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Qadisha Valley (Wadi Kadisha) Tours

Qadisha Valley (Wadi Kadisha)
The rugged slopes of the Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are home to mountain wilderness, ancient monasteries, the pretty village of Bcharré, and even the occasional hermit. Carved by the sacred river Qadisha and mentioned in the Bible, it’s also known as the Kadisha Valley, Wadi Kadisha, Ouadi Qadisha, and Kadisha Gorge.

The Basics
While there are hotels in the valley, especially in and around Bcharré, most travelers explore the Qadisha Valley on an organized tour or private guided day trip from Beirut. Qadisha Valley tours typically include a visit to Bcharré, often with the Gibran Museum, the former home of famed Lebanese writer Khalil Gibran; a trip to the nearby Cedars of God, a stand of ancient cedar trees; and a look at a historic monastery such as Deir Qozhaya (St. Anthony’s Monastery).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Qadisha Valley is a must-visit for photographers and history buffs.
  • Dress conservatively when visiting working monasteries, convents, or hermitages, covering shoulders and knees.
  • Wear practical shoes. Some sites can only be reached by mountain paths.
  • Even urban Lebanon can be challenging for people who use wheelchairs. Most Qadisha Valley sights are not accessible.

How to Get There
About 66 miles (107 kilometers) northeast of Beirut, the Qadisha Valley carves its way through some of Lebanon’s most dazzling scenery. Minibuses run to Bcharré from Beirut’s Dawra bus station roughly hourly during the day, excluding Sundays, but with no public transport in the valley itself most travelers opt for the ease of an organized tour.

When to Get There
Many of the Qadisha Valley’s sights are at higher elevations, and some, such as the beautiful Qadisha Grotto cave, close from mid-December until mid-May. Late spring, summer, and autumn are the best times to explore here. During winter, Lebanon’s mountains are cold enough to boast a ski scene; base out of Bcharré if that’s your thing. 

Religious Sites of the Qadisha Valley
The monasteries and hermits’ caves in the Qadisha Valley are some of the world’s oldest. Deir Qannoubin convent probably dates back to the fourth century; Deir Mar Elisha, which is now a museum, encompasses ancient cave dwellings; while Deir Qozhaya has been in use since the 12th century. A hermit still lives at Saydet Hawqa.
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Small-Group Tour with Lunch to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars of God

Small-Group Tour with Lunch to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars of God

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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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  • 8 hours
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$90.00
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Small Daily Tours from Beirut to Qadisha Valley, Bcharri, Cedars with Lunch

Small Daily Tours from Beirut to Qadisha Valley, Bcharri, Cedars with Lunch

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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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  • 8 hours
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$90.00
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Cedars of Lebanon, Qozhaya, and Bcharre Day Trip from Beirut

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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  • 9 hours
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$90.00
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Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Gibran Museum and Cedars of God from Beirut

Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Gibran Museum and Cedars of God from Beirut

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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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$100.00
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Full-Day Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Cedars and Baalbek

Full-Day Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Cedars and Baalbek

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Explore the sceneries and the landscape of Lebanon in a full day private tour from Beirut. Enjoy the incredible views of Qadisha Valley, pass by Bcharre village, discover the oldest cedars reserve of Lebanon, visit the monastery of saint Qozhaya and head into Baalbek to explore the archeological UNESCO listed site and admire the huge Roman temples.
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  • 9 hours
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$150.00
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Budget Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars of God

Budget Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars of God

With a professional, friendly and English speaking driver who can give advice and instructions during your vacation in Lebanon, book this tour to north Lebanon and admire the beauty of the landscapes while passing by the Qadisha valley. Visit the monastery of Saint Anthony Kozhaya, the museum of the famous poet Gibran Khalil, then take a walk in the original cedar trees reserve in Bcharre village.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Small Group Tours from Beirut to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

Small Group Tours from Beirut to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.00
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Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Cedars of God and Baalbek from Beirut

Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Cedars of God and Baalbek from Beirut

Seeing Lebanon' highlights in one day is nearly impossible on your own. This guided tour covers them with ease, making it ideal for time-pressed visitors. After a tour through mount Lebanon countryside landmarks including the Kozhaya monastery, Qadisha Valley and the Cedars forest reserve. Head to Baalbek and explore the highlights of the largest and grandest Roman temple ruins ever built and one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture at its apogee.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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Sightseeing all-inclusive Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

