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$95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

Meet your friendly, professional guide in central Beirut, and then head straight to Jeita, which is 12 miles (20 km) north of Beirut. The fascinating town is home to one of the world's most beautiful caverns, known as the Jeita Grotto, which was a finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature, a 2011 competition for the best natural wonders on the planet. Visit the lower caverns by boat on a subterranean lake, and then see the dry upper gallery on foot with your guide. The main source of the Dog River (Nahr El Kalb) rises from this incredible cavern.Your comfortable coach will then take you to the ancient city of Byblos, one of the oldest towns in the world, dating back at least 7,000 years. The rise and fall of nearly two dozen successive civilizations make this site one of the richest archeological areas in the country. Today a busy modern town, Byblos is home to a medieval Roman port, which is one of the city’s tourist hubs. Your guide will tell about the landmarks in this area such as Byblos Castle, built by the crusaders in the 12th century. You’ll also learn about the extensive remains of city’s past.After a relaxing lunch of traditional meze and tapas at a Lebanese restaurant in Byblos (included), head off to Harissa. This beautiful village boasts stunning, panoramic views across the Bay of Jounieh on the Mediterranean coast. Admire the Statue of the Virgin Mary, which can be seen from miles away, and visit inside the statue's base – a chapel with an exterior spiral staircase. This sanctuary is a destination for countless pilgrims who come from all over. After a photo opportunity at this major Lebanon attraction, return to Beirut in the relaxing comfort of your luxury coach.Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning against travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns, Viator’s Lebanon tours continue to operate with no disruptions. We are in frequent contact with our local suppliers and guides in Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.

$48.88 Cultural & Theme Tours

Jeita Grotto, Byblos, and Harissa: Private Tour from Beirut

After meeting your friendly, expert guide in central Beirut, head by private minivan 12 miles (20 km) north to Jeita. This fascinating town is home to one of the world's most stunning caverns, known as the Jeita Grotto, which was a finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature, a 2011 competition for the best natural wonders on earth. Take a boat on a subterranean lake to visit the lower caverns and then see the dry upper gallery on foot with your guide. The main source of the Dog River (Nahr El Kalb) rises from this incredible cavern.Next, head to the 7,000-year-old city of Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the world. The rise and fall of nearly 24 successive civilizations means this site has some of the most archeological areas in the country. Today’s busy, modern Byblos is home to a medieval Roman port, which is one of the city’s tourist hotspots. Your guide will teach you about the landmarks in this area such as Byblos Castle, built by the crusaders in the 12th century. You’ll also learn about the extensive remains of city’s rich historical past.After a relaxing lunch of traditional meze and tapas at a Lebanese restaurant in Byblos (own expense), continue your journey to Harissa. This beautiful village boasts stunning panoramic views across the Bay of Jounieh on the Mediterranean coast. Marvel at the Statue of the Virgin Mary, which can be seen from miles away, and visit inside the statue's base (free entry) – a chapel with an exterior spiral staircase. This sanctuary is a destination for many pilgrims who come from far and wide. After a photo opportunity at this top Lebanon attraction, return to Beirut in the relaxing comfort of your private minivan.Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning against travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns, Viator’s Lebanon tours continue to operate with no disruptions. We are in frequent contact with our local suppliers and guides in Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.

$22 Private & Custom Tours

Private Car - Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos

In This Private Tour from Beirut, explore  Jeita Grotto, a compound of crystallised caves located 20 kilometres north of Beirut in the Valley of Nahr Al Kalb. This grotto is made up of two limestone caves, upper galleries and a lower cave through which a 6230 m long river runs. Jeita Grotto consists of two separate, but interconnected, limestone caves, and boasts a length of 5.6 miles (9km). Then continue the tour to  Byblos, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and learn about the history of many civilization from the Phoenician who considered it a city of great antiquities. Modern scholars say that the site of Byblos goes back at least 7,000 years. It is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, about 20 miles (30 km) north of the modern city of Beirut. The tour ends in  Harissa with the statue of the Virgin Mary and the amazing panoramic view of the city of Jounieh.

$40 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Car-Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Baatara Waterfall-Full Day tour From Beirut

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jeita Grotta, Qornet El Hamra, Mount Lebanon GovernoratePlan a private day tour from Beirut to Jeita Grotto, Lebanon's great natural wonder. Visit both the upper and lower galleries while enjoying the refreshingly cool temperature inside the caves. It includes a boat ride through the lower galleries and a visit to the upper galleries on foot. There are several restaurants, snack bars, and restrooms on-site, as well as souvenir shops selling Lebanese handicrafts.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Our Lady of Harissa, Jounieh, Mount Lebanon GovernorateLater, continue with a beautiful Telefrique ride from the bay of Jounieh to the mountain of Harissa with virgin Mary statue which offers you the chance to feel that you've made a real pilgrimage. The views across the mountainous landscape and out to the see are breathtaking too.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Baatara Gorge Waterfall, Tannourine, North GovernorateMove toward Baatara Gorge Waterfall. Located 76 km from Beirut in the village of Balaa, about 2000 meters above sea level with the amazing landscape and Hilly Mountain area of Tannourine. It is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, often being ranked among the top places to visit in Asia. Baatara Gorge is also called “the Three Bridges Chasm”, due to the three natural bridges hanging above the Jurassic limestone cave.The waterfall has a total drop of 255 meters into the Baatara Pothole and the best time to visit is in April-May, when the ice melts from the peaks above the valley.Duration: 2 hours

$160 Cultural & Theme Tours

Jeita grotto, lady of lebanon, byblos tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jeita Grotto, Jitta, Mount Lebanon GovernorateYou will see a huge natural grotto that will astonish you Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Churches of Harissa, Jounieh, Mount Lebanon GovernorateYou will see an amazing view of jounieh through the 6 meters monument of St Mary, the mother of Jesus, and have lunch with natural view of sea and forest Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Old Souk, Byblos, Mount Lebanon GovernorateYou will see the historical old souk of byblos, the castle, the wax museum, the sea and old churches Duration: 3 hours

$106.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

Jeita - Harissa - Byblos (Full day)

Tour start at 09:00 from your hotel and back around 17:30Straight after you meet your private guide at your hotel lobby, an average road trip starts arriving minutes later to Jeita Grottos where you start your first visit by taking a cable car to the upper cave.At the entrance, you will be asked to leave  your cameras and mobile phones inside a private locker. Unfortunately photos are restricted inside the caves!A smooth walk inside, shows how wonderful nature is with all the stalactites and stalagmites rising here and there forming these breathtaking shapes…On your way out, don’t forget your personal belongings, you may take the touristic train down to the lower cave, or simply walk down for very few minutes enjoying the Dog River valley scenes until you reach the 2nd entrance. Same procedure, but this time the Captain will meet you there and invite you to a short ride in a fishing boat on sweet cold water…… Train or walk to the way out where your private guide will be waiting for you at the exit.From Jeita to the “Teleferique” in Jounieh city, another short drive. This time the cable car will drive you  from the shore up to the peak of the Harissa Mountain. Panoramic views on the way up overlooking Jounieh city and the beautiful bay. Your guidewill welcome you at the final stop and convey the site history… the chapel, the monument and the Cathedrals…An average ride to Byblos city will follow, where you may have your lunch break and then proceed to visit the old souks, the shops and bars and the old Phoenician port.Surprises await for you! Enjoy the day!