Visiting Roman Ruins, World-Famous Wineries and City Hotspots: A Big Short Break to Beirut, Lebanon
From Beirut's fast-paced city centre to the historic highlights of Baalbak and sunny vineyards of the Bekaa Valley, dive into Lebanese culture on this four-day trip. Enjoy plenty of good food and wine, discover hidden-away spots with your local guides and step back in time while gazing at wonderfully-preserved Roman ruins.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Set off on a walking tour of Beirut with a knowledgeable local guide
- Tuck into delicious Lebanese delicacies in hidden-away restaurants
- Visit the city of Byblos where you'll ride the gondola up to see Our Lady of Lebanon statue
- Marvel at wonderfully-preserved Roman temples in Baalbak
- Visit a famous winery in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley - a renowned wine growing region
- See archaeological curiosities in the National Museum of Beirut
Why Book with Original Travel?
When To Travel
All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you
Day 1: International Flight
Your tailor-made Beirut holiday begins today. After being fast-tracked through security, relax in the airport lounge before boarding your mid-afternoon direct flight to Beirut.
On arrival into Lebanon's coastal capital, approximately five hours later, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you'll be staying for the next three nights of your trip. Enjoy a delicious dinner (our clued-up local Concierge knows the best of the fine restaurants in town) before retiring to your room for a good night's sleep ready for a full day exploring Beirut tomorrow.
Day 2: Exploring Beirut and Byblos
Today, on the first full day of your tailor-made Big Short Break to Beirut, you'll be met at your hotel by your guide and taken on a tour of this fantastically fast-paced and diverse city.
There's so much to see and do in Beirut and you guide will show you around the top sites and hidden-away haunts. Visit the glitzy Downtown where you can gaze at beautiful architecture and nose around fragrant souqs; wander the winding streets of Basta - Beirut's biggest antique district - and head to a lovely local restaurant for tasty traditional food including flavourful fattoush salad, moutabel (the aubergine equivalent of hummus) and succulent shish taouk (chicken skewers).
Come afternoon, you will be transferred an hour along the coast to the city of Byblos where you'll ride the gondola up to see Our Lady of Lebanon, a 60ft-tall statue depicting Mary, mother of Jesus. Drawing in millions of visitors each year, this is an important pilgrimage site and a wonderfully spiritual spot as well as a panorama with staggering views.
As evening draws in, experience Beirut's after-dark buzz as you dine at another wonderful local restaurant, walk along the waterfront and see the city from above in a cool rooftop bar (we can help point you in the direction of the best spots in town).
Day 3: Baalbek Temple Touring & Winery Visit
Today, on the penultimate day of your tailor-made trip to Beirut, you'll be exploring Lebanon's Bekaa Valley - a renowned wine growing region with a number of world-famous vineyards.
After being collected from your hotel, you will be driven approximately two hours to the city of Baalbek where
your private guide and driver will take you on a tour of the city's fabulous historical remains. In the UNESCO-listed Baalbek complex, see wonderfully preserved Roman temples including the Temple of Bacchus - named after the god of wine - the Temple of Venus and the Temple of Jupiter.
Refuel with a delicious Lebanese lunch at a local restaurant before getting back in the car for a 45-minute drive to Chateau Ksara, a famous winery and estate. Here, you will learn about the country's wonderful wines and the grape varieties that are grown - including carignan and muscat alongside more well-known grapes such as cabernet sauvignon and syrah - and the history of wine making in Lebanon, which stretches back 5,000 years. Enjoy a tour of the historic Roman caves where the vintage wines are stores and take a seat for a wine tasting.
Back in town, enjoy another chance to paint Beirut red with a helping hand from our Concierge.
Day 4: Archaeological Curiosities
Sadly today is the final day of your tailor-made trip to Beirut but thanks to your evening flight departure, you've still got some time to explore before you head to the airport.
We've left the morning free for you to spend at leisure. If you're after a hit of culture, we recommend visiting the National Museum of Beirut. Filled with archaeological curiosities, there are over 100,000 objects that have been excavated, some dating back to prehistoric times.
If you've got time, squeeze in some last-minute shop browsing and café hopping before enjoying a final Lebanese lunch. Then it's off to the airport to catch your direct five-and-a-half-hour flight home, landing in the late evening.
Lucy is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.