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Discover Lebanon... tours of 8 to 15 days

Our carefully set out tours ensure you discover all that Lebanon has to offer.


Cultural tours


Explore Lebanon's cultural heritage and long history, which go back thousands of years. Countless civilisations left their mark in this ancient land. Lebanon's geographical aspects are equally surprising: no sand and oil, but rugged snow-capped mountains, deep green valleys, fertile plains and a lovely Mediterranean coast.
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Religious tours


Lebanon is part of the region where the three world-religions originated and evolved. Also the polytheistic religions of ancient times played a major part in the daily lives of the people.
Our religious tours take you to sacred places of times past and present and are guided by religious scholars.
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Hiking tours


Guided walks ranging from 10 to 15 kilometres. Enjoy serene river valleys, ancient forests and cedar groves, rugged mountains with impressive views and rare plant and animal life. Discover Lebanon's nature reserves, some of which are listed under the World Heritage Foundation.
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Cookery course


The Lebanese kitchen is world famous! To master this art of cooking join up with a professional chef for a three-day course while on holiday.
Details on our Cuisine page.


Ski and winter sport vacations


The well equipped ski resorts of Mount Lebanon are renowned for their excellent quality snow, good variety of slopes for all levels, and great après ski. All the necessary ingredients for your ski holiday of a lifetime. For groups and individuals. Details on our Ski page.


Individual tours


If you prefer to travel individually, we will arrange your tailor-made holiday in Lebanon:

  • Any season, any number of days.
  • Car hire with driver for any number of days.
  • Optional activities: excursions, hiking tours, scuba diving, paragliding, mountain biking, abseiling, caving, rock climbing, rafting and golf.
  • Skiing at one of Mount Lebanon's splendid ski resorts.
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Cultural tours

with visits to:

  • Beirut, a blend of ancient ruins, historic mosques and churches, Ottoman, French Mandate and modern architecture, trendy boutiques and cosy cafés and restaurants.
  • Nahr el Kalb was of great strategic importance throughout the ages. Many of the conquering armies that came to this ancient country left inscriptions in the rocks to commemorate their safe passage.
  • Harissa; a Maronite shrine with a huge statue of mother Mary and spectacular views of the Bay of Jounieh.
  • Baalbek where the largest Roman acropolis ever built can be found. The well preserved temples are dedicated to Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus.
  • Anjar was built during the Omayyad period on the crossroads of ancient trade routes and had palaces, mosques and hamams.
  • Ksara, where splendid wines are produced that win international awards every year.
  • Saida with its famous Sea Castle, built by the Crusaders, and Khan el-Franj built by Emir Fakhredine to encourage trade with the west. Nearby is the ancient souq and the Grand Mosque.
  • Tyre has vast Roman/Byzantine archaeological sites, with a necropolis, aqueducts, Hadrian's Arch and the largest Roman race track ever built.
  • Jeita; a huge 6 km deep cave with a two story gallery of wonderful rock formations, dating back some 25 million years.
  • Faqra has a Roman temple hidden amidst bizarre rock formations. Nearby is a natural stone bridge, Jisr al Hajar, formed by wind and water erosion.
  • Wadi Qadisha; a spectacular valley in the northern mountains, hides traditional villages with ancient churches, monasteries and rock-cut hermitages.
  • Cedars of Lebanon, some of which are over two thousand years old.
  • Tripoli has the best preserved Crusaders' fortification of Lebanon, built in the 12th century. In its shadows lies a colourful souq with shops, khans, hamams, mosques and madrasas.
  • Byblos is one of the world's oldest, constantly inhabited cities. Stone- and bronze age houses, a Phoenician temple, Roman amphitheatre, Crusaders' castle and church, as well as a medieval town centre with a picturesque port.
  • Deir El Qamar was the seat of the Lebanese governors during the Ottoman empire and has beautiful traditional Lebanese buildings around a square with a fountain and a mosque.
  • Beit Eddine where the palace of Emir Beshir II, built between 1804 and 1840 is located. It has period furnished rooms, beautiful fountains, hamams and a large collection of Byzantine mosaics.
  • Chouf Cedar Reserve is protected by the World Heritage Foundation and has unique plant- and animal life.


