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  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)
On this Beirut day trip, discover Baalbek, Kozhaya and the Cedars of Lebanon -- the hidden gems of the country! The cities of Baalbek and Kozhaya are famous mainly for their magnificent, excellently preserved ancient sites, such as Heliopolis and the Monastery of St Anthony. Explore these eastern Lebanon cities with an expert guide, and then discover the Cedars of Lebanon, a stunning grove of cedar trees that represent the country.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Beirut to Baalbek, Kozhaya and the Cedars of Lebanon
  • Enjoy the cities that are considered to be Lebanon's best-kept secrets with your expert guide
  • Discover Baalbek’s Roman temples and the famous Cedars of Lebanon
  • Savor traditional Lebanese cuisine in a quality local restaurant (included)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

What You Can Expect

Baalbek, Kozhaya and Cedars of Lebanon Day Trip from Beirut

Cedars of Lebanon

Leave Beirut early with your professional guide, and head to Baalbek, located approximately 50 miles (85 km) from Beirut. On arrival in Baalbek, take a leisurely walking tour around this ancient town. Marvel at the Baalbek Heliopolis, a group of Roman temples and other structures that are some of the largest and best-preserved examples of Roman architecture left in Lebanon. At one of the temples, see an impressive podium and a vast rectangular courtyard where religious sacrifices were once carried out.

After a relaxing lunch of traditional meze (Middle Eastern small dishes) and tapas at a Lebanese restaurant (included), continue your day trip to the town of Kozhaya. After an approximate one-hour journey by coach, arrive in this beautifully preserved city, part of the Holy Valley, where Maronites used to hide during the Ottoman period. With your expert guide, visit the Monastery of St Anthony, which was built partly into the mountain and boasts a beautiful setting of forest and valley.

Next, leave Kozhaya to discover the Cedars of Lebanon, magnificent cedar trees that stand as a symbol of the country; they are located in the Besharre region in northern Lebanon. Go up into the mountains of Lebanon's highest range with your guide to see a cedar grove that descends from ancient forests once prized throughout the world for their fine wood. Your guide will tell you all about their wood – how it is strong, straight and wonderfully scented, and how these cedar forests were nearly destroyed as a result. Wood from cedar trees was always the first choice for any temple or palace, and top prices were paid for it.

After this excellent photo opportunity, return to Beirut in the relaxing comfort of your luxury coach.

Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning against travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns, Viator’s Lebanon tours continue to operate with no disruptions. We are in frequent contact with our local suppliers and guides in Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.
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Tour code: 5484BEIRUT_BAALBECK

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