Walking through the Cedars of God
(7 days / 6 nights)
Arrival at Beirut International Airport. Once you have completed the immigration and customs formalities, our representative ADONIS TRAVEL & TOURISM will welcome you and you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
The attractive forested slopes of Chouf Mountain to the south and east of Beirut will be your destination this morning. Here you can experience the beautiful end of the 18th century with the Beiteddine Palace, the best surviving example of Lebanese-Ottoman architecture in the country. Then continuation to the Barouk Nature Reserve: path in the reserve where some trees are estimated to be 2,000 years old. The reserve is a good place for the conservation of mammals such as the wolf and the jungle cat of Lebanon, as well as several species of birds and mountain plants. Night in Beirut.
(Easy walks, 1:30 hours – no experience required)
Depart for the Bekaa Valley and walk through the Ammiq wetland: this privately owned 100-hectare wetland in the Bekaa Valley was declared a national nature reserve in 1999. It is one of the most important landing sites for migratory birds. in the Near East and is the largest natural wetland in Lebanon. Continue to Baalbeck for the visit. Return to Beirut and overnight.
(Easy hike – no experience needed – bird watching and hiking in the Kfar Zabad marshes – duration: 2 hours).
Head north and into the Qadisha Valley: Qadisha, one of the deepest and most beautiful in all of Lebanon, is a world apart. At the bottom of these wild and steep gorges runs the Qadisha River, the source of which is in the Qadisha Cave at the foot of the cedars. Above the valley is Qornet Es Saouda, the highest peak in Lebanon. Some Qadisha houses are the most important hermetic sites in the world. Rock-hewn chapels, caves and hermitages, many frescoes dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, are inserted into the steep walls. Notable monasteries located in the valley include the Saint Anthony of Qozhaya Monasteries, Saydet Haouqa Monastery, Qannoubine Monastery and Saint Elysee Monastery and Chapel of Saint Marina. Night in Beirut.
(Easy, 3 hours on average)
Departing for Ehden and walking through the forest, its rich biodiversity makes the reserve a unique place to visit. Spread over 4 valleys, the forest is home to many endangered mammals and birds, and most of the tree species in Lebanon. A mixed forest, the reserve includes conifers, such as cedars, as well as wild pear and wild apple trees. New, good trails with varying levels of difficulty are great for hiking. Ideal place for bird watching, hiking and snowshoeing. Go to Byblos to explore the beautiful medieval city with its crusader castle and beautifully restored cobbled streets. Continue to Beirut in the evening.
(Easy hiking without experience, duration of the walk: 3h00)
After breakfast, visit the city of Beirut: the Lebanese capital, also known as the “Paris of the East”, since the early 1990s has been part of a huge rebuilding program. Your visit includes a visit to the magnificent National Museum, the iconic Pigeon Cave Tour and the Center Region. Overnight in Beirut.
Depending on the flight, transfer to the airport for departure.