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LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Lebanon is a small hidden gem in the Center East and a ravishing destination for a 10-day journey. It’s just a Three-Four-hour flight from Europe and thus an ideal destination for the Might (or October) faculty holidays! I visited with my family (youngsters 13/16 years) and drove across the country for 10 days. Having seen loads of the world, it takes real beauty to amaze me and that’s one thing Lebanon has plenty of. It’s time to share my experiences in this Lebanon itinerary.

This Lebanon journey information covers all its magnificence in one of the best day journeys so to efficiently see all of the must-see locations. Though Lebanon is a small country it has such an enormous number of highlights that every day shall be totally different. Sea, mountains, Islam, Christianity, and historic historical past but in addition trendy way of life is what you find in Lebanon. Let’s take a look at what I feel is the most complete Lebanon itinerary to expertise all its magnificence.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Planning a Lebanon street trip itinerary

Before going into particulars of each day a number of tips to plan your Lebanon journey effectively.

  • The greatest time to visit Lebanon is in spring or autumn. In summer time it’s very popular and in winter there’s lots of snow up in the mountains. In fact, if you want to go snowboarding then winter is the time to go! I visited in late April when the climate was good with snow up in the mountains but warm sufficient to swim too at the beaches.
  • Lebanon has only one worldwide airport in Beirut which is definitely reached by a wide variety of airlines. It’s just a Three-Four-hour flight from Europe and you may join anyplace in the world from there. From Europe you’ve connections everywhere in the world. I arrived in the afternoon and I passed immigration in just 30 minutes but maintain in thoughts that at busy occasions this may take longer. Examine earlier than travelling should you require a visa.
  • Getting round Lebanon is greatest finished by automotive. I really like flexibility so when potential, I rent my very own automotive. I received a great deal in Lebanon for a 4×4 SUV at just 48 USD a day. Visitors is chaotic, sure; but when you’re a assured driver you’ll handle. I drove 2 weeks in Thailand, every week in Mexico and 2 weeks in Tunisia. Lebanon was straightforward in comparison with these nations. You may as well choose to rent a automotive with driver which ought to value about 100-130 USD a day pending the space. Public transport is just not an choice for this Lebanon itinerary as it takes you off the crushed tracks. All sights mentioned could be put in Google Maps, which can take you there the most efficient approach. Make sure that to download them in case you gained’t have reception.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

  • There are not any major security considerations (Might 2019) in Lebanon in case you comply with this itinerary. Do all the time carry your passport as there are some army examine factors. I didn’t need to stop at any and the soldiers are very frienly and helpfull. The only area to avoid is north of Baalbek around the town Hermel and the world’s north and east of Hermel.
  • You are able to do all journeys from Beirut, however I counsel to stay 3 nights north of Beirut to save lots of time driving up and down. All day trips may be combined in fact but I like to recommend staying 3-Four nights in Beirut, then 3 north of Beirut and then back Three-4 nights in Beirut. I really like luxurious inns and in Beirut I stayed at Le Grey Lodge (member of the Leading Inns of the World) and Le Bristol Lodge that are centrally situated. The Intercontinental Mzaar in the mountains was my residence north of Beirut however a lodge in Jbeil (Byblos) can be even more environment friendly.

Now lets explore Lebanon, a true hidden gem in the Center East.

Lebanon itinerary day 1 – South Lebanon day trip: Tyre and Sidon

The first day trip from Beirut of this Lebanon itinerary is an extended one however beneficial to do the first day because should you run out of time you’ll be able to add Sidon to day 2. Tyre and Sidon are two cities in southern Lebanon with a rich history and delightful archeological sites. Until you go wander around the trendy elements of those cities, you’ll be able to go to both the identical day. Go early so you’ve time to make a short cease at the Temple of Eshmun,  just outdoors of Sidon too. I left Le Gray Lodge at 08:00 and arrived in Tyre at 09:15 which is VERY quick. I did velocity 10-20 km/h as everybody else did.

Tyre tour

In Tyre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Website, I like to recommend going to Al-Mina on the peninsula first as most tourists stop first on the Al-Bass Hippodrome. It’s potential to park close to the doorway and in case you are lucky it is best to have this website for your self. There are lovely Roman ruins, a cathedral, and elements of a Crusader fort. A visit takes simply over an hour.

