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Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days
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Visit Lebanon
Visit Lebanon in one Week or 10 days
Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
Type : Road trips
Day 1 (A)- Beirut city center: visit the city center walking and discover the beautiful old district renovated after the end of the war. You'll see a unique mixture of churches and mosques side by side, discovering a small scale of Lebanon and the mixture between all the cultures. All done by walking. Also, I usually start the visit of Lebanon with the Beirut Musueum, a small but rich overview of all the civilisations which left great foot prints in the Country. You will also have a quick overview of the main touristic sites that you will visit afterwards (Byblos, Tyre, Babblbeck,...) with the main treasures we found there. In the Beirut Museum, start by watching the movie on the history of the musuem and which state it was found after the war; Also, visit the museum with a guide. Theme: Cultural & Shopping Time: 3-4 hours for the city center + 3-4 other hours if you want to visit Beirut Museum. Count a day. Day 2 (B&C)- Byblos + Jeita: Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the world continuously inhabited (more than 6000 years), offering an amazing mixture of civilizations side by side (Pharaos, Phenicians, Greek, Roman, Crusaders, Arabic and Ottoman). 75 kms North of Beirut. Wonder in the old souks (arabic style), visit the archeological site, have lunch at the port (Bab al mina). Half way from Beirut to Byblos, visit Jeita Grotto, one of the most impressing caves in the world accessible by foot. The grotto is running to be elected one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Theme: Cultural, landscape Time: 8 hours depending on traffic; Count a day Day 3 (D&E&F)- North of Lebanon: The holy valley + Cedars. Visit the Christian holy valley with it's ancient monastries as well as the Cedars, the highest mountain in Lebanon + ski resort. 75 Kms North of Beirut. Another option would be to visit Tripoli and St Gilles fortress: The old souks of Tripoli are beautiful and recently renovated. It's great to visit the jewellers souk, the cloths, and soap khan. You need to visit Tripoli with a guide as the city had a few troubles recently. It's tough to visit the Holy valley + Cedars and Tripoli in the same day. Another option would be to visit Tripoli another day for a few hours and than spend the rest of the day in a Beach midway between Tripoli and Beirut. Time: a hole day Theme: Spiritual and landscape The ideal for this option would be to do it with Khalil who is from the region and knows it much better than I do. Day 4 (G)- Beiteddine and the Chouf Region: The Emirs (Princes) palace in Lebanon, Andalusia style, and traditional Lebanese Villages (17th century). 30 Kms south of Beirut. Have lunch there. Theme: Cultural and landscape Time: 6 hours to a hole day Day 5 (H&I)- Bekaa valley Baalbeck: The most impressive Roman ruins in the Middle East and one of the most impressive in the world. 70 Kms east of Beirut. Have lunch on the borders of the birdawni river in Zahleh. You can also visit Aanjar, a historic town with Arabic ruins, as well as visit the historic Ksara winery caves, where you can taste wines produced there. In my opinion, the best way to visit this Region is with a tourist operator unless you are accompanied by a Lebanese who knows it well. I used to advise Nakhal company for this visit, but it seems that they are less professional than they used to be. Time: a hole day Theme: Cultural Day 6 (J&K)- South of Lebanon: Visit the cities of the South, Sidon and Tyre. The old city of Sidon is very typpical from how used to be life a century ago. To visit with a guide. Mainly Phenician, Roman and crusaders ruins and forts. 50 Kms south of Beirut Time: a hole day Theme: Cultural And of course...: Beaches in the summer: Unfortunatly, due to lack of water recycling, almost all of Lebanon's beaches are polluted. The closer the beach is to cities and agglomerations, the higher the pollution level. Despite that, you'll pass great moments at the private beaches of Lebanon and enjoy swimming pools next to the beach, with great service, music,.... Here are a few good addresses Edde Sands in Byblos (north of Beyrouth) Pierre and Friends, in batroun (north of byblos) Orchid: south of Beirut Lazy B.: south of Beirut Theme: Farniente and Party Ski & Mountain resorts: I winter, you can heave great snow with a beautiful view on the sea. You can also enjoy the mountains in summer where many Lebanese go to enjoy the good weather, swimming pools and great view. Faraya (up to 2500m above sea level) and Faqra are the Ski resorts the closest to Beirut (30 Kms north of Beirut). The Cedars are the highest with the highest Pic in Lebanon 3100m aboce sea level but you must count 2 hours minimum to go there (80 kms). Time: a hole day Theme: Farniente and sports
