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Private Tour: Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut

Escape Beirut for a private day trip to Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara with your own private guide. Leave Beirut in the morning with your guide and head by private minivan to Baalbek, located approximately 50 miles (85 km) from Beirut. Upon arrival, take a leisurely walking tour around this ancient town. Marvel at the Baalbek Heliopolis, a group of Roman temples and other structures that are some of the largest and best-preserved examples of Roman architecture still existing in Lebanon. Explore the Temple of Jupiter and discover its impressive podium and a vast rectangular courtyard, where sacrifices were carried out. After enjoying lunch of traditional meze (Middle Eastern small dishes) and tapas at a local Lebanese restaurant (own expense), continue your journey to the town of Anjar. After a scenic 1-hour drive, arrive in this beautifully preserved city and stroll through the souks (markets). With your guide, visit Anjar's Umayyad Ruins, a spectacular complex of ruins dating back to 705 AD. Experience the influence of past cultures as you admire the city's Hellenistic-Roman architecture. Next, venture to Ksara. This magnificent village was covered by sand for centuries, and the well-preserved Ksara Caves were discovered in 1898 by Jesuit priests. It is now the refuge of the well-known Chateau Ksara, one of Lebanon’s oldest wineries where thousands of old wine bottles are preserved. Take a stroll through the caves and learn about the various processes involved in wine production before savoring a tasting of exquisite local wines.After your private day trip, sit back and relax in your minivan on the scenic drive back to Beirut. Hotel pickup and drop-off can also be arranged.Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning against travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns, Viator’s Lebanon tours continue to operate with no disruptions. We are in frequent contact with our local suppliers and guides in Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.

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Private Tour - Baalback, Anjar and Ksara - Day Tour from Beirut

Depart from Beirut in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and visit Anjar, 45km away from Beirut. Anjar was once a commercial center on the caravan route as well as a summer and hunting resort for the Umayyad dynasty. The walls of the Caliph’s palace are still largely intact, with clues to the former presence of forty towers. There are indications, however, that there may once have been a Roman castle on the hill as there are traces of fluted columns.  After Anjar, We will head north to Baalbek, Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure. Explore the fascinating city and marvel at well preserved historical remains of the three temples of Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus, and the large stones of its terrace. Each temple has a story that will be explained by the guide during the tour.  Baalbek became one of the most celebrated sanctuaries of the ancient world, progressively overlaid with colossal constructions which were built during more than two centuries. Its monumental ensemble is one of the most impressive testimonies of the Roman architecture of the imperial period.  After touring Baalbek, it's time for lunch in a local restaurant.  After lunch, we will stop at the oldest and largest winery in Lebanon, Chateau Ksara, founded in 1857 in the Beqaa Valley. Visit the caves and taste samples of the delicious Lebanese wine.  After that, the trip ends so it's time to return to Beirut.