Now go to Al-Bass which is just a 5-minute drive. You can stroll however it’s not a nice stroll and you’d unfastened to much time. Al-Bass consists of a Necropolis, triumph arch and a hippodrome from the Roman interval. Right here you’ll in all probability spend 90 minutes. Be certain that to proceed to Sidon for lunch at about 12:30.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Sidon tour

Sidon, a tentative UNESCO website, is an attractive coastal city with a crusader fort in the ocean. You’ll be able to park your automotive at the parking zone of the fort as they don’t mind you’ll explore the town after. Throughout the road there are numerous eating places but Zawat for positive is sweet. After lunch you’ll be able to discover the Sidon Sea Citadel and walk by way of the previous souks. Be sure that to not miss the Dabane Palace, Nicholas Church, Khan al-Franj and, in case you are interested,  the Cleaning soap Museum. The great thing about Sidon is the very fact the souks are still in use as they have been in historic occasions. It’s nice to only get misplaced but ensure you’re in your automotive at 16:30.

Earlier than heading back to Beirut make a cease at the Temple of Eshmun. This website is free to go to and it’s very small and never much is left of it. The cause of the go to is that in the Nationwide Museum of Beirut they’ve lovely finds from this website. In Phoenician time it was an essential temple hence a go to ought to be on your Lebanon itinerary. From the temple it’s about an hour drive back to Beirut.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: Cut up Sidon and Tyre into two day journeys. You’ll have more time to loosen up or go swimming. Tyre has lovely beaches to fill the 2nd half of the day there earlier than heading back to Beirut. You’ll be able to visit Sidon & the Temple of Eshmun on the second day.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Lebanon itinerary day 2 – Shouf valley day journey

The Shouf Mountains (and valley, additionally referred to as Chouf valley) are situated simply 40 kilometers from Beirut and are a must-see destination. You’ll be able to either go for a half day trip or a full day journey. I made a decision to make it an extended half day trip to not make this Lebanon itinerary harassed. I drove first to Moukhtara Palace which is a spot few tours go. This Italian type palace continues to be in use by the political Jumblatt household. You possibly can’t freely stroll round the house but a small tour of about 20 minutes is a must-do to study this household and assassination that passed off.

MAKE IT A FULL DAY TRIP: If you wish to do a full Shouf valley day tour it is best to now drive to the Shouf Barouk Cedar Forest. The purpose I decided to not do this is that I might see cedar timber at the Cedars of God. For those who like wine, you might also visit Château Florentine in the village of Majdel Maouche to make it a full day journey.

Beiteddine Palace tour

I continued to Beiteddine (Beit’eddine) which was once the center of power in Lebanon. The Beiteddine Palace (House of Faith) situated there’s the most effective instance of Lebanese 19th century Italian inspired structure. A go to will take you 2 hours in spring and autumn as in some elements of the yr the palace is in use because the president’s summer time residence. Examine together with your lodge in advance if it’s open.

Deir el-Qamar tour

The final cease of the Shouf valley day journey is in Deir el-Qamar which is a wonderful small previous city. It’s also potential to also make a stop at Moussa Fort museum first which has wax statues and a weapon collection. The town is small but very cozy. I wandered the small streets, visited the mosque and museum for about 30 minutes. After a delicious Lebanese lunch, I drove again to Beirut where I explored downtown Beirut by strolling the Heritage Path which began in front of Le Grey Lodge where I stayed. Extra on central Beirut on day 9 although, when there’s time to walk this path too.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Lebanon itinerary day 3 – Anjar, Ksara Vineyard and Baalbek in the Beqaa valley

It’s time to checkout of your lodge in Beirut immediately. As talked about, you are able to do every journey from Beirut however when you comply with this Lebanon itinerary, I extremely advocate changing resorts. You possibly can stay in Faraya in the Mzaar mountain vary as I did or in Jbeil (Byblos). I select the Mzaar Intercontinental as I had loads of loyalty points to guide a room there (examine my Bleisure trips to find out how accumulate these). Visiting two UNESCO World Heritage Websites meant an extended day. I left Le Gray Lodge at 08:00 and I arrived in Anjar round 10:00.

Anjar Umayyad ruins tour

Anjar is a ruined Umayyad trading metropolis which was construct in the eighth century between Baalbek and Damascus (Syria). It’s situated simply Three kilometers from the Syrian border. You’ll see stays of roads, a mosque, a hammam, a palace and housing of outlets all surrounded by a thick wall. The city was in use just 30 years earlier than it received destroyed, which makes it much more spectacular. It’s not an enormous website but in addition not small so plan 1-2 hours to see Anjar.

