We hope you can join us the week of June 9th to 16th to continue the celebration across Lebanon, we would love to show you the best the country has to offer!
We will plan some trips out on the water and to various locations in the country, explore the vibrant food and rooftop bar scene in Beirut's bustling neighborhoods, and ensure you experience Mia's culture first hand. And we'll wrap it all up with a wedding reception the evening of June 16th, the perfect opportunity for you to master the Dabke.
Here are some things you can look forward to...
Lebanon has 225km of coastline and it is always sunny in the summer
Just ask Adam about his first visit to Beirut
Bring your dancing shoes and your appetite for post-drinking breakfast
Mountains, the fertile Bekaa valley, and the many wineries to be discovered there
From ruins of the Roman empire to fortresses built by crusaders
At a beautiful venue overlooking the sea
The only passenger airport in Lebanon is the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY). There are multiple daily flights into Beirut from the following European hubs: Paris (CDG), London (LHR), and Frankfurt (FRA). We would recommend sticking to these because in case of delays, you're more likely to be able to take the next flight out without having to spend the night in your transit city.
If you're flying from Toronto or Montreal, Mia's usual route involves flying Air Canada or Air France into Paris and Middle East Airlines (MEA) into Beirut. To arrive on June 9th, expect to head out Friday evening with a morning layover in Europe and a mid-afternoon arrival in Beirut. It's not a point of personal pride, but it's worth noting that you cannot enter Lebanon with an Israeli stamp in your passport.
To make your way back to North America, you will probably have an early departure from Beirut (i.e. 7-8am). We expect none of you to be able to swing that after a long night of dancing, so save yourself the trouble and take Monday off.
Leave on Monday morning instead, that should get you back home in the late afternoon.
June is not the high season yet, but it's better to book your flights sooner than later.
As we get a better sense of how many of you will be joining us, we will have some activity and accommodation options for you.
- There is no reliable public transportation in Lebanon or in Beirut, and you shouldn't hail a cab on the street
- If there are rules of the road in Lebanon, I have no idea what they are - don't worry about renting a car while you're there
- We'll provide contact information for taxi services that are trustworthy and reliable (or shuttle buses when it makes sense)
- Beirut's downtown area is walkable
- The neighborhoods you can reach by foot in Beirut are generally safe, the usual precautions you apply when you're a tourist will suffice there (i.e. watch your belongings, don't walk alone in empty streets at night, etc...)
- When it comes to the rest of the country, we'll be able to advise if there's somewhere you shouldn't go
- Dress code
- It will be warm in Beirut in June (mid to high 20s)
- Ladies can comfortably wear shorts and dresses
- Bring light sweaters for evenings in the mountain
- Methods of payment
- The local currency is the Lebanese Pound (LBP), however US Dollars are used interchangeably
- The Lebanese Pound is pegged to the US Dollar with $1 = LBP 1,500
- Credit cards are commonly used but it's good practice to have some cash on hand