Free time after breakfast at our hotel. Our guests, if they wish, can join the Jeita & Harissa & Byblos Tour organized by our guide. After our tour, we return to our hotel. In the evening, we will attend the dinner where you will taste Lebanese appetizers with our guests who wish (extra). After this entertaining dinner, we return to our hotel. We will spend the night at our hotel in Beirut.
Jeita & Harissa & Byblos Tour (Extra $80) |
Departure towards the Jeita caves, located on the edge of the Dog River and its valley, at the foot of the Lebanese mountains, approximately 30 minutes (20 km) from Beirut. There are two caves, upper and lower, in Jeita, which is shaped by karst formations. We start our visit with the cable car ride up to the cave from the car parking area. The upper cave was discovered in 1958 and has a length of 2200 m, of which 750 m is open to visitors via walking path. Although the lower cave sheltered people in prehistoric times, its rediscovery dates back to 1836. Excursions inside the lower cave are made by electric motor boats. Departure to Harissa by walking back down from the caves or taking the mini train. With a journey of approximately 15-20 minutes, our vehicle will arrive in Beirut’s neighbor, the resort city of Jounie. 2 different cable cars depending on the weather conditions
Ascent to Harissa, which is located at an altitude of approximately 650m. At the top, we will be greeted by the 15-ton statue of the Virgin Mary, which was mounted on a small church in 1908. The large cathedral behind the statue is impressive with its architecture, which looks like a cedar tree from the outside and a Phoenician ship from the inside, and was chosen as a result of the competition. Our descent from the hill will be back to Jounie with our vehicle. From here, we arrive at the ancient Phoenician port city of Byblos, located on the seashore, with a journey of approximately 20 minutes (18 km). Although the history of the city is not known for certain, scientists estimate that it dates back to 7000 years ago. Byblos, a large commercial port, was a city that dominated the papyrus trade in the region due to its developed commercial and cultural relations with ancient Egypt. For this reason, the Greeks gave the city the name Byblos, which means holy book in Greek. It was the Phoenicians who discovered the first linear alphabet, which is the basis of today’s modern Latin, Arabic and Greek alphabets, and the oldest work related to the alphabet was found in Byblos. At the end of the tour, return to Beirut and free time.