Beirut - Jeita Grotto
Beirut - Jeita Grotto
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Lebanon Tours

Itinerary

This 8 day tour, starts and ends in Beirut, Lebanon.

2021 - 'Lebanon Experience Tour'
8 - Day itinerary

Day 1
 

Beirut

Welcome to Beirut! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.

Overnight Beirut
4 star
Day 2
 

Barouk Cedar Nature Reserve, Deir al Qamar, Beit ed-Dine

We start off the day with a visit to Barouk Cedar Nature Reserve where many wild animals, hundreds of plant and bird species may be found. We then drive to the Chouf Mountains and the village of Deir al Qamar, 17th century capital of Lebanon. It is a charming place and is rich with historical significance. We then visit the gorgeous 19th century Beit ed-Dine Palace. Constructed around an old Druze hermitage, the palace is one of the greatest remaining Lebanese architectural achievements. Finally return to Beirut to enjoy an evening out in this busy city.

Overnight Beirut
4 star
(B)
Day 3
 

Beirut tour, Jeita Grotto and Harissa cable car

We start this morning with a tour of Lebanon's capital city, Beirut. A city of contrasts, Beirut features ancient architecture alongside cotemporary buildings. Highlights of the tour include the downtown area, the corniche, and the Beirut Souks. You also see Raouche Rocks, a well-known natural formation that rises out of the ocean. After leaving Beirut and heading north towards Byblos, we'll stop for an adventurous visit to the Jeita Grotto, where we can see one of the largest collections of stalactites and stalagmites in the world. We then head to Harissa, where we go to the top of the Our Lady of Lebanon Basilica by cable car and enjoy great views over the bay below.
Finally the tour finishes in Byblos, possibly the oldest continually-inhabited city in the world, significant both historically and archaeologically.

Overnight Byblos
4 star
(B)
Day 4
 

Byblos, Baatara Gorge Waterfall

After spending the morning exploring Byblos's harbour and attractions, our destination today is the spectacular Baatara Gorge Sinkhole and Waterfall. Baatara Gorge consists of an enormous cavern, into which a waterfall cascades hundreds of metres, over three naturally formed bridges, when the mountain snows are melting and after periods of heavy rainfall. You can choose to do a small hike, or to explore the nearby Douma Village. A traditional Lebanese lunch is included today. Finally today we drive to the scenic Qadisha Valley where we spend the night at the Qozhaya Monastery (subject to availability), or a nearby guesthouse.
If we have been able to spend the night in the Monastery, you will have the opportunity to join the monks for morning prayers.

Overnight Qozhaya - Monastery of St. Anthony
Guest House
(B, L)
Day 5
 

Qadisha Valley, Becharre, The Cedars Ski Resort

After breakfast we'll take a short hike passing springs, waterfalls, churches and monasteries, in the beautiful Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the most important early Christian monastic settlements in the world. From the valley we visit the village of Becharre, the birthplace of Khalil Gibran, the legendary poet and artist. His museum contains many of his manuscripts, paintings, and personal effects.
We'll then proceed to the Cedars Ski Resort where found nearby is the Cedars of God, one of the last remnants of the cedar forests that used to cover these mountains.
En route to our overnight stop, Zahle "the City of Wine and Poetry", the tour crosses the Col des Cedres pass and descends along a sharply winding road into the Bekaa Valley. This high plateau sits between the Anti Lebanon and Mt. Lebanon mountain ranges and has been the heart of Lebanon's wine growing industry for centuries.

Overnight Zahle
Guest House
(B)
Day 6
 

Baalbek, Anjar, Ksara Caves

Today we head to Baalbek which features the most well-preserved temple complex in the Middle East. It is still largely intact after earthquakes, wars, and ravages. The Greeks and Romans dedicated the temple to the god of the sun, Jupiter. We then visit the only significant Umayyad site in Lebanon, Anjar, founded in the 8th century, its mosques, palaces, and baths provide evidence that it was an imperial residence which also features 600 shops, indicating that it was also an important commercial centre.
Next we go on a guided tour of the Ksara Caves, which are dated from the Roman era, and also visit the winery where a tasting is included. If you wish, you can also purchase some of the finest wines in Lebanon.

