Heliopolis: the roman temples of Baalbeck, located in the Bekaa valley 85 kilometers away from Beirut. It makes up the largest and best preserved corpus of Roman architecture left around. The acropolis occupies the top of an artificial hill built up of different layers of habitation. Its temples, dedicated to Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus, were constructed between the first and the third centuries A.D. in the “Jupiter temple” six of the 54 giant columns that originally surrounded the sanctuary survived till today.
The temple has an impressive podium and a vast rectangular courtyard where sacrifices were carried out. The sanctuary is reached through a propylaea (monumental entrance) and hexagonal forecourt. The town of Baalbeck has major remains from Islamic times including the grand Mosque, built by the Ommayadds with material borrowed from ancient monuments, and another mosque built in Mamluke times near the spring of Ras El–Ain.
Anjar: Anjar is located in the Bekaa valley, 58 km away from Beirut. It was built by the Omayyad caliph al-Walid Ibn Abdel Malek in the early 8th century A.D. Inside the city’s strong fortifications are the remains of streets, three palaces, souks, two hammams and a Mosque. Located on the old route linking the Bekaa with Damascus, Anjar was built in the neighborhood of an ancient stronghold called Gerrah, which location is still problematic.Today the name of Gerrah is retained in the word 'Anjar' which means 'source of Gerrah' (Ain Gerrah).
Ksara: Built during the Roman period then covered by sand for centuries , the Ksara caves were found by mistakes in 1898 by the Jesuites who were looking for a wolf that was eating their chicken every night and was using the caves a refuge. It is now the refuge of the well known Ksara wine where thousands of the old wine bottles are preserved. A tasting of the best wines is done during the visits.
Availability of This Tour:
Daily Except Mondays & Thursdays
Pick-ups and drop-offs:
-All tours depart from our office on Sami El Solh Avenue (Badaro/Museum area).
-Pick-ups and drop-offs from/to all hotels in Beirut are free of charge. Guests are requested to be ready at the reception desk of their hotel 45 minutes before the departure time of the tours.As drivers are instructed not to wait, guests who miss their pick up will have to take a taxi on their own.
-For Jounieh, the pick-ups and drop-offs are charged $10 per person per tour except for the tour of Baalbeck, Cedars and Kozhaya.
-Transfer from our Beirut office to Jounieh is done once all tours are back.
-All rates include transportation in deluxe motor coaches or vans, services of professional guides, VAT and entrance fees. Lunches are included in all full day tours. They are served in selected Lebanese restaurants with one small glass of arak.
-Children up to 4 years are free of charge but have no seat.
-Children between 4 and 12 years get $15 discount on all full day tours. -No discount for the half day tours and for the tour of Tripoli.
-Payments by credit card are subject to $1.- supplement per person per tour.
-All prices and programs are subject to change without prior notice.
Departure and pick-up times of our tour:
-Pick up from Beirut Hotels: Between 07:45 and 08:00
-Pick up from Jounieh Hotels: Between 07:00 and 07:15
-Departure of tour: 08:30.
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