Highlights & Tour Itinerary
- Learn about the traditions of wine making at 7 wineries.
- Taste red, white and rosé wines of Lebanon.
- Enjoy cultural and natural highlights with your private guide.
Day 01: Beirut Airport – Beirut Hotel
Welcome to Lebanon! Our representative meets and assist you. Transfer to your hotel in Beirut (accommodation not included throughout the tour). Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 02: Beirut City Tour – Jeita Grotto – Château Musar – 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.
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.
Last stop at Château Musar, established in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, still a family owned business. The vineyards are located in the Bekaa Valley. Château Musar produces complex, full-bodied red wines and white wines with great finesse. Overnight Beirut Hotel.
Day 03: Beirut Hotel – Batroun – IXSIR Winery – Atibaia Wineries – Beirut Hotel
Drive 55 km north of Beirut to Batroun, a charming costal town, once a flourishing port city in Phoenician times (3,000 – 64 BC). The ancient Phoenician wall still stands guard over the city against the Mediterranean Sea. Batroun is popular for water sports, beach clubs and nightlife. But interestingly enough, the town retains much of its older splendor, with narrow, winding alleys making up the inner neighbourhood of dense housing, incorporated into the walls of its Crusader castle. Take a stroll through the 19th century souq, where artisanal goods are still produced and restaurants and cafés offer local cuisine. Other attractions are St Stephan’s Cathedral, the 19th century Orthodox Church of Saint Georges, the Lady of the Sea Chapel as the remains of an ancient Roman Theatre.
Continue to IXSIR Winery, with vineyards spreading from Batroun to Jezzine in the Bekaa Valley. IXSIR produces red, white and rosé since. The winery is located in the charming Seignorial House, 1 17th century bastion of regional heritage situated in the village of Bezbina seven kilometers southeast of Batroun. Jean-Marc Quarin awarded it best grade for a Lebanese wine at Bordeaux’s La Semaine des Primeurs 09. IXSIR was also rewarded “Revelation of the Public” for its 2009 Grand Reserve White and the Media and Press Award for its 2009 White. Then a visit to Atibaia boutique winery surrounded by fertile vineyards. The winery makes its home inside a 17th century rustic house with lush surroundings and produces delicate and intense deep red wine. Overnight Beirut Hotel.
Day 04: Beirut Hotel – Baalbek – Ksara Winery – Domaine Des Tourelles - 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. Château 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.
Domaine des Tourelles is the oldest commercial winery in Lebanon starting business in 1868. Today it produces the best of wine, arak and liqueur. It is considered as one of the finest boutique wineries in the Middle East, the Financial Times describes it as “the most seductive winery” in Lebanon.
Overnight Beirut Hotel.
Day 05: Beirut Hotel – Deir el Qamar – Beiteddine – Kefraya Winery – Beirut Hotel
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.
Continue to the Kefraya Winery in the Bekaa Valley. Surrounded by over three hundred hectares of vineyards, the stately home is nestled between the beautiful and luscious cypress and cedar trees, on an altitude from 900 to 1,100 meters on clay-chalk soil. The chateau’s first vineyards where planted in the 1950s. The winery produces mostly red wine, but also white wine, rose, sweet wines and Arak, exporting to 35 countries.
Return transfer to your hotel in Beirut.
Day 06: Beirut Hotel – Byblos – Monastery of Kfifane – Adyar Winery - Beirut Hotel
Drive 1 hour 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.
Next stop is the Monastery of Saints Cyprian and Justin, known as the Monastery of Kfifane. The monastery was founded in 1766 on an altitude of 450 meters above sea level, and is still active today. Belivers come from all over the world to pray at the tombs of Saint Neematallah El-Hardini and the blessed brother Estphan Nehme.
We visit the Adyar Winery nown for the organic wine production. The word Adyar means monasteries in Arabic, as the owner is the Lebanese Maronite Order. In 2001 they started to cultivate organic grapes in eight difference regions of Lebanon.
Overnight Beirut Hotel.
Day 07: 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.