Arrival at Beirut airport, transfer to the hotel and overnight
Visit the splendid Museum of Contemporary Art Sursock. Discovery of the art scene in Beirut: visit of contemporary art galleries (Beirut Art Center, Ayyam Gallery, Tanit Gallery, Opera Gallery). In the afternoon, visit of “Hiraf Tourathia”, which presents a varied set of handicrafts Lebanese. Stop in front of the pigeon cave on the corniche of Beirut, then walk in the city center to discover the architecture of the mandate French, places of worship and archaeological remains, as well as the Saifi village with designer shops (Nada Debs, Bokja)
Tire, Sarafand and Sidon
Visit the maritime site of Tire and the remains of the Roman-Byzantine city. Sure the port visits the Barbour workshop, which still manufactures boats as time of the Phoenicians. Stop in Sarafand at a glassblower. In the souks of Sidon, visit of the museum Audi arranged in an old soap factory, carpenters ‘and quilters’ souk as well as Palestinian craft shop in the caravanserai “Khan el Franj”.
Chouf, Werhaniyé and Bsouss
Visit of Beiteddine Palace, stronghold of the great Druze family with its ornaments and its Ottoman style woodwork. A walk in the streets picturesque of Deir el Kamar, the city of emirs. Road to Werhaniyé for the visit of the superb sculpture workshop of the Assaf brothers. In Bssouss visit of a former silkworm converted into a beautiful silk museum, telling the history of sericulture in Lebanon.
Alita, Tripoli, Qalamoun and Byblos
In the Adonis Valley, visit the MACAM museum in Alita (modern art and contemporary). Continue to Tripoli, visit the old souks of the hammam Ezzeddine, soap khan, mosques and madrassas decor characteristic of Mamluk and Ottoman art. Stop at a dinandier at Qalamoun. Visit the archaeological site of Byblos, one of the oldest cities of the world, the Crusader Church and the Phoenician port. In the old souks stop at local designer boutiques (bags, cushions, candles, soaps, jewelry and other souvenirs).
Diman, Gibran Museum, Cedars and Qadicha.
Visit of the church of the Maronite Patriarchate in Dimane, with its frescoes painted by Saliba Doueihy. In the Khalil Gibran Museum, discovery of the pictorial collection of the most famous painter, poet, writer and essayist of the Cedars country. Short hike in the forest of the Cedars of the Lord, to admire the cedars carved by Rudy Rahmé. In the holy valley of the Qadicha, visit the monastery of Saint Anthony Qozhaya, sheltering the first printing of the Arab world in the 16th century.
Transfer to Beirut airport for departure
Option + 1 day
Baalback – Bekaa Valley – Anjar – Ksara – Zahle
Baalback: Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure can be counted among the wonders of ancient world. The largest and largest Roman temples ever built, they are also among the best preserved. The monuments of Baalbek have suffered flight, war and earthquakes, as well as many medieval additions.
Bekaa Valley: Located between two parallel mountain ranges in Lebanon. It is a fertile land irrigated by the Litany River and is the largest agricultural area in Lebanon, with a standardized international wine industry. Bekaa is also rich in archeology and history has left some of its monuments the most famous scattered throughout this region.
Anjar, in the heart of the Bekaa, is a unique urban and architectural jewel in its kind, classified. Unlike most historic cities in the region, the one Anjar lived and prospered only during one period: that of the Umayyads. It is also the only vestige of this era in Lebanon.
Ksara is a wine company in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. From 1857 by local members of the Christian community, Ksara developed the first dry wine in Lebanon. Ksara wine is the most popular in Lebanon, but due to large Lebanese diaspora around the world, it can be found and bought in many different countries.
Zahle: Called the bride of Bekaa because of her natural beauty and her wonderful landscapes. Located on the banks of the Bardouni River where there is a lot of Riverfront restaurants famous for their cuisine.