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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 Private & Custom 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.

$100 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!

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Small Group Tours - Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos Day trip from Beirut

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Beirut Daily ToursDepart from Beirut by a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive to Jeita Grotto and enjoy a magical view of the natural stalactites and stalagmites wonderfully shaped. Jeita Grotto, the superb work of Mother Nature, is a touch of Lebanese cultural heritage and one of the most impressive and interesting natural sites in the world. It’s unimaginable how nature has sculpted such a masterpiece! Make a tour in the upper grotto by foot and the lower grotto by boat. At every step an astonishing limestone formation will surprise you!Pass By: Beirut Daily ToursAfter Jeita, visit the ancient city of Byblos, a mix of sophistication and tradition. This very charming 7000 years old city is rich with historical sites and ruins. Discover the archaeological Castle and stroll through the old souks and byways.Pass By: Beirut Daily ToursThen, have a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the city.Pass By: Beirut Daily ToursAfter lunch, head to Harissa, take a lift over the sky by cable car that will lead you to the statue of Virgin Mary located 600 meters above the sea and enjoy a panoramic view of the bay of Jounieh. After that, the trip ends so it's time to return to Beirut.

$35 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour - Jeita Grotto & Harissa - Day Trip from Beirut

Depart from Beirut in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and visit the “Touristic Site of Jeita”, one of the Middle East's greatest natural wonders, that gathers all elements of nature such as stone, water, trees, flowers, air and animals in a verdurous environment and with a touch of Lebanese cultural heritage. It is one of the most impressive and interesting natural sites in the world. Jeita Grotto is the superb work of Mother Nature. It’s unimaginable how nature has sculpted such a masterpiece! At every step an astonishing limestone formation will surprise you! After Jeita, visit Harissa, Our Lady of Lebanon, a destination for all visitors and religions. Harissa, with the statue of the Virgin Mary, erected in 1908, is 600 meters above sea level. Take a lift over the sky by cable car to reach the statue of Virgin Mary and enjoy a great experience that offers breathtaking views of the bay of Jounieh. After that, the trip ends so it's time to return to Beirut.

$40 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour - Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos - Day Trip from Beirut

Depart from Beirut in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and visit the “Touristic Site of Jeita”, one of the Middle East's greatest natural wonders, that gathers all elements of nature such as stone, water, trees, flowers, air and animals in a verdurous environment and with a touch of Lebanese cultural heritage. It is one of the most impressive and interesting natural sites in the world. Jeita Grotto is the superb work of Mother Nature. It’s unimaginable how nature has sculpted such a masterpiece! At every step an astonishing limestone formation will surprise you!After Jeita, visit Byblos, one of the top contenders for the "oldest continuously inhabited city" award. It is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is also one of the rare sites that have continuously been inhabited since their foundation excavations show that it dates back to the 6th millennium B.C. Byblos is today a very charming city distinguished for its neighborhood that dates back to the Middle Ages with its historical sites and ruins.Explore the old souks and castle in Byblos, then take a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the city. After lunch, we will visit Harissa, Our Lady of Lebanon, a destination for all visitors and religions. Harissa, with the statue of the Virgin Mary, erected in 1908, is 600 meters above sea level.Take a lift over the sky by cable car to reach the statue of Virgin Mary and enjoy a great experience that offers breathtaking views of the bay of Jounieh.After that, the trip ends so it's time to return to Beirut.