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

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

Teresa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Don't miss it! So much history!!! Taking this tour is the best way to fly into a country and see the sites. Highly recommend. Plenty of breaks. Well orginized. Guides do this for a living. They are good at it! TIP!!! This is the best way to help the economy.

Maria F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Nice tour. Our guy was really friendly.

edward b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Jeita grotto was wonderful. Seeing the stalagmites and stalagtites was breathtaking. There is one over 8 meters in length which is claimed to be the largest in the world. No photos allowed... disappointment and I fail to understand that reasoning. Byblos was worth seeing for the opportunity to view ancient ruins. Tour guide Georgette was examplary. Lunchtime at 2:30 was late after starting the day at 7:45a.m. Perhaps the tour operator should investigate alternative restaurants.

Georgia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Friendly staff, on time

Priyanka G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

The Jeita Grotto was truly a fascinating sight! This tour was thoughtfully organized and interesting. A special word of praise for Nakhal, your tour partners. They helped us modify our bookings when we needed to, and gave us absolutely wonderful and warm service.

Tom S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I loved this tour. The guide was good and patient. The food was great too. The trip was on time too.

Carla B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Super amazing, exciting, beautiful and great food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gregory A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

So incredible. Had lunch sea side, beautiful and big lunch. Jeitta grotto was amazing, no photos allowed so lasting memories for a lifetime were perfect. Harrissa was my everything. Stunning. The views were amazing. Took a lift over the sky to the statue, just beautiful. Didn't want to leave it, magical. My favorite tour day. This day is a must as well as Baalbek.

Ralph H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a such a wonderful trip! I couldn't recommend it more highly. The caves at Jeita are magnificent, Byblos is a little jewel and the views from Harissa were breathtaking. Georgette if I remember her name correctly was an extremely friendly and informative and multi-lingual guide too!

Miriam T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour which was carried out by Nakhal, one of Lebanons largest tourism companies was absolutely worth it. We were a small group of people and our tourguide was very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. I would have wished for some more guided tourtime in Jbeil, especially the parts of the very picturesque town around the archaeological sites. Our driver even made a small adjustment to drop me off closer to my home, transport worked perfectly, we had airconditioning and the van was comfortable. Would definitely recommend this as a nice day trip to explore the history of the country and to see what Lebanon has to offer outside of Beirut!

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