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LB01: 7 Days Beirut - Deir Al-Qamar - Sidon - Tyre - Beirut - Baalbek - Anjar - Harissa - Byblos - Beirut

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, experienced guide and driver
Accommodation: Selected 5-star luxury & 4-star comfortable hotels
Highlights:

  • Classic route covering 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites!
  • Explore ancient Phoenician cities on the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Discover the marvelous Jeita Grotto - Lebanon's hidden treasure.
  • Enjoy a fantastic wine-tasting experience in an old winery.

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrive in Beirut, Lebanon
Arrival Note: Welcome to Lebanon, the most enjoyable holiday resort in the Middle East! When you arrive at the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, our senior driver is already waiting to serve you. The driver will welcome you to the air-conditioned private car we have prepared for you, and escort you to the hotel in 15 minutes.

Activities & Dinner Suggestion:
In view of the fact that you may be tired after the long flight, we have not arranged any sightseeing plan for the rest of the day, so that you can have a good rest.

The hotel we select for you is very convenient in the center of Beirut. If you still feel energetic, you can walk around by yourself. 5 minutes' walk east from the 4-star Gems Hotel is the famous commercial street of Beirut, Hamra Street, where you can find many stylish pubs for dinner. The 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel we have selected for you has restaurants on the ground floor and a shopping mall just across the street. If you want to enjoy the seaside fun, you can take a taxi to the Ramlet Al Baida Beach in 5 minutes.
Day 2: Beirut highlights & Deir Al-Qamar tour
Sightseeing Activities: After breakfast, our guide will first lead you to visit the Corniche, Beirut's most popular promenade along the Mediterranean coast. Walk along this artistic road with French style, we'll arrive at the Pigeon Rocks, also known as the Raouche Rocks, which is an iconic natural wonder of two offshore rocks rising from the Mediterranean Sea, like two warriors guarding Beirut's coast. Our experienced guide will show you the best position for shooting and will teach you how to take great pictures in minutes. Later, we'll go to Beirut Souks to see the landmark, the Clock Tower, and visit the National Museum housing artifacts from the prehistoric times to the Ottoman Period.

After lunch, we'll drive to the Chouf Mountains to visit Lebanon president's summer resort, Beiteddine Palace. The final stop of today is Deir Al-Qamar, an amazing old town full of antique mosques, churches, and stone houses with fancy gardens and red roofs. In the evening, you’ll be escorted back to the hotel in Beirut.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Pigeon Rocks
    Pigeon Rocks
  • Clock Tower, Beirut
    Clock Tower, Beirut
Day 3: Southern Lebanon expedition to Sidon & Tyre
Sightseeing Activities: During this 7 days Lebanon tour, Sidon and Tyre are two best cities to learn about the ancient Phoenician culture. In the morning, we’ll first travel south along the west coastline of Lebanon by car to reach the port city Sidon in less than one hour. Our guide will accompany you to visit the local souk, the Crusaders' Sea Castle and a fish market, where you can learn about the local people’s purchasing and cost of living. Later, we'll go on driving south to Tyre, another great Phoenician commercial port. Our expert guide will show you around the ruins of Tyre, including the Egyptian Port, the public baths, and the Roman necropolis and hippodrome.

On the way back to Beirut, we'll have a stopover at the Temple of Eshmun, for you to have a glance of this ancient shrine to worship the Phoenician God of Healing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Sea Castle in Sidon
    Sea Castle in Sidon
Day 4: World heritage tour to Baalbek & Anjar
Sightseeing Activities: During the 2 hours' drive this morning to Baalbek, our knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the mysterious Baalbek Temple Complex, which was inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Upon arrival, we'll have a comprehensive tour of this world's largest and best preserved Roman temple ruins, including the Temple of Jupiter (King of Gods), the Temple of Bacchus (God of Wine), and the Temple of Venus (Goddess of Love and Beauty).

After lunch, we will arrange a special stop for you to enjoy the fragrant wine in Chateau Ksara, one of the most famous wineries in Lebanon. Then, we'll drive to Anjar Ancient City, another World Heritage site. Built in the 8th century AD with lots of palaces, public baths and mosques, the site now retains large fortified walls and stone pillars. Follow our guide's steps to visit the Umayyad Ruins and explore a secret way to recall its former prosperity. After a fulfilled day to the World Heritage sites, our guide will attend you back to the hotel in Beirut.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Baalbek Temple Complex
    Baalbek Temple Complex
Day 5: Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Beirut city sightseeing
Sightseeing Activities: After breakfast, we will take a 40-minute car ride to the Jeita Grotto. Upon arrival, please follow the guide and take the cable car to start the visit to this colorful grotto with a special system of two levels of limestone caves. We'll first walk to admire the karstic stalactites in the upper cave, and then have an interesting boat tour along the river in the lower cave.

Our next destination is Harissa, which is a small village but an important pilgrimage site for the famous Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon. We'll arrange an exciting gondola lift for you to go up the mountain to see the solemn statue of Our Lady while enjoying a panoramic view of the bay of Jounieh.

In the afternoon, we’ll travel back to Beirut, and the guide will lead you to visit more attractions in the downtown area, first the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, and then the nearby Saint Georges Maronite Cathedral. Finally, let's walk into the American University of Beirut, which is known as ‘Harvard of the Middle East’. It has a profound scientific research foundation and features a long history and beautiful architecture. The most special thing is the advantaged location of the campus on the Mediterranean coast, which offers stunning scenery.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, Beirut
    Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, Beirut
  • Harissa, Lebanon
    Harissa
Day 6: Northern Lebanon tour to Batroun & Byblos
Sightseeing Activities: This morning we'll begin with a 1-hour drive north to Batroun, one of the oldest cities in the world. The guide will show you a classic way to tour this peaceful coastal city, visiting its historic Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches.

Next, we'll move on to Byblos, another World Heritage site of Lebanon. It was the earliest port in the world, and the stone tablets bearing Phoenician letters were found here. During visiting the old castle, the Church of St. John, the Roman amphitheater and the old souks, our guides, who are very knowledgeable about Lebanese history and culture, will tell you the vicissitudes of this ancient commercial port. Completing today’s sightseeing plan, our guide and the driver will escort you back to Beirut.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Byblos Port
    Byblos Port
  • Byblos Ruins
    Byblos Ruins
Day 7: Depart from Beirut, airport see-off
Departure Note: Here comes the perfect end of our Lebanon 7 days itinerary. If your flight leaves in the afternoon or evening, you still have time to go to the Place de l'Etoile or the Martyrs' Square in the city center by yourself and do some souvenir shopping. Our driver will wait for you at the hotel lobby at the appointed time, and take you to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. Wish you a pleasant journey home!

Meals Included: Breakfast


► If you would like to extend your trip to nearby countries such as Jordan, Israel, or Egypt, please feel free to contact our travel consultants for arrangements. Hope you enjoy our service!

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DestinationsLuxury HotelStandard Hotel
BeirutRadisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun
Gems Hotel
Tour Prices

Christmas & 2023 special: Enjoy 12% off if you book before Dec. 25, 2022

Tour Prices with Luxury Hotel
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
$1609
$1415
$1499
$1319
Tour Prices with Standard Hotel
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
$1119
$984
$1009
$887
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Above prices are not applied for peak season and public holidays.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off service at Beirut Airport.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Lebanon.
  • Personal expenses (tips, insurance, drinks, etc.).
  • Lebanon Visa Fee.
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