Walking through the Cedars of God

Day 1

Beirut Airport

Arrive at Beirut International Airport under your own arrangements. A Once you have completed the immigration and customs formalities, you will be welcomed by our representative ADONIS TRAVEL & TOURISM and will be transferred to your hotel for overnight

barouk

Day 2

Beirut – Beiteddine – Barouk

The attractive wooded slopes of Chouf Mountain, south and east of Beirut will be your destination this morning. Here you can experience the beautiful end of the 18th century with the palace of Beiteddine, the finest surviving example of Libano-Ottoman architecture in the country. Then continue to the Barouk Nature Reserve: walk in the reserve where some trees are estimated at 2,000 years old. The reserve is a good location for the conservation of mammals such as the wolf and the cat of the jungle of Lebanon, as well as various species of birds and mountain plants. – Night in Beirut.

(Easy hikes, 1:30 hours – no experience required)

Day 3

Barouk – Beqaa Valley – Baalbeck – Beirut

Departure for the Bekaa Valley and walk through the wetland of Ammiq: This 100-hectare, privately owned wetland in the Bekaa Valley has been declared a national nature reserve in 1999. It is on one of the most important landing spot of migratory birds in the Near East and is the largest natural wetland in Lebanon. Continue to Baalbeck for the visit – Return to Beirut – Overnight.

(Easy hike – no experience needed – bird watching and hiking in the marshes from Kfar Zabad – duration: 2 hours).

Beqaa
Kadisha Valley

Day 4

Kadisha Valley – Becharre

Head north and walk in the Qadisha Valley: Qadisha, one of the most deep and beautiful in all of Lebanon, it is indeed a world apart. At the bottom of this wild and steep gorges runs the Qadisha River, whose source is in the cave of Qadisha, at the foot of the cedars. Above the valley is Qornet Es Saouda, the highest summit in Lebanon. Some houses of Qadisha are the most important hermetic sites in the world. Rock-carved chapels, caves and hermitages, many frescoes dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, are inserted in the steep walls. Among the notable monasteries located in the valley are the monasteries of St Antoine de Qozhaya, the Saydet Haouqa Monastery, the Qannoubine Monastery, and the Monastery of St. Elysee and the Chapel of St. Marina. Night in Beirut

(Easy, 3 hours on average)

Day 5

Becharre – Ehden – Byblos – Beirut

Departure to Ehden and walk through the forest, its rich biodiversity makes the reserve a unique place to visit. Stretching over 4 valleys, the forest is home to many mammals and endangered birds, and most 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 different difficulty levels are ideal for hiking. Ideal place to observe birds, hiking and snowshoeing. Go to Byblos to explore the beautiful medieval city with its Crusader castle and beautifully restored cobblestone lanes – continue to Beirut for the night

(easy hiking no experience necessary, duration of the hike: 3h00)

Idyllic scene in Lebanon in Khalil Gibran museum, Bcharreh.
Beirut

Day 6

Beirut

After breakfast, visit the city of Beirut: The Lebanese capital, also known as the “Paris of the East”, has since the early 90’s been part of a huge reconstruction program. Your visit includes a visit to the magnificent National Museum, the emblematic Tour of the Pigeon Cave and the Downtown Region – Overnight in Beirut

Day 7

Review Lebanon

Depending on the flight, transfer to the airport for departure