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How to Spend 2 Days in Beirut

How to Spend 2 Days in Beirut

Lebanon is a compact country, and with two days in Beirut you can see so much more than just the city. Besides checking off Beirut’s signature sights and discovering Lebanon’s delicious cuisine, you can tour the underground wonderland of Jeita Grotto, visit the historic Byblos UNESCO World Heritage Site, and more. Read on to find out how.

Day 1: Beirut Bliss

**Morning:**Begin your Lebanese journey by soaking up the history at the National Museum of Beirut. Then check out some signature sights: the Roman Baths, Nejmeh Square, the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, and St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. If you have time, head out to the sea pillars known as Pigeon Rocks.

**Afternoon:**Immerse yourself in the big, bold flavors of Lebanese cuisine at a cooking class with a family in their home. Learn to make classic Middle Eastern meze appetizers and Turkish-influenced grills, plus savory stews, salads, and so much more. Don’t miss the chance to sample homemade arak liquor along the way.

**Night:**Get to know your hosts and their culture over a leisurely dinner, then head back into the city to enjoy a master class in Lebanese wine. The nation’s Bekaa Valley is home to over 50 wineries, and some, such as Château Musar, produce reds that can stand alongside fine French wines.

Day 2: Caves and Castles

**Morning:**Head north to the Jeita Grotto, a fairy-tale-pretty cave system decked in sparkling lights. Explore the underground river in a rowboat and the upper levels on foot. Consider a stop at Jounieh to ride the cable car up to the towering Our Lady of Harissa shrine en route to Byblos.

**Afternoon:**After a seafood lunch overlooking the historic harbor, spend the afternoon exploring the ancient waterfront town of Byblos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the medieval old town, the Crusader castle, and the archaeological site, where relics of different civilizations stretch back to the time of the pyramids.

**Night:**Spend your last evening enjoying Beirut’s nightlife. Dress up and dine on a modern Lebanese feast, then hit the rooftop bars and clubs that spring up around the city every summer; the roof at the classy Le Gray hotel is a timeless choice. At cooler times of year, try the Armenia strip in Mar Mikhael.

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Private Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche from Beirut

Private Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche from Beirut

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If you value the freedom of independent travel but prefer not to take your chances on Lebanese roads, this door-to-door private transport-only tour is for you. Traveling with a private driver, visit the biblical cities of Sidon, home to the Crusaders Sea Castle, Khan al-Franj, and Soap Museum, and Tyre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Roman-era hippodrome. Finish with the statue of Our Lady of Mantara in Maghdoucheh.
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  • 8 hours
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$100.00
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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
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$85.00
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$85.00
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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
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$45.00
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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
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$95.00
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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
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$17.50
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$17.50
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Full-Day Private Trip to Cedars, Baalbek and Ksara from Beirut

Full-Day Private Trip to Cedars, Baalbek and Ksara from Beirut

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Taste wine and experience Lebanon's countryside on this full-day private tour. Accompanied by a driver-guide, depart from your Beirut hotel in a private vehicle and make your way to the Beqaa Valley. Stop in Baalbeck and admire the three ancient Roman temples of Heliopolis. Pause for lunch before continuing to Ksara, where you can taste local wines. Go for a hike in the Chouf Cedars Forest and admire the country’s national trees.
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  • 9 hours
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$160.00
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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
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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
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$53.34
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$53.34
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Full Day Private Trip to Baalbek Anjar and Ksara from Beirut

Full Day Private Trip to Baalbek Anjar and Ksara from Beirut

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Get out of the city and go on a full-day tour of Baalbek, Anjar, and Ksara. Depart from your hotel in a private vehicle and make your way to the Beqaa Valley. In the company of a guide, see the Umayyad Ruins and learn about their history. Continue to Baalbek, where you can visit the Heliopolis. Stop at Ksara winery and sample local wine while sitting in a cave. Please note that entry fees and the wine tasting are not included in the cost of the tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$100.00
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$100.00
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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
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$75.00
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$75.00
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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
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$15.00
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$15.00
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