Lebanon Discovery with Architectural Digest

Often referred to as “the Paris of the Middle East,” Beirut is a modern city layered with paradoxes and cultural complexities that are rarely unpacked by the Western traveler—while the surrounding Lebanese countryside offers ancient towns that are today some of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, as well as verdant wineries, crafts centers and opulent mansions. Back by popular demand, our groundbreaking Lebanon journey with Architectural Digest is once again available for curious travelers to experience. Participants will access precious ancient ruins that span civilizations and explore multi-ethnic cuisine and modern style, as borders are crossed and doors are opened to new perspectives.

A spot on this trip may be secured with a non-refundable deposit of $3,500, per person, with the remaining balance to be paid in full by February 1, 2020.

What to Expect

  • Dive into Beirut’s emerging art and design scene with curator- and artist-led visits of top contemporary art galleries, museums, ateliers and studios, with opportunities for guided shopping in up-and-coming design neighborhoods.
  • Discover one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Middle East—and the world— through expert-guided historical and architectural touring in Beirut and the ancient cities of Sidon, Jezzine and Byblos, with visits to the most important monuments, gardens, palaces, mosques and archaeological sites.
  • Immerse yourself in Lebanese culture through a cooking class with a local chef and private visits to top design collectives, with the chance to learn about community-oriented projects from the people who are behind them.
  • Savor the Lebanese countryside with visits to a citrus grove and the award-winning IXSIR vineyard, one of the highest wineries in the world. IXSIR is known for its white wines and cutting-edge sustainable architecture.
  • Make new friends and learn about Lebanese culture from influential locals over group meals at Beirut’s hottest restaurants—as well as dazzling residences featured in the pages of AD.
  • Add on a custom Indagare-planned trip extension to Jordan, Egypt or beyond.
  • When
    May 1 - 6, 2020
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Trailblazers , Art Lovers

This Journey's Host

Architectural Digest is a vibrant celebration of international design talents, innovative homes and products, inspiring decorating ideas, culture, and travel. Launched in 1920 as a California trade quarterly, the magazine evolved over the years, increasing in frequency and broadening in scope until it became the byword for living well. Today AD publishes nine international editions, as well as a website, and its brand has immeasurable influence in the world of interior design and style. On this journey, you will be joined by Mitchell OwensAD’s Decorative Arts Editor. Owens has held editorial positions at leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, and has written about interior decoration, architecture, art and landscape design for publications ranging from The World of Interiors to Out, of which he was a founding editor. On this journey, you will also be accompanied by AD’s Interiors & Garden Director Alison Levasseur and Indagare’s Director of Membership Elise Bronzo.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    May 1 - 6, 2020
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 24 travelers
  • Host
    AD's Mitchell Owens and Alison Levasseur
  • From


  • 5 nights' accommodations at the Le Gray Hotel in Beirut
  • All meals and beverages indicated in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, activities and admissions indicated in the itinerary 
  • Group airport and city transfers throughout the itinerary, as indicated
  • Expert guides, as indicated in the itinerary, including your Architectural Digest and Indagare hosts and our partners on the ground


  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Additional meals and alcoholic beverages (not indicated in the itinerary)
  • Additional activities and transfers
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

What To Read

Indagare has selected the articles from our website and magazine to prepare you for your journey. Peruse inspiring slideshows, insider tips, reading lists and more.

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