Lebanon Group Tour Holiday - Vineyards and Valleys of Lebanon


Lebanon - Vineyards and Valleys of Lebanon

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 8 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers

Notes

Important Information

Foreign Office Travel Warnings

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing there are no travel warnings in place for areas that we visit in Lebanon.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.

Accommodation and Meals

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practise in the Middle East. If you have been happy with the services of your guide and driver, then a reasonable amount to tip would be $5-10 per day for the guide and $3-5 for the driver, if you are travelling on a group tour. If you are travelling privately then around double this amount would be reasonable.

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: ATM's found in the main cities only

Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are widely accepted at hotels throughout Beirut

Local Currency: Lebanese Pound but US Dollars are widely accepted

Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars

Where to Exchange: Your guide will advise you

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country and be valid for the entire duration of your holiday.

Visa Information

Many nationalities including British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and EU passport holders can routinely obtain a visa on arrival for Lebanon.

Regulations do frequently change though, so we advise that you check the current requirements with your nearest embassy.

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

PASSPORTS SHOULD HOLD NO TRACES OF TRAVEL TO ISRAEL (STAMPS OR STICKERS). PASSPORTS ARE CHECKED.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Vaccinations & Protection

For the visitor of Lebanon, there are no compulsory vaccinations. However, we strongly recommend that you contact your Doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the recommended vaccinations.

Preparing for your tour

Climate

Lebanon can be visited year round although the hottest months are June to August especially on the coast. Away from the coast temperatures are more pleasant in the more mountainous inland areas.  During the winter months temperatures are usually mild on the Mediterranean coast but can be cold in land and snow is possible in the higher elevations. Spring and Autumn are particularly pleasant times to travel. From May – October, Lebanon experiences very little rain although it is not unheard of in the mountains. Rain is more common in the winter months and early spring.

Clothing

When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet although this will be rare in summer.  For the mountainous areas particularly from November – March, it is advisable to bring some warmer clothes especially for night time and early mornings. Lebanon is in general quite a liberal country so wearing t-shirts is fine. Shorts can be worn but should be at the knee or below.

Equipment

The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared and to be adequately immunized. A good insect repellent and bite cream is advisable. Suncream/sunblock is a must – please ensure you bring enough as it may not be available locally. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have. It is recommended to also bring a torch (flashlight).

Footwear

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended when visiting the various sights during the tour. Sandals are fine when travelling.

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Electricity in Lebanon is 230V, with a frequency of 50hz, the following plug type is commonly used.  

Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These tour notes were updated 14th June 2019