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24th September, 2019

Experience Lebanon with our new tour for 2020

Known as the Pearl of the Middle East, Lebanon offers a unique blend of regional cultures, with intriguing examples of tradition and modernity combined. It is a country that has drawn great inspiration from the various occupations over its long and ancient history, shaping it into the fascinating cultural and historical experience it is today.

We are thrilled to be launching a brand new tour in 2020 which will allow us to showcase some of this impressive country to our customers. With so much to see and do, from exploring ancient ruins to wandering in limestone caves and enjoying mouth-watering food and drink, Lebanon is the perfect destination for your next adventure.

Why travel to Lebanon?

In its long, ancient history, Lebanon has been occupied by many civilisations, including the Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and the Ottomans. These colonisations have left their marks on modern day Lebanon; influencing the Christian and Islamic beliefs, enriching the land with unique architecture, and resonating in the divine food they eat and the language they speak.

Several millennia of history found in towns across Lebanon have helped make it home to a number of famed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ancient city of Baalbek - home to one of the best preserved temples in the world - and Byblos - a city continuously inhabited since Neolithic times.

This diverse colonial history has given Lebanon a unique culinary blend of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Recipes use an array of subtle herbs and spices in grilled meats, breads, dips and vibrant salads. A must-try in this part of the world is Kibbeh - the national dish of Lebanon - which is a spiced bulgur wheat croquette filled with ground lamb.

Away from Lebanon’s culinary delights, the nation is famous for being one of the oldest wine producers in the world. Wine producers in the Bekaa Valley, just west of Baalbeck, have been mastering winemaking for more than 6000-years, and quite rightly bottle some of the finest wine in the world.

Lebanon has left behind the civil unrest it experienced in the latter half of the 20th century, regained its footing and invested heavily in successfully redeveloping itself; the glamorous and hedonistic capital city of Beirut being a prime example of the modern architecture and traditional soul. Now, tourists and visitors are welcomed with open arms by a population set on making everyone who visits feel safe and welcome.

Saga’s new tour of Lebanon

In 2020, Saga will be introducing a unique nine-day tour of Lebanon, showcasing the very best this mysterious and magical country has to offer.

Unlike other Lebanese tours, you will explore the country’s sites beyond the stylish, but traditional, capital city of Beirut. To get a true sense of Lebanon’s identity, you need to explore, walk, see, taste and experience the array of historic towns across the country. This is why we wanted to create a tour which allowed guests to stay in different destinations across Lebanon, exploring all that the country has to offer.

Starting in the modernistic capital city of Beirut, you will check into a local five star hotel before exploring the modern, cosmopolitan centre and waterfront, as well as taking in the more classical architecture spread across the city.

From Beirut, you will venture out to the coastal town of Sidon, the historical Tyre, the souk filled village of Deir El Qamar, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Baalbeck, and trek through the stunning Qadisha Valley from Bsharri to the anciently inhabited city of Byblos. Along the way you will experience great ancient ruins, sample the world’s best wine, lose yourself in narrow souks, explore limestone caves filled with amazing stalagmites and stalactites, and, of course, taste the country’s mouthwatering cuisine.

See an in-depth itinerary of our exclusive and immersive nine-day tour of Lebanon, and experience the Pearl of the Middle East for yourself.

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