Experience Lebanon in Winter: From Skiing and hiking to sightseeing and exploring hidden gems.

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Joe

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What's special?
special Skiing in the Middle East
special Enjoying our local cuisine
special Exploring Lebanon's natural beauty
Nowadays, skiing in Europe is becoming expensive BUT there is a solution! Have you tried skiing in the Middle East? Yes that's right, I'm talking about Lebanon πŸ‡±πŸ‡§ Known as the Switzerland of the Middle East for a reason, Lebanon is probably the only country in the region without a desert but with beautiful mountains and slopes, which is home to many ski resorts. It is a country with a rich culture, a thousand years of history located in the Mediterranean Sea with natural beaches and a local cuisine that attracts millions of people worldwide. Did I tell you the best part? You can do all these within the same day as it's a very small country and possibly the only country where you can ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon on the same day and that's a fun fact πŸ˜‰ About the trip 😎 I am looking for like-minded people, preferably within the same age group, who have Lebanon on their bucket list and would like to discover it with me as a Local in winter. TripMates should enjoy cultural historical sites, FOOD (I mean, who doesn't), Nature and Hiking. We will be visiting Beirut the capital of Lebanon in addition to places like Faraya, Chouf etc.

About me 😁 Hi my name is Joe 29 years old Lebanese pharmacist living in Beirut. I’m very sociable and love to meet new people. I am looking for 4nTripMates who are interested in visiting Lebanon next Winter on a guided trip. As a local, I believe I have the best spots and places in mind to make an unforgettable experience and create lifelong memories together.

Accommodation: We will rent an Airbnb in Hazmieh area, close to the city center (10 min by car). The area is known to be safe and secure next to the Lebanese Army residence. The building itself is a residence compound monitored by a concierge 24/7. In addition, Hazmieh is known to be a reputable area which is also closer to the airport as well. The Airbnb include shared rooms and Wi-Fi. It has 2 bedrooms: 1st bedroom include 1 king-sized bed, 1 queen-sized bed, 1sofa and a bathroom 2nd bedroom include 2 single beds. A living room including another bathroom, one additional sofa, a kitchen with a washing machine and a dryer. I can't wait to show you my beautiful Lebanon, so what are you waiting for?? Yalla habibi lets gooo πŸ’ƒπŸ» Questions? Let me know in the Q&A section. Looking forward to welcoming you in Lebanon.

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Nasro

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First of all, many thanks to Joe for organizing this trip. The whole experience was great, from airport pickup, to the comfy appartment, to the organization, the ponctuality, to good communication. Travelling with a local makes everything easy. Joe is very friendly and know all the best places to visit, to dine and to party. Lebanon should be in your bucket list and Joe is the one who will make your journey to this wonderful country incredible. Thanks Joe
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Trip Itinerary
1

Beirut

Day 1-2
Day-Time: Since everyone will be arriving around that day, we will wander around Beirut and its city center including Beirut Downtown, Saifi Village and Beirut souks (which will be back in Winter). Beirut's souks are considered the iconic leisure and shopping area at the heart of the capital. Night-Time: To get to know each other's more, we will have a seated dinner at a Lebanese restaurant and taste the yummiest food ever.
2

Faraiya

Day 2-3
Day-Time: We will start our day with a typical Lebanese Breakfast called Mankouche. In Faraya and usually in the mountains, they do it differently by baking it on a curved hot plate then rolling it which make it thinner. Its soooo good!! Flavors typically include thyme, cheese, ham and cheese, thyme and cheese, you name it. We will start our day with a small hike and then head towards the ski resorts and enjoy our times on the slopes. For those who don’t know how to ski, don't worry, as I am a beginner too. Everyone can learn since there are multiple slopes based on the level of difficulty. Also, we can rent a sled πŸ›· and enjoy our time as well 😎 ⛄️ Night-Time : Since French is our 2nd language and Lebanon was once a French mandate, there is a rich French culture πŸ‡«πŸ‡· presence inside the country. And since you're in the Paris of the Middle East, I will book us a table at a nice, fancy French restaurant.
3

Chouf

Day 3-4
Day-Time: We will visit Chouf district, one of the best preserved Lebanese districts. You'll notice right away its beautiful greenery in mountains and valleys. We will stop at Moussa castle, a visionary young man who had a dream to build a castle all by himself despite being mocked by his former teacher in school and his schoolmates. Afterwards, we will head to Beiteddine Palace, which is considered the summer residential of the Lebanese president. We will also stop by Mir Amin Palace hotel, which you'll love its authenticity and style. Night-Time: We will have sushi at the best sushi restaurant I have ever tried in my life. And folks, yes I have tried many sushi places in many countries including London, Milan, Paris etc. You'll have to trust me on this one;) The restaurant is a few minutes away from the Airbnb.
4

Jeita Grotto

Day 4-5
Day-Time: Starting the day right, meaning getting the right food in our system. Having said that, we will have Knefeh near our AirBnb so that you guys can taste it in Lebanon, as it's different from other neighbouring countries. We will go visit Jeita Grotto, which was a strong candidate for the wonders of the world in addition to Harissa, also known as Lady of Lebanon. Night-Time: We will have a bowling game night at one of the coolest place in the city. For those who don't know how to play, it will be a great opportunity for you as it's very easy.
5

Batroun

Day 5-6
Day-Time: We will start our day by having the best mankouche in Lebanon in Batroun. We will then go hiking towards the beautiful scenery of Batroun. The hike is considered very easy. During this hike, you'll probably take the best stairs of your life. I call them stairs to heaven. After the hike, we can wander around the city of Batroun and see the Phoenician wall, the lady of the sea and St Stephen Church. Night-Time: After this long day, I will book a Lebanese Seafood restaurant for us to enjoy as we earned it big timeπŸ˜‰
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Zaarour Club

Day 6-7
Day-Time: We will head towards a different ski resort called Zaarour club. Those who want to ski can do so and the others can enjoy walking and enjoying the beautiful views of Zaarour in the middle of the snow ❄️ Night-Time: I haven't included anything here yet, as I will be open to your ideas and suggestions.
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Beirut

Day 7-8
Day-Time: We will visit Raouche Rocks and walk in the beautiful Zaituna Bay. It's a nice promenade by the boats πŸ›₯️ surrounded with tall buildings and multiple restaurants and cafΓ©s β˜•οΈ Night-Time: We will end the week by having the best Shawarmas you have ever tried.
Trip Summary
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8 days trip
Beirut, Faraiya & 5 more
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Questions and Answers

Hi Joe, I would love to join your trip to visit again Lebanon (this will be my second visit to Leban... Read More

Hi Nasro, hope all is well. Well yes you can but the cost of the trip is for the whole 7 days though

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