Both Lebanon and Egypt are dominated by some of the world’s most astonishing ancient monuments. In one country, they are world famous with pyramids, temples, and valleys where the ancient kings are laid to rest. But few people visit the wonders in Lebanon, some of the largest and best-preserved Roman legacies throughout the country. This in-depth luxury tour to Egypt and Lebanon celebrates the old civilizations, vibrant local atmospheres with modern charm and intimate sightseeing punctuated by...
Beirut – The Paris of the East, an Immersive Introduction
Beirut is no longer the bombed out city from an old civil war that you might imagine. Rather, the city is now cultivated beautifully with lanes that are lined with flagship designer stores as luxury sports cars whizz past the redeveloped shells of buildings once marked by mortar shells, and al fresco terraces with fantastic aromas that demonstrate why the city has long been known as the Paris of the East. Down at the waterfront, there is the scent of opulence as welcoming aromas drift out from upmarket restaurants and meet the salty sea breeze. Middle Eastern culture is alive in all its tradition through cuisine, atmosphere, and design, yet it has been brought into the present. This is a city that does not look back, and it is in the evening when it all truly comes alive with squares and terraces packed with chatter and laughter.
Arrive in Beirut in the morning, and you will be transferred to your hotel and then introduced to the city with a tour of its historical sights. A pathway through what remains also gives you a good feel for what has been built recently, starting at the Ottoman Grand Serail and then moving to admire the Roman and Phoenician statues that line the National Museum. Churches and mosques line renovated streets, a merging of the past and the present for an insight into history that stretches from empires to crusaders to the freedom of today. Enjoy the first of your several evenings here as you stay at a five-star Relais & Chateaux property that is within walking distance of so much to explore and enjoy.
Beirut – Ancient Roman Treasures and Medieval Walls
Beirut – Hippodromes and the Temples of Southern Lebanon
Beirut – Wonders of History in Byblos, Jeita, and Harissa
Luxor – Stunning Temples of Karnak and Luxor
Luxor – Hot Air Balloon Above the Valley of the Kings
Day 7 - 8
River Nile Cruise – Serene Luxury Cruising and Surreal Temples in the Desert
Aswan – Atmospheric Cultures of Egypt’s Desert Oasis
Cairo – Philae Temple and a Hotel Overlooking the Pyramids
Cairo – History of Coptic Cairo and Gems in the Egyptian Museum
Cairo – A Day With the Pyramids and Ancient Memphis
Cairo – Departure
- Savor the tranquility of a 2-day luxury cruise up the River Nile between Luxor and Aswan, disembarking to wonderful temples that span the shores and highlight ancient civilizations
- Stand before the Great Pyramids of Giza and enjoy relaxed evenings overlooking the ancient wonder of the world
- Soar in a hot air balloon above the Valley of the Kings, before an Egyptologist guides you into the exquisite tombs and temples of an open-air museum
- Uncover the ancient wonders found nearly everywhere in Egypt ranging from trinkets found in museums to massive temples and oasis cities on the banks of the Nile
- Explore the seductive country of Lebanon, getting lost with your guide in the souks and following old caravansary trails and being invited into village homes
- Embrace the excitement of Beirut, the self-proclaimed Paris of the East, a vibrant modern city that dotted with treasures from centuries past
- Discover some of the world’s best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon such as the huge Baalbek Temple, the hippodrome in Tyre, and the birthplace of the Roman alphabet
- Journey into the north of Lebanon, finding the remarkable Jeita Grottoes and evidence of early Christianity
Contrasting atmospheres define the experience in Egypt and Lebanon. Both countries are home to remarkable monuments with odes to civilizations that flourished thousands of years ago still brought to life by pyramids, temples, tombs and inscribed city walls. In Egypt, the monuments are world-famous, bucket-list style sights that are just as inspiring as the photos. You will know you are in the presence of greatness, the sights given space to rise proudly in the desert, miles from anything else. In nearby Lebanon, the sights are lesser known and rarely visited, meaning you are often completely alone with them. They are equally impressive with the largest preserved Roman temple on the planet in Baalbek, yet they rise amongst charming cityscapes, the old and the new mixing seamlessly throughout the country.
This handcrafted tour presents an in-depth private exploration of Egypt’s and Lebanon’s highlights, incorporating both the odes to the past and the vibrant atmosphere of the country’s cities and desert towns. In Lebanon, you will be based in Beirut, a Regal & Chateaux property expertly located for uncovering the subtleties of the Paris of the East. Evenings are magical and immersive here, Middle Eastern culture seen in its traditional and contemporary guises. Several days of day trips will let you explore the different regions of this compact country as you can go east to Roman Baalbek and the walled medieval history of Anjar, south to souks and more Roman legacies, and then north to dramatic natural landscapes and early Christian history. In nearby Turkey or Greece, such astonishing sights might receive more than a million annual visitors, but the best part about Lebanon is that you may likely be the only foreign visitor.
Start your Egypt exploration in Luxor with two imposing temples serving as an introduction to what remains of the ancient Egyptian civilization. You will hot air balloon above the Valley of the Kings and then descend into tombs like those of Ramses IV and Tutankhamen. Your first week will include a massive amount of sights and experiences, so they are followed by two very laid-back days of cruising on the River Nile for a beautiful insight into the desert landscapes and a chance to properly re-energize before the final four days of your program. Temples line the banks and continue the historical theme, as do convergent cultures in the oasis of Aswan. Complete your itinerary in Cairo and take in the pyramids, ancient Memphis, the Egyptian Museum, relics in Coptic Cairo and an eclectic city as surprising as Beirut is invigorating. We only partner with the top Egypt travel companies in the industry so be sure to browse reviews to learn more.
$4,051 per person (excluding international flights)
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