Wine Tasting and Culture

Get a true taste of Lebanon’s authentic wine combining it with a visit of the Baalbek Roman Empire, one of the remarkable landmarks in the history of Lebanon. On this full-day wine and culture tour departing from Beirut, delve into the history and discover the famous majestic temples of Bacchus, Jupiter and Venus, then get the chance to taste different kind of Lebanese wine while visiting two wineries in the Beqaa valley.

per adult from

$112

AUD

Duration

8 hours

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • English Speaking Driver
    • Hotel Pick up & Drop off
    • Entrance fees to the sites
    • Wine tasting at two wineries
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Temples of Baalbek
    • Entry/Admission - Baalbek Roman Ruins
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Jupiter
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Bacchus (Roman god of wine)
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Venus
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau Ksara
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau St Thomas
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Baalbek, Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temples of Baalbek, Baalbeck Lebanon

    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).

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Baalbek Roman Ruins, Baalbeck Lebanon

    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.
    One of the most iconic landmarks in Lebanon, the Roman Ruins in Baalbek are a must for any tourist. Originally a site of Phoenician worship, the temples were taken over by the Romans after their colonization. What was once the home of Astarte became the home of Venus, the Goddess of Love. The same site also endured the Christian and Islamic eras to become what it is today. Walk the historical steps as you marvel Baalbek’s towering structures.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Bacchus (Roman god of wine), Baalbek, Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Venus, Baalbek, Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Stone of the Pregnant Woman, Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Chateau Ksara, Ksara, Zahle Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 1 minute

    Stop At: Chateau St Thomas, Kab Elias Road 6km. from Chtaura, Zahle Lebanon

    Established in 1990 on a hill overlooking the Bekaa valley, this winery produce high quality wine due to the fertility of Beqaa soil where located its vineyards.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all hotels and place of residence in Beirut.
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 6/1/2019 - 12/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

9

Organised by Lebanon Tours & travels

Activity ID: V-91532P17

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