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Private Full-Day Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara from Beirut

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Embark on a journey through time with this captivating full-day tour from Beirut. Immerse yourself in the ancient world as you explore the majestic Roman temples of Baalbek, including the awe-inspiring Temple of Jupiter and the grand Temple of Bacchus. Discover the unique Umayyad ruins of Anjar, a testament to the city planning of the ancient Umayyad civilization. And no trip to Lebanon would be complete without indulging in the taste of authentic Lebanese wine at Chateau Ksara, one of the oldest wineries in the country. Immerse yourself in history, architecture, and culture as you uncover the wonders of Baalbek, Anjar, and Ksara. This private full-day tour promises an unforgettable experience for those seeking to delve into the ancient treasures of Lebanon.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 8 hours - 9 hours
  • Suitable for 1-9 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the majestic Roman temples of Baalbek
  • Discover the unique Umayyad ruins of Anjar
  • Indulge in the taste of authentic Lebanese wine
  • Visit the largest Roman temple in the world
  • Experience the grandeur of the Temple of Bacchus
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tour Leader
  • Local guide
  • Hotel Pick up & Drop off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Introduction

Step into the ancient world by booking this popular tour from Beirut to discover the majestic Roman temples of Baalbek. The tour takes you on a journey through history, allowing you to explore the unique Umayyad ruins of Anjar and indulge in the taste of authentic Lebanese wine at one of the oldest wineries in the country, Chateau Ksara.

What to expect?

During this full-day tour, you can expect to be captivated by the rich history and architectural brilliance of Baalbek. Marvel at the Roman temple ruins, including the Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter, which are among the largest and best-preserved in the world. Explore the ancient city of Anjar, with its regular layout reminiscent of palace-cities from ancient times. Finally, treat your taste buds to the flavors of Lebanon's renowned wine at Chateau Ksara, where you can sample a variety of wines produced since 1857.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, architecture lovers, and wine connoisseurs alike. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or someone seeking a unique cultural experience, this tour offers something for everyone. It's a fantastic opportunity to delve into Lebanon's fascinating past and appreciate its rich cultural heritage. Don't miss the chance to explore these magnificent sites and savor the flavors of Lebanese wine.

Why book this?

Embark on this tour to immerse yourself in the ancient world, discovering the secrets of Baalbek, Anjar, and the renowned Chateau Ksara winery. Experience the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Roman temples, be amazed by the unique Umayyad ruins, and indulge in the flavors of Lebanon's famous wine. This tour provides an unparalleled opportunity to witness the architectural wonders of the past and taste the essence of Lebanese culture. Let your curiosity guide you and uncover the hidden treasures of Baalbek, Anjar, and Chateau Ksara.

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During the tour, you'll have a knowledgeable guide who will provide insightful information about the history and significance of each site. Comfortable transportation and entrance fees are all included, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning panoramas and memorable moments along the way. Discover the ancient wonders and indulge in the cultural delights of Lebanon with this exceptional full-day tour.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced this tour have praised its ability to transport them back in time. They rave about the impressive ruins of Baalbek, the unique layout of Anjar, and the delightful wine-tasting experience at Chateau Ksara. Many describe it as a truly enchanting journey that exceeded their expectations. Overall, visitors have been highly satisfied with the knowledgeable guides, seamless organization, and the opportunity to explore such remarkable historical sites.

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Your Itinerary

Baalbek

Baalbek, is home to the Baalbek temple complex which includes two of the largest and grandest Roman temple ruins: the Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter. It was inscribed in 1984 as an UNESCO World Heritage site. This Phoenician city, where a triad of deities was worshipped, was known as Heliopolis during the Hellenistic period. It retained its religious function during Roman times, when the sanctuary of the Heliopolitan Jupiter attracted thousands of pilgrims. Baalbek, with its colossal structures, is one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture at its apogee.

