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• Byblos, the oldest town in the world continuously inhabited
• The Chouf Mountains.
•Baalbeck, one of the world’s greatest historical sites
•Anjar the only Omayyad city in Lebanon & major market place on the Silk Road
Journey into the mystic of the Lebanese culture on our highlights tour of Lebanon. Lebanon is a country with a long and rich history. Phoenician, Egyptian, Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Crusader, and Ottoman ruins are scattered about the country and the most important of them are easily accessible. Byblos, Beirut, Tyre and Sidon are among the oldest continuously populated cities in the world. There are Roman baths in Beirut, as well as the Cardio Maximus. Byblos is also rich in Crusader ruins. We visit the Place des Martyrs (Martyrs' Square) in Beirut, a statue erected in memory of the Lebanese nationalists who were hanged by the Ottomans for revolting during World War I (the statue is now riddled with bullet holes from the civil war, but is still beautiful). We will stay in Beirut and have day excursions to the sites in the north and south.
Friendly women enjoying a picnic outside Shiraz
Day 1: Beirut
Arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 2:Jeita - Harissa – Byblos
Start with a city tour of Beirut; then we visit the Jeita Grottoes and continue to Harissa, climbing by cable car to the Holy statue of Notre Dame for a spectacular view.
Day 3: Beiteddine & Deir el Kamar
Trael to the Chouf Mountains. The visit will start with Deir El Qamar, the ancient residence of the Governors of Lebanon. Proceed to Beiteddine, a superb example of the Lebanese architecture of the 18th & 19th century.
Day 4: Cedars – Bcharreh – Qozhaya
We travel to the north to visit the Cedars Forest and the Gebran Museum in Bcharreh.
Then visit the Monastery of St Antonios Qozhaya in the Qadisha Valley.
Day 5: Sidon – Tyre
We travel to the south of Lebanon - via Damour. The visit starts with Sidon touring the Sea Castle built by the crusaders, and browsing in the souks. We proceed to Tyre and tour the Arc de Triumph, the Hippodrome and the excavation bringing back master pieces from Crusaders, Romans, Greeks and Byzantine eras.
Day 6: Baalbeck – Ksara – Anjar
An excursion to the Beqaa Valley and one of the world’s greatest historical sites: Baalbeck. Visit the Temple of Jupiter and Bacchus. We enjoy wine-tasting at Ksara winery for a taste of the Lebanese production. Then continue to Anjar, the only Omayyad city in Lebanon. It is recognized to be one of the major market places on the Silk Road.
Day 7 Depart
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Amman and join our Jordan tour or the full Jordan and Israel tour.
25 days /26 nights In-Depth
14 days /15 nights Highlights
Begin and End in Tehran.
Based on hotel selection
Option for 4 or 5 star centrally located hotel; 6 nights
All breakfasts and lunches