Day 1: Arrival to Beirut
Arrival at Beirut International Airport where our representative of the agency will be waiting for the tourists. Transfer to the hotel in Beirut, overnight.
Day 2:Beirut – Harissa
Breakfast. Going out for the visit of the Lebanese capital Beirut, take a stroll through the renovated Central District SOLIDERE where you can contemplate the archaeological Phoenician sites, Roman baths, churches and mosques of historical value, the Martyrs’ Square, the famous Rocks of Rawché and the National Museum. In the afternoon, proceed to Jounieh north of Beirut, to take the cable car and climb up to visit the statue of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa. Up there, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of bay of Jounieh. Return to hotel in Beirut, overnight.
Day 3:Byblos – Jeita Grottoes
Breakfast. Departure for the visit of Byblos at 37km north of Beirut. This Phoenician City-State was the most famous in the history due to its important excavations that revealed its reality. You can enjoy the Phoenician archaeological site dating back to the third millennium, temples, amphitheater and tombs of its kings. At noon, proceed to visit Grottoes of Jeita, a natural wonder formed by erosion of millions of years, a splendid spectacle that defies any description. Return to hotel in Beirut, overnight.
Day 4: Deir El Qamar – Moussa Castle – Beiteddine
Breakfast. Heading to the Chouf region 45km east-west of Beirut. Visiting the old typical village of Deir El-Qamar, residence of Lebanese governors from XVI to XVIII century. Pass through Moussa Castle, which was built over 10 years by a single person; Moussa. This palace exhibits a collection representing the Lebanese heritage and history through personifications of various aspects of social life and celebration of ancient Lebanon. Then proceed to visit the palace of Beiteddine (known as the Alhambra of Lebanon). It is considered as the best example of the Lebanese architecture in the XIX century. From both outside and inside is gorgeous as if it came out of a tale from the Thousand and One Nights. Return to hotel in Beirut, overnight
Day 5:Baalbeck – Ksara Winery – Anjar
Breakfast. Departure to the Bekaa Valley . A short break in Chtoura. Then continue to Ksara for Lebanese wine tasting in Château Ksara. Proceed towards the city of sun, Baalbeck, Lebanon’s ancient Heliopolis. Visit the majestic and imposing temples of Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus. Considered one of the wonders of antiquity was recently declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the afternoon, pass through Anjar to visit its archaeological city, dating back to the Umayyad period (VIII century). Return to hotel in Beirut, overnight.
Day 6:Sidon – Echmoun – Tyre
Breakfast. Departure towards the South of Lebanon. At 45 km south of Beirut we reach Sidon, another famous Phoenician city, where we can visit its Sea Castle dating back to the Crusaders in the early XII c., the old traditional markets, the caravanserais, the Museum of Arabic soap, Hammams and the well known Phoenician temple of Echmoun. In the afternoon, about 40 km further south we head to visit the amazing Phoenician city of Tyre, Queen of the Seas, which enjoyed its heyday during the first millennium B.C. when spread its colonies across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. A visit to its marine archaeological ruins (declared World Heritage by UNESCO), the vast necropolis, the triumphal arch and the spectacular Roman hippodrome. Return to hotel in Beirut, overnight.
Day 7:The Cedars – Becharré – Tripoli
Breakfast. A full-day excursion dedicated to visit the northern Lebanese mountains. The tour begins in Becharré visiting the Museum of Gebran, the famous Lebanese writer whose works were translated into more than eighty languages worldwide. Continue to visit the majestic forest Cedars of the Lord, then getting down through the sacred valley Qadisha to reach the capital of the North, Tripoli, Lebanon’s second city. Tripoli is a perfect example of the medieval Arabic city. A visit to the Citadel of Saint Gilles dating back to the Crusades, the oldest market in Lebanon ( XIV c.), the caravanserais, some of the most beautiful and ancient mosques (XIII c.) and the Arabic baths. Return to hotel in Beirut, overnight.
Day 8: Beirut Departure
Breakfast. On the agreed time, transfer to the airport with our representative from the agency