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How to Spend 1 Day in Beirut

How to Spend 1 Day in Beirut

Despite its troubled history, cosmopolitan Beirut competes with Tel Aviv for the title of the Middle East’s most vibrant city. One day in Beirut gives you enough time to discover Lebanon’s thousands of years of history, cook up a Lebanese feast, and, in summer, party up a storm at one of the city’s rooftop bars and lounges. Here’s how.

Morning: Culture Vulture

Start the day at the landmark National Museum of Beirut with a journey through Lebanon’s long history and a world-class selection of ancient sculpture, art, and artifacts. Once you know your Phoenicians from your Seleucids and your Umayyads from your Ottomans, check out downtown’s signature sights: Nejmeh Square, Martyrs’ Square, the Roman Baths, the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, and St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral with its fascinating crypt museum. If time permits, head out to Pigeon Rocks, the towering sea pillars that are a symbol of the city, and sip a Lebanese coffee as you soak up the Mediterranean views.

Afternoon: Cooking Class

Fresh, tangy, and packed with big, bold flavors, Lebanese is one of the Middle East’s most fascinating cuisines. Get hands-on with a cooking class in a private home. Feast on eastern Mediterranean meze appetizers, from hummus andmoutabal (eggplant dip) to stuffed vine leaves, then prepare savory favorites from Turkish-influenced grills and salads to pomegranate sauces and lentil stews. Fill up with classic pastries, such as honey and pistachio baklava, and don’t miss the chance to sample homemade Lebanese arak liquor. Along the way, take the chance to learn about how Beirut’s myriad different cultures get along.

Night: Rooftop Romance

Head back to base and get glammed up for a night on the town. While anything goes stylewise in Beirut and glitz is not compulsory, more is definitely more at many of the rooftop bars and lounges that spring up around the city for the summer party season. The scene changes every season, but Iris and Capitole have stood the test of time, while the rooftop bar at the stylish Le Gray boutique hotel is a classic. Even outside the rooftop season, the party doesn’t stop: Try the bustling Armenia strip in Mar Mikhael.

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Small Group Tours from Beirut to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara

Small Group Tours from Beirut to Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara

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Escape the bustle of the capital and discover three of Lebanon’s most enriching history-packed sites on this three-for-one, small-group combo tour. Explore the one-time summer palace of the Umayyad dynasty, see some of the region’s best-preserved Roman ruins, including temples to Jupiter and Venus, and taste multiple wine samples in the oldest winery in Lebanon. Tours also include a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Private Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos from Beirut

Private Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos from Beirut

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Self-driving Lebanon is a risky business. Escape the traffic perils while preserving the freedom of independent travel on this door-to-door private transport-only tour. Start at Jeita Grotto, an underground wonderland, move to Byblos, a UNESCO World Heritage city with a history dating back 7,000 years, and finish in Harissa, known for its towering statue of Our Lady.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
Price varies by group size
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$85.00
Price varies by group size
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Historical Beirut Walking Tour

Historical Beirut Walking Tour

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Discover the best of Beirut on this 3-hour walking tour, led by an expert guide. Learn about the city’s roots as a Roman city-state, and how it has risen and fallen, and retained its liberalist character through the centuries. Enjoy photo stops at the Martyr’s Statue, admire Nejmeh Square in the downtown district, and see other landmarks as your guide shares their secrets and stories. Finish with a visit to the National Museum of Beirut, a treasure trove of archaeological finds that chronicle both the city’s and Lebanon’s history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00

Full-Day Tour of Beirut, Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar

Full-Day Tour of Beirut, Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar

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This full-day tour of Beirut, Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar takes you through some of the most popular towns and sites in Lebanon. Immerse yourself in the cultures, traditions and landscapes of this diverse land as you make your way through traditional villages and landmarks like the Martyrs’ Statue, Mosque of Emir Fakhr Eddine and the stunning Beiteddine Palace with your friendly and informative local guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00

Beirut Historical (half day)

Beirut Historical (half day)

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Get under the skin of old Beirut on this convenient guided half-day tour that includes door-to-door transportation. Start by discovering Lebanese history at the National Museum of Beirut. Then enjoy a walking tour of downtown, including the souks, the Roman baths, the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, St. George’s Cathedral, and the waterfront. Finally, drive to Raouche to see the Pigeon Rocks.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
From
$70.00
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Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel

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Insure an easy arrival with this private arrival transfer from Beirut International Airport to Hotel. This convenient and professional service, which includes private vehicle and friendly, professional driver is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, guaranteeing a hassle-free arrival at your Beirut hotel.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.50
Price varies by group size
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$17.50
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Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut

Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut

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Enjoy a slice of Lebanese life that’s impossible to access independently with this private, hands-on cooking class in a traditional Lebanese home. Learn to cook two authentic Lebanese dishes as you chat about culture, cuisine, and traditions with your foodie host and her family. Then savor a home-cooked meal washed down with a couple of glasses of arak.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.26
Price varies by group size
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$90.26
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Authentic Lebanese Meal with Tania's Family in their Home in Beirut

Authentic Lebanese Meal with Tania's Family in their Home in Beirut

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Enjoy the sort of access to locals that’s only usually possible with a tour as you join your host, Tania, for a home-cooked Lebanese meal with her family. Experience authentic Lebanese dishes, many based on produce from the family’s garden: perhaps lentils, meatballs, or stuffed vine leaves. Wash dinner down with a couple of glasses of local spirits and unlimited soft drinks, and finish with coffee and garden fruits.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.34
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$53.34
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Private Tour to Jeita Grotto and Harissa from Beirut

Private Tour to Jeita Grotto and Harissa from Beirut

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Visit the Jeita Grotto and Harissa with ease from Beirut on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and make your way to the limestone caves at Jeita Grotto. Continue to Harissa, where you can ride a cable car to see the Virgin Mary statue and take in views of the surrounding area.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
Price varies by group size
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$75.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport

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Travel in comfort from your Beirut city hotel to Beirut International Airport and enjoy a stress free end to your time in the city on this 1-hour private departure transfer. Meet your driver at the prearranged time at your hotel in Beirut and take a seat in your private vehicle. Relax on route to Beirut International Airport, and arrive refreshed and ready for your onward flight. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
Price varies by group size
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$15.00
Price varies by group size