ON­GO­ING AC­TIV­I­TIES

Lebanon Traveler - - FECTIVALS -

Sidon, Tyr & Ech­moun

See the ru­ins of Le­banon’s south­ern cities Sidon and Tyre, both steeped in his­tory; from a cru­sader cas­tle and car­a­vanserai to a hip­po­drome. On the re­turn trip back to Beirut stop at the Tem­ple of Esh­moun. Pick up from any ho­tel in Beirut on Mon­days or Thurs­days at 8.30am. Mon LL120,000, Thu LL105,000 in­clud­ing lunch and trans­port. Wild Dis­cov­ery

Paraglid­ing tan­dem

See a bird’s eye view of Le­banon over the Ghosta, Jounieh area by paraglid­ing. LL180,000 + LL45,000 DVD and photo pack­age. Mon-fri 2pm-sun­set, Sat 1pm­sun­set, hol­i­days all day. Exit to Na­ture

Ad­ven­tures with Foot­prints

Foot­prints or­ga­nize a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties for ad­ven­tur­ous types from snow­showe­ing and rap­pel and moun­tain climb­ing (LL45,000 per per­son) to raft­ing (LL75,000) the wild rivers of Le­banon or a cus­tom­ized camp­ing week­end (LL75,000). Foot­prints

Tripoli-rachana-bala­man

Take a tour of Tripoli to visit its his­toric sites such as the Cru­sader Cas­tle of St. Gilles, the old city with its nar­row al­leys, souks, and mosques dat­ing back to Mameluk and Ot­toman times. Af­ter­wards stop by Bala­mand monastery and en­joy lunch in a lo­cal restau­rant, be­fore con­tin­u­ing to art vil­lage Rachana, made fa­mous by Le­banese sculp­tors the Bas­bous broth­ers. In­di­vid­ual tour LL465,000, 2 peo­ple LL292,500, rates cheaper with big­ger groups, in­clud­ing lunch and trans­porta­tion. Kur­ban Tours

Snow­shoe­ing

Al­ter­na­tive tourism op­er­a­tor, 33 North or­ga­nizes day trips and overnight stays in snow capped moun­tains dur­ing the win­ter sea­son in ar­eas in­clud­ing Ha­dath el Jebbeh and Da­her el Qadib, Aqoura and Tan­nourine and the cedars of Becharre and Her­mel. Meet­ing point Spin­neys Park­ing, Dbayeh. LL40,000, overnight LL150,000 in­clud­ing full board. 33 North

Back coun­try ski

Have an out of the or­di­nary ski ex­pe­ri­ence through the coun­try­side. LL165,000. Ev­ery Sun. Club Ther­mique

Au­then­tic Le­banese na­ture and cul­ture

Take a tour of the Chouf and Deir El Qa­mar, the for­mer cap­i­tal of Mount Le­banon, which still re­tains sev­eral palaces along with Notre Dame church and Fakhred­dine mosque dat­ing from the 17th and 18th cen­turies. The tour also takes in Chouf Cedar Re­serve, a typ­i­cal Le­banese lunch and a visit to Beited­dine, the mag­nif­i­cent Palace of Emir Bechir. Meet­ing Point Vir­gin Me­ga­s­tore, Down­town, 9am, ev­ery Sat. LL157,500 in­clud­ing lunch and trans­port. Saad Hold­ing

Jeitta Grotto and Harissa

A five hour trip to some of Le­banon’s big­gest touris­tic pulls in­clud­ing the im­pres­sive grot­toes of Jeitta and a trip up the iconic tele­ferique to Harissa for a view from the top of the Vir­gin Mary of the whole of the bay be­low. From LL396,000 for solo tour, price re­duc­tions for big­ger groups. R. Rida In­ter­na­tional

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