Subsequent up is the only winery I added to this Lebanon itinerary: Ksara winery. You’ll cross it when driving from Anjar to Baalbek however if you wish to make a tour, you’ll need to depart Beirut at 07:00. I only picked up some wine (a very good tasting requires a full bottle) and had a fast lunch earlier than heading to Baalbek.

Baalbek Roman ruins tour

I have seen many Roman ruins and the last one which amazed me was the Dougga Roman city once I made a two-week Tunisia street journey. Baalbek is a totally totally different ball recreation. These ruins are the best-preserved Roman ruins I’ve seen and that claims lots. When the Romans arrived in Phoenicia half a century before Christ the town Baalbek was referred to as Heliopolis. Numerous beliefs the place combined and worshipped. The temple and metropolis complicated was extended for over 300 years before it obtained deserted. Most impressive is the Temple of Bacchus which is large and adorned with superb carvings. To completely see the complicated, you need 2 hours or more.

I was again on the parking zone around 17:00 and anticipated to drive to Faraya in about an hour over the mountain street (by way of Beirut can be 2-3 hours). That didn’t go as deliberate as simply earlier than the T-junction to Faraya (left) and Afqa (proper in the direction of the Ibrahim Valley) there was a army checkpoint and the guard didn’t need to let me go through. Once I needed to steer left, he put spikes up that might flatten my tires. I asked why I couldn’t go, and he stated it wasn’t a safety problem however the street to Faraya was coated in 8 meters of snow. Even a Four×Four wouldn’t get by way of so in the event you comply with this Lebanon itinerary be certain that to examine for street closures! I had no other choice as to drive the street to Afqa OR turning again and drive the freeway to Beirut and then up to Faraya. The street to Afqa was a sensible choice. It was a tremendous drive over the snowy mountains (see pictures above with the snow wall). I arrived round 20:00 at the Mzaar Intercontinental as I made many stops in the snow to take photographs.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: From December to April the ski resorts are open so in case you like snowboarding you possibly can add a further day to do some exercise. The greatest place to do this is Mzaar ski area at Faraya. An alternative choice to increase this Lebanon itinerary by a day is to remain around the Ksara vineyard. You’ll be able to visit other vineyards in the vicinety and fill a day with wine tasting. Greatest to rent a taxi for that day though!

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Lebanon itinerary day Four – Off the crushed monitor Lebanon: Ibrahim Valley

The Ibrahim Valley is a tentative UNESCO website but truthfully, I don’t assume it’s going to ever make it on the record. It’s nevertheless a gorgeous off the crushed monitor destination in Lebanon. I only noticed a handful of local vacationers in Afqa and for the remaining no one! There are several places of curiosity in the Nahr Ibrahim Valley value testing. Plan about 5 or 6 hours until you’re coming from Beirut. Not each Lebanon day journey needs to be an excellent spotlight and that’s why this Lebanon itinerary is 10 days with the option to extend it to 14 days. I’ll record the must-see places of the Ibrahim Valley in order from Faraya. Should you’re coming from Jbeil (Byblos), Batroun or perhaps Beirut then comply with it in the other way. The fun of today can also be to admire the gorgeous nature and move by way of local villages to see how rural Lebanon is.

Adonis Temple Afqa spotlight

Set your GPS or Google Maps to the Adonis Temple in Afqa and drive there. Stop along the best way where you need as a result of the views are superb. The valley has its identify from the river that flows by means of it: The Adonis River, additionally referred to as Abraham River or Nahr Ibrahim in Arabic. Adonis is the god of love, rebirth and wonder because the Phoenicians believed and was worshipped at the supply of the river in Afqa and in Byblos where the river meets the Mediterranean Sea. Water flows from a cave which you’ll be able to climb into. When snow melts in spring the stream is large and has a whole lot of power however in dry occasions you’ll be able to stroll additionally into the cave. A phenomenal website.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Nahr Ibrahim valley Roman ruins

Now put your GPS to Yanouh the place on the suitable aspect of the street you possibly can go to the Mar Girgis al Azraq temple. There are Roman ruins and a more moderen Saint George church which is of special interest as it’s made from blue/gray stones. Now continue to Qartaba by pointing your GPS to Saint Sarkis Monastery situated a couple of hundred meters downhill. It dates to the 16th century. Once I visited, I couldn’t find any choice to visit the within but the outdoors was value a look too. Qartaba can also be the place to get lunch appropriately halfway the day.

