Between Islam and Christianity
(7 days / 6 nights)
Arrival at the airport, assistance and transfer to hotel. Dinner in Beirut.
Visit the National Museum of Beirut with a prestigious collection of coins from different archaeological sites throughout Lebanon. Stop on the ledge in front of the cave pigeons, then walk through the center of Beirut to discover the different areas (the Place de l’Etoile and the Place des Martyrs), the archaeological sites (the garden of forgiveness and the Roman baths ). ) as well as the various places of worship, such as the Mohammad Al Amin Mosque, the St. George’s Cathedral of the Greek Orthodox Church and the St. Louis Church of the Latin community built in the 19th century. (Possibility of celebration and Eucharistic meeting). Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight in Beirut.
Road to the south of Lebanon, crossed by the steps of Christ. Visit Cana, located at the back of the Land of Tire, the place where, according to early church historians, Jesus attended a wedding to perform his first miracle. On the way to Maghdoucheh, the town that dominates Sidon, where the Shrine of Our Lady of Waiting is built, around a cave where the Virgin Mary awaited her Son during her pilgrimage through southern Lebanon. Continuation to the Chouf mountain, a region of coexistence between Druze and Maronites, visit Deir al Kamar, former capital of the Ottoman province of Mount Lebanon, walk through its streets and visit the church of Saydet al Tell (possibility of celebration and Eucharistic meeting ). Return to the hotel in Beirut, dinner and overnight.
Departure from the hotel. Visit of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, then visit of the Basilica of Saint Paul the Church of the Greek Catholics with its wonderful mosaics. On the way to the Notre Dame de Bzommar convent, Armenian Catholic patriarchal seat since the 18th century. Continuation to Annaya, where the hermitage and the convent where Makhlouf lived, the great Maronite saint Charbel. In the late afternoon, walk through the old town of Byblos and visit the Saint Jean-Marc Crusaders church (Possibility of celebration and Eucharistic meeting). Dinner at Jounieh or Byblos
On the way to the Batroun region, visit of the old city and its Saydet al Baher church that protrudes from the Phoenician wall, continuation towards the interior of Batroun to visit the burial place of the Maronite saint Rafqa in Khrebta and the tombs of Saint Neemtallah Hardini , Blessed Stephan Neemeh and Kfifane. Visit the Greek Orthodox monastery of Balamand, which was a Cistercian abbey at the time of the Crusades, and the Saydet al Nouriyeh Orthodox Greek convent, located on top of a rocky promontory that offers a magnificent view of the sea. (Possibility of Eucharistic celebration and meeting). Dinner and night in Jounieh or Byblos.
Departure from the hotel. Head north to visit the Cedros Becharré regions, overlooking the Qadisha Valley. Visit to the museum of the Lebanese poet-writer and painter Gibran Khalil Gibran, the author of “Prophet”, then a short walk in the biblical forest of cedars, located at 2000 m. altitude. In the sacred valley called Qadisha in Syriac, visit the monastery of Saint Elisha (Mar Lichaa), place of the Maronite monastic reform in the seventeenth century and the monastery of Saint Anthony Qozhaya, where the first printing works were placed in the seventeenth century . (Possibility of Eucharistic celebration and meeting). Return to the hotel, dinner and accommodation in Jounieh or Byblos.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure.