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LB02: 8 Days Beirut - Byblos - Kadisha Valley - Anjar - Baalbek - Deir Al-Qamar - Tyre - Sidon - Beirut

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

  • Cover all of Lebanon's 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites!
  • Hiking adventure to the hidden Holy Valley & woodlands.
  • Enjoy a relaxing vacation on the Gold Coast of the Mediterranean.
  • Visit the shrine of our Lady of Lebanon at Harissa

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Beirut, airport pick-up
Arrival Note: Welcome to join our panoramic line of best Lebanon tours! We have arranged an experienced bilingual driver to meet you on time in Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. After a warm welcome, the driver will transfer you to the hotel in a comfortable private car exclusive for you.

Activities & Dinner Suggestion:
Considering that you may need a good rest after your long flight, we have no plans for today. You can spend the rest of the day as you please. Take a break in the hotel or get out for a quick look of the capital Beirut. The five-star Radisson Blu Hotel we selected for you has a restaurant on the ground floor and a shopping mall nearby for an enjoyable afternoon. We also provide you with a four-star option, Gems Hotel, located on the busy Hamra Street, where you can shop, have a cup of coffee or, if you prefer, stop at a small bar in the evening to experience and immerse yourself into the Lebanese life.
Day 2: Highlights of capital Beirut
Sightseeing Activities: Our first stop today is the National Museum. It would be an eye-opening experience to see the Phoenician Alphabet Tablet, ancient Roman sculptures, stone coffins with fine reliefs, and many other relics of the Iron Age. Next, our guide will lead you to visit the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque and the nearby St. Georges Maronite Cathedral.

After lunch, we'll have a relaxed walk around the Beirut Souks to see the landmark Clock Tower. Later, a special stop is arranged for you to the American University of Beirut, where you can know the real charm of this campus nicknamed ‘Harvard of the Middle East’. The Archaeological Museum on campus is worth a visit.

Before nightfall, we'll approach the Mediterranean seaside. Complete the day by taking photos and watching the sunset with your guide as you stroll along beautiful seafront Corniche lined with palm trees, and see the offshore natural wonders of the Pigeon Rocks (Raouche Rocks).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque
    Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque
Day 3: Northern trip to Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos
Sightseeing Activities: This morning, we'll start our tour with a half-hour car ride to the Jeita Grotto, a group of prehistoric karstic caves located in the Nahr al-Kalb Valley of Jeita Town, 18 km (11 mi) northeast of Beirut. The guide will lead you to take the cable car to reach the upper cave for a visit, and we will specially arrange an exciting boat tour for you to travel along the underground river.

Next, we will drive 20 minutes along the mountain road to Harissa. Our staff have considerately booked the gondola lift for you, from where you could get a bird's-eye view of the Jounieh Bay and the iconic pilgrimage site - the Shrine of Our Lady. Afterwards, we'll proceed further north to Byblos, in 20 minutes by car. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities and a World Heritage site of Lebanon. We'll see the old castle, the Church of St. John, the Roman amphitheater and the old souks, which will all impress you. Finally, our guide and the driver will escort you to the hotel in Byblos.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

► Note: This is the only one night of our trip spent outside Beirut. We have handpicked two hotels in Byblos to suit your different needs and budgets. The 4-star Aleph Boutique Hotel is close to the ancient city and a 10-minute walk from the nearest beach. Another option is the 5-star Byblos Sur Mer Hotel, which occupies a privileged location overlooking Bahsa Beach on the Mediterranean Sea. It has a luxury restaurant with a terrace, a cozy cafe, and an outdoor pool. You can enjoy dinner, relax and spend a pleasant evening here.
  • A bird's-eye view of Jounieh Bay, Harissa
    A bird's-eye view of Jounieh Bay
Day 4: Adventure to Kadisha Valley (Holy Valley) & Forest of the Cedars of God
Sightseeing Activities: Our guide and driver will wait for you in the lobby after breakfast. It takes 1.5 hours on the way to Becharre (Bsharri). We will stop at Tannourine Town midway to appreciate the three natural bridges. After arrival in Becharre, the guide will first lead you to visit the museum in memory of the famous Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931). We'll stroll through the peaceful Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab), where the cedars have been growing for 1,500 years.

