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Holy Valley, Bcharre, and Kozhaya: Private Tour from Beirut

Spend some time away from Beirut and take a private day trip to Kozhaya, Besharreh and the Cedars of Lebanon with your own private guide. Leave Beirut in the morning with your professional guide and head by private minivan to Besharreh -- a beautiful, welcoming village in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Holy Valley (Qadisha Valley). Upon arrival in Besharreh, take a leisurely walking tour with your guide around this ancient town, the birthplace of the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. Here, visit the Gibran Museum and the town’s many ancient churches and monasteries. Enjoy a relaxing lunch of traditional meze (Middle Eastern small dishes) and tapas at a Lebanese restaurant (own expense) before continuing your trip to Kozhaya. After an approximate 1-hour journey, arrive in this beautifully preserved city, part of the Holy Valley, where Maronites once hid during the turbulent Ottoman period. With your guide, visit the Monastery of St Anthony (free entry), which was built partly into the mountain and boasts gorgeous vistas of the surrounding forest and valley. Next, leave Kozhaya and head to northern Lebanon to discover the Cedars of Lebanon, magnificent cedar trees that stand as a symbol of the country. Drive up into Lebanon’s highest mountain range to see a cedar grove descending from ancient forests. Walk around with your guide and learn how the strong, wonderfully scented wood was once prized worldwide, and how these cedar forests were nearly destroyed as a result. After your private day trip, board your comfortable minivan for a relaxing drive back to Beirut.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.

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Private Tour - Qadisha Valley, Becharre, Jubran Museum & Cedars of God - Day Tour from Beirut

Depart from Beirut in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.  Arrive to the Holly Valley of Qadisha, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in a deep gorge, with its spectacular scenery, the valley houses the first Christian monasteries and (cave) churches of Lebanon.  After Qadisha Valley, visit Bcharre, located in the heart of the Qadisha Valley, a good and pleasant base for exploring the beautiful valley and the old cedar forest. Apart from its attractive and central location, Bcharre is home of Khalil Gibran museum, the famous writer and poet who was born there. Visit the museum, then have a lunch in a local restaurant.  After lunch, explore one of Lebanon’s most beautiful nature reserves and home to the oldest cedar forest located just eight kilometers from Bcharre.  After that, the trip ends so it's time to return to Beirut.