Sightseeing all-inclusive Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

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Get the most out of your time in Lebanon by going on a private day tour from Beirut that covers some of the highlights of north Lebanon. Enjoy mountain view, the green sceneries and cultural heritage of north Lebanon on the tour that start from Beirut and cover Quadisha Valley, Bcharee, Jubran Museum, The Cedars Forest of God and the monastery of Kozhaya.
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  • 8 hours
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$100.00
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Small-Group Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharee and Cedars with Lunch Included

Small-Group Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharee and Cedars with Lunch Included

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Take in the scenery of the landscape of north Lebanon without the hassle of driving and navigation on this day tour from Beirut. With just a small group, you are treated to extra attention from your guide and an intimate group atmosphere. Your small tour bus can stop at some of the off-the-beaten-path spots that big tour buses can't access, giving you more views and experiences. Stops include Jubran Museum, Cedars forest and Kozhaya monastery, all accompanied by insightful guided commentary.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Full-Day Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

Full-Day Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

Visit north Lebanon in a single day without the hassle of renting a car during this tour from Beirut. Enjoy the scenery while your driver takes care of navigation and directions. This full-day tour from Beirut takes you through Lebanon countryside including Qadisha Valley, Gebran Museum, The Cedars forest, a monastery and much more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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Qadisha Valley (Small Group) Guided Hike with Lunch - Day Trip From Beirut

Qadisha Valley (Small Group) Guided Hike with Lunch - Day Trip From Beirut

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Discover Qadisha Valley's spectacular scenery and the stories of hermit life and Lebanon's first Maronite (Christian) monasteries during a 3 to 4 hour hike (9 km). Route Duration: 8 hours Stops on the Valley Hike : • Hamra Urban Gardens - Meeting Point, Bus Departs at 8:15 am (Sharp) • Kadisha Valley - Valley Hike Starting Point • Hawqa - Guided Visit to Hawqa Monastery • St. Marina the Monk - Guided Visit to St. Marina Chapel • Qannoubine Monastery - Guided visit inside the Monastery Attractions • Deir Mar Elisha You will start your hike in the village of Hawqa from where you descend down into the valley, continue your hike through a breathtaking path through the attractions, and after your lunch, you will continue your hike for around another hour and end your day with a guided visit in Deir Mar Elisha, one of the largest monasteries built as a hermitage.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Qadisha Valley (Private) Guided Hike with Lunch - Day Trip From Beirut

Qadisha Valley (Private) Guided Hike with Lunch - Day Trip From Beirut

Discover the spectacular scenery and beautiful nature of Qadisha Valley, home to the first Christian monasteries of Lebanon. You will start your hike in the village of Hawqa from where you descend down into the valley. Here, you will visit the 13th century Hawqa monastery, still inhabited by one of the last three hermits in the valley. You will continue your hike with a 1 to 1.5 hour breathtaking path through the valley toward the chapel of Mar Marina and Deir Qannoubine, the oldest Maronite monastery.Just after, you will enjoy a lunch with a large selection of Lebanese mezze at a local restaurant providing beautiful views on the valley. ​Best Season: April to November All our tours can be fully customized. ​In case you wish to arrange your own transportation or like to complete your day with dinner and/or an overnight stay, we are happy to organize according to your wishes and demands.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Private Car to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

Private Car to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

Take a day trip from Beirut to the spectacular north of Lebanon, and soak in the natural green scenery and landscapes. Enjoy all the region’s must-dos on a tour that covers the main sites of Qadisha valley, Bcharre village and Cedars reserve in one day. Don't worry about the hassle of transportation as our tour includes a round-trip transport as well as hotel pick-up.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.67
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Small Daily Tours from Beirut to Baalbek, Cedars and Kozhaya with Lunch

Small Daily Tours from Beirut to Baalbek, Cedars and Kozhaya with Lunch

Combine nature and history in one day by joining a small-group tour from Beirut to Baalbek, Cedars of God and Kozhaya monastery. Enjoy the natural beauty at the Qadisha valley, walk through the majestic cedar trees at the Cedars of God forest and visit the monastery of saint Anthony Kozhaya before heading to Baalbek to explore the huge complex of the Roman temples. Lunch and entrance fees are included, which make the tour more convenient.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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$140.00
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Private Full-Day Tour to Qadisha valley, Bcharre and Cedars of God from Beirut

