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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. 

Highlights

  • 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

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!

Ruth Ferrero Spain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great trip, great guide, great food!

Robert T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent. Very informative and well managed. Tour leader superb. Byblos was fascinating and the Jeita Grotto impressive. Great way to learn and see so much in a short space of time. Lunch was great too.

Andreas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

driver and tour girl was very good

Theres Lynette T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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

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