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Lebanon
Lebanon
Max People : 20

In this tour you will follow the footsteps of the Phoenicians, creators of a civilization that is considered one of the most ancient on earth. You will get to know the birthplace of the first alphabet, Byblos and its temples, palaces, kings’ tombs and sarcophagi, Adonis and Astarte divine cult. In Sidon you can admire the famous temple of Echmoun, god of healing, the ancient factory where the famous purple dye was made; the dye that characterized the Phoenician kings who controlled all the commerce in the Mediterranean region since the 2nd millennium B.C. The empire of Tyre with its biblical and mythical wealth, the queen of the sea and founder of Carthage, who gave Cadmous and Europa to the world.

Program

Day 1: Arrival to Beirut

Arrival at Beirut International Airport where our representative of the agency will be waiting for the passengers. Transfer to the hotel in Beirut, overnight.

 

Day 2:Beirut

Same as the Phoenix, and like other Phoenician cities, Beirut was destroyed a hundred times and has always emerged from the ashes to challenge its fate, proving to the world that deserves its name as the city that never dies. Lebanon’s capital Beirut, invites you to stroll through its streets in the newly refurbished Central District where you can admire, along with the most modern buildings, the Phoenician archaeological sites, Roman baths, churches and mosques of historical value, Martyrs´ Square, the famous Rocks of Rawché and the National Museum that documents the great treasure of Lebanon´s history.

 

Day 3:Byblos

Perched between sea and mountains, Byblos offers to the world the legacy of a city that is inhabited continuously since 7000 years. It was the Phoenician City-State most famous in history and its excavations brought to light most secrets of the Phoenicians from the third millennium B.C. The great temple, the temple of the obelisks, palaces and tombs of its kings.

 

Day 4: Valley of Adonis

The valley of Adonis, god of youth and rebirth, was a milestone of natural and cultural inspiration to the Phoenician cult. Formed by the river Adonis along the western slopes of the mountains. The river runs from the mystical Grotto of Afqa and pours into the Mediterranean south coast of Byblos. Its exceptional biodiversity, nature and myths inspired the Phoenicians to ride a pilgrimage route from Byblos to Afqa through temples raised to rememorize the death of their young god, lover of Astarte, torn by the fangs of a boar, the jealous Ares, god of war. Astarte sprinkled nectar on his body, so that every drop of blood became a red flower called the anemone.

 

Day 5:Sidon – Echmoun

Another Phoenician wonder mentioned in the famous letters of Tell El Amarena in Egypt XIV c. B.C. Sidon has known many down and uprising phases during the course of its 6000 years of history. Like other Phoenician cities, Sidon was dominated by Persia, Greece and Rome, before the Arab conquests. Those were followed by the Crusaders and then by the Mamelukes who all have left their marks on the city. Outside, on the road in a lush forest stands the famous temple of the Phoenician god of healing, Echmoun.

 

Day 6:Tyre

Often mentioned in the Bible, Tyre was founded at the beginnings of the third millennium B.C. and was famous for its commercial fleet that crossed the Tyrian Sea (Mediterranean) for glass, purple dye and cedar wood trading, bringing prosperity to its people. The most glorious period of Tyre was in the tenth century B.C. when King Hiram widened the city joining the little islands along the coastal city. That’s where the princess Europa was abducted by the Greek god Zeus, and thus the European continent was named after her. Her brother, Cadmous, followed her and led the alphabet to the Greeks

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