Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

December in Lebanon & Syria

Jump to last reply

My girlfriend and I are planning a three week loop of Lebanon and western Syria in December. We're both 24 y/o and this will be our first trip to the Levant so we're keen to cover a lot of ground. On the other hand, we like to take it easy on vacation so we're trying to set a leisurely pace. In the course of researching this trip, we've identified a few specific questions that we'd like to put to the experts on this forum...

1. What is there to be said for spending a couple of nights in the Lebanese interior (in Zahle for example) and using that as a base from which to explore the surrounding area? More to the point, is this practical/advisable in December? Lonely Planet warns that Zahle is quiet and that many restaurants are even closed during the week in the winter months! This suggests that perhaps we'd be better off spending our nights in Beirut and filling our days with back and forth trips to Baalbek, Zahle, Beiteddine etc. What are your thoughts?

2. Expanding on this seasonal issue, can anyone shed some light on possible winter-related inconveniences? For example, while I'd imagine that big urban centres are lively year round, I'm a bit concerned that certain touristy or smaller towns may be in the midst of winter hibernation upon our arrival in December. I don't contest that these destinations are worthy of visiting no matter the season, but in terms of deciding where to spend our nights, we'd prefer to select places that have a good nightlife. (By this I mean a lively nighttime ambiance rather than necessarily a clubbing scene or bars.)

3. Lastly, we'll be spending Christmas somewhere TBD in Lebanon and New Years Eve in Beirut. Where should we spend Christmas? Beirut? Byblos? Sidon? We're not religious, but we enjoy a festive holiday ambiance as much as anyone. And what about New Years Eve in Beirut? Any suggestions there?

Thanks!
alex

4 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Mexico
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 24, 14 at 12:19 PM
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report 15 days, 5 walks, 4 medinas, 3 gal of mint tea, 2 camel rides, one Morocco!
  2. 2 What company for gorilla trekking?
  3. 3 Quick question about Kenya..
  4. 4 Help please! Trying to plan an African trip!
  5. 5 Egypt, Israel and Jordan safety concerns.
  6. 6 Trip Report 2 Weeks In Iran: So Far Away From The Clichés!
  7. 7 Questions about Chobe
  8. 8 FS: 2013 Toyota Sequoia PLATINUM / Evoque 2012
  9. 9 Mala Mala Luxury Suite or Sabi Sabi Mandleve Presidential Suite?
  10. 10 What camera to use on safari
  11. 11 Wildlife camps in Kenya and Tanzania
  12. 12 Staying out all day vs coming in for lunch in Botswana parks/concessions?
  13. 13 Lamu or Zanzibar?
  14. 14 India
  15. 15 Tanzania (Ruaha): Trip Report for Mwagusi Camp
  16. 16 Ideas about the trip.
  17. 17 Israel/Jordan -- other trip options to bypass Israel?
  18. 18 3 days in Teheran
  19. 19 CAMEL TREK IN MOROCCO
  20. 20 Trip Report trip report s africa, victoria falls & Botswana Zambezi Queen
  21. 21 Draft itinerary - Portugal, Spain, Morocco
  22. 22 Some advice re driving from Durban to Capetown via Umtata
  23. 23 Oman - moderate priced hotel near souks
  24. 24 Taxi - Casablanca Airport to El Jdidh
  25. 25 Ethiopian Air - Horrible
View next 25 » Back to the top