Highlights & Tour Itinerary
- Visit the spectacular Roman ruins in Baalbek.
- Explore the old city of the coastal town Byblos.
- See the stunning natural beauty of Jeita Grotto.
Day 01: Beirut Airport – Beirut Hotel
Welcome to Lebanon! Our representative meets you in the arrival hall with a sign. Transfer to your hotel in Beirut (accommodation not included throughout the tour). Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 02: Beirut City Tour – Deir el Qamar – Beiteddine - Beirut Hotel
Pickup hotel lobby and start your day with a visit to the National Museum built in 1937. It houses antiquities and treasures from all over Lebanon, dating from prehistoric times through the Ottoman period. Photo stop at the Pigeon Rock and the popular Corniche. In Downtown see the remains of the Roman Baths, Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, old churches and the bustling Hamra Street.
Continue to Chouf, the heartland of the Lebanese Druze community. Arrive to the village of Deir el Qamar, meaning “Monastery of the Moon”. From the 16th to the 18th century Deir El Qamar was the residence of the Emirate of Mount Lebanon. Attractions are the 15th century Fakhreddine Mosque and the Maronite Church Our Lady of the Hill. Close by you find Beiteddine Palace, Lebanon’s best example of early 19th century Lebanese architecture. It was built over a thirty years period by Emir Bechir Chehab II, who ruled Mount Lebanon for more than half a century. Return transfer to your hotel in Beirut.
Day 03: Beirut Hotel – Baalbek – Ksara Winery – Anjar - Beirut Hotel
Today we head for the Bekaa Valley. Studded with villages, vegetable farms, wineries and ancient ruins, the plains of Bekaa are rich with history and culture. First stop at Baalbek, Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure. You see here two of the largest temples: the Jupiter Temple and the Bacchus Temple adjacent to it. A short distance away is the circular structure known as the Temple of Venus. Only part of the staircase remains from a fourth temple dedicated to Mercury.
Continue to the Ksara Winery, founded in 1857 by Jesuit priests. Chateau Ksara is the Bekaa’s oldest private wine company. These vineyards are famous for their top quality and advanced French cultivation techniques. The wine there is one-of-a-kind because of the caverns and hallways that have been engraved in the rock since the Roman period.
Next on our list are the Umayyad ruins of Anjar. This iconic site once housed three grand palaces, Roman-inspired public baths, a residential area, a mosque and a commercial center. Its grand architectural scheme is made to be an almost perfect quadrilateral, with perpendicular streets and alleys that intersect at the city centre. Overnight Beirut Hotel.
Day 04: Beirut Hotel – Jeita Grotto – Harissa – Byblos – Beirut Hotel
Short ride to the Nahr Al Kalb Valley, where one of the most impressive and interesting natural sites are located: Jeita Grotto. In two interconnected caves you find various shapes and sizes of stalactite and stalagmite, the lower cave can only be visited by boat.
Continue to Harissa to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon. By cable car you reach the heights of more than 600 meters to see the chapel and walk up to the statue of Mary overlooking the bay of Jounieh. Then drive to Byblos, one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Excavations show that it dates back to the 06th millennium BC. It is a very charming city distinguished for its gorgeous ancient harbor, seaside fish restaurants, ancient souks, and charming residential neighborhoods. The tour includes visit to St John Crusader Castle, the old souqs and the Fossil Museum. Drive around 1 hour back to your Beirut Hotel.
Day 05: Beirut Hotel – Beirut Airport
3 hours before departure time you will be picked up from your hotel lobby and transferred to Beirut Airport to say farewell.