Lebanon is one of the world’s cultural treasures, hiding in both stunning, diverse nature and multicultural communities. From Middle Eastern Parisian atmosphere in Beirut, over cedar trees in the Qadish valley to temple ruins in Baalbek – experience it all on your journey to beautiful and unique Lebanon.
Day 1: Private transfer BEY airport to Warwick Palm Beach hotel
5 nights’ accommodation at xx
Day 2: Beirut city tour: Beirut national museum, visit Zeytouna Bay, Beirut Souks & Beirut Down Town
Beirut was built on a rocky promontory, a site also occupied by prehistoric man. In ancient times it was overshadowed by powerful neighbors, but when the city- states of Sidon began to decline in the first millennium B.C, Beirut acquired more influence. During Roman times, Beirut became a roman colony (15 B.C), and an important port and cultural centre. During the roman and Byzantine eras it was distinguished for its law school, whom professors helped draft the famous Justinian code.
Beirut was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 551 A.D. A century later, it was conquered by the Muslim Arabs and in 1109 it fell to the crusaders. The city remained in crusader hands until 1291, when it was taken by the Mamluks. In 1516 the 400- year ottoman rule began. Later, in the 17th century, Beirut knew a period of great prosperity under the government of emir Fakhreddine II. Then with the break –up of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the World War I, the city became the capital of modern Lebanon.
Beirut, with nearly a million inhabitants, remains the cultural and commercial center of the country. Some of its main landmarks are: the martyrs’ statue, the Souks (markets) and the parliament building, which are part of the design covering 1.8 million square meters. In extensive archeological investigations, historical periods ranging from Canaanite (3,000- 1200 B.C) to ottoman (1516-1918 A.D), have been revealed.
Day 3: Full day tour in Shouf: Beiteddine & Deir El Kamar
Barouk is a village in the Chouf District of Lebanon. Historically, the village is known for being the “land of good”, because of its fountain (Nabeh-el-Barouk). The village is also famous for its apples and other fruits, and for its many forests such as pine trees and oak trees which are well known in Lebanon. Barouk is crowned by its mountain “Jabal el Barouk” that stands 1943 m above sea level. The mountain also has the largest natural reserve in Lebanon, the Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, and contains the oldest and most elegant cedar forest in Lebanon, the ” Cedrus libani “. That cedar is considered, along with other cedar forests, the real Cedars of Lord “Arz el Rab.”
Forty-three kilometer from Beirut stands this magnificent palace built at the beginning of the 19th century by Emir Bechir II, who reigned over Lebanon for more than 50 years. With its arcades, galleries and rooms decorated by artists from Lebanon, Damascus and Italy, this building is a model of eastern architecture.Today the palace houses a museum of feudal weapons, costumes and jewelry as well as an archeological museum and a museum of Byzantine mosaics
Deir El Kamar
Deir el Kamar was the capital of Mount Lebanon, located 35 km away from Beirut, now it is a typical Lebanese village with its historical center, souk(market), museum, mosque & churches.
Day 4: Full day tour North of Lebanon: Cedars , Becharreh & Kozhaya
The most venerable representatives of the Cedars of Lebanon, which once covered the country’s mountains, are in the Besharre region in the North of Lebanon. Hundreds of trees stand on slopes 2,000 meters high in the shadow of the 3,088 meter peak of Qornet es- Sawda.From Lebanon’s cedar forests, Solomon got the timber to build his temple and palace, while the Egyptians Pharaohs used the wood carve their sarcophagi and ‘sunships’.
In the north, the picturesque gateway to the Cedars of Lebanon, is the birthplace of the famous Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. Here one may visit the Gibran Museum and the many ancient churches and monastries.
Is part of the Holy valley where Maronites used to during the Ottaman’s period. Monastry of St-Antoine of Kozhaya is one of the numerous monasteries built in this valley. It is built partly inside in the mountain and party outside it. It is surrounded by a very beautiful panorama of forest and valley.
Day 5: Full day tour Jeita , Byblos & Harissa
Nominated for the seven world wonders. Jeita is one of the world’s most beautiful cavern , at 20 km away north of Beirut .The lower caverns are visited by boat over a subterranean lake 623 meters long. A dry upper gallery can be seen on foot. After many years of exploration, Lebanese speleologists have penetrated 6,910 meters from the entry point of the grotto to the far end of the Underground River and 2,130 meters of the upper galleries. The main source of the Dog River (Nahr El Kalb) rises in this cavern.
