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How to Spend 3 Days in Beirut

How to Spend 3 Days in Beirut

Three days in Beirut allow you to check off the city’s signature sights and discover the joys of Lebanese food. In addition to the coastal charms of Byblos and the beautiful Jeita Grotto, you can get out into the valleys and add one (or two) more of Lebanon’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites to your list. Read on to find out how.

Day 1: Beirut Bliss

Explore thousands of years of Lebanese history at the National Museum of Beirut, the perfect introduction to the ancient cultures that await. Next, check off the city’s signature sights: Nejmeh Square, the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Roman Baths. Head out to Raouché for a Lebanese coffee overlooking the sea pillars Pigeon Rocks. After a light Middle Eastern lunch, indulge in the scents and flavors of Lebanese cuisine on a cooking course, ideally in a family home. Master meze, grills, stews, salads, and so much more, then get to know your hosts over a leisurely dinner, fueled by the aniseed taste of authentic Lebanese arak liquor. If you’re visiting in summer, enjoy an evening local style, by catching an outdoor screening of a classic movie or taking a gentle stroll along the Corniche.

Day 2: Caves and Castles

Head north along the coast and spend your second day in Beirut visiting three ever-popular sights. Start at the Jeita Grotto, where illuminated stalactites deck spiraling caverns and rowboats ply the underground river. Continue north to Jounieh and ride the vertiginous Téléferique cable car 2,132 feet (650 meters) up into the mountains to the shrine of Our Lady of Harissa, with its enormous statue of Lebanon’s patron saint. Hit the ancient town of Byblos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in time for a seafood lunch on the pretty harbor. Spend the afternoon shopping for fossils and more in the medieval Old Town, immersing yourself in history at the Crusader castle, and traveling through time at the archaeological site, where ruins from different eras stretch back many thousands of years. In the summer season, particularly on weekends, you might want to stay in Byblos for sunset, dinner, and even a nightclub.

Day 3: Vines and Valleys

On your third day in Beirut, head inland to Lebanon’s ancient valleys. Choose between the Bekaa Valley, home to over 50 wineries plus two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the Qadisha Valley, UNESCO-listed in its own right. If you opt for Bekaa, start at Baalbek, a classical city that’s home to what may be the Middle East’s finest Roman ruins, then head to the 8th-century Islamic city of Anjar. Finish with some gourmet food, a tour, and a tasting at a winery such as Chȃteau Ksara or Chȃteau Kefraya. If Qadisha is more your speed, explore the pretty town of Bcharré, the ancient stand of biblical cedars known as the Cedars of God, and one of the ancient monasteries that line the valley, such as Qozhaya. Head back to Beirut to wrap up your stay in style: Savor a modern Lebanese dinner and a long summer night at one of the city’s rooftop lounges, perhaps at the Le Gray hotel. 

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Small Group Tour from Beirut to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos

Small Group Tour from Beirut to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos

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Hit three of Lebanon’s top attractions—and escape the bustle of the capital—on this three-for-one, small-group day trip from Beirut. Hop a boat to explore stalactite-filled Jeita Grotto, cover seven thousand years of history in picturesque Byblos, and take a cable car in Harissa to the panoramic statue, Our Lady of Lebanon. Tours also include door-to-door transfers and lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Tripoli - Batroun (Full day)

Tripoli - Batroun (Full day)

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Spare yourself the rigors of Lebanese driving and let a professional take the wheel on this convenient door-to-door tour of Tripoli with Batroun or Byblos. Spend the morning exploring Tripoli’s ancient souks, crusader fortress, and a pastry factory. Then return by way of either historic Byblos, with its Phoenician and Roman ruins, or Batroun, with its charming old town.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.67
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$106.67
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Private Wine Tasting Tour from Beirut

Private Wine Tasting Tour from Beirut

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Experience Lebanon through its wine on this full-day private wine tour. Depart from your Beirut hotel in a private vehicle with a driver and make your way to the Beqaa Valley. Visit three local wineries and sample their different wines as you learn about the long history of winemaking in Lebanon.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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$100.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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$100.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00

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
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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
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$90.26
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Private Tour to Jeita Grotto, Baalbek and Ksara from Beirut

Private Tour to Jeita Grotto, Baalbek and Ksara from Beirut

Give your blood pressure a rest and opt for a private driver on this fascinating door-to-door tour that covers three classic Lebanese attractions: the fairy-tale beauty of Jeita Grotto, the Roman ruins at Baalbek, and a tasting at the historic winery, Chateau Ksara. Please note that, while the wine tasting is included, entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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$150.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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$15.00
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Cedars, Bsharre & Kozhaya Day Tour

Cedars, Bsharre & Kozhaya Day Tour

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Get out of the city and see Lebanese towns and countryside on this private full-day tour. Depart from your Beirut hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. In the company of a guide, visit the town of Kozhaya and learn about its history. Stop in Bsharre and visit the Khalil Gibran Museum. Experience Lebanon’s nature in the Cedar Forest.
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  • 7 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.36
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$174.36

Private Tour to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar and Moussa Palace from Beirut

Private Tour to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar and Moussa Palace from Beirut

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Visit two palaces and a village with ease from Beirut on this full-day private tour. Depart from your Beirut hotel in a private vehicle with a driver and make your way to Deir el Kamar, a restored centuries-old town. Explore the elaborate rooms and gushing fountains of Beiteddine Palace. Make a stop at Moussa Castle before returning to Beirut.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
Price varies by group size
From
$85.00
Price varies by group size
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