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LEBANON - The most complete Lebanon itinerary: All highlights in 10 days (or 2 weeks)
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 an attractive destination for a 10-day trip. It’s only a 3-four-hour flight from Europe and thus an ideal destination for the Might (or October) faculty holidays! I visited with my household (youngsters 13/16 years) and drove across the nation for 10 days. Having seen a variety of the world, it takes real beauty to amaze me and that is something Lebanon has loads of. It’s time to share my experiences in this Lebanon itinerary.

This Lebanon travel information covers all its beauty in the most effective day journeys with the intention to efficiently see all of the should-see places. Though Lebanon is a small country it has such a huge number of highlights that each day can 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 have a look at what I feel is the most complete Lebanon itinerary to experience all its magnificence.

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

Planning a Lebanon street trip itinerary

Earlier than going into details of every day a couple of tricks to plan your Lebanon trip effectively.

  • The greatest time to go to Lebanon is in spring or autumn. In summer time it’s extremely popular and in winter there’s plenty of snow up in the mountains. In fact, if you wish to go snowboarding then winter is the time to go! I visited in late April when the weather was good with snow up in the mountains however heat sufficient to swim too on the seashores.
  • Lebanon has only one international airport in Beirut which is definitely reached by all kinds of airways. It’s only a three-four-hour flight from Europe and you may connect anyplace in the world from there. From Europe you have got connections everywhere in the world. I arrived in the afternoon and I handed immigration in just 30 minutes but hold in thoughts that at busy occasions this may take longer. Examine before travelling should you require a visa.
  • Getting around Lebanon is greatest accomplished by automotive. I really like flexibility so when potential, I rent my own automotive. I obtained a very good deal in Lebanon for a 4×four SUV at just 48 USD a day. Visitors is chaotic, sure; however in the event 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 compared to these nations. You may also choose to rent a automotive with driver which should value about 100-130 USD a day pending the space. Public transport just isn’t an choice for this Lebanon itinerary because it takes you off the crushed tracks. All sights talked about might be put in Google Maps, which can take you there the most environment friendly method. Ensure that to obtain 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 main safety 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 points. I didn’t should stop at any and the troopers are very frienly and helpfull. The only area to keep away from is north of Baalbek around the town Hermel and the world’s north and east of Hermel.
  • You can do all journeys from Beirut, however I advise to remain 3 nights north of Beirut to save lots of time driving up and down. All day journeys might be combined in fact but I like to recommend staying three-4 nights in Beirut, then three north of Beirut after which back three-four nights in Beirut. I really like luxury resorts and in Beirut I stayed at Le Grey Lodge (member of the Main Lodges of the World) and Le Bristol Lodge which are centrally situated. The Intercontinental Mzaar in the mountains was my house north of Beirut but a lodge in Jbeil (Byblos) can be even more environment friendly.

Now lets explore Lebanon, a real hidden gem in the Middle East.

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

The first day trip from Beirut of this Lebanon itinerary is an extended one but really helpful to do the primary day because should you run out of time you possibly can add Sidon to day 2. Tyre and Sidon are two cities in southern Lebanon with a wealthy historical past and delightful archeological sites. Until you go wander around the trendy elements of these cities, you possibly can visit both the same day. Go early so you could have time to make a short stop 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 fast. I did velocity 10-20 km/h as everyone else did.

Tyre tour

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

Now go to Al-Bass which is just a 5-minute drive. You possibly can walk nevertheless it’s not a nice walk and you’d unfastened to a lot time. Al-Bass consists of a Necropolis, triumph arch and a hippodrome from the Roman period. Right here you’ll in all probability spend 90 minutes. Make certain to continue 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 a gorgeous coastal town with a crusader fort in the ocean. You possibly can park your automotive on the parking zone of the fort as they don’t thoughts you’ll discover the town after. Throughout the street there are various restaurants but Zawat for positive is sweet. After lunch you possibly can discover the Sidon Sea Fort and stroll by way of the previous souks. Ensure that to not miss the Dabane Palace, Nicholas Church, Khan al-Franj and, in case you are ,  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 great to only get lost however be sure to’re in your automotive at 16:30.

