Incoming Tours

Orientation

Lebanon is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea it is a compact country of 10,452 square kilometers. The country is 215km long, and from east to west the distance ranges from 25 to 80km. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and by Palestine to the south. Lebanon is a roughly rectangular strip of land about the size of Connecticut the Sea and two chains of mountains (the Western and Eastern chain) have had dynamic impacts on Lebanon's history.


Travel Information

Lebanon has always been a special country. Despite the recent years of war, Lebanon's long history, natural beauty and the spirit of the people give it a place in the hearts of all who have been there, whether in the halcyon years or during periods of crisis. An independent republic since 1943, it is a compact country of 10,452 square kilometers with a population approaching four million. Located at the meeting point of three continents, over the centuries Lebanon has been the crossroads of many civilizations whose traces may still be seen today. Its countryside is a place of rocks, cedar trees and magnificent ruins that look down from the mountains to the sea; Lubnan, its Arabic name, means 'white', the colour of the mountains. In winter, the high peaks are covered with snow, and in summer, their limestone slopes glimmer white in the distance. Two rocky ranges traverse Lebanon parallel to the coast and are separated by the high plateau of the Beqaa Valley.


Time zone

Lebanon Time Difference - GMT plus two hours (Greenwich Mean Time) during winter and plus three hours during summer.


Temperature

Lebanon has 4 seasons climate with moderate temperatures and mild weather during spring and autumn, cold winters and fairly hot summers. Summer average temperature is +28˚C and winter average temperature is +16˚C.


Visas

All nationalities require tourist visas for Lebanon. Europeans, Americans and Australians can purchase these on arrival at the airport; other nationalities should check with their local Embassies for latest regulations.


Language

Arabic is the official language (English, French) are widely spoken.


Currency

The local currency is the Lebanese Pounds (LBP).
The reference currency is the US Dollars (US$).


Health

No vaccinations are required..


Tipping

It’s customary to tip often in Lebanon and you may want to think about carrying small bills in your pocket for this purpose. Visitors would normally consider tipping their guide, driver on tours, hotel staff, and waiters in restaurants; however, a tip for porter-age in airports and hotels is always covered by Travel Gate staff.


Photography

If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas.


Electricity

Lebanon electrical current is 220V, and sockets take the standard continental European dual round-pronged plug.