  • City tour of Beirut including the National Musuem
  • Explore the Crusader Sea Castle in Sidon
  • Visit the Al Shouf Cedar Reserve
  • Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Baalbeck and Tyre
  • Marvel at Qadisha Valley
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Citadel of Byblos
  • Experience Jeita Grotto
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Beirut

Dinner

Depart from London on your scheduled flight to Beirut. Upon arrival, your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel in Beirut for a welcome dinner.

Day 2
Beirut

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today depart for Jeita and discover the beautiful natural wonders of the finest caverns in the Middle East. Transfer by cable car to the caverns which consist of two parts - the lower and upper galleries. The lower galleries are visited via boat ride, while the upper caverns are accessible on foot. Whilst visiting the caverns enjoy the refreshing temperature and the sound of rushing water, as well as the stunning columns and sculptures that have been formed by water over time; there's also an effective lighting system allowing visitors a glimpse to the uppermost roofs. Next, head to Faqra, a Roman and Byzantine archaeological site in Kfardebian. Located on the slopes of Mount Sannine and at an altitude of 1,500 metres, it is one of the most important sites of the UNESCO-listed Nahr al-Kalb Valley. From here travel downtown to see an impressive reconstruction project which has unveiled ancient remains from Canaanite, Phoenician, Persian and Roman cultures, revealing that Lebanon's capital city was built on an ancient settlement dating back over 5,000 years. Proceed to Corniche road for a short walk along the favourite promenade of the locals. Further along, the road climbs steeply to a cliff edge, which is the headland of Beirut; there's an array of cliff-top restaurants and cafes to peruse, plus a phenomenal view of the bay and the famous Pigeon's Rock. Departing from the clifftop, the road leads down to a beautiful sandy beach and you find yourself amongst the prestigious residential area of Ramlet El-Baida. End your city tour at the National Museum, an archaeological treasure trove and testament to Lebanon's rich and varied ancient past. After the city tour, you'll continue your journey and visit Beit Mery and the convent of Deir el Qalaa.

Day 3
Beirut to Byblos

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive along the coastal highway towards Chekka and then ascend east through some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Lebanon, continually gaining altitude and witnessing spectacular views of peaks and gorges in Qadisha Valley. When you reach Bcharri, visit the museum of the international writer and poet, Gobran Khalil Gobran, before heading to Qadisha Valley which is filled with caves and rock shelters inhabited from around 3,000 B.C. to the Roman period. Witness cave chapels and monasteries cut from rock, before continuing to Byblos. This charming town has plenty of personality with numerous historic sites, a fisherman's harbour, the Church of St. John the Baptist and souks.

Day 4
Byblos to Chtaura

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Begin today's tour of Byblos by exploring the souks and later take a visit to the east of the Crusader Castle - from a Roman pathway you'll see emerging columns dating to the 3rd Millennium B.C. that bring into view a large skylight between two ancient stone walls. The sign of fire on it is a remain of the Amorite invasion that took place in 1500 - 2500 B.C. Travel along the coastal road to Jounieh and take the Telepherique up the outstretched arms of the Virgin of Lebanon in Harissa - a breath-taking view of the bay, before continuing to your hotel in Chtaura for dinner.

Day 5
Chtaura to Beirut

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Return to Beirut for three nights. Depart on a journey across the Mount Lebanon range and drive through Beqaa plain towards Baalbeck, a significant pilgrimage site, considered one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit Lebanon's greatest Roman treasures and architectural mysteries, where a collection of impeccably preserved temples stand majestically in this former ancient civilisation. Marvel at the spellbinding magnitude of the Temple of Jupiter, whose 54 surrounding columns, towering 23 metres overhead, are believed to be some of the largest in the world and have perplexed generations of archaeologists, who continue to speculate as to how these structures could have been so delicately carved in the 2nd century CE. Wander through this UNESCO World Heritage Site's assortment of various ancient ruins, encompassing visits to Venus, the Great Court and the Hexagonal Forecourt, and from here, drive to Ksara Caves to sample some local wines. Finally, stop off in Anjar to visit the fortified city ruins of Umayyad, used in ancient times as a centralised commercial site, serving as a crossroad of two established trading routes.

Day 6
Beirut

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Travel to Beiteddine via the charming town of Deir el-Qamar; this old town has maintained its architectural properties of the 17th and 18th Centuries. From here, continue to the imposing palace of Beiteddine which is the best example of early 19th Century Lebanese architecture, built over a 30-year period by Emir Bashir. Enjoy the palace complex and its museums as well as it's fine collection of well-preserved Byzantine mosaics.

Day 7
Beirut

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart for UNESCO listed Tyre with excavated ruins that consist of three parts: the south side of the old Phoenician island-city, the northern site ruins, and the third area on the landward side on the east, that consists of the most impressive archaeological remains such the Roman necropolis and hippodrome. From here, drive back along the costal road to another important Phoenician town, Sidon, with its Sea Castle and old covered souks. On the city's northern gate, the Phoenician Temple complex of Echmoun will be visited before returning to Beirut for your final evening meal.

Day 8
Beirut to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer to Beirut International Airport for departure back to the UK.

Day 9
Cyprus

Breakfast

Enjoy your stay at leisure as you soak up in the Mediterranean Sun.

Day 10
Cyprus

Breakfast

This day is at leisure.

Day 11
Cyprus

Breakfast

This day is at leisure.

Day 12
Cyprus to the UK

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the U.K.

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Dates & Prices

Aloe Hotel

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
February 2021
from £1,718
1 Date
9th Feb - 19th Feb
£1,718
March 2021
from £1,828
1 Date
9th Mar - 19th Mar
£1,828
April 2021
from £1,988
1 Date
12th Apr - 22nd Apr
£1,988
May 2021
from £1,948
1 Date
3rd May - 13th May
£1,948
June 2021
from £2,048
1 Date
28th Jun - 8th Jul
£2,048
September 2021
from £2,118
1 Date
20th Sep - 30th Sep
£2,118
October 2021
from £1,988
1 Date
11th Oct - 21st Oct
£1,988
November 2021
from £1,878
1 Date
16th Nov - 26th Nov
£1,878
December 2021
from £1,828
1 Date
1st Dec - 11th Dec
£1,828

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Aloe Hotel
3 nights
Paphos, Cyprus
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Important Information

A visa is required for your trip to Lebanon and will be issued upon your arrival at Beirut International Airport. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you always have first-hand knowledge.

The currency in Lebanon is the Lebanese Pound. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. It is important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. Approximately £150- £200 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.

It is at your discretion to tip both your driver and guide. We would recommend to tip approximately $3 per guide per day and $2 per driver per day. This is a total of $40 per person to budget for tips on your trip. As tipping is at you discretion, please tip as and when you feel appropriate too. Tips are accepted in the local currency.