Cultural Tour 1

Day 1: Tripoli & Cedars

From Beirut drive towards the north through the coastal road to Tripoli. Visits starts to the Taynal mosque then St. Giles castle. Walk through the old souk of Tripoli and visit a hammam, Soap caravanserai and other attractions. The tour continues towards the mountains to Blaouza where lunch will be served and then proceed to the forest of the Cedars of Lebanon (2000 m. altitude). Some of the trees are about 3,000 years old. After visiting the Cedars forest drive down and back through Qadisha Valley (Holly Valley), where many monks long time ago built their monasteries in this valley and lived offering to God their life and prayers. Some of these monasteries are carved in the rock or even part of them. The drive back to Beirut through Qadisha valley is a breathtaking of scenery and serenity enjoying the wonderful view and making en route many photo stops.
Duration: 10 hrs

 

Day 2: Baalbeck, Chateau Ksara & Anjar

From Beirut, climb Eastward passing Dahr El Baidar and Chtaura. A magnificent view of the fertile Bekaa valley stretches ahead, then to the North-East until we reach the city of Baalbeck. Visit the largest and the greatest, ever built, well preserved Roman temples of Bacchus & Jupiter. See, also, one of the biggest stones ever quarried for building purposes. Drive back to Zahle for visiting Ksara Winery and its underground caves dating back to the Roman period besides to taste and discover one of the best undiscovered wines. Lunch will be served in Ksara winery to discover the real taste of the famous traditional Lebanese Mezza with local wine. Drive South-East towards Anjar to explore the ruins of the only Umayyad town discovered in Lebanon. Return to the hotel in Beirut.
Duration of excursion: 9 hrs 15 min

 

Day 3: Tyre, Sidon & Echmoun

From Beirut, drive via the South coastal road to Tyre. Visit one of the largest Roman sites in the region (announced a world heritage site by UNESCO), the “imperial city” on the semi-island, then short drive to the main land for visiting the Roman hippodrome, the Roman-Byzantine necropolis and a triumphal arch. 
From Tyre return through the same coastal road back to Sidon for visiting the sea castle dating back to the Crusaders period and walk through the old Mamluk souk; visit the soap museum then the caravanserai “Khan El Franj”. On the way back to Beirut visit the Phoenician temple dedicated to the healing god “Echmoun” which was built by the King of Sidon Echmounazar II. Return to Beirut.
Duration: 8 hrs 30 min

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