Photo Travel | Lebanon

PHOTO TRAVEL TO LEBANON
April 12-18, 2019



Discover the contrast of modern Beirut to the refugee camp of Burj el Barajneh. Experience historic Byblos, and indulge in the most amazing lebanese food every day.

Discover the marvels of the east with this unique Lebanon Photo travel. The focus of this travel lies mostly on solidarity, sustainability and food. Discover the lebanese culinary highlights with all your senses and your camera. We will visit the ladies from the Soufra Kitchen at the Souk el Tayeb farmers market and in their kitchen in the refugee camp. We will experience their challenges in the narrow streets ofthe camp but also their warm welcome and their amazing smiles.

As a contrast to the bustling city life, we will head up to the historic town of Byblos and we will stop at the Baloue Balaa Pothole, a triple natural bridge with a huge drop.

During the day, you will be able to fill your cameras, souls and hearts with emotions and smiles, in the evenings you will fill your stomachs on delicious lebanese food. Of course, we will have a little cooking class also.

One evening, we will have sunset tour along the Corniche, the coastal promenade around Downtown Beirut, to catch some unique sightings and the infamous mirrored skyline of Beirut.

This travel is suitable for people, who want to discover Lebanon in a different way and photographers of all levels, as we will do our workshops directly on the field and live in action - but also foodlovers and travelers without cameras are welcome.

Immerse yourself totally in a culture different from ours. The size of our groups is limited to a maximum of 12 people in order to give the maximum of technical support and the best cultural experience.

The travel is open to everyone, with or without a camera, who wants to experience a unique travel off the beaten track, with a classic itinerary but also far away from the usual tourist routes.

TRAVEL DETAILS

TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES

Distances

  • Distances35%
 

Road Conditions

  • Road conditions20%
 

Fitness Level

  • Fitness Level 40%

Climate

  • Climate35%
 

Hotel Standard

  • Hotel Standard30%
 

Meal Variety

  • Meal variety20%

DATES & PRICES

Travel dates

Travel prices

WHAT'S INCLUDED | WHAT'S EXCLUDED

What's included
Transfers
All transfers in private vehicles (car, minivan or minibus, concerning the number of participants) with air condition and driver.

Accommodation
Accommodation in double/twin rooms with or near the local NGO partner

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Meals as indicated in the itinerary, with our NGO partner or in local restaurants.

Professional Photographers
Professional NGO Photographers, experienced in the humanitarian field, will accompany the group for the whole travel.

What's excluded
International/Domestic Flights
Return flights from any Worldwide main airports, economy class. We can offer the best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the inquiry form.

International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage
All Participants in a Cause Photo Travels tours are required to have sufficient Medical Travel Insurance. Cause Photo Travels refuses participation of travel if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased with Cause Photo Travels and RAPTIM. Please visit the Medical and Travel insurance page.
Each participant hereby confirms that they understand and agree to purchase the required insurance listed below, that is valid internationally, and that they will be required to provide proof prior to departure for the Trip and in order to participate.

Required Coverage:
Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage (minimum $100,000 USD)
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains (minimum $200,000 USD)
Accidental Death / Dismemberment
Trip Cancellation Coverage

Suggested Additional Coverage:
Hospital Room and Board
Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
Trip Delay / Interruption
Visitor to Bedside

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out travel insurance that covers the full value of the Trip and personal effects in the case of Trip cancellation, loss or theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. The Tour Operators their owners, agents, and subsidiaries will not be held responsible for these expenses. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short the Trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum of the amount paid (see the section “Deposits, Payments, Cancellations and Refunds” in the terms and conditions above).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut the Trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, we recommend that you read carefully the fine print of your insurance policy.

Snacks & Drinks outside of normal meals
Please consider a little amount for some personal snacks or drinks along the way.

Tips and gratuities
Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops, museums entrances, photo fees, parks fees, etc. are not covered by the participation fee. Please read the “What to bring” section to check for tipping guidelines.

Personal transfers to your departure airport
Personal transfers / train tickets to and from your departure airport are not covered by the participation fee.

ITINERARY

  • Day 1 – Beirut

    Individual International flights. Arrival in Beirut. Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited more than 5,000 years ago. Nowadays, an estimate of 1-2.2 million people live in Beirut. After the check in, we will have a first get-together with everyone and enjoy our first delicious dinner in the Hamra district.
  • Day 2 – Beirut

    Every saturday, the Souk el tayeb opens its doors in Beiruts Downtown area at the Beirut Souks. We will have the chance to stroll through all the food stands, try the delicacies, talk with the producers and have a little workshop on food and product photography on the spot. In the afternoon, time to relax or to explore the rest of Beiruts Downtown area. Dinner in Hamra district.
  • Day 3 – Beirut

    Today, we will visit the refugee camp of Burj el Barajneh. On an area of 1 km2 live around 50’000 refugees from Palestine. We will learn about their unique stories, see their living conditions and we will meet the ladies of Soufra kitchen project. They will teach us how to cook some of the delicacies we tried at the Souk. Here we have the chance to train our skills in people and portrait photography. Free time in the afternoon, Dinner in Hamra district.
  • Day 4 – Byblos

    To take a break from the bustling city of Beirut, we head up to the historic old town of Byblos, where we can visit the castle and enjoy the view over the coast of Lebanon. After lunch, we will continue to see the Baloue Balaa, Bataara Gorge pothole, one of the most remarkable geological formations on the planet. The Site is a cave of Jurassic limestone with a seasonal waterfall that drops 255m. The waterfall is only visible during the spring melt. In front of the waterfall, we will see three natural bridges, rising one above the other and overhanging a chasm descending into Mount Lebanon. Dinner in Beirut.
  • Day 5 – Beirut