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4 days and 3 night away from Paris to the South West 4 days and 3 night away from Paris to the South West 4 days and 3 night away from Paris to the South West 4 days and 3 night away from Paris to the South West 4 days and 3 night away from Paris to the South West
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Road trip: La Rochelle - Futuroscope - Loire Castles
4 days and 3 night away from Paris to the South West
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Road trips
Here's a nice 4 days road trip from Paris, mixing cultural trourism, nature, historical, leisure for kids and one of the nicest cities in France, namely La Rochelle; Day 1: Visit Chambord and go to Futuroscope A- Leave Paris in the morning or mid day and head towards Tours and visit Chateau de Chambord (2 hours drive), one of the most beautiful French Castles. Eat in Chambord. B- Visit Chenonceau Palace, who is built on a river and offers an amazing perspective. If you leave mid day in Paris, you can do Chateau the Chenonceau on the way back after visiting the Marais Poitevin, in order to make a nice break during the drive back. My preference would be to do it on the way back. C- Leave Chambord/Chenonceau towards Poitier and arrive to the Futuroscope (2 hours drive). Sleep in one of the hotels of the Futuroscope, have the animated diner in the park and enjoy the night show. You can take the evening ticket and visit the Park from 17th00 to the closure. Day 2: C- Pursue the visit the following day and leave in the evening towards La Rochelle; Have diner and sleep in La Rochelle Day 3: D- Visit La Rochelle Old Port, city walls, old town; E- Visit La Rochelle Aquarium, one of the biggest in Europe F- Head to Rochefort (45 minutes drive) and visit les Corderies Royales and the Hermione ship building, in the same technics they used to do it 3 centuries ago. Day 4: G- By some nice fresh products from La Rochelle Market (Cheese, Delicatessen, fruits, wine,...) and head to Marais Poitevin in Coulon; Visit by rowboat this amazing natural canals called the Green Venice. Do a PicNic in one of the places you like while visiting. Leave to Paris early afternoon; H- Visit Chenonceau on your way back to Paris (2h30 minutes drive)
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Air transport regulation in Europe you must know
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Air Travellers Rights in Europe
Air transport regulation in Europe you must know
Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
Type : Transport
Here are the most important clauses to know if you have an issue with an Airline company going from/to the EU (delays, flight cancellation, baggage,...). For more info, you better check out the link at the bottom of the page; Denied boarding: When passengers are denied boarding on a flight, airlines are obliged to first seek volunteers to give up their reservation in exchange for certain benefits. In addition, the air carrier must also offer volunteers the choice between a full refund and re-routing. You may be entitled to compensation of between €125 and €600 depending on the distance of the flight and the delays experienced before being re-routed. Where volunteers choose re-routing, the airline must also provide assistance if necessary, for example - food, access to a telephone, hotel accomodation of one or more nights if necessary and transportation between the airport and the place of accommodation. Cancellation: You are also entitled to identical compensation to that offered when you are denied boarding, unless you were informed of the cancellation at least 14 days before the flight, or you were rerouted close to your original times, or if the airline can prove that the cancellation was caused by extraordinary circumstances. In addition the airline must offer you the choice between: - reimbursement of your ticket within seven days; - re-routing to your final destination under similar conditions; - and if necessary, care (phone call, refreshments, food, accommodation, transportation to the accommodation). Long delays: You are entitled to care by the airline (phone call, refreshments, meal, accommodation, transportation to the place of accommodation) if the delay is: - two hours or more for flights of 1,500 km or less; - three hours or more for longer flights within the European Union or for other flights of between 1,500 and 3,500 km; - four hours or more for flights of over 3,500 km outside the European Union. If the delay is more than five hours, and you decide not to continue your journey, you are also entitled to have your ticket reimbursed and be flown back to where you