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I'm sorry if this is a question that has been asked many times before but I would really like to spend a few days in Beirut. I met a Lebanese man recently who told me it is now perfectly safe but the British Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel there.
From some of the posts on here it seems that people are travelling there as tourists. I would like to go there with my cousin, who lived in Beirut as a child and remembers it as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and would love to go back there.
I would be really grateful for your views and thoughts.
Many thanks and Happy Travels!
1. Lake Qaraoun. Bradt says there is no public transport going to the lake, but it is not true. There are minivans going from Qaraoun (village) all the way to Beirut, both directly and with change in Chtaura. When at Cola, ask drivers about Qaraoun, they will send you to the right bus. B – Ch is today 4 or 5000, Ch – Q is 3000, B –Q should be 6000.
I want to walk some sections of the LMT in June. However, it's very difficult to tell which sections are the most attractive just by looking at the small map on the LMT Website .
Can anyone recommend certain sections of the trail, or certain places of accommodation? Is accommodation usually cheap along the trail?
I definitely also want to climb the highest peak in Lebanon, which is not part of the trail. Has anyone been there? How difficult is it to get there and what would be an ideal starting point?
In case anyone else is planning to walk the LMT in June we might coordinate and meet up...
I am travelling to Beirut in June, and would like to then go on to Jerusalem.
Does anybody know if this is possible, and if so what is the best way to do it?
I would prefer not to fly.
I’m going to visit Lebanon during the second part of the month of may .
I’m planing to be in Beirut and among other visit the northern part of the country.
I consider visiting Baalbek and continue north to Bcharre village and Kadisha grotto area.
I will be glad to have some answers to the following:
1. Is it safe in the Bekka valley and Baalbek this days considering the problems with syria and the area problems?
2. Is it possible & safe to drive from Baalbek north towards Bachrre considering the problems with Syria and the area problems?
3. Is the road between Baalbak and Bcharre village open for all traffic including tourists?
Hello everyone, I am going to spend 4 days in Lebanon in two weeks.
I would like to do the Beirut - Anjar - Baalbek - Tripoli - Byblos - Beirut loop, plus the Beirut - Sidon - Tyre trip.
What is the current safety situation in those towns? I hear Tripoli could be a no go. I am an experienced traveller and willing to take some moderate risk, but not "stupid" risks, so any tip is appreciated.
As it stands I would sleep in Beirut, Tripoli, Beirut again and Tyre (or Sidon is better?). Travelling with a rented car.
As a first time visitor to Lebanon I have some basic questions, f.i.:
- Where to go in Beirut (a particular bank or money changer) to change money – the best rate of exchange, no commission… ?
- Which currency would they prefer - € or $?
- Is it accepted if you want to pay your hotel bill with € or $, and not LBP?
Could anyone recommend a cheap hotel? I'm a backpacker. What's the best way of getting around if I don't have much time? Bus? Could I hire a taxi/car and driver cheaply? How much would this cost me and where to find?
Thanks a lot in advance,
I'm a UK citizen who, I'm told, can get a one-month visa on arrival at Rafic Hariri airport.
My problem is that I want to stay six weeks in Beirut for a volunteer work placement for my MA programme, and I've only just been told that it's a one-month visa.
The Lebanese Embassy in London say that they can process a longer visa for me, but getting to London and staying the night etc., is both awkward and expensive for me, as I live in the north of England, plus it is getting close to my planned departure date.
The lady I spoke to said I could ask the "General Security" in Beirut about an extension, but that it could be "hassle" and if I can I should just get one in the UK. I only want to stay two weeks longer than the original one-month visa, but now I'm worried that if I book my flights for a six-week return, I might get questioned at Arrivals in Beirut.
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I'm currently in Lebanon and am keen to go to the far south of the country and in particular to visit Beaufort Castle. I believe permission must be obtained from General Security in Sidon in order to cross the security checkpoints south of Tyre. However I'm not sure whether this is correct or of the exact process.
Can anyone provide me with further information on this and relating to visits to the area in general?
Thanks in advance
We are getting lebanon by end of March and planning to drive most of country.
We would like to hear from someone about Qadisha Valley and the road from Bcharre to Baalbek. It seems to be close during winter time, and wandering if There is still snow and also if it is safe.
Thanks a lot
I hear that Hezbollah have a big social program to help people. I wonder if it would be possible (or even advisable) for a Westerner to stay in a Hezbollah home for a week or so as a guest, while on holiday. Some money could be paid.
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