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Baalbek

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The Basics

As with other Bekaa Valley attractions and many sights in the compact nation of Lebanon, Baalbek is most commonly visited on a day trip from Beirut. Many tours include other Bekaa Valley highlights, most often the early Islamic city of Anjar—another UNESCO World Heritage Site—and a winery, generally Ksara or Kefraya. Baalbek tickets can only be bought on-site and are priced in line with other UNESCO-listed sites around the world. Limited signage means that it’s well worth visiting with a guide or hiring one on-site.

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Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
star-4.5
$88.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing experience
This tour with Nakhal was amazing. It takes you to the breathtaking temples of Baalbek which is an absolute must if you visit Lebanon. The tour guide was very friendly and did a great job. The included lunch in Zahle was also very good.
Remo_W, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Beirut

star-5
Ancient Historical Tour & So Much More!
Steven_W, Sep 2021
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
The tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara was fantastic! Hassane (the driver) and Natasha (the archeologist who accompanied us the entire trip) were full of knowledge about the historical sites we visited but also provided a super interesting glimpse into Lebanese life and culture, which I found equally as interesting. The tour was well thought out and designed, including lunch which was an absolute Lebanese feast! If in Lebanon, I highly recommend this tour! You will not be disappointed.
star-5
Fantastic experience with...
Amira_J, Sep 2021
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Fantastic experience with well prepared guides and a delicious typical lunch. I recommend this experience.
star-5
Highly recommended
Remo, Aug 2021
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Awesome experience. I highly recommend this agency. Very nice tour guide, amazing sights and yummy Lebanese lunch.
star-5
Highly recommended - great tour with very professional team
Kostis_G, Jul 2021
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Awesome places with a very good guide. Also the driver was very good. Everything on time and smooth.
star-5
Exciting travel
Márta K, Dec 2019
Private Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara from Beirut
It was a very exciting trip with nice guids. Baalbek is the most beautiful old roman monument in the world. In Anjar is also great memory and there was a excellent lunch. In Ksara we tasted great wines.
star-5
Great historic sites
886piyushp, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara From Beirut
Great trip to Baalbek to see the Roman ruins. Some of the buildings are down to rubble, but one temple has withstood the test of time. Definitely worth seeing. The lunch in Anjar was AMAZING! That restaurant was worth the price of admission. The winery in Ksara is a nice finishing touch to a great trip.
star-4
Worth a visit
FrequentFlier373059, Jun 2019
Private Anjar and Baalbek Tour from Beirut with Departure Ticket
We had an amazing daytrip to Baalbek and Anjar! The Roman ruins in Baalbek were absolutely stunning and not to missed if you are travelling to Lebanon. We had a lovely and informative driver named Jeyhad The only reason for a 4 star review is that our daytrip had to be rearranged. Apparently it is quite common for violence in the area and understandably our daytrip couldn’t go ahead. Luckily we had a free day to rearrange the trip to
star-5
Well worth it
Connector63046719930, Dec 2018
Small Group Tours from Beirut to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara
The visit to Baalbek was worth the bus for the ruins were some of the.most intact of Roman ruins that I had seen. There were very few visitors in December too. Khalil, our guide on site was an experience himself. Ziad, our tour driver, too care of us very well, making sure that our lunch was served well. And the Lebanese lunch was sumptuous. Good value.
star-5
Amazing tour
eveline104, Nov 2018
Full-Day Private Trip to Cedars, Baalbek and Ksara from Beirut
The daytour was amazing! The tempels in Baalbek were astouning, the guide knew so much about the place. The winetasting was so nice and the walk in the cedarforrest was amazing. Great culture and beautiful nature!
star-5
Fun day in Lebanon
David_N, Mar 2020
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
I loved the stops, especially Baalbek! Guide was very good too...he was very good at explaining history s and Lebanese cujgure!
star-5
Another Viator Jewel
Dreamer09819249036, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Excellent organization ! Guide Paola and Driver Paul were just perfect! The Anjar part could be kept to a minimum..
star-5
Fantastic tour!!!
christiancW1958NE, May 2019
Private Anjar and Baalbek Tour from Beirut with Departure Ticket
Excellent tour of the ruins and delicious lunch! Our driver was a great conversationalist and we learned a lot about Lebanese history, culture, and food! Highly recommended!!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Baalbek is a must for history buffs, photographers, and Instagrammers.

  • Wear practical shoes: Baalbek’s unfinished paths and rough steps require a bit of scrambling.

  • Safety in this part of Lebanon is an issue due to terrorism and armed conflict, according to the US Department of State. Travelers considering a visit should refer to their government’s travel advisories for the latest information.

  • Baalbek is not wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

Baalbek is located in the Bekaa Valley, around 60 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Beirut. Minibuses run to the town regularly from Beirut’s Cola bus station, and it’s possible to get to the site and back in a day on public transport. If you’d like to see more of the Bekaa, perhaps a winery or Anjar, your only options are a tour or driving, a high-adrenaline activity anywhere in Lebanon.

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When to Get There

The Baalbek ruins are open from morning until shortly before sunset seven days a week. They are generally far from busy, but the Baalbek International Festival each July draws local and international tourists to the area. Photographers will want to visit in the late afternoon to enjoy the light.

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Security in Baalbek

The town of Baalbek is located close to the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley and serves as the headquarters of the Hezbollah Islamist militant group. The security situation in both the Bekaa Valley and Baalbek can change rapidly and at short notice, and it is not always safe to visit the ruins.

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