One Week Food and Wine in Lebanon

  • Albergo Hotel, 137 Abdel Wahab El Inglizi St, Beirut, Lebanon

Overview

Lebanese Culinary Vacations

A Taste of Lebanon explores the countrys great culinary and wine making traditions while at the same time visiting the scenic and cultural highlights. We invite you to indulge your senses and experience the delights of Lebanons wonderful food, wine and sights on this luxury holiday. Visit the great Roman ruins at Baalbek and the picturesque fishing harbour of Byblos. You will have the opportunity to dine at some of Beiruts finest restaurants; taste an amazingly varied series of mezze; and gain hands on experience in the preparation of this world class cuisine during a private cookery class.

Wine tours in Lebanon

Wine is second only to food in Lebanon where there is a history of viticulture dating back more than 6,000 years. Oenophiles will be treated with visits and tastings at four of Lebanons finest wineries in the two distinct regions of the Bekaa Valley, and the northern Batroun circuit. The soil and climate of the Southern Bekaa Valley is particularly well suited to viticulture and has produced many award winning vintages, while the wineries in the emerging Batroun region have demonstrated they can grow excellent wine grapes and have added diversity to the terrior.

Highlights

  • 1 wine tour
  • 1 hands-on cooking class
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Street food trip
  • 4 wine tastings
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Albergo Hotel, a wonderful boutique all suite hotel, is located in the heart of old East-Beirut in the residential district of Achrafieh, a short drive from the citys attractions. The Albergo is a member of the renowned Relais & Chateaux group of hotels and offers accommodation in 33 individually appointed suites, each designed with a different theme. Bohemian crystal chandeliers, refined antiques and furniture and spacious bathrooms highlight each suites distinctive character.

The bathrooms feature natural lighting, Jacuzzi baths, precious porcelain, and marble marquetry throughout. The Albergo offers a choice of dining options; either at Al Dente or The Restaurant. The hotel terrace is situated on the 9th floor. It features an enchanting garden of Jasmine and dwarf fig trees and has a magnificent view of Beirut rooftops and the Mediterranean Sea. Leisure facilities include a small out-door roof-top swimming pool.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrive Beirut
  • Land at Beirut International Airport under your own arrangements. Once you have passed the immigration and customs formalities you will be met by a Corinthian *Travel representative and will be transferred to Beirut

Day 2: Sightseeing trip, wine tour, wine tasting

  • Jeita Grotto, Chateau Musar, Byblos
  • After breakfast drive to Jeita and explore the magnificent complex of underground caves a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then continue to Ghazir for a tour and wine tasting at Chateau Musar
  • Drive to Byblos for lunch beside the picturesque fishing harbour, then explore the towns attractive Crusader castle, important archaeological site, churches, and beautifully restored cobbled lanes, before returning to Beirut
  • B/L

Day 3: Street food trip and wine tasting

  • Mseilha, Tripoli, Rachana, Coteaux de Botrys
  • Today drive to Tripoli stopping en route at the small castle of Mseilha perched on its rocky pinnacle
  • On arrival explore the mighty Citadel of Raymond de St Gilles, then enjoy a walking tour through Tripolis lively medieval souqs, and visit Lebanons most famous sweet maker for lunch to see the vast array of Baklawa and sample Halawat El-Jibn, the local speciality
  • This afternoon drive to Beirut via the village of Rachana with its open-air sculpture park of modern art, and the attractively located winery of Coteaux de Botrys
  • B/L

Day 4: Museum, city trip, cooking class

  • Beirut, Private Cooking Class
  • This morning explore the cosmopolitan Lebanese capital the one-time Paris of the east. Start by driving along the sea-front Corniche to the local beauty spot of Raouche Rocks, then visit the National Museum with its well displayed and important collection of artefacts dating back to the Phoenician period
  • Explore the downtown Solidere area with its attractive Ottoman and French Mandate period buildings, churches, mosques, and archaeological sites
  • Sample various tasty Lebanese snacks for lunch, then later this afternoon, there will be a private cooking class with an expert chef where you will learn to prepare a three course Lebanese meal
  • B/L

Day 5: Sightseeing trip and wine tasting

  • Al Qamar, Beiteddine, Chouf Cedars, Kefraya
  • This morning drive up into the wooded slopes of the Chouf Mountains to see the pretty stone and red roofed village of Deir al-Qamar, and the nearby beautiful late 18th century Beiteddine Palace of Emir Bashir Shihab II
  • Next, continue to the Chouf Cedar Reserve, site of the most numerous Cedar trees in Lebanon, where there will be an opportunity for a short forest walk before descending into the southern Bekka Valley for a late lunch and wine tasting at Chateau Kefraya
  • B/L

Day 6: Sightseeing trip and wine tasting

  • Anjar, Baalbek, Domaines des Tourelles
  • Today, drive through the mountains to the Bekaa Valley and visit the 8th century Umayyad City of Anjar, then continue to the Roman ruins at Baalbek
  • The sheer scale and proportions of this UNESCO World Heritage Site never ceases to impress; the Temple of Jupiter here was one of the largest religious structures ever built, while the well preserved and beautifully decorated Temple of Bacchus is larger than the Parthenon in Athens
  • After lunch return to Beirut stopping en route at Domaine des Tourelles where the wine tasting is often held al fresco under a tree
  • B/L

Day 7: Departure

  • Farewell to Lebanon
  • Transfer to Beirut International Airport and check-in for your onward flight
  • B
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Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from S.T, Zurich, Switzerland

    "To make it short - everything was nearly perfect. We had our private driver and a guide. Both were very professional, always on time, flexible, always ready to accommodate our wishes and desires, make us as comfortable as possible. The only reason that our trip was "nearly perfect" was the weather. Some days were too hot for me. Hugh really knows the region... Without his knowledge our trip would not have been so memorable. Highlights: Walking in Wadi Dana, seeing Petra by candlelight, spending a night in Wadi Rum"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by R.L. from Hong Kong, China

    "The trip was excellent. The guide was knowledgeable, helpful and pro-active in rejigging the trip to take account of our late arrival. The driver was also excellent company. It turned out that we much preferred the ambience and location of the Albergo rather than the Gray. Their service was excellent."

    Corinthian Travel website, edited

  • Review by L.D. from California, USA

    "The arrangements that Hugh made for me exceeded my expectations in every respect. My trip was a perfect balance of adventure, luxury, pacing, relaxation, culture, history, and culinary delight, designed specifically to suit me; exactly what a customized trip should be. The trip was perfect in every way, thanks to Hugh's care, expertise and planning. I will close by saying that I am planning to use Corinthian for my next trip to the region. I can think of no higher recommendation."

    Corinthian Travel website, edited

  • Review by CM from New York

    "Thank you for an absolutely fabulous trip!"

    March 2015. Corinthian Travel website, edited

  • Review by J.D. from London

    "We had a wonderful time thank you. The guide was just brilliant, he knew everybody and everything and was so easy to be with for a few days. We swam in the stunning Wadis and sledged down sand dunes, watched the sunset and saw the most amazing stars. Thank you for all your help with it, you were by far and away the best company that we contacted, we learnt a lot from the lovely brochures you sent over which helped us feel really excited, it was wonderfully organised and you absolutely delivered! I would definitely recommend Corinthian Travel."

    March 2015. Corinthian Travel website, edited

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