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Lebanon waiting to be Discovered

Hosted by the Consul of the Istanbul Discoveries Group
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Took place 2 weeks ago
Thu 04 Apr 23:00 - Sun 07 Apr 23:00

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Dear Friends,

We like to travel to the most cosmopolitan countries in the Middle East. We planned a very detailed, but short, Fun and Adventures trip for you to discover Lebanon. You will only need to take the Friday off and maybe some morning hours on Monday.

About Lebanon
Lebanon is a country with a long and rich history. Phoenician, Egyptian, Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Crusader, and Ottoman ruins are scattered about the country and the most important of them are easily accessible. Byblos, Beirut, Tyre and Sidon are among the oldest continuously populated cities in the world. There are Roman baths in Beirut, as well as the Cardio Maximus - to name a few.) There are a lot of ancient mosques, synagogues, and churches in Lebanon. Lebanon is known for its Nightlife & Cuisine. In Protected content broke the Guiness World Records for the longest continuous party at 56 hours and previously for the largest bowl of tabbouleh & hummus, largest serving of falafel, longest mankoushe and much more.

Itinerary for 4nights & 4days is:
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April 5, Friday

Temples of Baalbeck:
The UNESCO-recognized Roman archaeological site known as Heliopolis (City of Sun). 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
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April 6, Saturday

Jeita Grotto:
Nominated for the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is 2million years old and one of the most impressive and interesting natural sites in the world.

The teleferique takes passengers from Jounieh to the Church of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, some Protected content up.
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 once a port city with many remains, cute narrow streets. Great restaurants and cafes. It was in Byblos where the first linear alphabet was found, ancestor of all modern alphabet.

April 7, Sunday
Historical Walking Tour of the city and free time in the afternoon.

April 8, Monday
Monday around 4:30am, we head to the airport for our Pegasus 6:40am flight PC863.
We arrive to SAW at 8:30am.

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
-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.