"Wonderful day spent in the north of Lebanon. Our french friends were very happy; we learned many new things and saw so many beautiful things around us. The accompanying guide was very cool and flexible! i recommend Neosafar!"
Lara - Day in May 2018
"I was looking forward to go to Lebanon because I had heard about it from a Lebanese friend and it was in the context of her wedding that I finally made it there with other friends. Having arrived during the night, I discovered Lebanon by day with a magnificent view over the Qadisha valley! We stayed in a hotel that has an incredible terrace on the heights of Bcharré.
We hiked in the tiny forest of the gigantic and majestic cedars of Lebanon, then between the orchards, in the little streets of lively villages, in a monastery overlooking some hermitage sites. I highly recommend this region where I would have liked to stay longer.
During my stay, I had the opportunity to visit two sites of ruins: Baalbek and Tyre with a Lebanese guide. In Tyre, some ruins are near the sea which gives a particular charm to the site. Baalbek is also just wonderful and the temples are very well preserved.
I also loved Beirut because it is cosmopolitan: the moods, the buildings, the streets by day and by night. Even if it does not seem very usual in Lebanon, it's worth walking around to cross the different neighborhoods.
Lebanese food is famous, it is indeed delicious and diversified. a personal favourite is the salad "fattouch", I miss it!Finally, Lebanon touched me by its hospitality; the interactions with the Lebanese are simple and sincere and they invite you to discover their country with a lot of pleasure and in complete safety ".
Mélanie - Trip in August 2017
"Lebanon is a country of the Middle East which by its geographical situation (nestled between Israel and Syria) and its "recent" civil wars can scare and does not attract the standard tourist,
AND YET ...
I understand that it was not a country that attracted me at first sight. We always hear the same thing on the news (Palestinian refugees, gunfire in Beirut between different religious communities, Hezbollah ...). But we forget that it is above all a country of incredible richness, with warm people, a culture, an exceptional gastronomy (watch out for the extra kilos...), ancestral know-how, heritage, a story that has nothing to envy to Europe and breathtaking landscapes.
Indeed, what a beautiful country, what a diversity of landscape for a country smaller than Brittany (France) ... A coastline of more than 200 km from Tripoli to Tyr, two chains of mountains, ski resorts in winter, ruins of ancient civilizations. We are fascinated by all this and no need to spend a month there to realize it. We alternated the inlands and villages with hikes in the middle of the mountains, and coastlines and city tours. I particularly enjoyed a hike in the Qadisha Valley and the urban walking tour of downtown Beirut.
People are hospitable and caring! "Ahla w sahla" (means "welcome" in arabic), is the first sentence I heard and remembered from Lebanese of any age. What a generous population who is at the crossroads of Arab, Phoenician, Egyptian and Ottoman cultures. Thanks to the French protectorate that began in the 1920s, many Lebanese speak French, and we appreciated the effort to speak french very much during our stay. All the people met on the road, in the youth hostels, in the restaurants, at random places during our hikes are still in my head.
From a gastronomy point of view, a marvel! I have a weakness for Mediterranean food but the Lebanese is definitely my favorite (nothing to do with the one we eat in France!); labné, hummus, man'ouché, chawarma, vegetarian dishes, yummy! i really encourage everyone to go and taste what is done in the country of the cedars.
In terms of culture and history, Lebanon is located at the west end of the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia. The cultural wealth is incredible; you can find as many Phoenician ruins as Roman ones with temples equivalent to the most beautiful temples built in Italy ... frankly, before knowing that I was going to Lebanon, I had no idea! I did not know either that more than 18 religious communities coexisted and that one would see as many churches as mosques in the same area.
Finally, not everything is perfect. just like everywhere. The flip side of the coin is the urbanisation by adding concrete constructions on the coast, the lack of public transportation, the reign of the car, the environmental "no man's land". Indeed, very few protection rules are in place. But we are not going to blame the authorities: first, who are we to judge: it has taken us lots of generations for awareness to come to France, second, the fragility of the balance between the 18 religious communities is the priority of the country.
In all cases, I have never felt insecure, I enjoyed every moment and I was amazed by this country so small but so beautiful, with a bonus of blue skies guaranteed every day: shorts, sneakers and glasses must be added to your suitcases!
In brief, I am fascinated by this country and I will return. We all know Lebanese people, who have friends or family everywhere in Lebanon :), so do not hesitate to
activate your contact book, they will be so happy to welcome you and make you discover their beautiful country ".
Céline - trip in August 2017