• Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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 Valley, famous for its early Christian monasteries and churches. Take a guided walking tour around Besharreh, 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.

Highlights

  • 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 (if option selected)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

What You Can Expect

Cedars of Lebanon, Kozhaya and Besharreh Day Trip from Beirut

Cedars of Lebanon

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 Besharreh — 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 Besharreh’s age-old churches and monasteries.

After a stop for a traditional meze (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.



Please note: Although the US Department of State advises 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 the country, who report that all tours are operating as normal. Should this change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.

Customer Reviews

judewilson2010

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Fabulous day trip! Super guide, fearless coach driver, wonderful traveling companions. Comfortable coach.

jasonc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.

Teresa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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!

Cristina T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

lucyoliver5

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.

Gregory A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!

Ida S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is the tour that you will really enjoy. It will not get you tired, it is not so full of touristic sights. You will really enjoy the cedars while taking a walk through the woods, you will see the Kadisha valley with its monasteries built in the rock, the Gibran Museum. You will have a very tasty lunch in a family run restaurant.

Ruby R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

I enjoyed going to all these places but our guide wasn't the brst

Sara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Great tour to see the remaining cedars of old! I loved walking around on the snow covered mountains and being in the forest where you could not only see, but smell the cedars as well. A well worth trip up the mountain. The tour guide knew his way around the park and was able to point out the oldest trees remaining in the forest.

Shaun C

4 star rating: Recommended October 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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