Next is the Mashnaka Roman temple which is spelled in a dozen or so varieties. Mashnaka (Souaneh, Lebanon) works is Google Maps although. The valley views listed here are superb! Now it’s time to cross the Nahr Ibrahim River (put 34.077561, 35.724308 in Google Maps) and drive alongside the opposite aspect to the Roman aqueduct. This aqueduct is simply small and isn’t even on Google Maps so put (34.063076, 35.653333) as coordinates. It’s value a stop in case you’re passing anyway and the views are still superb there. After this I drove again up to Faraya and made a fast stop on the ruins in Faqra so I might save time another day.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Lebanon itinerary day 5: Byblos (Jbeil) and Batroun day trip

Byblos (now referred to as Jbeil) is a coastal city in Lebanon north of Beirut. Based over 7 centuries in the past and thus one of the longest regularly inhabited cities of the world. A visit of the heritage park takes half a day and greatest combined with Batroun which is simply 20 minutes north. Byblos is an UNESCO World Heritage Website and Batroun a tentative one. Make certain to go to Byblos first particularly in the event you like craft beer!

Byblos day tour

It was approximate an hour drive from Intercontinental Mzaar to Byblos where I parked near the doorway of the archeological website. You possibly can put the doorway in your GPS and when close park in the primary out there spot as you’ll otherwise hold circling. Try to arrive round 10:00 which provides you time to do a Byblos tour to all of the highlights, have lunch and proceed to Batroun.

Byblos (Jbeil) was already inhabited in 5000 BC but from the Neolithic and chalcolithic time is just not a lot left. The Phoenicians reworked Byblos to a walled metropolis in around 2800 BC. It was their capital. The Phoenician alphabet used later by Romans and immediately by western civilizations was invented there.

The Byblos archeological website isn’t big however for the long route by way of it you need to rely for about 2 hours. There factors of curiosity embrace three major Phoenician temples, a Crusader fort, and a Roman theater (smallest I ever saw) with columns. Do learn the reasons signs as many have drawings of how a sure place appeared like centuries in the past. It helps to know the ruins. Within the Crusader fort is a small exhibition but the most lovely finds are in the National Museum in Beirut.

After exploring the archeological website go for a small stroll by means of the souks and perhaps take a look at the harbor. For lunch I can advocate Fenicia just in front of the doorway of the location. After lunch head north to Batroun.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Batroun day tour

First set your GPS to Mseilha Fort which is a Crusader fashion fort on prime of a rock (see photograph under). Entrance is free and a visit doesn’t take lengthy. I hadn’t seen a fort like this ever earlier than, so it was a pleasant detour before heading to previous Batroun. I parked my automotive near the Batroun souks from the place I wandered via the previous city which has also Phoenician origins. Strolling the slender streets exploring the church buildings and different previous building takes about 2 hours. The spotlight is in the ocean: a Phoenician wall. It was constructed to maintain the tidal waves out and unique in its sort.

None of my journeys isn’t complete with out craft beer and I discovered some in Lebanon. In fact, I added Batroun to my Lebanon itinerary for its historical sites but the Colonel Craft Brewery was one more reason. It’s situated 5 minutes by automotive from the previous central half and a minute stroll from a nice seashore. You possibly can go swimming in the afternoon, take pleasure in craft beer and nice Lebanese meals earlier than heading additional. Or, drink more and keep overnight in Batroun.

SHORTEN OR EXTEND YOUR TRIP: If you need to shorten your journey by a day you might go to Byblos & Tripoli (only the previous city) on at some point. It is going to be an extended day however it’s potential. It’s also possible to prolong your journey by a day if you want to chill out at the seashore for a day. Visit Byblos one morning and loosen up at the seashore, and Batroun the subsequent day in the morning and loosen up on the seashore.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Lebanon itinerary day 6: Nahr el Kelb (Jeita Grotto) day trip

On the sixth day of my Lebanon itinerary I planned again a lodge change. I moved from Intercontinental Mzaar to Le Bristol Beirut in downtown Beirut. To not waste time, I drove by means of the Nahr el Kelb valley which is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Website. The Lebanon highlights of today don’t take to a lot time to go to until the Jeita Grotto could be very busy. Begin on the Jeita Grotte in case you’re coming from Beirut or some other city on the Mediterranean coast.