Temples of Baalbek

The complex of temples at Baalbek is located at the foot of the south-west slope of Anti-Lebanon, bordering the fertile plain of the Bekaa at an altitude of 1150 m. The city of Baalbek reached its apogee during Roman times. Its colossal constructions built over a period of more than two centuries, make it one of the most famous sanctuaries of the Roman world and a model of Imperial Roman architecture. Pilgrims thronged to the sanctuary to venerate the three deities, known under the name of the Romanized Triad of Heliopolis, an essentially Phoenician cult (Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus).

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Temples of Baalbek

Baalbeck roman ruins, Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest and most noble Roman temples ever built, they are also among the best preserved.

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Temple of Jupiter

The Temple of Jupiter is a colossal Roman temple, the largest of the Roman world, situated at the Baalbek complex in Heliopolis. The temple served as an oracle and was dedicated to Jupiter Heliopolitanus. It is not known who designed the temple, nor exactly when it was constructed. Work probably began around 16 BC and was nearly complete by about ad 60. It is situated at the western end of the Great Court of Roman Heliopolis, on a broad platform of stone raised another 7 m (23 ft) above the huge stones of the foundation, three of which are among the heaviest blocks ever used in a construction. It was the biggest temple dedicated to Jupiter in all the Roman empire. The columns were 30 meters high with a diameter of nearly 2.5 meters: the biggest in the classical world. It took three centuries to create this colossal temple complex.

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Temple of Bacchus

The Temple of Bacchus is part of the Baalbek temple complex located in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. The temple complex is considered an outstanding archaeological and artistic site of Imperial Roman Architecture and was inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The Temple of Bacchus is one of the best preserved and grandest Roman temple ruins; its age is unknown, but Its fine ornamentation can be dated to the second century CE.

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Temple of Venus in Heliopolis

The Temple of Venus was built in the third century. Built on a horseshoe-shaped platform, it consists of a circular shrine with a square entrance that is almost as big. The outer façade of the shrine is graced by five niches, which means that there is not a single square wall. In the niches are representations of doves and shells, which has been taken as evidence that the shrine was dedicated to Venus.

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Sayyida Khawla Shrine

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The Mosque of sayeda Khawla in Baalbek, Lebanon is erected on the site where Sayyida Khawla, the daughter of Imam al-Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is believed to have been buried. People of Baalbek believe that when the caravan of captives of Karbala passed Baalbek, The daughter of Imam al-Hussein, called Khawla passed away and was buried there.

Stone of the Pregnant Woman

The Stone of the Pregnant Woman is a worked Roman monolith in Baalbek, Lebanon. Together with another ancient stone block nearby, it is among the largest monoliths ever quarried. The two building blocks were presumably intended for the nearby Roman temple complex, and are characterized by a monolithic gigantism that was unparalleled in antiquity.

Anjar

The city of Anjar was founded by Caliph Walid I at the beginning of the 8th century. The ruins reveal a very regular layout, reminiscent of the palace-cities of ancient times, and are a unique testimony to city planning under the Umayyads.

Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar

The Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar bears outstanding witness to the Umayyad civilization and a good example of an inland commercial centre, at the crossroads of two important routes: one leading from Beirut to Damascus and the other crossing the Bekaa and leading from Homs to Tiberiade. The site of this ancient city was only discovered by archaeologists at the end of the 1940s. The ruins of Anjar include the walls of the Umayyad palace, harems, a mosque, the great palace of the Caliph, thermal baths, and many pillars which include some elements of the Roman architectural style.

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Chateau Ksara

Château Ksara is a wine company in The Beqaa Valley Lebanon. Founded in 1857 by Jesuit priests. Château Ksara developed the first dry wine in Lebanon. Château Ksara produces approximately 3 million bottles annually. Its wines are exported to over 40 countries.

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Reviews

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711kirstya

Our Tour Guide Charbel Showed us the temples of the beautiful city of Baalbek. He shared many interesting facts through the tour. He was Knowledgeable and friendly. The lunch was amazing. big thanks to Lebanon tours online for organizing this tour.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-20 22:01