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Of the coastal towns in this region, Byblos is by far the most captivating, with a carefree charm, good sleeping and eating choices, and a complex of interesting ruins at its heart.

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$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tripoli and Batroun

Tripoli Tripoli 85 kilometers north of Beirut, has a special character all its own. Thanks to its historical wealth, relaxed lifestyle and thriving business climate, this is a city where modern and medieval blend easily into a lively and hospitable metropolis. Known as the capital of the North, Tripoli is Lebanon’s second largest city. Forty-five buildings in the city, many dating from the 14th century, have been registered as historical sites. Twelve mosques from Mamluke and Ottoman times have survived along with an equal number of “madrassas” or theological schools. Secular buildings include the “hammam” or the bathing-house, which followed the classical pattern of Roman-Byzantine baths, and the “khan” or caravansary. The souks, together with the “khans”, form an agglomeration of various trades where tailors, jewelers, perfumers, tanners and soap-makers work in surroundings that have changed very little over the last 500 years. Batroun A coastal Lebanese city, located 50 km north of the capital Beirut, and 29 km south of Tripoli. The town boasts historic churches from Roman Catholicism and Greek Orthodox, it is also a major beach resort (knowing that Batroun is one of the cleanest rock and pebble beaches in Lebanon) with a vibrant nightlife that includes pubs and nightclubs. Citrus groves surround Batroun, and the town has been famous (from the early twentieth century) for its fresh lemonade sold at the cafés and restaurants on its main street. There is also the ancient Phoenician sea wall in Batroun was originally a natural structure composed of petrified sand dunes. It was reinforced gradually by the Phoenicians with rocks, and the wall as it stands today took its present shape in the first century BC. The Phoenicians used this wall as protection against sea storms and invaders, while during Roman times it again functioned as a quarry.       Our Lady of Nourieh Our Lady of Nourieh, Saydet el Nourieh in Arabic, is a Marian shrine. Nourieh is a derivative of the Arabic word, nour, meaning light. Thus, in English, the Marian shrine can be called, Our Lady of Light. It is a Greek Orthodox monastery was built in the 17th century. The miraculous icon has been venerated for centuries for having glowed with light to attract wayward ships. The shrine is a popular Christian pilgrimage site in Lebanon, the tourists and pilgrims alike enjoy the beautiful view of the bay from atop.

$180 Private & Custom Tours

High Country Excursions

Before starting your ride, take part in a short safety and technical briefing, to get your helmets and be ready for an unforgettable journey. Departing from our premises, you will head first to Afqa & Akoura mountains to take in the stunning views. Then you head to Faraya mountains peak "known as Top of The World" where the biggest statue of St. Charbel, Faraya sign (Hollywood style) are located and above the big Dam of Faraya, an incredible view from this peak at 2000 m above the sea and a great place for photo shooting. You will get 1 hour free time, you can have a lunch or a hike to the Dam borders. You will head back to our premises after an amazing trip.

$120 Cultural & Theme Tours

Anfeh, Batroun & Orchid Beach Resort

After pick-up from the hotel, we head north to the small village of Anfeh, which is a seaside town built around ruins dating back to the pre-Phoenician period. Here you will see the picturesque sight of a jumble of tiny white houses, churches and windmills perched along the rocky beaches of the Mediterranean coast. After Anfeh, we will head up to Hamat, which is home to the historic shrine and monastery of Our Lady of Nourieh. You’ll be treated to spectacular views from the top of the mountain. After admiring the view, we will visit Batroun, a city seeped in history. Here you can enjoy wandering through old souks with cobblestoned roads and admire historic churches, and  taste-test the fresh lemonade that Batroun is renowned for. Our last stop is Orchid Beach Resort, where you can enjoy lunch overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and then stretch out beside the pool to relax, unwind and indulge in a cocktail or two.

$100 Private & Custom Tours

Jeita Grotto & Harissa (Private Tour)

We start the day sightseeing at one of Lebanon’s most beautiful natural sites, Jeita Grotto, which is made up of stunning limestone caverns full of amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Here you will have the opportunity to see two grottos, one by foot and the other by boat. We then head down to the bay of Jounieh, and from there take a 15-minute cable car ride up the mountain to Harissa. You’ll be treated to a panoramic view of Jounieh Bay on the way up, so have your cameras ready. Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll see the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, which is one of the most important shrines in the world that honours the Virgin Mary. After you’ve had time to admire the Shrine and soak up the picturesque sights and peaceful atmosphere, we will stroll down the road to a local restaurant for lunch, where again you’ll be mesmerised by the stunning view.

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