Before heading back to Beirut make a cease on the Temple of Eshmun. This website is free to go to and it’s very small and never a lot is left of it. The cause of the go to is that in the Nationwide Museum of Beirut they have lovely finds from this website. In Phoenician time it was an necessary temple therefore a visit ought to be on your Lebanon itinerary. From the temple it’s about an hour drive again to Beirut.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: Cut up Sidon and Tyre into two day trips. You’ll have extra time to loosen up or go swimming. Tyre has lovely beaches to fill the 2nd half of the day there earlier than heading again to Beirut. You possibly can go to 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 trip

The Shouf Mountains (and valley, additionally referred to as Chouf valley) are situated just 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 decided to make it an extended half day trip to not make this Lebanon itinerary careworn. I drove first to Moukhtara Palace which is a spot few excursions go. This Italian type palace continues to be in use by the political Jumblatt household. You possibly can’t freely walk around the home however a small tour of about 20 minutes is a should-do to study this family and assassination that passed off.

MAKE IT A FULL DAY TRIP: If you want to do a full Shouf valley day tour you need to now drive to the Shouf Barouk Cedar Forest. The purpose I decided to not do that is that I might see cedar timber at the Cedars of God. Should you like wine, you possibly can additionally visit Château Florentine in the village of Majdel Maouche to make it a full day trip.

Beiteddine Palace tour

I continued to Beiteddine (Beit’eddine) which was as soon as the center of energy in Lebanon. The Beiteddine Palace (Home of Faith) situated there’s one of the best instance of Lebanese 19th century Italian inspired architecture. A go to will take you 2 hours in spring and autumn as in some elements of the yr the palace is in use as the president’s summer time residence. Verify together with your lodge in advance if it’s open.

 

Deir el-Qamar tour

The last stop of the Shouf valley day journey is in Deir el-Qamar which is a wonderful small previous city. It’s also attainable to also make a stop at Moussa Citadel museum first which has wax statues and a weapon assortment. The town is small however very cozy. I wandered the small streets, visited the mosque and museum for about 30 minutes. After a delicious Lebanese lunch, I drove back to Beirut the place I explored downtown Beirut by strolling the Heritage Path which began in entrance of Le Gray Lodge the place I stayed. Extra on central Beirut on day 9 though, when there’s time to stroll this path too.

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

Lebanon itinerary day three – Anjar, Ksara Winery and Baalbek in the Beqaa valley

It’s time to checkout of your lodge in Beirut in the present day. As talked about, you are able to do each journey from Beirut but for those who comply with this Lebanon itinerary, I highly advocate changing inns. You possibly can keep in Faraya in the Mzaar mountain range as I did or in Jbeil (Byblos). I choose the Mzaar Intercontinental as I had plenty of loyalty factors to ebook a room there (examine my Bleisure journeys to find out how accumulate those). Visiting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites 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 city which was build in the eighth century between Baalbek and Damascus (Syria). It’s situated simply three kilometers from the Syrian border. You’ll see remains of roads, a mosque, a hammam, a palace and housing of outlets all surrounded by a thick wall. The metropolis was in use just 30 years before it acquired destroyed, which makes it much more impressive. It’s not an enormous website but in addition not small so plan 1-2 hours to see Anjar.

Subsequent up is the only vineyard I added to this Lebanon itinerary: Ksara winery. You’ll cross it when driving from Anjar to Baalbek however if you want to make a tour, you’ll need to depart Beirut at 07:00. I only picked up some wine (an excellent tasting requires a full bottle) and had a quick lunch before 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 trip. Baalbek is a totally totally different ball recreation. These ruins are one of the best-preserved Roman ruins I have seen and that claims so much. When the Romans arrived in Phoenicia half a century earlier than 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 earlier than it obtained deserted. Most impressive is the Temple of Bacchus which is large and adorned with nice carvings. To completely see the complicated, you need 2 hours or more.

