“If Lebanon would not have been my country, I would have chosen it to be” (Khalil Gibran). In fact, the visitor cannot escape…
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If there’s one Middle Eastern country that is truly distinctive from other countries in the region, it has to be Lebanon. It is an incredible tourist destination with its fascinating historical landmarks, pristine beaches, delicious cuisine, stellar night life and picturesque mountains. The country truly offers something for everyone’s taste. Want to know more about this country? Here are 9 interesting facts that might surprise you!
- The country’s name is known to be the oldest in the world and has remained unchanged for over 4000 years.
- According to Christianity, Jesus Christ made his 1st miracle in Lebanon, in Sidon (The miracle of turning water into wine).
- The Phoenicians (Original People of Lebanon) built the 1st boat, and they were the first to sail ever. This made them reach America before Christopher Columbus did!
- If we are talking about firsts, then you should also know that the first ever law school in the world was built in Lebanon. The Roman Empire, presumably under Emperor Augustus in the first century AD, built a law school in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon as well as one of the oldest cities in the world. The Beirut-based Roman law school, which was destroyed in 551 A.D., is widely believed to be the first of its kind. Also, it had earned more recognition than any other law school in the Empire, which is why Beirut became known as the “Mother of Laws” back then.
- It is the only middle eastern country which does not have a desert. If you think about a middle eastern country, the first thing that’ll come to your mind are the vast desert lands with people riding camels. But no, that’s not the case here. On the contrary, it witnesses snowfall, and even has ski resorts that remain open for as long as three months a year.
- More Lebanese live outside the country than within. The estimated population of the country is six to seven million whereas it is estimated that eight to fourteen million Lebanese live outside the country.
- Another interesting fact is that Lebanon ranks the highest among the other countries in the Arab world in Human Development Index and GDP per capita.
- In Lebanon, a piece of land can have two legal owners. Yes, this is true! The piece of land is owned by one and the crop growing on the land is owned by other. So, if you were to buy the piece of land, you would need to pay both these parties before you become the sole owner of the land.
- Byblos (city in Lebanon) is the oldest, continuously living city in the world and the first alphabet was created here.
Day 1: Beirut Airport - Hotel
Our tour guide will be waiting for you on arrival and will assist with Check Inn at your hotel. Feel some first vibes of Beirut at night.
The tour-guide is available for tips on what to do in the evening.
Have a good night!
Overnight Hotel in Beirut or similar
Day 2: Beirut - Batroun
We start early heading towards Batroun. It is is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Lebanon and one of the oldest in the world. It has history, architecture, churches, beaches, bars, seafood, lemonade, and more.Take a walk through the streets of Batroun and enjoy the beautiful architecture of the city!
After this visit our way leads to Bcharre. Perched atop the stunning Qadisha Valley, Bcharre is one of those idyllic mountain villages that looks like it’s come straight out of storybook.
Bcharre is the hometown of the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), the third best-selling poet of all time, following only Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. Though he spent much of his life in the United States, a lot of Gibran’s poetry and artwork reflects his upbringing in Lebanon’s mountains. The museum itself is a 19th-century monastery that was cut straight into the rock, giving it an extra mountainous feel. It was Gibran’s dying wish to be buried in the monastery and have it converted into a museum, which we will visit.
But there is still another highlight to come: The UNESCO Heritage site – the Cedars of God. On the Lebanese flag the cedar stands eternally tall. It is one of the most defining features of Lebanon`s culture. It is not only today that cedars take on a big role in putting Lebanon on the global map. The trees are first mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh; and over the years, many peoples have made use of cedar wood provided by the forest. Have a walk in the forest and see yourself.
Finally on our way back we will have a stop-over at the Monastery of Saint Anthony situated at a height of 950 meters above sea level in the celebrated Valley of Qozhaya,. Centuries ago, it was a pioneering place in book-printing and till today it is a place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims who come from all regions seeking cures, divine grace and peace of mind.
We end a long day of intense impressions back in Batroun, where you can enjoy the lively evening atmosphere. Overnight stay on site.
Life is short – let`s make the best out of it!
Overnight Batroun Hotel or similar (B)
Day 3: Batroun - Beirut - Airport
Enjoy the morning In Batroun at the beach or walking around or just relaxing.
Check out at the hotel at 3 pm and transfer to the Airport in Beirut. (B)
- Private Tour
- Accommodation 2 Hotel nights
- Meals 2 B
- Meet & Assist
- All transfers like mentioned
- Program like mentioned
- Entry fees to listed sites
- English speaking, well trained and experienced local guide.
- International flights
- Visa fees if needed
- Travel insurance and all kind of insurances.
- Meals not mentioned.
- Tips for the guide and staff.
- Anything that is not mentioned in the program.
Lebanon turbulent history has created a strong desire for peace and security. After the departure of all foreign presence from the country, our government has been keen on ensuring safety and stability. Many foreigners feel that Lebanon is safer than most metropolitan cities in Europe and America. The crime rate is definitely lower in the country than elsewhere in the world, although common-sense precautions are advisable.
With valid passports, all travelers from almost any European country, North America and parts of Asia and South America can get a 15-day visa at the airport. Note that passports must be valid for six months at least. (Travelers holding passports that contain visas or Entry/exit stamps for Israel are likely to be refused entry into Lebanon.
The national tongue is Arabic. Almost everyone speaks some English and/or French, particularly in the major cities. Due to a large part of the population having lived abroad during one time or another, visitors will be surprised to be addressed in Spanish, German or Italian every now and then. Tourists will find no problems communicating, and may establishments provide signs, menus and information in English.
Lebanon is +2 hours from GMT (The same as Athens and Helsinki). This means it is only one to two hours ahead of Europe, making any time difference virtually unnoticeable and allowing you to still feel energetic a little later than usual.
Due to its colorful, multi-denominational population, Lebanon has numerous public holidays that reflect its robust variety of people. Banks, government offices, and schools are closed on holidays, yet many shops and restaurants are open for business. Holidays with Fixed Dates: •New Year's Day January 1
•Christmas (Armenian-Orthodox) January 6
•St. Maroun's Day February 9
•Labor Day May 1
•Martyrs' Day May 6
•Resistance and Liberation Day May 25
•Ascension Day August 15
•All Saints' Day November 1
•Independence Day November 22
•Christmas December 25