Once considered the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut, Lebanon
’s bustling capital, is re-emerging as a premier luxury destination with many cultural offerings for travelers.
Beirut has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years and its long history can be seen today in the trove of ancient artifacts, gold jewelry, Byzantine mosaics and Phoenician antiquities at the National Museum of Beirut.
The city itself is an intriguing blend of old and new.
Ancient archaeological sites, Roman ruins and Ottoman-era buildings populate the urban landscape alongside modern architecture, high-end boutiques and a thriving arts scene, making the city an ideal touring destination for travelers interested in architecture, history, art, culture and more.
Artisans of Leisure’s Lebanon tours include private touring and shopping in Beirut’s most interesting neighborhoods.
Some of our favorites are Saifi Village and its many handicraft boutiques and Place d’Etoile (Nejmeh Square) with its Ottoman and Art Deco architecture.
Beirut is also a foodie mecca for lovers of Lebanese cuisine.
Formal restaurants and casual locals’ spots serve a variety of delicious mezes, such as fried cauliflower with tahini, moutabal
(baba ghanoush), kafta
(green salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and spices) or mujaddara
(lentils and rice with caramelized onions).
All our tours include stays at top luxury hotels, such as the Four Season Beirut.
The hotel offers beautiful views overlooking the sea and is just a short walk to Zaitunay Bay, an idyllic waterfront promenade with shops and restaurants.
Centrally located in downtown Beirut, Le Gray Beirut is another of our preferred properties with its contemporary style and large art collection.
Artisans of Leisure’s tours include privately guided excursions from Beirut to Lebanon’s most interesting cultural highlights, such as Baalbek, a layered archaeological complex with Phoenician, Greek and Roman ruins and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We also arrange private tours of the Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, the largest of Lebanon’s nature reserves, for a leisurely walk through the magnificent cedar forest.
Upon request, Artisans of Leisure also arranges additional activities, such as a private cooking class or a private yacht excursion to Byblos, one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the world.
Contact an Artisans of Leisure Lebanon travel
expert to start planning.
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