Day 01: BEIRUT AIRPORT - BEIRUT
Upon arrival, AL AWAEL TRAVEL Representative will meet you at baggage claim after immigration and customs. We will escort you to your vehicle for transfer to the hotel and provide check in assistance. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: BEIRUT CITY TOUR AND STREET FOOD – BEIRUT
Food reveals about the culture of the country that’s why in this tour we will mix between the food and the sites. Your tour will begin with the National Museum, the principal museum of archaeology, history and culture in Lebanon. Afterwards, we will have a food stop to try a traditional on the go Lebanese breakfast our famous “Manouche “. We will continue to explore the downtown area including Martyrs Square, Nejmeh Square with the famous clock tower, the Roman Ruins and Bathes, Mohammad El Amin Mosque and Saint Georges Church. To know more about the history of these renovated souks we will have a stop in one of the oldest sweet & Juice shops that was totally destroyed during the civil war and after the reconstruction of the down town he took the same location to open his shop. Our lunch will be bites from different street food sandwiches such as shawarma , falafel … Finally we will grab a traditional Lebanese coffee cup and walk through the corniche and enjoy the views of the pigeon rock
Day 03: BEIRUT – BAALBEK – ANJAR – KSARA - BEIRUT
After breakfast, venture through Lebanon's countryside to Baalbek, also called Heliopolis. The site is a dedication to the gods of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, and was classed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. This ancient site is largely made up of semi-crumbled temples built by the Romans, including the massive Temple of Jupiter, the best-preserved Roman ruin in Lebanon. Drive to Anjar and explore the town's showpiece – the Umayyad ruins. Wander through this fascinating complex: remnants of an 8th-century palace city ruled by the Ummayad dynasty; ruined temples, arcades and gates built in Hellenistic and Roman style. At the end you will have a tour of Ksara Winery where you will visit the caves and have a wine tasting. Transfer back to Beirut, overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: BEIRUT – MAGHDOUSHE - SIDON - MLEETA - BEIRUT
After a one-hour drive from Beirut by comfortable coach, your day trip starts in the village Maghdouché, which is famous for its shrine that marks the sacred cave where the Virgin Mary is believed to have waited for Jesus while he preached in Sidon. At the town’s entrance, on a high hill looking back at the city of Sidon, stands the statue of Lady Mantara, Maghdouche's most famous landmark. From here, you head to the coast to visit Sidon, another important commercial center with a wealth of history. The city’s narrow alleyways and traditional souks, or markets, sweep you back to the Middle Ages, when its imposing crusader castle was built overlooking the harbor. Explore the impressive Great Mosque and hear how it was built in the 16th century on the foundations of a Crusader building. Your final stop will be in Mleeta, this place carves the memory of a continual stage in the history of Lebanon. This is a natural museum, surrounded by the captivating nature and mountains. Its aim is to preserve the places where the Mujahideen lived, giving people the chance to be acquainted with the style of the unique experience of the Islamic resistance against the Israeli enemy, since its occupation of Beirut in 1982. Mleeta landmark contributes to the boosting of the tourist movement in south Lebanon, providing close acquaintance with the villages and towns of the south, which were shunned from the political map due to both chronic negligence and occupation. Transfer back to Beirut for overnight.
Day 05: BEIRUT- JIETA - HARISSA – BYBLOS
You will be driven north to visit Jeita Grotto, the jewel of tourism in Lebanon, where 2 limestone crystallized grottoes characterized by extraordinary concretions of stalactites and stalagmites sculpted naturally in different forms, sizes and colors are found. Then proceed to Harissa where you will see the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, which is a Marian shrine and a pilgrimage site in Lebanon. In addition, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Jounieh Bay using the cable cars from Harissa to Jounieh. Then transfer to Byblos, the "oldest continuously inhabited city the world" to visit the famous Crusader castle and discovering some beautiful churches and the old souks. Check in and overnight in Byblos.
Day 06: BYBLOS FREE DAY - BYBLOS
After having your breakfast grab your towel and enjoy the sun and the music in one of the famous beaches in the area. Overnight in Byblos
Day 07: SAINT CHARBEL - GORGE WATER FALL - BEIURT
After breakfast, start your day with religious stop at Monastery Saint Maroun Annaya (Tomb Saint Charbel), also called the Cave of the monks, is an ancient cavern - used as a Maronite monastery - carved out of solid rock in the side of a cliff. St Charbel Makhlouf is one of the best known saints in the Middle East. He arouses admiration and universal awe because of the extraordinary miracles and signs wrought through the power of his intercession. Then proceed to the famous gorge water fall in Tanourine "El Tahta" ( Baatara Waterfall). The waterfall drops 255 metres into the Balaa Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail. The cave is also known as the Cave of the Three Bridges. You can enjoy supplement activities as escalade, rappel, monkey bridge walk.. Back to Beirut for check in and overnight.
Day 08: BEIRUT AIRPORT - DEPARTURE
Transfer to Beirut airport for departure.