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Cedars of Lebanon, Qozhaya, and Bcharre Day Trip from Beirut

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Discover the Lebanon of old on this full-day trip from Beirut. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert guide, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Holy (Qadisha) Valley, famous for its early Christian monasteries and churches. Take a guided walking tour around Bsharri, the birthplace of poet Kahlil Gibran, and explore the Gibran Museum and religious sites before an included lunch stop. Then, visit the Monastery of St. Anthony in Kozhaya and admire the magnificent Cedars of Lebanon, where towering cedar trees—once part of the country’s prized ancient forests—still flourish.
  • Day trip from Beirut to Besharreh, Kozhaya, and the Cedars of Lebanon
  • Explore Lebanon’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Holy Valley
  • Discover the Monastery of St. Anthony in Kozhaya and the beautiful Cedars of Lebanon
  • Visit the birthplace of the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran
  • Savor traditional Lebanese cuisine at a quality local restaurant (included)
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
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Pickup and drop-off is included if the guests are staying in Hotels only located within Beirut City (not Hostels, airbnb, or private apartment)
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Departure Point

Nakhal & Cie, Beirut, Lebanon

Traveler pickup is offered
We Pick up all guests from Hotels located in Beirut City Only. Pick up starts from 07:45 am. Guests should be ready in the lobby from 07:45 am.

We don't pick up from hotels outside Beirut, or from Hostels, airbnb, and private apartments, in this case guests should come to our office at 08:00 to join the tour.

If the hotel was not provided 48 hours before the tour departure date, then the guests should be present at our office at 08:00 am, as no pick up will be provided for last minute hotel details.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in central Beirut or at your Beirut hotel, and journey into Lebanon’s countryside to begin your day trip. On route, hear tales of the country’s history and culture, and admired the rugged landscapes, sprinkled with old villages and orchards.

Make your first stop in Bsharri—a picturesque town nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Qadisha Valley, whose name translates as the Holy Valley in Lebanese. The site of some of the world’s earliest Christian monasteries, the valley is framed by forested cliffs and known for its ancient monasteries and caves once used as religious refuges.

On arrival, take a leisurely walking tour around this ancient town, and discover how it was the birthplace of the 20th-century Lebanese artist and poet, Khalil Gibran. 

Visit the Gibran Museum that chronicles his art and thoughts, and check out some of Bsharri's age-old churches and monasteries.

 After a stop for a traditional mezze (small dishes) and tapas lunch, continue to the well-preserved town of Kozhaya, another highlight of the Qadisha Valley.

Here, enjoy a guided visit of the Monastery of St. Anthony, a mountainside complex that commands stunning views down over the woodlands and valley.


Next, drive on to see the majestic Cedars of Lebanon, an area of some of the venerated cedar trees that serve as a symbol of the country, and that were once part of its vast, ancient cedar forests. Walk around one of the cedar groves and learn about these magnificent trees, whose timber was used for building by the Phoenicians, Israelites, and Egyptians through the ages.

Hear how this usage ravaged the forests and how, in 1996, these ‘Cedars of God’ were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites to help preserve them.

After taking photos here, return to Beirut where your trip finishes at the start point.


Itinerary
Stop At:  
Qadisha Valley
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Cedars of God
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gibran Museum
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Deir Qozhaya
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nakhal Sightseeing Tours - Day Tours
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • OPERATED BY Nakhal & Cie

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cedars of Lebanon, Qozhaya, and Bcharre Day Trip from Beirut?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "The mountain country of Lebanon is not to be missed." See review

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Great trip to Northern Lebanon
886piyushp
, Oct 2019
Great trip to Northern Lebanon. While the cedars are nice, the Qozhaya Valley was really spectacular. It was great to see how green that part of the country is. The monastery was also very cool. Definitely worth the trip.
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Great Tour
VeganABZ
, Aug 2019
This tour was ok - a long day in the bus stopping at the Kahlil Gibran Museum, which was alright, the cedars is actually only a short walk through the trees, nothing too spectacular, then a trip to a monastery followed by lunch which was very good, even for vegans.
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Nice tour in lebanon!!!!!
TrailBlazer787724
, Mar 2019
It was awesome and nice to visit there!!!! But I hope if there is a tour in Arabic language too :(....
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Fabulous day trip! Super guide...
judewilson2010
, Apr 2018
Fabulous day trip! Super guide, fearless coach driver, wonderful traveling companions. Comfortable coach.
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We had a great day! Our driver was...
jasonc
, Mar 2018
We had a great day! Our driver was excellent and Elie our guide was informative and entertaining. Really enjoyable day and well worth it.
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My favorite trip in Lebanon. Cedars...
Teresa D
, Feb 2018
My favorite trip in Lebanon. Cedars of Lebanon is not a big park. Perfect. Soooooo moving to be there and all the biblical stories of the Cedars of Lebanon! I took gifts for the small children of the workers at the park. Great!
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We took 3 tours in Lebanon with...
Cristina T
, Jan 2018
We took 3 tours in Lebanon with Viaotor and they were all a great experience. This one was one of my favorites. The mountain country of Lebanon is not to be missed. The cedar forest was really beautiful as was the Khalil Gibrain museum and the cathedral was incredible. The drive on this tour was beautiful.
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I really enjoyed this day out to the...
lucyoliver5
, Jun 2017
I really enjoyed this day out to the peace and quiet of the valley of the saints and the peaceful forest of cedars. Lebanon is a stunning country and it didn't feel like a very long drive. Lunch was great too. Our guide Suzanna was ok although a bit unfriendly to the group at times.
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This was an incredibly fun day. Got...
Gregory A
, Oct 2016
This was an incredibly fun day. Got picked up frommy hotel at 7:30 and didn't return till 8pm. Saw so much! The cedar forest in the mountains is incredible. It's not a large forest, more like a park, but beautiful. Going to behsharteh was amazing, very religious and beautiful. Ate lunch in the mountains, food was incredible. Good tour guide. Went to a b auotufl art museum in the mountains, tons of great photos of the views. Must see!
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Lovely to see the mountains of the...
Shaun C
, Oct 2016
Lovely to see the mountains of the north, such clean air. Disappointing it was such a rush only viewing the scenery from the speeding mini-bus!
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