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Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab) Tours

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Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)
Prized in biblical times, the cedars of Lebanon are the remnants of an ancient forest. The Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab), a cluster close to northern Lebanon’s Qadisha Valley, is recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. These majestic trees, a distinct species known as cedrus Libani, can live more than 1,000 years and grow to 130 feet (40 meters) tall.

The Basics

Visit the Forest of the Cedars of God on a day trip from Beirut or base out of the pretty village of Bcharré in the Qadisha Valley. Entrance to the site is by donation, and a network of shady paths winds its way among the trees. Day trips typically combine a visit to the cedars with a tour of Bcharré village and one or more of the ancient Qadisha Valley monasteries, such as Deir Qozhaya (St. Anthony’s Monastery).

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Cedars of God are worth a visit for nature lovers and the religiously minded.
  • There are other cedar stands elsewhere in Lebanon, but the Forest of the Cedars of God is the only grove with a UNESCO listing.
  • The Cedars of God are not wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
The Cedars of God are in northern Lebanon, about 4 miles (7 kilometers) from Bcharré or 72 miles (115 kilometers) from Beirut. Regular minibuses link Bcharré with Beirut’s Dawra terminal (excluding Sundays), but there’s no public transport beyond Bcharré. Lebanese driving can make mountain roads a terrifying experience, so most travelers opt for the safety and convenience of an organized tour.

When to Get There

The Forest of the Cedars of God opens from morning to early evening, Tuesday through Sunday. The forest is rarely crowded, but it’s worth visiting midweek (Tuesday to Friday) for more of a sense of solitude. In spring (April and May), wildflowers bring the forest to life, but the ancient evergreen trees are also atmospheric in the winter snow.

The Cedars of Lebanon in the Bible
Hard, fine-grained, and insect-resistant, cedar wood was one of the most prized building materials of ancient times. The cedars of Lebanon are mentioned 103 times in the Bible, and it was Lebanese cedar that the biblical King Solomon is believed to have used to build the First Temple in Jerusalem.
Address: Mount Lebanon, Lebanon
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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.
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Escape the bustle of Beirut in favor of something more relaxed with this small group tour to the countryside where you will enjoy the landscape and the scenery of mount Lebanon. You will visit Jubran museum, Qadisha Valley, The Cedars forest reserve and the monastery of St. Kozhaya. Lebanese lunch, all entrance fees and hotel pick-up and drop-off are included in this tour.
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This small-group tour saves time and hassle, leaving you with more time to fully soak in the spectacular view of Qadisha valley, Bcharre village and Cedars of God forest. A visit to Gebran museum and saint Qozhaya monastery are included. Entrance fees, round-trip transport from Beirut, and lunch are provided, so you can focus on the more important details of your visit.
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Skip the self-drive hassles and choose a private driver to venture deep into the Biblical heart of Lebanon—the Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise past ancient monasteries and cave churches to the village of Bcharre, then explore the Gibran Museum, dedicated to the Lebanese-American writer Khalil Gibran, and the ancient cedar reserve known as the Cedars of God. Tour includes round-trip door-to-door transfers but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 9 hours
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Soak up the sights of the Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, without risking life and limb at the wheel. Exploring with a driver/guide in a group capped at just eight travelers, visit pretty Bcharré village and the Gibran Museum, which honors a Lebanese poet, and see the ancient trees known as the Cedars of God. Your door-to-door package includes a restaurant lunch.
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