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Tour code: 5484BEIRUT_HARISSA
This Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut showcases the best of Lebanon’s most fascinating cities. A must-do guided tour, this trip is ideal for first-time visitors , history lovers and travelers interested in learning more about the ancient cities of the world. Learn how some 24 successive civilizations in Harissa have made it one of the top archeological sites in the country and get an up close look at the stunning caverns of Jeita Grotto. This tour also includes a stop in Byblos—widely recognized as one of the oldest cities in the world. Enjoy every minute of this historical adventure with your expert local guide. 


  • Day trip from Beirut to Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa
  • Scenic drive through Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the world
  • Visit one of the richest archaeological areas in Beirut
  • See attractions such as the Jeita Grotto, the Byblos Castle and the Virgin Mary Statue in Harissa
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your expert local guide

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What You Can Expect

Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

Jeita Grotto

Meet your friendly, expert guide in central Beirut and kick off your Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa day trip in the comfort of a luxury coach. Travel about 12 miles (20 km) by private, air-conditioned minivan to Jeita. Follow your guide on a boat ride on a subterranean lake where you’ll get an up close look at the Jeita Grotto, an incredible ancient cavern that was a finalist for the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011. Explore the lower caverns on a subterranean boat with your guide, and then check out the upper caverns on foot. 

From Jeita you’ll make your way to Byblos—one of the oldest cities on earth. Home to more than 24 successive civilizations, this 7,000-year-old city is among the top archeological areas in the nation. Follow your guide through some of the highlights, including the Byblos Castle, as you explore this ancient destination. Make a stop at the medieval Roman port, which ranks tops among the city’s tourist spots. 

Enjoy a traditional Lebanese lunch (included) before making your way to Harissa, where you’ll get an up close look at the Statue of the Virgin Mary—including the chapel and spiral staircase—and have the opportunity to look out over impressive views of the Bay of Jounieh. Your guide will explain how these religious sites are a destination for pilgrims from across the globe. Capture as many photos as you can at this religious destination before you settle back in to the comfort of your private vehicle for the return trip to your Beirut hotel, where this incredible tour ends. 

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.

Customer Reviews

Ida S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is one of the most wanted trips Nakhal has to offer. A lot of people going there...
Jeitta grotto is the most wonderful cave you will ever see. Unfortunately, you will not be allowed to take pictures. Part of the tour is on foot, the other part is on water with boats.
Byblos or Jbail in arabic is also very impressing. You can see the old castle, the amphitheater, the remains of the old houses.
You can reach Harissa either by cable car or by bus. The agency offers you both options. Usually, everyone goes there by cable car. On the top, you will see the statue of Virgin Mary.
Personally, i regret they don't include Tripoli anymore... There were people that went by public bus and they said it is beautiful.

Scott G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great tour with the perfect amount of people. Our guide was as informative of the sights as she was enthusiastic about them. The value for the money was excellent and the lunch we had was fit for a king.

Faycel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very interesting tour with a very nice guide and delightful Lebanese specialities. Highly recommended !

Faycel B.

Nicole G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Byblos was one of my favorite tours! A must go! The site was beautiful! The guide was very knowledgeable about all the sites. I would highly recommend this tour of you like ancient history and archaeology.

Danielle F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great value for money! We loved all the places we visited. A bit rushed for pictures through Byblos. I recommend that the tour spends a bit more time here and that the guide walks us more slowly through the sites in Byblos. Apart from that, we loved it

Elias C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour.Our guide Natasha was very pleasant and knowledgeable and the lunch included was great as well!!! The only downside was the van used for was very crammed and uncomfortable but other than I highly recommend this tour.

Bukola A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great way to spend the day.

Natalie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good guide and brilliant locations

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great way to get out of Beirut and explore some of the sights further along the coast - ancient ruins at Byblos, beautiful views from Harissa, and stunning caves at Jeita. Our guide was friendly and engaging, with plenty of 'free time' to explore on your own if you wanted hotel pickup / dropoff was painless. All of the sites are in areas currently considered safe - and are definitely well worth the visit!

Ali H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Tour was excellent. Guide so informed and definitely worth the price. Enjoyed every part of the day.

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