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Beirut the coolest City in the Middle East

Hosted by the Consul of the Istanbul Fun and Adventure Trips Group
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Took place 2 weeks 5 days ago
Thu 04 Apr 19:00 - Mon 08 Apr 06:00

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Would you like to have FUN and ADVENTURE traveling with us to the most cosmopolitan cities of the Middle East? We were there last year in March. We loved it!!

Beirut is the coolest city in that region, but indeed a city of contrasts. Possessed of some of the friendliest locals on the planet, it was also the scene of one of the Middle East's deadliest conflicts. While you will find beautifully restored colonial relics and old mosques delicate looking minarets Downtown, venture towards what was once the Green Line and you'll find buildings still peppered with bullet holes and missing chunks of masonry.
Nevertheless, while Beirut might have suffered more than most, it remains one of the most vibrant cities in the Middle East, and one of the most beautiful!

Our schedule is as follows (4nights & 4days):
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April 5, Friday
After having breakfast at our hotel, we start our day by going to
the Temples of Baalbeck, with a private transportation.

Temples of Baalbeck:
The UNESCO-recognized Roman archaeological site known as Heliopolis (City of Sun). It holds some of the world's greatest historical and best preserved Roman sites. The Roman gods were worshiped in its Acropolis (constructed between 1st –3rd Century AD). In Jupiter Temple, only six columns remain out of the 54 giant columns that originally surrounded the sanctuary. The temple was built over a Phoenician podium dating from around Protected content . The city of Baalbeck has major remains from Islamic times including the Grand Mosque built by Omayyad Caliphs, with material borrowed from ancient monuments, and Mamluk mosque.

Wine Tasting at Chateau Ksara Winery
Lebanon has one of the oldest wine cultures in the world, dating back 5,000 years when the Phoenicians first began tending vineyards. There are about 50 wineries producing approximately 9 million bottles a year. Chateau Ksara is one of the oldest wines are exported to over 42 countries.

Domaine de Taaneyal
Encompasses Protected content , is a rich agricultural area with gorgeous vineyards and orchards. It has a great lake with ducks roaming in them surrounded by alleys of very tall trees and beautiful vineyards. It remains one of the rare places in Lebanon with well-conserved and much varied woodlands and wildlife.

April 6, Saturday
After having breakfast at our hotel, we start the day by going to
Jeita Grotto, with a private transportation.

Jeita Grotto:
Nominated for the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Jeita Grotto is the jewel of tourism in Lebanon offering to its visitors 2 fabulous grottoes. The “Touristic Site of Jeita” gathers all elements of nature such as stone, water, trees, flowers, air and animals in a venturous environment and with a touch of Lebanese cultural heritage. It is one of the most impressive and interesting natural sites in the world

Telepherique Jounieh / Cable Car:
The teleferique takes passengers from Jounieh to the Church of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, some Protected content up.

Our lady of Lebanon – Harissa:
A huge, 15-ton bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, known as Our Lady of Lebanon or Notre Dame du Liban/Harissa, with her arms outstretched adorns the bluff high above Jounieh inaugurated in Protected content .

Byblos (Jbeil):
One of the oldest towns in the world. It was in Byblos where the first linear alphabet was found, ancestor of all modern alphabet.

April 7, Sunday
Half Day Beirut Historical Walking Tour and free time in the afternoon for shopping, more site seeing, or just chill'n.

Then very early in the morning of Monday around 4:30am, we head to the airport for our Pegasus 6:40am flight PC863.
We arrive to SAW at 8:30am. We can head straight to our jobs.

You will only need to take that Friday off and maybe some morning hours on Monday.

Cost per person For 4-night stay is listed below. The more people join us, the more cost will go down.

Double Shared Room (king size bed or two single beds): US$420 per person plus US$160 Pegasus round trip (during promotion US$120, gotta catch it!).

Single Room: US$700 per person plus US$160 Pegasus round trip (during promotion US$120, gotta catch it!).


The cost includes:
- Luxury Boutique Hotel accommodation in the heart of the city, on Hamra Main street, including breakfast
- All ground transportation in private van/mini bus as per schedule
-Airport transfers
-Entrance fees to all events and attractions mentioned in the schedule
-English speaking guide as per schedule

The cost excludes:
-Airline tickets
-Visas (if required)
-Overseas Travel insurance
-Tips
-Snacks, lunch, dinners and beverages

Booking terms & conditions*
50% down payment upon signing up for the tour
50% balance to be paid by 15th March Protected content
*Transfer bank details to be advised

Cancellations prior to departure dates:
Between 30 – 15 days 50% of the full amount for hotel, transfers and tours
No refund for 14 days or less for hotel, transfers and tours

Visa & Travel Insurance
Almost all Western & Arab nationals enter Lebanon without a need for a visa, however it is each traveler's responsibility to contact the Lebanese Consulate to verify their requirements and arrange their own visa if required. Travel insurance is to be obtained by each traveler prior to travel, if he/she wishes.