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Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut

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Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut

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Overview

Explore the ancient ruins and winemaking heritage of Lebanon on this full-day trip from Beirut, including lunch. With an expert guide, visit the age-old ruins at Baalbek, a stunning complex of Roman temples and buildings that made up the Roman city of Heliopolis. After a tour of the 8th-century Ummayad ruins at Anjar, finish at the Ksara Caves, a series of ancient caverns used as wine cellars by Lebanon’s oldest winery, Chateau Ksara. Tour the winery and cave cellars before your return to Beirut.
  • Full-day trip to Baalbek, Anjar, and Ksara from Beirut
  • Explore three fascinating cities and marvel at several well-preserved historical remains
  • Discover Ksara Chateau—one of Lebanon's oldest wineries
  • Savor traditional Lebanese cuisine at a local restaurant
  • Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary from your expert local guide
  • Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
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Pickup and drop-off is included if the guests are staying in Hotels only located within Beirut City (not Hostels, airbnb, or private apartment)
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Nakhal & Cie , Beirut, Lebanon

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This activity will end right where it started.We Pick up all guests from Hotels located in Beirut City Only. Pick up starts from 07:45 am. Guests should be ready in the lobby from 07:45 am. We don't pick up from hotels outside Beirut, or from Hostels, airbnb, and private apartments, in this case guests should come to our office at 08:00 to join the tour. If the hotel was not provided 48 hours before the tour departure date, then the guests should be present at our office at 08:00 am, as no pick up will be provided for last minute hotel details.
Depart Beirut by air-conditioned coach and venture through Lebanon’s countryside to Baalbek. Arrive at this ancient archaeological site and set out on a guided tour of its age-old ruins.

Known by the Romans as Heliopolis, this timeworn site is largely made up of semi-crumbled temples built during the Roman era. View the broken remains, including the massive Temple of Jupiter, built on a huge podium and around a rectangular courtyard where sacrifices were performed.

As you explore, hear about the mystery of the gigantic stones that served as the foundations for earlier temples here. The size and weight of the stones have left scholars confounded as to how they were originally transported here and then manipulated into place.

Having explored Baalbek, relax over a delicious lunch of meze (small dishes) and tapas at a local restaurant, and then drive on to Anjar. On arrival, stretch your legs around Anjar’s souks, and then explore the town’s showpiece: its Umayyad ruins. Consisting of the remnants of an 8th-century palace-city ruled by the Ummayad dynasty, this fascinating complex is filled with ruined temples, arcades, and gates, many built in the Hellenistic and Roman style.

Next, continue into the Bekaa Valley to Ksara, home of the famous Ksara Caves. Discovered in 1898, these ancient caves are now used by Chateau Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest wine estate. Take a winery tour, see the thousands of bottles stored in the caves-turned-cellars and learn about the winemaking process.

Finally, return to Beirut, where your trip ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar
Visit of the Umayyad's city, Anjar
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Temples of Baalbek
Visit the temples of Baalbeck: Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chateau Ksara
visit of Ksara winery in Zahle, in addition to wine tasting
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nakhal & Cie
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
Amazing experience
Remo_W
, Aug 2021
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.
star-5
Highly recommended
Remo
, Aug 2021
Awesome experience. I highly recommend this agency. Very nice tour guide, amazing sights and yummy Lebanese lunch.
star-5
Highly recommended - great tour with very professional team
Kostis_G
, Jul 2021
Awesome places with a very good guide. Also the driver was very good. Everything on time and smooth.
star-5
Simply must-do tour!
Kim
, Mar 2020
One of the best tours that we have ever been on! Breathtaking sights and an expert guide, and well planned and managed by Nakhal. We were quite a small group (4 people) on this tour, and most of the sights we visited were quite empty so this meant our experience was probably quite unique and we did benefit from a quite personalised tour. Our tour guide Natasha was amazing - her passion and knowledge of architecture and archaeology shone at Aanjar and Baalbek, and she was positive, good-humoured and friendly. She also had a lot of knowledge about her country and shared many facts with us about Lebanese culture, history, and current events. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to Nakhal's offices, and then went to Aanjar. It is a longer drive out east (about 1h30), but very scenic with the mountains and valleys. Aanjar was very peaceful and it was fascinating to learn about the history of the Umayyads. We then drove on to Baalbek, via a quick stop at the largest stone in the world (really!) At Baalbek Natasha continued to give us a very informative tour, and plenty of time for photos. Needless to say, Baalbek is awe-inspiring! We had Lebanese mezze and mixed grill for lunch at a quiet spot in Zahlé. After lunch we went to Ksara. The tour here was quite quick - possibly 10-15 minutes, followed by a tasting of wines. Worth it to experience the history of Lebanon's oldest winery! We were taken back to our hotels in Beirut for about 4pm. We had an amazing day, and feel very lucky to have seen these historical sights with a brilliant tour guide, and we'd really encourage others to go on this trip!
star-5
Highlights of Southern Lebanon
Andrew L
, Nov 2019
Excellent day trip with a good guide the timing was perfect and Lunch delicious highly reccommende if you are short of time
star-2
Average tour
Gio622
, Nov 2019
I had a problem with collection based on one word in the hotel description I was then given 10 minutes to arrive or miss the tour.
star-5
Surprisingly pleased
Gisele_F
, Oct 2019
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
A Wonderful Experience
michele_d
, Oct 2019
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
Amazing
Robin_C
, Aug 2019
Loved every minute of this day trip. The visit to Anjar was a nice opener, not too long and great preparation for the beauty of Baalbek. The guide was great, providing plenty information, and the bus was good, picked up from hotel in a van and transferred to the main bus at the company office. Baalbek is amazing, such a large site and very well preserved. The temple of Bacchus is outstanding, the highlight of my trip to Lebanon. Lunch came after which was very good, lovely setting and vegans were well catered for - too much food really! After lunch was Ksara which was a good change of gear, not strenuous and good to get out of the sun for a while.
star-4
Was amazing
nahlamortada
, Aug 2019
Everything was too good. I enjoyed the company and got to know amazing people. The organization was successful.

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