Our tour to Lebanon and Syria is a fascinating insight into a culture both ancient and modern. Naturally we’ll show you the scenic and historic wonders but few tours to these beautiful countries offer as many opportunities to meet the people as we do. During our stay in we take lunch in Baadaran village with the local weaver, Baz, and learn about his ancient craft. We also lunch in a women’s co-operative in Deir el Amhar where we can meet the women and buy some of their delicious preserves. In Tanourinne we actually get the chance to eat in local people’s homes and learn first hand about family life in Lebanon. All these visits are hugely important in helping support local incomes in rural areas so local people can stay in their homes, rather than migrate to the cities, so you know your visit is really making a difference to them. Lebanese people are some of the most hospitable in the world and are tremendously welcoming to visitors and these are incredible experiences for us.
Another great experience is our stay at the monastery in the Qadisha Valley. We take great care on this, and indeed all our visits to respect the local culture and customs so that our visits are welcomed. Our tour leaders are well trained and help explain about the local norms so that our visits are more enjoyable for all involved.
Our partners in Lebanon and Syria are passionate about operating responsibly and have developed their own foundation to support training and development for vulnerable communities.
On the environmental side, our strict responsible tourism policy helps us to minimise our impact in this area and to support conservation, such as supporting the nature reserve in Tannourine, minimising our use of water and disposing of waste responsibly. As there is no recycling in this area, we encourage you to carry water purification filters and water bottles.
This small group operator is just celebrating its 30th year and was originally set up to enrich people’s lives through adventure travel. The directors have roots in overland trucking and are determined to keep a pioneering spirit alive. They believe what sets them apart is the strong relationships they’ve developed with local suppliers and tour guides over the years. A tour leader who thinks creatively can turn a good experience into a fantastic one and open up a place so that travellers gain insight into a completely different way of life. They operate in many different countries and try to avoid a blanket approach – their aim is to get customers involved in the projects they visit and to forge lifelong friendships.
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