One of the oldest towns in the world goes back at least 7,000 years. The rise and fall of nearly two dozen successive levels of human culture on this site makes it one of the richest archeological areas in the country. Under the domination of the Egyptian pharaohs in the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C, Byblos was a commercial and religious capital of the Phoenician coast. It was in Byblos where the first linear alphabet, ancestor of all modern alphabet, (through Greek and Latin), was invented. The sarcophagus of Byblos’ king Ahiram, now in the national museum, bears the oldest known Phoenician inscription. Byblos was also the centre of the Adonis cult, the god of vegetation who dies in winter and renewed each spring. Like its sister cities, Byblos was destroyed in the earthquake of 551 A.D it regained some consequence in crusader times when it came under the county of Tripoli. A modest town under the Mamluks and ottomans, Byblos grew rapidly during the recent war in Lebanon when commercial activities moved from Beirut to regional capitals.This busy modern town located at 36 kilometers north of Beirut, has the “Roman Medieval port” as its main tourist hub. The landmarks in this area are: the crusader castle and church as well as the extensive remains of city’s past – from Neolithic times to the crusader era. A beautiful Mosque adds to the cultural mix in the old part of Byblos. And all around a diversity of cafes and restaurants can be found.
600 meters above sea level and 26 km away from Beirut, with a wonderful panoramic view covering the Bay of Jounieh. Statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in 1908. Inside its base, a chapel with outside spiral staircase that leads to the top, as well telepheric service is provided from the bay of jounieh to the mountain of Harissa.
Day 6: Private transfer from the hotel to BEY airport
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– Private transfer: airport – hotel – airport in Beirut
– 5 nights’ accommodation in one standard double room
– 4 Full day tours with a private guide and driver (10 hrs. per day and 200 km, each extra hour 20 USD and each 2 extra km 1 USD)
– Entrance fees to all the sites mentioned above
– Lunch and dinners
Option 1: Warwick Palm Beach 4* Hotel
Location: Boasting a prime location in Beirut’s Hotel District, Warwick Palm Beach Hotel is just 1 minute walk from the seafront Corniche promenade and Zaitounay Bay. All rooms are air conditioned and luxuriously decorated. Each is equipped with satellite TV and an elegant bathroom. Some rooms offer balconies with Mediterranean Sea views, while others have private hot tubs. Guests can sample authentic Indian cuisine at Al Hindi.
Information: The Level 6, a panoramic sea view restaurant, offers an international cuisine and serving daily breakfast buffet. The Ego roof top floor lounge and bar serves a wide range of beverages and a light menu. During the heat of the day, Warwick Palm’s rooftop pool is a pleasant retreat to cool off. The hotel also offers a gym with a variety of fitness machines. The property offers a free shuttle service to business meetings and shopping districts in downtown Beirut. Warwick Palm Beach Hotel is 1.5 km from Beirut’s central Martyrs’ Square. Hamra Street, with its entertainment and shopping venues, is just a 15-minute walk away.
Option 2: Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel 5*
Location: Located in the heart of Beirut, the Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel is a luxury full service hotel with a range of upscale amenities tailored to suit business and leisure guests alike. The hotel is a short walk away from Beirut’s finest entertainment, shopping and business addresses. Guests can relax in the indoor swimming pool, workout in the fitness center, and enjoy gourmet French and Lebanese cuisine.
Information: The spacious rooms and suites come with modern furnishings. Each is fitted with cable TV, air conditioning, Bose sound system, minibar, and coffee machines. Free WiFi is available throughout. Executive facilities include fully equipped meeting and banquet rooms, and round the clock business corner. The concierge desk can assist guests with tours and excursion programs. Rafiq Al Hariri International Aiport is 12 km away.
Option 3: Albergo Hotel 5*sup – Relais et Châteaux
Location: Under 5 minutes’ walk from trendy Mono Street in Beirut’s Achrafieh district, Albergo Hotel provides rooms with handpicked furniture and hot tub baths. Its rooftop features a restaurant. Suites all have separate living areas with crystal chandeliers and oriental rugs. They have their own balconies and bathrooms with branded toiletries. Included is a satellite flat-screen TV and DVD player. Guests can enjoy views across the city to the Mediterranean.
Information: Professional massages are also available at Hotel Albergo. The Al Dente Restaurant serves fine Italian cuisine in an intimate ambiance. Offering inlaid wooden furniture and scenic city views, the rooftop restaurant provides a wide variety of à la carte meals. There is an on-site gift shop in the Albergo Hotel. Its staff can arrange reservations, as well as travel assistance and room service.