Private Full-Day Tour to Qadisha valley, Bcharre and Cedars of God from Beirut

Immerse yourself in the nature of Northern Lebanon on this day trip to Qadisha valley, Bcharre & Cedars of God. This tour takes you puts you smack in the middle of the beautiful landscapes. Take some photos over the panoramic view of Qadisha valley, visit the monastery of Saint Anthony Kozhaya, explore the museum of the famous poet Gibran Khalil, and stroll between the famous Cedar trees in the Cedars of God natural reserve of Bcharre.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Private Full-Day Tour to Qadisha valley, Cedars of God and Baalbek from Beirut

Private Full-Day Tour to Qadisha valley, Cedars of God and Baalbek from Beirut

Opt for an alternative sightseeing experience combining the nature beauty of north Lebanon with the deep history of Baalbek, the city of the sun, in the Bekaa valley. Stop by the Qadisha valley and enjoy the beautiful landscapes, walk between the old cedar trees in the cedars of God reserve, visit the monastery of St Anthony Kozhaya, then head to Baalbek and admire the majestic huge roman temples.
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  • 9 hours
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$145.00
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Small-Group Tour Qadisha Valley, Becharre and Cedars of God from Beirut

Small-Group Tour Qadisha Valley, Becharre and Cedars of God from Beirut

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This is the perfect choice for nature lovers. Leave Beirut and join a day trip to North Lebanon. Enjoy the magical landscape over the Qadisha valley, and stop to take some photos. Visit the monastery of St Anthony Kozhaya, and the museum of the famous poet Gibran Khalil in Bcharre, then take a walk through the majestic cedar trees of Lebanon in the Cedars of God natural reserve. A door-to-door service from your hotel in Beirut, lunch in a local restaurant and entrance fees are all inluded in the tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Sightseeing all-inclusive Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Cedars and Baalbek

Sightseeing all-inclusive Private Tour to Qadisha Valley, Cedars and Baalbek

Explore Lebanon with a private full day tour from Beirut and enjoy mountain view, the green sceneries and cultural heritage of north Lebanon and visit 2 world listed heritage sites in Lebanon. Customize your perfect itinerary in advance and Discover highlights like the cedars forest of god, Qadisha valley and Baalback, the greatest Roman treasure and one of the wonders of the ancient world so you can discover Baccus and Jupiter, the largest and most noble Roman temples ever built and the best preserved.
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  • 8 hours
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$165.00
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$165.00
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Sightseeing all-inclusive Small group Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

Sightseeing all-inclusive Small group Tour to Qadisha Valley, Bcharre and Cedars

This tour is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Get a glimpse of the amazing sceneries as you pass by the Qadisha valley, north of Lebanon. Keep your camera ready and spend a full day exploring the monastery of Saint Anthony Kozhaya in the Holy Valley of Qadisha, a valley that sheltered Christian monastic community for many centuries, then Bcharre, the town of the preserved original cedars in the country and the birth place of the famous poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. Discover Gibran museum, that was previously a monastery of St Sarkis and has been transformed later on to a museum, before arriving the Cedars of God nature reserve, to contemplate and walk through the majestic trees of Lebanon. The tour is limited to a small group, so you get plenty of personal attention.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Budget Tour to Qadisha, Cedars and Baalbek

Budget Tour to Qadisha, Cedars and Baalbek

Combine the experience the majestic temples of Baalbek , the beautiful famous cedar trees and the taste of the authentic Lebanese wine on this private full-day tour from Beirut. You'll get the best experience in our new air-conditioned vehicle with a professional English speaking driver that will help you all day long.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
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$150.00
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5-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

5-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

Explore Lebanon’s natural wonders and ancient history on a 4 nights package from Beirut. Travel by an A/C vehicle as you explore Lebanon's highlights and must see. Don't hassle yourself in searching for accommodation and tours at reasonable prices. Check this well-planned package and enjoy your vacation the most.
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  • 5 days
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$425.00
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$425.00
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6-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

6-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

Discover the delights of Lebanon on this 6-day tour. Enjoy breathtaking views and go deep in history while visiting North and South of the country. Don't hassle yourself in searching for accommodation and tours at reasonable prices. Check this well-planned package and enjoy your vacation to the most.
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  • 6 days
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$545.00
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7-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

7-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

Discover Lebanon in a style with this 7-day tour that covers the major sites of the whole country. Visit the Capital city, the North, the South and the countryside by an A/C vehicle. Don't hassle yourself in searching for accommodation and tours at reasonable prices. Check this well-planned package and enjoy your vacation the most.
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  • 7 days
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$665.00
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