Faqra ruins tour

Near Faqra is an exquisite pure bridge which was the primary cease of the day. You can also make a brief hike there too but because it was early morning, snowy and cold I only had a quick look from the top. The second cease ought to have been the Roman and Byzantine ruins at Faqra. As talked about, I already made a fast stop there after visiting the Ibrahim Valley. I did cease once more though to make pictures from a distance because the solar is shining in the direction of the temple in the morning. Across the street I visited some minor ruins too. Plan an hour to explore the location; it’s not large.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Now it’s time to drive to the perfect and most lovely cave system of Lebanon: Jeita Grottos. Situated in the Nahr el Kelb valley. It’s Lebanon’s nationwide natural delight and the most lovely cave I’ve ever seen after the Furong Cave at the Wulong Karst in China. Hold in mind that it’s additionally visited A LOT by locals so it’s one of the sights in Lebanon that does have waiting strains (until you walk up however the cable automotive is simpler). There’s an higher cave which is accessible by tunnel from the place you walk over boardwalks. The decrease cave is just accessible by a 400-meter underground river cruise. There might be a ready line of 1h+ in busy occasions at the lower cave. I skipped it as on Easter Sunday the line was 2h+. Images inside isn’t allowed, the under two footage have been displays at the entrance. I spend 2 hours on the Jeita Grotto in complete after which I continued.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Subsequent up are 3 monasteries which are part of the tentative Nahr el Kelb UNESCO website. I first drove to the Our Woman of Louaize Monastery which is situated behind the Notre Dame school. It’s an previous monastery but I couldn’t find any open door to see the within. Nicely value a take a look at though. Next up was the Mar Abda de Mouchamar which Google Maps doesn’t know so put (33.944141, 35.628315) as coordinates. The final monastery is Our woman of Tamiche Monastery which has a stupendous patio and church. Visits take 15-20 minutes only in every place.

When driving again to Beirut be certain that to stop on the street round (33.953877, 35.603424) where you possibly can see a Roman aqueduct and a medieval bridge. Just additional down the street (however park on the coordinates) are the Independence Stone Carvings which numerous armies that marched by way of left behind. One is from Napoleon. These locations are also a part of the tentative UNESCO website. You’re principally back in Beirut now so it must be 15-20 minutes to the lodge. I like to recommend staying at Le Bristol Lodge.

Lebanon itinerary day 7: Tripoli day journey

Tripoli is Lebanon’s second largest metropolis and a Tripoli day trip have to be added to any Lebanon itinerary. It’s a totally totally different world in comparison with Beirut. I left Le Bristol Lodge round 08:30 and was in Tripoli at 10:00. If there’s a lot visitors it could possibly be a bit longer. I made nevertheless one mistake by visiting first the previous town after which the Worldwide Truthful and El Mina. I missed lunch so first go to the Rachid Karami International Truthful, then the Previous Town and when you have time left El Mina.

Oscar Niemeyer designed the Rachid Karami International Truthful in the late sixties for the World Truthful in 1976. He additionally designed Brasilia and Pumpulha which I noticed once I travelled 5 days in Belo Horizonte (Brazil). The truthful floor was never completed because the civil struggle broke out in 1975. As we speak all the concrete buildings are nonetheless there and not broken by the struggle. The website is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Website and price a 45-minute stroll. In the event you don’t like this type of structure, you’ll be able to go direct to downtown Tripoli. Park at the Citadel (fort) of Tripoli.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Once I arrived on the Citadel of Tripoli, I assumed I was on the improper place because it seemed like a army base. That’s partly true as they use a part of the building too. After exploring the fort, you’ll be able to stroll in a couple of minutes to the Izzeddeen Hammam situated on the entrance of the souks. After that stroll by means of the souks and once you get hungry have lunch. In case you comply with the following order of sights (just put them in Google Maps) will probably be most effectively: AlKhayyateen Caravanserai, AlBourtasi Mosque, Khan El Askar (may be closed) and the St. George Church subsequent door, Saray AlAteeqah, Previous Ministry Building, Clocktower, Al Mansouri Mosque, Hammam Alnouri and Khan Al Saboun. There are more places to stop alongside the best way just look for the plaques on the monuments. With lunch you simply spend 3-4 hours in previous Tripoli.

Now you’ll be able to choose to either drive back to Beirut or make a short go to to El Mina peninsula. You’ll be able to stroll the corniche, go to the previous railway station, and watch sunset. There are additionally a lot eating places for dinner. I drove again to Le Bristol Beirut at 17:00 as I skipped lunch.