originally started your journey. If you get to your final destination with a delay of three hours or more, you may be entitled to identical compensation to that offered when your flight gets cancelled, unless the airline can prove that the delay was caused by extraordinary circumstances. Additionally, airlines can be held liable for damages resulting from delays. Baggage: If your baggage is lost, damaged or delayed, you may be entitled to compensation limited to about €1,220. However, airlines shall not be liable if they have taken all reasonable measures to avoid the damages or it was impossible to take such measures. For damaged baggage, you must lodge a claim to the airline within seven days of receiving your baggage. For delayed receipt of baggage, this period is a maximum of 21 days. Identity of the airline You must be informed, in advance, about which airline is operating your flight. Airlines found to be unsafe are banned or restricted within the European Union. They are listed at: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/ People with disabilities and people with reduced mobility: Under EU legislation people with disabilities and/or reduced mobility are protected from being discriminated against during reservation and boarding. They are also entitled to receive assistance at airports (on departure, on arrival and in transit) and on board airplanes. In order to facilitate the provision of assistance, it is recommended to pre-notify your needs. Package holidays The organisers and retailers of package holidays are obliged to provide precise, complete information about booked package holidays. They are obliged to honour contractual terms and to protect passengers in the event of insolvency. Package tour operators must give accurate information on the holiday booked, comply with contractual obligations and protect passengers in the case of the organiser's insolvency. Price transparency According to EU legislation, when you purchase a ticket for flights departing from EU airports, the applicable conditions should be made clear to you. The final price to be paid should be indicated at all times and it should include the applicable air fare, as well as applicable taxes, and charges, surcharges and fees which are unavoidable and foreseeable at the time of publication. It should also show you the breakdown between the fare, the taxes, the airport charges and finally the other charges, surcharges and fees. Optional price supplements should be communicated in a clear, transparent and unambiguous way at the start of the booking process and your acceptance of them should be on an "opt-in" basis. For more information, you can check out the European Commission website by following the below link: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/passenger-rights/en/03-air.html
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General Security Advice in Paris
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Security advice in Paris
General Security Advice in Paris
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Safety
1- Safety: In general, safety went down in Paris in the last decade, depsite the efforts of the Police. The situation is still under control, and if precautions are taken, there should'nt be any problem: a- avoid using smartphones in public transports: this is the biggest reason of theft and assault problems b- be carreful for pickpockets as in every touristic city. Montmartre is a pickpocket heaven, as well as all touristic places. c- after midnight, better take a taxi than metro/bus d- avoid showing off expensive objects (watches, cams,...) e- avoid wondering with lot's of cash, and be carreful when paying something not to show that you have a lot of cash. Pick Pockets usually tend to watch near a cashier the tourists wallets when they pay. Ideally, put some small cash in a pocket which you will use to pay. Hide with you hand when you type your credit card digital code. 2- Neighborhoods: Most of Paris neighborhoods are similar in terms of safety in the sense that besides some obviously unpleasant places where we don't really have reasons to go (poor suburbs and a few places in Paris such as Barbes,...) there are good spots in every district, and bad ones too. Paradoxically, it is the 16th district (bourgeois high-end) which has the highest number of thefts/assaults. The thiefs know where the money is, and you have a lot of streets too calm with few shops/pedestrians => the ideal mixture for a thief. Also, you have more problems nearby big RER/metro stations and Mc Donalds, as these places are attractions for the suburb gangs who come to Paris to "make some money". Emergency Numbers (can be called from any phone for free): Samu (medical): 15 Police: 17, Fire fighters: 18 (including for medical emergency)
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