Travel with PQA founder Najat Naba, a fluent Arabic speaker, as we take an in-depth Photo Quest back in time to the ancient world of Lebanon.
All throughout our journey, you will enjoy top-level photographic instruction. From an abundance of opportunities for travel and landscape images, to long exposure and night photography to daily lessons and review sessions that will captivate your mind and entice your senses to create once-in-a lifetime memories and images!
November 9 - Arrive Beirut, Lebanon
Transfer directly to your hotel in Beirut. You will have a welcome dinner where you will enjoy the delicious traditional Lebanese food. Overnight at Lancaster Plaza Hotel, Beirut for the next 5 nights.(D)
November 10 - Beirut, Byblos - Harissa by Cable car
After breakfast Visit Byblos the world’s oldest continually inhabited city; nowadays its charming Phoenician harbor and the rich archaeological and historical heritage make Byblos the most enchanting place to visit in Lebanon. Discover Harissa by cable car and photograph from the top of the Basilica the most beautiful bay in the Middle East After lunch photograph the city of Beirut, a city of contrasts. Beautiful architecture, small houses nestle in the shadow of tall modern buildings. You will visit downtown, the corniche, the pigeon grotto and Beirut Souks. (B)
November 11 - Cedars - Qadisha Valley - Bnachii Lake
After breakfast visit Cedars, the Ski resort and the small grove of trees, which stand at an altitude of 2000m. Today a few of the original groves are the remnant of an extensive forest which once covered the Mount- Lebanon range. The Lebanese Cedars (Cedrus Libani) the most famous Cedars species, mentioned in the Old Testament is the country’s national symbol.
Proceed to visit the Qadisha Valley also known as the Holy valley where the early Maronite community established itself. The valley, classified, as world heritage site by UNESCO, is steep-sided with springs, waterfalls and dotted with ancient monasteries and churches all that makes it an ideal place for photography. In the afternoon, visit the Bnachii Lake, located not far from Zgharta north Lebanon. (B)
November 12 - Baalback - Ksara - Anjar
Drive to Baalbeck, also called Heliopolis or “the City of the Sun” by the Greeks and Romans, who dedicated the main temple to Jupiter the god of the sun and two other temples to Venus and Mercure, Jupiter’s partners in the triad of god. This site is the best preserved of any temple complex in the Middle East. It’s building still largely intact and survived wars, earthquakes and ravages of the time. Baalbeck is undoubtedly one of the greatest places to photograph in Lebanon.
Proceed to Ksara caves dated from the Roman period. The Jesuits enlarge the domain in the beginning of the 20th century.
Continue to visit Anjar the only significant Umayyad site in Lebanon, founded in the 8th century by the Caliph Walid after a Roman city- plan. Its palaces, baths and mosques make us believe that it was an Imperial residence.
November 13- Baatara Gorge water fall in Tannourine – Laqlouq
The Baatara gorge sinkhole (Balaa gorge waterfall) is a waterfall in the Tannourine, Lebanon near Balaa. The waterfall drops 255 meters (837 ft) into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone. The cave is also known as the cave of the three Bridges.
November 14 - Caves
November 15 - Departure back to the USA from Beirut, Lebanon
Transfer to the airport for your flights back.
Born in Brazil, Najat grew up in between the mountains of Lebanon and the skyscrapers of New York. Her diverse upbringing helped shape her desire to travel the world. Leading workshops, she has introduced many groups to photography while still exploring the cultures and diversity of the more than 40 countries she's visited. Her gift for languages (she speaks Arabic, Spanish and English fluently and a bit of Dutch and Portuguese) has enabled her to put people at ease through out her travels. She enjoys the opportunity that workshops give her to meet different types of people and introduce them to the beauty and marvel of the world. A huge believer in giving back, she is dedicated to supporting local charities throughout her travels. Her work has appeared in NY Times Magazine, American Photo, Financial Times, Interior Design, Popular Photography, The Editor at Large, HGTC.com, Trail of Inspiration.com, mocoloco.com and Oprah.com.
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$3900 based on double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $1650.
PQA will try to match you with a roommate if you do not opt for a single supplement. However, if a roommate is not available, you will be charged the additional single supplement fee.
Limited to 12 participants.
International airfare to/from Lebanon
Visa and passport fees
Medical and trip insurance (highly recommended)
Quest workshop fee
6 nights accommodations in 5 star hotels in Beirut, Lebanon
All entrance fees
Meals (as noted in itinerary)
English speaking guides/drivers
All land transportation
Airport transfers on arrival and departure
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.