Food Tour

Pigeon Rocks, Raouché, Beirut, LebanonPigeon Rocks, Raouché, Beirut, Lebanon

Luscious Lebanon – taste. see. experience.

For years I have longed for Lebanon, the land of my forefathers, in a profound way. I longed to stand on the ruins that once held the love and laughter of the Aad family, my family, just outside of Aley. I longed to taste, see and experience every facet of this country that had only ever existed in the recesses of my mind and dreams. In April 2018, the night my father passed away, I lay in bed with him and made him my last promise – that I would go home. I think he heard me… An hour later my last link to Lebanon was gone.

I landed in Beirut two months later. Exploring this exotic and fascinating country and its people has brought my soul great joy. The sights and sounds of Lebanon – the baker with his ka’ak hanging on a rod, ringing his bicycle bell to announce lunch on the bustling streets; the clanging of the coffee cups, almost sounding like castanets, calling everyone to enjoy a quick shot of achwe (coffee) at the mobile coffee bar; the sight of the fruit seller pushing a huge trolley stacked with bananas up the hill; the religious calls to prayer that evoke goosebumps; and so much more – all of these are part of the shroud of mystique that covers Lebanon.

And now I long to share this captivating country with you!


 

Highlights:

  • Cooking with chef Peter Jabbour in his restaurant kitchen in the Qadisha Valley
  • Meals with Georges Faddoul and his family at Al Nawrage
  • A walk in the ancient cedar forest – some of these giants are around 2000 years old
  • A visit to Khalil Gibran’s museum and final resting place
  • A day in Tripoli, on the coast, starting with a traditional Lebanese breakfast, and then enjoying the maze that is the souk (market)
  • Coffee and pastries at family-run Hallab, a bakery dating back to 1881
  • Visits to a few vineyards
  • …and a few surprises along the way

SPRING TOUR 2019

27th May to 3rd June
Duration: 8 days

AUTUMN TOUR 2019

7th  to 14th October
Duration: 8 days

  Cost:

  • $2450 per person

This includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Vehicle, driver and fuel
  • Cookery classes
  • Casual meals
  • Tour guiding
  • Entrance fees
 

Please note:

All alcoholic drinks at mealtimes are for your own account.
Accommodation is quoted at a cost per person sharing. Should you require your own room, the accommodation fees double.
Please ensure that you have adequate medical and travel insurance in case of emergency.

A 50% deposit will confirm your reservation.
Bookings close on 30 April 2019. Payments to be made in full by then.
Any cancellations after 31 March 2019 will carry a 15% cancellation fee.

Useful tips:

Recommended Airlines:
Turkish Airlines and Emirates

Visas:
Visas are easy to obtain and cost below R600 for a single-entry visa. Please ask for the Embassy of Lebanon in South Africa’s contact details to sort this out.
Should your passport contain an Israeli stamp, you might encounter problems with the visa.


 

 

 

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