OPTIMIZE YOUR LEBANON ITINERARY: I select to drive up and right down to Beirut from Tripoli and the subsequent day to the Qadisha Valley. This isn’t efficient as you’ll protected 2-3 hours of driving by staying in a single day in Tripoli. I didn’t do this as solely my daughter would be a part of to Tripoli and to the Qadisha Valley my full family.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Lebanon itinerary day 8: Qadisha Valley tour (and Cedars of God)

Just once I although Lebanon couldn’t get better it did! The Qadisha Valley is so totally different as all the other places and has unique history which made it an UNESCO World Heritage Website. It consists of 2 elements: The Forest of the Cedars (Cedars of God) and the valley with all it’s monasteries. These monasteries all originate from caves the place hermits lived centuries in the past. Even at the moment hermits still use some. The major monasteries are: Qannubin Monastery, Monastery of St Anthony of Quzhayya, Monastery of Our Woman of Hauqqa, Monastery of Mar Licha. I didn’t have time left to go to Hauqqa however all different Three are “easily” reached by automotive in a day should you spend up to 45 minutes in each maximum.

I recommend beginning your Qadisha Valley day journey at 07:00 from Beirut. I drove in 2 hours to the Forest of the Cedars which is a holy place. It’s not an enormous forest and 30 minutes there’s enough particularly if there’s 2 meters of snow. Those timber, some stated to be 3000 years previous, are a reasonably sight high in the mountains so don’t miss them. Now put in your GPS: Previous Mar Licha Monastery which could be reached over a small street that goes down into the Qadisha Valley. It’s one of many higher monasteries to go to.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Subsequent up is the Qannoubine Monastery and also you gained’t remorse having your personal wheels as busses can’t go to there. You need to comply with the unpaved street along the river for five kilometers. A sedan will get you there and don’t fear in the event you solely cross hikers and don’t see different automobiles. On the end of the street is Abou Joseph Bsharri restaurant serving delicious Lebanese meals. Take an early lunch as on crowded days it fills up and you don’t need to lose time waiting in your food.

The Qannoubine Monastery is 500 meters down the street and 100 meters uphill. Don’t overlook to have a peak at the St. Marina the Monk Chapel 200 meters additional. The Monastery of Our Woman of Hauqqa is one other 2 kilometer hike further down the trail but that doesn’t work if you want to go to the Monastery of St Anthony of Quzhayya too. I like to recommend visiting Monastery of St Anthony of Quzhayya earlier than heading back to Beirut. It has additionally a small museum on website. Every of the monasteries is totally different and all are advisable. I drove again to Beirut in 2 hours for dinner at Brew Inc. which is the most effective craft beer bar in Beirut.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Lebanon itinerary day 9: Beirut metropolis tour

I recommend starting in Beirut’s previous district which has a 2.5-kilometer trail referred to as the Beirut Heritage Trail. It’s marked with bronze medallions in the pavement so you’ll be able to easily comply with it. The path official starts on the Beirut souks, however you can start at anywhere in fact. You may need to park your automotive around the Al-Omari Grand Mosque the place there’s area alongside the streets. The Beirut Heritage Trail takes you to all the necessary locations in previous Beirut together with mosques, churches, Roman, Byzantine and Phoenician remains. It’s a pleasing walk and you may have lunch at one of many eating places around the clock tower or go to Badaro road before visiting the National Museum.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

Now drive, or better use Uber in Beirut, to the National Museum. It has one of the best finds of all the archeological websites on display. Do observe it’s closed Mondays. The museum is medium sized which is pleasant as you don’t have to spend hours and hours taking a look at pottery. The gadgets are all very good and numerous. Two hours will do. Within the afternoon you’ll be able to go to the corniche to see the Raouche Rocks and watch sundown. I walked again to Le Bristol Lodge from there.

Within the evening you possibly can go to Hamra district or to Badaro road. Badaro road is for the young era with plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: There are various more museums in Beirut which might be of interest to you pending your interest. You’ll be able to easily spend another day in Beirut. Wandering the streets, visiting more museums or just loosen up.

LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)

I feel you agree after studying this Lebanon itinerary that it’s a true gem in the Middle East. Visit now! Lebanon was on my radar for a very long time however for some cause I never visited. It’s just a 3-4-hour flight from the Netherlands so flight time isn’t a problem. I’m glad I finally visited as Lebanon was full of wonderful surprises. Roman, Phoenician, and Byzantine ruins combined with previous monasteries and delightful nature are amongst the highlights. It’s a small nation however every place of curiosity is totally different in Lebanon.

Should you’re trying to prolong your trip, I like to recommend reading my 7 days in Cairo (Egypt) itinerary, 2 weeks Jordan itinerary, or 2 weeks Oman itinerary. Even a Tunisia itinerary can simply be added. I’m positive you’ll have fun in the Arabic world!

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