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  • Location:Beirut, Lebanon
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

Explore the fascinating Lebanese cities of Byblos and Harissa, as well as the world-famous Jeita Grotto, on a full-day trip from Beirut! On this must-do guided tour for any traveler to Lebanon, you'll visit Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the world, and see the impressive Jeita Grotto, one of the most stunning natural wonders on Earth. Discover the rise and fall of nearly two dozen successive civilizations, marvel at the Statue of the Virgin Mary in Harissa and explore one of the richest archeological areas in the country, all in one amazing day!


  • 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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Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

Jeita Grotto

Meet your friendly, professional guide in central Beirut, and then head straight to Jeita, which is 12 miles (20 km) north of Beirut. The fascinating town is home to one of the world's most beautiful caverns, known as the Jeita Grotto, which was a finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature, a 2011 competition for the best natural wonders on the planet. Visit the lower caverns by boat on a subterranean lake, and then see the dry upper gallery on foot with your guide. The main source of the Dog River (Nahr El Kalb) rises from this incredible cavern.

Your comfortable coach will then take you to the ancient city of Byblos, one of the oldest towns in the world, dating back at least 7,000 years. The rise and fall of nearly two dozen successive civilizations make this site one of the richest archeological areas in the country. Today a busy modern town, Byblos is home to a medieval Roman port, which is one of the city’s tourist hubs. Your guide will tell about the landmarks in this area such as Byblos Castle, built by the crusaders in the 12th century. You’ll also learn about the extensive remains of city’s past.

After a relaxing lunch of traditional meze and tapas at a Lebanese restaurant in Byblos (included), head off to Harissa. This beautiful village boasts stunning, panoramic views across the Bay of Jounieh on the Mediterranean coast. Admire the Statue of the Virgin Mary, which can be seen from miles away, and visit inside the statue's base – a chapel with an exterior spiral staircase. This sanctuary is a destination for countless pilgrims who come from all over. After a photo opportunity at this major Lebanon attraction, 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.

Customer Reviews

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great way to spend the day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good guide and brilliant locations

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Company was professional, driver was safe and guide was friendly and helpful! Tour was well organised, engaging and not too rushed (which is so important in organised tours...)! Would definitely recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Tour was excellent. Tour guide was very Knowledgeable, nice and professional. Places deserve to be visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Byblos is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen. The lunch was amazing, and the grotto was stunning!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The guide was excellent and this was a great way to get to see outside of Beirut. I do recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great guide, great trip! Fully recommended!

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