Jeita: 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.
Byblos: 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 archaeological 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.
Harissa: 600 meters above ses 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.
Availability of This Tour: Daily except Mondays
Pick-ups and drop-offs:
-All tours depart from our office on Sami El Solh Avenue (Badaro/Museum area).
-Pick-ups and drop-offs from/to all hotels in Beirut are free of charge. -Guests are requested to be ready at the reception desk of their hotel 45 minutes before the departure time of the tours. As drivers are instructed not to wait, guests who miss their pick up will have to take a taxi on their own.
-For Jounieh, the pick-ups and drop-offs are charged $10 per person per tour except for the tour of Baalbeck, Cedars and Kozhaya.
-Transfer from our Beirut office to Jounieh is done once all tours are back.
-All rates include transportation in deluxe motor coaches or vans, services of professional guides, VAT and entrance fees. Lunches are included in all full day tours. They are served in selected Lebanese restaurants with one small glass of arak.
-Children up to 4 years are free of charge but have no seat.
-Children between 4 and 12 years get $15 discount on all full day tours. No discount for the half day tours and for the tour of Tripoli.
-Payments by credit card are subject to $1.- supplement per person per tour.
-All prices and programs are subject to change without prior notice.
Departure and pick-up times of our tour:
-Pick up from Beirut Hotels: Between 07:45 and 08:00
-Pick up from Jounieh Hotels: Between 07:00 and 07:15
-Departure of tour: 08:30.
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