    Today we will get up before sunrise to experience the fish market in the Karantina district. Not the usual tourist attraction, therefore we will have a lot of space to experience the real atmosphere of this market. Here we will have the possibility to try again our skills in food and macro photography and to test our stomachs. After the market, we will go back to the Hotel for a late breakfast and some rest. In the late afternoon, we can take a stroll along the Corniche, the seaside promenade, and the mirroring ponds of Zaitunay Bay yacht harbour. Here you can get unique sunset mirroring images of the skyline of Beirut. Dinner in Downtown or Hamra district.
  • Day 6 – Beirut

    This day we will spend again with the ladies of Soufra kitchen in the camp. We will see them in action and can be admiring their efficiency and cooking skills. In the afternoon, we have time to explore the camp a bit more, talk with local people and to visit other areas of Beirut we have not seen yet.
  • Day 7 – Beirut

    After breakfast, individual free time for last shopping or sightseeing in Beirut before our flights home.

COUNTRY INFORMATION

Country Information
The country
Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, while Cyprus is west across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. At just 10,452 km2 (4,036 sq. mi.), it is the smallest recognized country on the entire mainland Asian continent.

Required documents
Free one-month single-entry tourist visas can be obtained on arrival by citizens of countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the USA. A paid visa-on-arrival system was in place for some other countries. For the most up-to-date information, visit the website of Lebanon’s General Security Office (www.general-security.gov.lb/en).

Currency
Lebanese lira/pound (LL); US dollar (US$)

Credit cards
ATMs are widely available, and credit cards accepted in most accommodation and higher-end restaurants. US dollars are accepted countrywide.

Language
Arabic & French

Health
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Vaccinations
No health certificates or vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, unless arriving directly from Africa. However, consult a doctor a few weeks before leaving home for up-to-date advice on inoculations. Generally advised are shots against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B and meningitis, a polio booster and especially gamma globulin shots (against hepatitis A).

Time Zone
EET (UTC+2)

Plugs, sockets and electricity
In Lebanon the power sockets are of type A, B, C (Euro Plug), D and G. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Phone, Smartphone and local carriers
Mobitel is the largest operator, although competition is stiff. Pre-paid SIM cards are widely available (USD1 and up), but require a passport to buy. A guest house or tuk-tuk driver can also just buy one for you. Mobitel recently acquired one of their largest competitors, M-Phone, after M-Phone declared bankruptcy. This has expanded their coverage and service availability significantly. Smart offers good coverage and cheap prices, especially for mobile Internet. The service code *656*100# exchanges USD1 for a USD15 Internet balance which never seems to get lower when you use it (Feb 2014).

Religion
Lebanon has several different main religions. The country has the most religiously diverse society of all states within the Middle East, comprising 18 recognized religious sects. The main two religions are Islam (Sunni and Shia) with 54% of followers and Christianity (the Maronite Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the Protestant Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church) with 40.4% of followers.

Safety
Lebanon in general is a safe and relaxed country. Many countries, including the UK, Australia and the USA, have been counselling their citizens to reconsider their need to travel to all or certain parts of Lebanon. Most specifically, foreign offices advised against travel to the southern suburbs of Beirut, Saida, areas south of the Litani River (with the exception of Tyre), the upper Bekaa Valley, all areas bordering Syria and northern Lebanon north of a line from Tripoli to Sir Ed Dinniyeh and Arsal. Some also advised against travel to Baalbek and Tripoli.

Climate
Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool, rainy winters. The climate is determined by Lebanons's location between the subtropical aridity of the African continent and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area. January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month at 18°C to 38°C. Daily temperatures can be very hot, especially in the summer; on some day it can be 40°C or more, especially when the Shirocco, a hot , dry southerly wind blows. These winds can sometimes be very strong and can cause Sandstorms.

WHAT TO BRING

Photo Equipment
Camera
You can bring whatever camera you wish, but we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless digital cameras. Make sure you are familiar with your camera, as with some scenarios you will encounter, you will have to work fast in order to not miss a picture.

Memory Cards
Memory cards for your cameras may not be available at every stop of the travel, so make sure you bring enough memory cards with you.

Batteries
Without Batteries, you will not be able to get any pictures. So make sure you bring spare batteries for your camera and a charger. Charging will be possible at the hotels.

Backup
Backups are essential. Cameras, harddrives and memory cards may break or get stolen. Make sure you bring enough Backup for the travel.

Accessories
If you want to bring accessories, please consider the weight of your luggage. We usually use available light, but it could be useful to bring GND filters or a light travel tripod. Make sure, all accessories work with your camera.

Accessories / Clothing
Clothing
Lightweight Cotton clothes are advised in the summer, with a sweater for cooler evenings, especially in the inland areas. Waterproof mediumwear is recommended for the winter.

Wind & waterproof
It is recommended to bring a light wind- and waterproof jacket.

Laundry
Laundry service may be available in bigger villages or hotels, but if you need washing, please bring ecofriendly detergent to hand wash your clothes.

Mosquitos
Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

Drinking Water
Tap water is not drinking water. You can bring your own bottle and filter system and buy big water gallons along the way to refill your bottle.

Tipping
Tipping in Lebanon is a common practice and to be expected. Tipping is part of the culture and its appreciated by all. Consider 10% for Taxis as well as in Restaurants or Bars.

Daypack
Bring a light daypack, suitable to carry your cameras for shorter trips in order to avoid bringing your complete camera backpack every time.

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