Trip reference number: YW_9940
With group members arriving during the afternoon and evening, today is a ‘free’ day for you to arrive, be transferred to the start hotel, and to shake off any travel fatigue, before the start of your adventure in earnest, tomorrow
After breakfast and a welcome briefing, we will begin our tour of this vibrant city including the Green Line, the National Museum displaying the famous Phoenician gilded bronze figurines buried near Byblos, Mohammad Al Amin Mosque, ancient churches and Roman Baths before experiencing the nightlife!
We drive out from the coastal city up into the mountains to Sidon (aka Saida), an ancient city set amongst citrus and banana groves. We walk through the souks before continuing to Tyre with its archaeological sites and Fishermans port.
Jezzine is a popular summer retreat and has a holiday feel. We enjoy lunch here before visiting Niha castle and staying in Auberge Kheribe, a beautiful old traditional Lebanese House.
In the morning we will take a short walk in Masar el Chouf before driving to the stunning Chateau Kefraya to visit it’s vineyard with wine tasting. We will spend the night in the beautiful nearby mountain town of Zahle admiring its architecture and sophisticated nightspots.
We spend the morning in Anjar before visiting the incredible Roman ruins at Baalbek. In Greek and Roman times it was called Heliopolis, ‘The City of the Sun’. The complex includes two huge and very grand Roman ruins, the Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter; the most significant outside of Italy.
We admire the church of the picturesque mountain town of Bcharre before taking a walk in arquably Lebanon’s most famous cedar forest, and heading down into the Qadisha Valley to visit St Ellijah Hermitage. We will sleep in Auberge Hadas el Jibeh which boats one of the best views in the entire country.
We have another day to explore the Qadisha Valley at our leisure; visiting Our Lady Cannobine Monastery before lunch in Abu Joseph Restaurant and a short walk along this section of the LMT for a couple of hours before sleeping in St Antonio’s Monastery.
Heading back down to the coast we stop in the picturesque port of Byblos – the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world. We visit the Old Souk & Ciutadel before driving back to Beirut where we head to the Jeita Grotto: a system interconnected karstic limestone caves spanning nearly nine kilometres, housing the world’s largest known stalactite – one of the world’s great natural wonders. After exploring these together we will embark on our final group dinner in the city and a night on the town!
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