Bridge Between Past and Future

Day 1

Tyr, Saïda (About 210 km)

We will first visit Tire, a city that has preserved the remains of the Roman era, which we discover by visiting the excavations near the Old City. They are organized around a path lined with huge columns, which leads to the old port. We will mainly focus on the site of Al Bass, a necropolis where you can see monuments, tombs decorated with bas-reliefs, all near the racecourse. Then we will take the road to Saida.
Lunch at the restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will discover Saïda (Sidon) and its remains dating from the time of the Crusades. The “castle of the sea” is a Frankish fortress built in the early 13th century on a small island connected to the land by a fortified bridge. We will then walk to the Great mosque, built in an old church of Hospitallers, crossing the souks and the old “caravanserai of the French” of the 17th century.
Meeting / Conference
Dinner and overnight in Beirut.

Tyr

Day 2

Deir El Qamar, Beit Ed Din (About 150 km)

In the morning we will go to the south-east of Beirut, in the Chouf region, where Prince Chehab installed its capital in the nineteenth century. At an altitude of 850 meters, we will visit Deir El Qamar, “the Moon Convent “, with its pretty cobbled streets and, around the Midam, its central place, the oldest mosque of Mount Lebanon and the Maan Palace.

On its spur, Beit Ed Din dominates the valley with its famous palace built for the emir Bashir-Eddine al Chéhabi in the nineteenth century. You can visit the splendid Museum of Byzantine or take a look at the mosaics and churches.

Meeting / Conference
Dinner and overnight in Beirut.

Day 3

Beirut

Today we will discover Beirut, and unique, endearing city, where you rub shoulders old yellow houses with bullet-riddled facades and gleaming buildings that would like to make us forget the wounds of the war. Everything is new, impeccably restored or on the way to renovation. Archaeological sites are part of the urban landscape. The huge mosque with its four minarets alongside the The Achrafieh district, always imbued with the charm of the Ottoman era, the french mandate makes it look like some districts of Paris are misunderstood; it is the place for intellectuals and bohemians. We will discover, between the small buildings of the fifties, at the end of paths full of trees and flowers, some old Ottoman houses bathing in the aroma of the gardenias. Beirut remains a mythical city.
Lunch at the restaurant.
The visit of the national museum will allow us to recompose the history of Lebanon through the treasures of its collections, such as the famous sarcophagus of Ahiram, gold treasures of Byblos or the sculptures of Tire.
Meeting / Conference
Dinner and overnight in Beirut.

Day 4

Harrisa, Bkerke, Jeita, Beirut (About 150 km)

After breakfast, we will take the cable car to reach Harissa, a major pilgrimage site, where the Virgin of Lebanon dominates on its pedestal at 650 meters above sea level. Then we will visit Bkerke, where the seat of the Maronite Patriarchate is located.

Lunch at the restaurant.
In the afternoon we will go to Jeita. Jeita Cave, located in the Nahr Valley, in
Kelb, is a compound of interconnected karst caves. The complex consists of two caves. On board a boat, we will admire this maze of stalactites and stalagmites.

Meeting / Conference
Dinner and overnight in Beirut.

Day 5

The Cedars, the Qadisha Valley, Gibran Museum and Saint Anthony of Qozhaiya, Becharré (About 250 km)

The day will be devoted, to the famous Cedars resort (1840 meters altitude), in the heart of the Lebanese mountain, where remains the famous thorny, several thousand year old symbol of Lebanon. We will visit the Gibran Museum dedicated to the Lebanese artist Gibran Khalil (1883-1931), writer and philosopher. The museum is housed in a former convent hanging under the cliff overlooking the village of Bécharré. Lunch during the visit.

If the cedar is the symbol of Lebanon, the Qadisha Valley, “Holy Valley” is the soul. This deep valley with powerful landscapes, and dozens of caves, is the historic refuge of the Maronite community. We will visit, in particular, the convent of Saint-Antoine de Qozhaïya. Then we will join Becharré, where you can still breathe the air of the Lebanon of old.
Meeting / Conference
Dinner and overnight at Becharré.

Besharee
Byblos

Day 6

Byblos, Jounieh, Beirut (About 160 km)

After breakfast, a walk will allow us to fully immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of Becharre. Then we will take the road to Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the world.  At the foot of the old district dominated by the Frankish citadel extends the archaeological site. Its vestiges: the first human installations of the seventh millennium BC, the imposing walls of the third millennium, the obelisk temple, the Roman theater and colonnade perfectly illustrate the succession of civilizations making this region of the world so exciting. We will enjoy free time to stroll around in the souk.

Lunch at the restaurant.
Before returning to Beirut, we will see Jounieh, one of the most modern and active cities in Lebanon, also known for its beautiful bay and casino.
Meeting / Conference
Dinner and overnight in Beirut.

Day 7

Beirut, flight back.

The morning will be free for any personal discovery of the city.
After lunch transfer to the airport and flight back..