I used to be back 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-three hours). That didn’t go as deliberate as simply before the T-junction to Faraya (left) and Afqa (right 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 may flatten my tires. I asked why I couldn’t go, and he stated it wasn’t a security difficulty however the street to Faraya was coated in 8 meters of snow. Even a four×four wouldn’t get via so when you comply with this Lebanon itinerary be sure 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 around 20:00 at the Mzaar Intercontinental as I made many stops in the snow to take pictures.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: From December to April the ski resorts are open so for those who like snowboarding you’ll be able to add a further day to do some exercise. The greatest place to do this is Mzaar ski area at Faraya. An alternative choice to extend this Lebanon itinerary by a day is to stay across the Ksara vineyard. You possibly can visit different 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 4 – Off the crushed monitor Lebanon: Ibrahim Valley

The Ibrahim Valley is a tentative UNESCO website however truthfully, I don’t assume it can ever make it on the listing. It’s nevertheless a fantastic 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 a number of locations of curiosity in the Nahr Ibrahim Valley value testing. Plan about 5 or 6 hours until you’re coming from Beirut. Not every Lebanon day journey needs to be an excellent spotlight and that’s why this Lebanon itinerary is 10 days with the choice to increase it to 14 days. I’ll record the should-see places of the Ibrahim Valley in order from Faraya. In case you’re coming from Jbeil (Byblos), Batroun or perhaps Beirut then comply with it in the other way. The enjoyable of this present day can also be to admire the gorgeous nature and move by means of native villages to see how rural Lebanon is.

Adonis Temple Afqa highlight

Set your GPS or Google Maps to the Adonis Temple in Afqa and drive there. Cease alongside the best way the place you want because the views are superb. The valley has its identify from the river that flows by way of it: The Adonis River, also referred to as Abraham River or Nahr Ibrahim in Arabic. Adonis is the god of affection, rebirth and wonder as the Phoenicians believed and was worshipped at the source of the river in Afqa and in Byblos the place 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 plenty of power however in dry occasions you’ll be able to walk additionally into the cave. A ravishing 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 where on the correct aspect of the street you possibly can visit the Mar Girgis al Azraq temple. There are Roman ruins and a more moderen Saint George church which is of particular curiosity because it’s made from blue/gray stones. Now continue to Qartaba by pointing your GPS to Saint Sarkis Monastery situated a number of hundred meters downhill. It dates to the 16th century. Once I visited, I couldn’t discover any choice to visit the inside however the outdoors was value a glance too. Qartaba can also be the place to get lunch correctly 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 along 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 cease when you’re passing anyway and the views are still superb there. After this I drove again up to Faraya and made a fast cease 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 metropolis in Lebanon north of Beirut. Founded over 7 centuries in the past and thus one of the longest regularly inhabited cities of the world. A go to of the heritage park takes half a day and greatest mixed with Batroun which is simply 20 minutes north. Byblos is an UNESCO World Heritage Website and Batroun a tentative one. Ensure that to go to Byblos first especially for those who like craft beer!

Byblos day tour

It was approximate an hour drive from Intercontinental Mzaar to Byblos the place I parked close to the entrance 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. Attempt to arrive round 10:00 which provides you time to do a Byblos tour to all of the highlights, have lunch and continue 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 round 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 but for the long route by way of it it’s essential to rely for about 2 hours. There points of interest embrace three main Phoenician temples, a Crusader fort, and a Roman theater (smallest I ever noticed) with columns. Do learn the reasons indicators as many have drawings of how a sure place appeared like centuries ago. It helps to know the ruins. In the Crusader fort is a small exhibition however the most lovely finds are in the Nationwide Museum in Beirut.