Overnight Beirut
4 star
(B)
Day 7
 

Tyre, Sidon

Today's itinerary consists of a full-day tour of South Lebanon. We start in the city of Tyre, a UNESCO Heritage Site, an ancient Phoenician city and home to a number of important historical sites. Its golden age was during the reign of King Hiram who fostered close ties with the Hebrew kings David and Solomon, and contributed to the construction of the Temple of Solomon by sending skilled workers and cedar wood.
We then drive to Sidon, also known as Saida, another important ancient Phoenician city which grew wealthy due to the trade of murex, a type of shellfish from which an expensive purple dye used to be produced, as well as glass.
Today, Saida is an important administrative and commercial centre of South Lebanon. You will visit the Great Mosque, the Crusader Sea Castle, Khan el Franj, and other interesting sites. You can also enjoy browsing through the old souks.

Overnight Beirut
4 star
(B)
Day 8
 

Beirut

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note :
1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 1. Maximum Group Size of 12.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 12. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. During the winter months (normally from December until sometime in May), many mountain roads in Lebanon are closed due to snow. When this occurs the tour will be adjusted to avoid the drive from Becharre to Zahle across the Col des Cedres (2581m altitude). All the same places will be visited and the same activities included.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Beirut
    Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY)
  • Outbound Transfer - Beirut
    Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY)
  • Professional English speaking local tour guides
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Tips except drivers and guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Wine Tasting
  • 7 nights - accommodation.
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Beirut
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Byblos
    - 1 night
    Guest House
    Qozhaya - Monastery of St. Anthony
    - 1 night
    Guest House
    Zahle
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Beirut
  • 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Tour does not include :-
  • Visas, border or port taxes
  • Tips - drivers and guides
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Hotel gala dinner supplements if applied on Christmas & New Year's Eve
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Anjar - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Baatara Gorge Sinkhole and Waterfall
  • Becharre (Bsharri)
  • Becharre (Bsharri) - Khalil Gibran Museum
  • Beirut - Corniche
  • Beirut - Jeita Grotto
  • Beirut - Souks
  • Byblos - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Deir al Qamar
  • Harissa - Our Lady of Lebanon Basilica
  • Ksara Caves and Winery - Wine Tasting
  • Saida - Crusader Sea Castle
  • Saida - Omari (Great) Mosque
  • Tyre - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Baalbek - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Barouk Cedar Nature Reserve
  • Becharre (Bsharri) - Cedars Of God
  • Beirut
  • Beirut - Downtown
  • Beirut - Raouche Rocks
  • Beit ed-Dine Palace
  • Col des Cedres
  • Harissa - Cable car (Teleferique)
  • Kadisha Valley (Qadisha Valley) - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Qozhaya - Monastery of St. Anthony
  • Saida - Khan el Franj
  • Sidon (Saida)
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Accommodation

This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Lebanon

Beirut
Casa D'or
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Jeanne D'arc Street
Hamra
Beirut
Ph. :
+96 1174 6400
Casa Dor
Casa Dor
Casa Dor
Byblos
Aleph Boutique Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Cardahi Center
Byblos
Ph. :
+961 9 945 333
Aleph Boutique Hotel
Aleph Boutique Hotel
Aleph Boutique Hotel
Qozhaya - Monastery of St. Anthony
Monastery of St. Anthony
Standard : Guest House
Address :-
Valley of Qadisha
Mail Serhel (Zgharta)
Qozhaya - Monastery of St. Anthony
Ph. :
+961 699 5507
Website :
www.qozhaya.com
Monastery of St. Anthony
Monastery of St. Anthony
Zahle
Auberge Braidy
Standard : Guest House
Address :-
Centreville Zahle
Bekaa
Zahle
Ph. :
+961 882 1551
Auberge Braidy
Auberge Braidy
Auberge Braidy
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
From
To
Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
Single Supplement explanation
01 Jan 2021
27 Dec 2021
1,869.00
290.00
28 Dec 2021
31 Dec 2021
1,899.00
290.00
01 Jan 2022
27 May 2022
1,839.00
290.00
28 May 2022
30 Sep 2022
1,889.00
290.00
01 Oct 2022
31 Dec 2022
1,839.00
290.00
Current 'Hot Deals' for Lebanon Experience Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Discount
 
01 Nov 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
01 Nov 2021 - 31 Dec 2022
30%
Deposit Option available for Lebanon Experience Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00

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