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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
$88.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing experience
This tour with Nakhal was amazing. It takes you to the breathtaking temples of Baalbek which is an absolute must if you visit Lebanon. The tour guide was very friendly and did a great job. The included lunch in Zahle was also very good.
Remo_W, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Beirut

star-5
Day trip to Baalbek, Anjar and Chateau Ksara
Martin_S, Apr 2022
Full Day Private Trip to Baalbek Anjar and Ksara from Beirut
We had a great day exploring Anjar, Baalbek and Chateau Ksara. Our guide and driver Albert was very knowledgeable and flexible throughout the day. I would certainly recommend this trip.
star-5
Albert was a stellar...
Eben_W, Feb 2022
Full Day Private Trip to Baalbek Anjar and Ksara from Beirut
Albert was a stellar guide on my experience in the Beqaa, including Anjar, Baalbek, and the Cava de Ksar winery. More than a guide, really—he provided reflections on the present and history of the sites, and also tirelessly responded to my many questions about Lebanese culture and history, and his own experience and memories. Thoughtful and insightful, he provided the best possible perspective for a trip to the Beqaa. Thoroughly professional, but so much more. Thanks, Albert!
star-5
Brilliant
Arundhati_G, May 2022
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Hassan is an awesome and fun driver and guide. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Will book him again and again.
star-5
Amazing and memorable
Edward_L, May 2022
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Albert was amazing driver and our guide for the day. We cannot thank him enough for making our lebanon holiday so memorable. Telling you how incredibe this trip was a unforgettable experience is a understatement.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Yara_M, Apr 2022
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Wonderful time exploring Anjar and Baalbak with Albert and the team. The tour was well planned and encompassed everything I expected and more. Albert is very knowledgeable and loves sharing his passion with tourists. Highly recommend for any Lebanon visitors or locals.
star-5
Very Insightful tour,...
Fedra_S, Dec 2021
Small Group Tours from Beirut to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara
Very Insightful tour, delicious lunch and wine tasting and a friendly tour guide. A visit to Lebanon without a tour to Baalbek is incomplete.
star-5
Exciting travel
Tams_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
Piyush_P, 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-4
Worth a visit
FrequentFlier373059, Jun 2019
Private Anjar and Baalbek Tour from Beirut with Departure Ticket
We had an amazing daytrip to Baalbek and Anjar! The Roman ruins in Baalbek were absolutely stunning and not to missed if you are travelling to Lebanon. We had a lovely and informative driver named Jeyhad The only reason for a 4 star review is that our daytrip had to be rearranged. Apparently it is quite common for violence in the area and understandably our daytrip couldn’t go ahead. Luckily we had a free day to rearrange the trip to
star-5
Another Viator Jewel
Dreamer09819249036, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Excellent organization ! Guide Paola and Driver Paul were just perfect! The Anjar part could be kept to a minimum..
star-5
Thanks for a great tour!
George_W, Apr 2022
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
The tour was amazing! No one else had had booked and the trip was not canceled(like other companies had done). I was with the guide and learned a lot about the country. The lunch was also fantastic. Thank you!
star-5
Highly recommended
Remo, Aug 2021
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Awesome experience. I highly recommend this agency. Very nice tour guide, amazing sights and yummy Lebanese lunch.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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