After exploring the archeological website go for a small stroll by way of the souks and perhaps have a look at the harbor. For lunch I can advocate Fenicia simply 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 type fort on prime of a rock (see photograph under). Entrance is free and a go to doesn’t take lengthy. I hadn’t seen a fort like this ever before, so it was a pleasant detour before heading to previous Batroun. I parked my automotive close to the Batroun souks from where I wandered by way of the previous town which has also Phoenician origins. Strolling the slender streets exploring the church buildings and other previous building takes about 2 hours. The highlight is in the ocean: a Phoenician wall. It was built to maintain the tidal waves out and distinctive in its sort.

None of my trips isn’t complete with out craft beer and I discovered some in Lebanon. In fact, I added Batroun to my Lebanon itinerary for its historic websites however 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’ll be able to go swimming in the afternoon, take pleasure in craft beer and nice Lebanese meals before heading further. Or, drink extra and stay overnight in Batroun.

SHORTEN OR EXTEND YOUR TRIP: If you must shorten your journey by a day you can visit Byblos & Tripoli (only the previous city) on someday. Will probably be an extended day however it’s potential. You may also prolong your trip by a day if you wish to chill out on the seashore for a day. Go to Byblos one morning and loosen up on the seashore, and Batroun the subsequent day in the morning and loosen up at 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 journey

On the 6th day of my Lebanon itinerary I deliberate again a lodge change. I moved from Intercontinental Mzaar to Le Bristol Beirut in downtown Beirut. To not waste time, I drove via the Nahr el Kelb valley which is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Website. The Lebanon highlights of this present day don’t take to a lot time to visit until the Jeita Grotto could be very busy. Start at the Jeita Grotte in case you’re coming from Beirut or some other metropolis on the Mediterranean coast.

Faqra ruins tour

Close to Faqra is an attractive natural bridge which was the first cease of the day. You can also make a brief hike there too however because it was early morning, snowy and cold I only had a quick look from the highest. The second cease ought to have been the Roman and Byzantine ruins at Faqra. As talked about, I already made a fast cease there after visiting the Ibrahim Valley. I did stop again although to make pictures from a distance as the sun is shining in the direction of the temple in the morning. Across the road I visited some minor ruins too. Plan an hour to explore the location; it’s not big.

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

Now it’s time to drive to one of the best and most lovely cave system of Lebanon: Jeita Grottos. Situated in the Nahr el Kelb valley. It’s Lebanon’s national natural satisfaction and the most lovely cave I have ever seen after the Furong Cave on the Wulong Karst in China. Hold in thoughts that it’s also visited A LOT by locals so it’s one of many sights in Lebanon that does have waiting strains (until you stroll up but the cable automotive is simpler). There’s an upper cave which is accessible by tunnel from where you stroll over boardwalks. The lower cave is just accessible by a 400-meter underground river cruise. There will probably be a waiting line of 1h+ in busy occasions at the decrease cave. I skipped it as on Easter Sunday the line was 2h+. Images inside is just not 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)

Next up are three 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 however I couldn’t find any open door to see the inside. Properly value a take a look at although. Subsequent up was the Mar Abda de Mouchamar which Google Maps doesn’t know so put (33.944141, 35.628315) as coordinates. The last monastery is Our woman of Tamiche Monastery which has a stupendous patio and church. Visits take 15-20 minutes solely in every place.