The highlight of today would be the Kadisha Valley, aka Holy Valley, or Ouadi Qadisha, which was inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998. Our expert guide, who visits the mountains at least 30 times a year, is very familiar with the hiking trails. Follow the guide's steps to walk along the Kadisha River, the steep slopes, unspoiled springs, waterfalls, as well as chapels and monasteries will come into view. On the way, the guide will lead you to visit the Qozhaya Monastery dating back to the 12th century. Finally, we’ll return to Beirut tonight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Kadisha Valley
    Kadisha Valley (Holy Valley)
Day 5: World heritage tour to Anjar & Baalbek
Sightseeing Activities: Today begins with a 1.5-hour car ride to Anjar, an ancient city built in the 8th century and included in the World Heritage List in 1984. Our guide will take you to visit the grand Umayyad Ruins, through which you can imagine the past glory of Anjar, which was once home to luxury palaces, public baths, mosques, and a remarkable central street lined with more than 600 shops.

Later, we will continue our journey to Baalbek Temple Complex, which is the biggest Roman ruins in the world and another World Heritage site of Lebanon. The guide will show you three must-sees here – the Temple of Jupiter, the Temple of Bacchus, and the Temple of Venus. Before returning to Beirut, we'll offer you a special visit to the renowned Chateau Ksara to taste some of the best local wines. If you are not interested in wine, we can arrange a visit to the Taanayel Lake for you as an alternative.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Ruins of Baalbek
    Ruins of Baalbek
Day 6: Hike Shouf Cedars Reserve & visit Deir Al-Qamar
Sightseeing Activities: After breakfast, we'll head for the largest nature reserve in Lebanon, Shouf Cedars Reserve, in one hour by private car. Get up close with the cedar trees that have been growing for more than 2,000 years as you hike through the reserve with our experienced guide. Next, we'll drive half an hour to the Beiteddine Palace, a 19th-century palace once used to be the government building of the Ottoman Empire. Now, half of the palace is open to tourists and the other half is served as the summer palace for Lebanon's president.

Our last stop today is Deir Al-Qamar, a small village known for long history and picturesque scenery. Wander along the quiet pebble streets lined with stone houses with delicate gardens, and you'll find inner peace. In the evening, the guide will escort you back to the hotel in Beirut.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Southern Lebanon Ports – Tyre & Sidon
Sightseeing Activities: In the morning, the guide will accompany you in our private car running to Tyre in 1.5 hours. Tyre, an ancient Phoenician city along the west coast of Lebanon, was the birthplace of the dye of Tyrian purple which was considered the classiest color by ancient Roman and Egyptian royals. Our knowledgeable guide will show you around the ruins of Tyre while telling you the interesting stories of this World Heritage site. We'll see the Egyptian Port, ancient public baths, Roman necropolis and hippodrome.

On the way back to Beirut, we'll visit Sidon, another ancient coastal city built by the Phoenicians. Follow our well-designed route so that you won't miss any of Sidon's best attractions, including the Crusaders' Sea Castle, the old souks, Debbaneh Palace, Saint Nicholas Cathedral, and the Temple of Eshmun. The guide will show you around all these places and explain them in detail.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Ruins of Tyre
    Ruins of Tyre
  • Fishing by the Sidon Port
    Fishing by the Sidon Port
Day 8: Leave Beirut, airport see-off
Departure Note: Our service of the best Lebanon tour package draws to an end. The driver will meet you at the hotel lobby at the agreed time and then transfer you to the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport for your flight home or to your next destinations. Wish you a pleasant trip!

Meals Included: Breakfast

► Please contact our travel consultants anytime when you need help in planning extension trips to Egypt, Jordan, Israel or other nearby destinations.

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DestinationsLuxury HotelStandard Hotel
BeirutRadisson Blu Hotel, Beirut Verdun
Gems Hotel
ByblosByblos Sur Mer
Aleph Boutique Hotel
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
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  • 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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