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Anjar

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Anjar

The Basics

While there’s accommodation in the nearby town of Anjar, the ruins of Anjar are typically visited as part of a Bekaa Valley day trip from Beirut. Tours generally combine it with the Bekaa Valley’s signature sight, the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins of Baalbek, and a winery, such as Château Ksara or Château Kefraya. Anjar tours typically include a circuit of the site to get a sense of the scale, followed by a walk along the main street with stops at palaces, the mosque, and the baths.

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Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
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$88.00 per adult
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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-5
Great tour of a fascinating region
Martijn_K, Mar 2020
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
The guide was great! Spoke perfect English and was really beyond helpful in making sure we had the best of experiences.
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A Wonderful Experience
Michele D, Oct 2019
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
A full day travelling by coach, where the guide filled the journey with informative detail about the places we were visiting and the history of the area as we journeyed from Beirut. Anjar was magnificent, Baalbek was amazing. It was a privilege to visit these ancient monuments and imagine how life once was. The tour organisation was efficient, the coach journey was safe, the lunch stop was very good. If you are in Beirut or planning a visit to the region I recommend this agency.
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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!
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Highlights of Southern Lebanon
Andrew L, Nov 2019
Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut
Excellent day trip with a good guide the timing was perfect and Lunch delicious highly reccommende if you are short of time
star-5
Amazing tour!
jano41, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
Fadi was our guide. The situation in Lebanon is complicated these days and we found lots of roads cut but he made possible to get to Anjar and Baalbek safely and on time. We also had a great meal. The only thing I would improve was the guide in Baalbeck, difficult to understand and may be bored of giving always same explanations. I suggest you read a bit about it before getting there, for the rest excellent!
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An educational and entertaining experience
rosskirkby, Feb 2020
Small-Group Tour to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara with Lunch
A great variety of experiences. Our guides and driver were knowledgeable and entertaining. We were really looked after.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The ruins of Anjar will be of interest to history buffs.

  • Safety in this part of Lebanon has come into question 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.

  • Anjar’s dirt pathways are uneven and can turn to mud at rainy times of year.

  • The town of Anjar has a substantial Armenian community. It’s well worth stopping for a taste of Armenian food.

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How to Get There

The ruins of Anjar are located just outside the little town of Anjar in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border, about 38 miles (61 kilometers) east of Beirut. It’s possible, if time-consuming, to piece together minibuses from Beirut’s Cola station to Anjar by way of the city of Zahle. Given the Lebanese driving style and the Bekaa’s checkpoint hassles, most travelers will find it easier to join an organized tour than to drive.

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When to Get There

The ruins of Anjar are open from morning to afternoon seven days a week and are rarely busy. Late spring through early fall (roughly late April until October) are the best times to visit. During winter (December through February), the Bekaa Valley can be surprisingly cold, while rains can make the site unpleasantly muddy.

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Who Were the Umayyads?

The Umayyad dynasty ruled the Muslim caliphate from AD 661 to 750, mainly from Damascus in modern-day Syria. Their building style combined Byzantine architecture with Persian influences. Besides Anjar, other Umayyad monuments include Jordan’s Qusayr Amra desert castle, the Great Mosque of Damascus, and the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem.

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