Religious tours
 
With visits to:

  • Beirut; beautiful ancient churches and mosques where all the religions of Lebanon meet, as well as Roman ruins and Ottoman and French Mandate architecture.
  • Harissa, the famous maronite place of pilgrimage, has a huge statue of mother Mary. A nearby Greek orthodox church, recently restored, has beautiful mosaics.
  • Byblos has been continuously inhabited for 7000 years. Numerous civilisations have passed and built their places of worship.
  • Echmoun, the Phoenician temple of the god of life and death, dates from the 7th century BC. The Romans and Byzantines continued to build and use this holy place.
  • Maghdouche, where mother Mary used to wait in a cave for Jesus while he has preaching in Sidon. The cave is now a chapel with a very special icon.
  • Qana is where Jesus performed his first miracle by changing water into wine during the village wedding.
  • Baalbek has the largest Roman temples ever built, to honour their gods Jupiter, Venus en Bacchus. This site held earlier Phoenician and Greek shrines.
  • Ksara is where the Jesuits used to produce excellent wine. The Jesuits are no longer there, but wine production goes on.
  • Wadi Qadisha is a stunningly beautiful valley scattered with monasteries and chapels hundreds of years old. We visit the monasteries of St. Anthony of Qozhaiya and of St. Elisha.
  • Cedars of Lebanon! Some of these ancient trees were used to build Solomon's temple in Jerusalem. The Patriarch of Lebanon had a beautiful chapel built here in 1848.
  • Sidon has the Crusaders Sea Castle, built in the 12th century in a place that once held a Phoenician temple. Near the souq is the Grand Mosque which was originally a 13th century Crusaders' church.
  • Tyre, with its history of 5000 years, has seen many civilisations. Along the Roman/Byzantine road is a necropolis, the triumphal arch of Hadrian and the largest hippodrome of the Roman world.
  • Balamand monastery, founded in 1157 holds a beautiful collections of icons.
  • Sit el-Nouriya, Our Lady of the Light, stood and lit the skies to guide the sailors on stormy nights high up on the cliff of Chekka.
  • Anaaya has a shrine dedicated to St. Maroun, founder of the maronite faith. In 1851 St. Charbel entered the monastery here and lived a hermit's life. Many speak of the miracles he performed.


Hiking tours

Walks of medium hiking levels, 10 to 15 Km:

  • Wadi Qadisha in the northern mountains has spectacular views, waterfalls, picturesque villages, monasteries and hermit's caves carved into mighty rock walls.
  • Adonis River. From the temple of Machnaqa and through pine forests to the river valley. A natural bridge spans a mist shrouded waterfall. The source of the river is the cave of Adonis and Astarte at Afqa.
  • Chouf Cedar Reserve, with its ancient cedars, offers great views of the Bekaa Valley. The reserve has a rich flora and fauna
  • Jabal Qammoua is a northern mountain reserve of unspoiled natural beauty, with ancient pine forest, rugged mountains, rivers, waterfalls and amazing views.
  • Niha on the eastern slopes of Mount Lebanon holds many monuments from Roman times and early Christianity. This region overlooks the fertile Bekaa Valley.
  • Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve has more than 1050 types of vegetation and numerous wild animals, such as wolves, hyenas, wild boars and badgers.
  • Litani River is one of the mightiest rivers of Lebanon. Our track follows its course through green and rolling hills with unique plant and animal life.
  • Bcharré. From the cedar grove and along the Cliff of al-Qarn, the path reaches Bqaakafra and Bqerqacha, high above the Qadisha Valley. Spectacular views and unspoiled nature!


 








Sunset in Beirut
Sunset in Beirut.
Church in Diman
Church in Diman.
Greek-Orthodox church in Beirut.
shepherd and lamb.
Shepherd in the Bekaa valley
Ancient Byblos.
Ancient Byblos.
Inside the Bacchus temple
Wine lovers visiting the Bacchus temple