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Anjar

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Anjar

The Basics

While there’s accommodation in the nearby town of Anjar, the ruins of Anjar are typically visited as part of a Bekaa Valley day trip from Beirut. Tours generally combine it with the Bekaa Valley’s signature sight, the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins of Baalbek, and a winery, such as Château Ksara or Château Kefraya. Anjar tours typically include a circuit of the site to get a sense of the scale, followed by a walk along the main street with stops at palaces, the mosque, and the baths.

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Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
star-4.5
$47.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended - great tour with very professional team
Awesome places with a very good guide. Also the driver was very good. Everything on time and smooth.
Kostis_G, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Beirut

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Exciting travel
Márta K, Dec 2019
Private Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara from Beirut
It was a very exciting trip with nice guids. Baalbek is the most beautiful old roman monument in the world. In Anjar is also great memory and there was a excellent lunch. In Ksara we tasted great wines.
star-5
Great historic sites
886piyushp, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara From Beirut
Great trip to Baalbek to see the Roman ruins. Some of the buildings are down to rubble, but one temple has withstood the test of time. Definitely worth seeing. The lunch in Anjar was AMAZING! That restaurant was worth the price of admission. The winery in Ksara is a nice finishing touch to a great trip.
star-5
Great tour of a fascinating region
Martijn_K, Mar 2020
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
The guide was great! Spoke perfect English and was really beyond helpful in making sure we had the best of experiences.
star-5
Fun day in Lebanon
David_N, Mar 2020
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
I loved the stops, especially Baalbek! Guide was very good too...he was very good at explaining history s and Lebanese cujgure!
star-5
Highlights of Southern Lebanon
Andrew L, Nov 2019
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Excellent day trip with a good guide the timing was perfect and Lunch delicious highly reccommende if you are short of time
star-5
A Wonderful Experience
Michele D, Oct 2019
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
A full day travelling by coach, where the guide filled the journey with informative detail about the places we were visiting and the history of the area as we journeyed from Beirut. Anjar was magnificent, Baalbek was amazing. It was a privilege to visit these ancient monuments and imagine how life once was. The tour organisation was efficient, the coach journey was safe, the lunch stop was very good. If you are in Beirut or planning a visit to the region I recommend this agency.
star-5
Surprisingly pleased
Alohagisele, Oct 2019
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
I chose this tour by mistake thinking it was a small group and was too late to change. BUT I was really pleased by the efficiency and professionalism of guide and driver that made it so interesting, enjoyable & efficient. Kudos to driver who drove backwards to get us out of a traffic gridlock and the guide was incredibly knowledgeable.
star-5
Amazing tour!
jano41, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Fadi was our guide. The situation in Lebanon is complicated these days and we found lots of roads cut but he made possible to get to Anjar and Baalbek safely and on time. We also had a great meal. The only thing I would improve was the guide in Baalbeck, difficult to understand and may be bored of giving always same explanations. I suggest you read a bit about it before getting there, for the rest excellent!
star-5
An educational and entertaining experience
rosskirkby, Feb 2020
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
A great variety of experiences. Our guides and driver were knowledgeable and entertaining. We were really looked after.
star-5
A good company to go with
mikemic67, Dec 2019
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Spent the day with this company and I felt the plan was good. My guide was excellent, I would recommend it
star-5
Incredible experience even in the midst of chaos
msmicheleli, Nov 2019
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Our guide, Ziad, kept tabs on the situation, including road closures, and was able to get us to and fro with minimal interruptions. There is very little tourism given the current situation so it was nice to support the local communities. Heartbreaking but important to see the encampments of Syrian refugees all along the way however.
star-4
Was amazing
nahlamortada, Aug 2019
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Everything was too good. I enjoyed the company and got to know amazing people. The organization was successful.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The ruins of Anjar will be of interest to history buffs.

  • Safety in this part of Lebanon has come into question due to terrorism and armed conflict, according to the US Department of State. Travelers considering a visit should refer to their government’s travel advisories for the latest information.

  • Anjar’s dirt pathways are uneven and can turn to mud at rainy times of year.

  • The town of Anjar has a substantial Armenian community. It’s well worth stopping for a taste of Armenian food.

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How to Get There

The ruins of Anjar are located just outside the little town of Anjar in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border, about 38 miles (61 kilometers) east of Beirut. It’s possible, if time-consuming, to piece together minibuses from Beirut’s Cola station to Anjar by way of the city of Zahle. Given the Lebanese driving style and the Bekaa’s checkpoint hassles, most travelers will find it easier to join an organized tour than to drive.

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When to Get There

The ruins of Anjar are open from morning to afternoon seven days a week and are rarely busy. Late spring through early fall (roughly late April until October) are the best times to visit. During winter (December through February), the Bekaa Valley can be surprisingly cold, while rains can make the site unpleasantly muddy.

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Who Were the Umayyads?

The Umayyad dynasty ruled the Muslim caliphate from AD 661 to 750, mainly from Damascus in modern-day Syria. Their building style combined Byzantine architecture with Persian influences. Besides Anjar, other Umayyad monuments include Jordan’s Qusayr Amra desert castle, the Great Mosque of Damascus, and the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem.

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