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

Lebanon itinerary day 7: Tripoli day trip

Tripoli is Lebanon’s second largest city and a Tripoli day journey have to be added to any Lebanon itinerary. It’s a totally totally different world in comparison with Beirut. I left Le Bristol Lodge around 08:30 and was in Tripoli at 10:00. If there’s much visitors it might be a bit longer. I made nevertheless one mistake by visiting first the previous town and then the Worldwide Truthful and El Mina. I missed lunch so first go to the Rachid Karami Worldwide Truthful, then the Previous Town and in case 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 also designed Brasilia and Pumpulha which I saw once I travelled 5 days in Belo Horizonte (Brazil). The truthful floor was never finished as the civil struggle broke out in 1975. At this time all the concrete buildings are still there and not broken by the struggle. The website is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Website and price a 45-minute stroll. For those who don’t like this type of structure, you possibly can go direct to downtown Tripoli. Park on 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 at the improper place because it appeared like a army base. That’s partly true as they use part of the constructing too. After exploring the fort, you’ll be able to stroll in a couple of minutes to the Izzeddeen Hammam situated at the entrance of the souks. After that stroll via the souks and once you get hungry have lunch. For those who comply with the next order of sights (simply put them in Google Maps) it is going to be most efficiently: AlKhayyateen Caravanserai, AlBourtasi Mosque, Khan El Askar (is perhaps 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 extra locations to stop alongside the best way simply search for the plaques on the monuments. With lunch you simply spend three-4 hours in previous Tripoli.

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

OPTIMIZE YOUR LEBANON ITINERARY: I choose 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-three hours of driving by staying overnight in Tripoli. I didn’t do this as only 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)

Simply once I though Lebanon couldn’t get better it did! The Qadisha Valley is so totally different as all the other places and has unique historical past 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 this time hermits nonetheless 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 visit Hauqqa however all other 3 are “easily” reached by automotive in a day in case you spend up to 45 minutes in each maximum.

I recommend starting 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 a huge forest and 30 minutes there’s enough especially if there’s 2 meters of snow. These 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 the higher monasteries to visit.

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

Next up is the Qannoubine Monastery and you gained’t regret having your personal wheels as busses can’t go to there. It’s essential to comply with the unpaved street alongside the river for 5 kilometers. A sedan will get you there and don’t worry for those who only cross hikers and don’t see other automobiles. On the end of the street is Abou Joseph Bsharri restaurant serving delicious Lebanese food. Take an early lunch as on crowded days it fills up and also you don’t need to lose time waiting on 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 further. The Monastery of Our Woman of Hauqqa is one other 2 kilometer hike additional down the trail however that doesn’t work if you wish to visit the Monastery of St Anthony of Quzhayya too. I like to recommend visiting Monastery of St Anthony of Quzhayya earlier than heading again to Beirut. It has also a small museum on website. Each of the monasteries is totally different and all are beneficial. 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 like to recommend starting in Beirut’s previous district which has a 2.5-kilometer path referred to as the Beirut Heritage Trail. It’s marked with bronze medallions in the pavement so you’ll be able to simply comply with it. The trail official starts at the Beirut souks, but you can begin at anywhere in fact. You may need to park your automotive across the Al-Omari Grand Mosque where there’s area alongside the streets. The Beirut Heritage Trail takes you to all of the essential places in previous Beirut including mosques, churches, Roman, Byzantine and Phoenician stays. It’s a pleasing stroll and you may have lunch at one of the eating places across the clock tower or go to Badaro road earlier than visiting the National Museum.

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

Now drive, or higher use Uber in Beirut, to the Nationwide Museum. It has one of the best finds of all the archeological sites on display. Do notice it’s closed Mondays. The museum is medium sized which is nice 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. In the afternoon you possibly can go to the corniche to see the Raouche Rocks and watch sunset. I walked again to Le Bristol Lodge from there.

In the evening you’ll be able to go to Hamra district or to Badaro road. Badaro road is for the young era with loads of cafes, bars, and eating places.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: There are numerous extra museums in Beirut which might be of interest to you pending your interest. You’ll be able to simply spend one other day in Beirut. Wandering the streets, visiting more museums or simply chill out.

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 Center East. Visit now! Lebanon was on my radar for a long time but for some purpose I never visited. It’s just a three-4-hour flight from the Netherlands so flight time isn’t a problem. I’m glad I lastly 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 country but every place of curiosity is totally different in Lebanon.

Should you’re trying to prolong your trip, I 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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