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Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

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Beirut, Lebanon
Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

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This Byblos, Jeita Grotto, and Harissa day trip from Beirut showcases the best of Lebanon’s most fascinating cities. A must-do guided tour, this trip is ideal for first-time visitors, history lovers, and travelers interested in learning more about the ancient cities of the world. Learn how some 24 successive civilizations in Harissa have made it one of the top archeological sites in the country and get an up close look at the stunning caverns of Jeita Grotto. This tour also includes a stop in Byblos—widely recognized as one of the oldest cities in the world—and a traditional Lebanese lunch.
  • Day trip from Beirut to Byblos, Jeita Grotto, and Harissa
  • Scenic drive through Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the world
  • See attractions such as the Jeita Grotto, the Byblos Castle, and the Virgin Mary Statue in Harissa
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Lebanese "mezze" in Byblos
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your expert local guide
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Pickup and drop-off is included if the guests are staying in Hotels only located within Beirut City (not Hostels, airbnb, or private apartment)
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Nakhal & Cie , Beirut, Lebanon

Alternatively, we offer pick up and drop from Hotels located in Beirut City Only. (No Pick up from Hostels, airbnbs, or private residences). You must provide hotel name upon booking.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.We Pick up all guests from Hotels located in Beirut City Only. Pick up starts from 07:45 am. Guests should be ready in the lobby from 07:45 am. We don't pick up from hotels outside Beirut, or from Hostels, airbnb, and private apartments, in this case guests should come to our office at 08:00 to join the tour. If the hotel was not provided 48 hours before the tour departure date, then the guests should be present at our office at 08:00 am, as no pick up will be provided for last minute hotel details.
Meet your friendly, expert guide in central Beirut and kick off your Byblos, Jeita Grotto, and Harissa day trip in the comfort of a luxury coach. Travel about by private, air-conditioned minivan to Jeita. Follow your guide on a boat ride on a subterranean lake where you get an up-close look at the Jeita Grotto, an incredible ancient cavern that was a finalist for the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011. Explore the lower caverns on a subterranean boat with your guide, and then check out the upper caverns on foot. 

From Jeita, make your way to Byblos—one of the oldest cities on earth. Home to more than 24 successive civilizations, this 7,000-year-old city is among the top archeological areas in the nation. Follow your guide through some of the highlights, including the Byblos Castle, as you explore this ancient destination. Make a stop at the medieval Roman port, which ranks tops among the city’s tourist spots. 

Enjoy a traditional Lebanese lunch (included) before making your way to Harissa, where you get an up-close look at the Statue of the Virgin Mary—including the chapel and spiral staircase—and have the opportunity to look out over impressive views of the Bay of Jounieh. Your guide explains how these religious sites are a destination for pilgrims from across the globe. Capture as many photos as you can at this religious destination before you settle back into the comfort of your private vehicle for the return trip to your Beirut hotel, where this incredible tour ends. 

Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning 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 Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Jeita Grotto
Visit the lower and the upper cave of Jeita Grotto
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Byblos Castle
Visit the castle of byblos and the old Souks
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon
Visit Our Lady of Harissa, with one cable car ( Telepherique)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: Jeita Grotto will be closed for maintenance from (February 1 to 15)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nakhal & Cie
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Lunch is absolutely superb with plenty of delicious, truly local food, and drinks are included, so no extra charges there." See review
  • "Lower grotto is accessible depending on the water level in the grotto." See review

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star-5
A well planned and brilliant experience
Kim
, Mar 2020
We had an amazing day trip with guide Georgette, who was friendly and very knowledgeable about the history and archaeology of the places we visited. The tour was a good pace - visiting three different places and lunch feels like it might be a lot to squeeze in, but we didn't feel rushed and had a good amount of time at each site (including for photos!) so felt like we made the most of our time. Jeita Grotto was first, with a self-guided tour of the upper grotto and a boat trip in the lower grotto. A very beautiful place but do be aware you are asked to lock your phones/cameras away in lockers to help respect the rules on no photos. Then we went to Harissa/Our Lady of Lebanon (simply breathtaking views, and very peaceful!) and after a cable car ride down to Jounieh drove to Byblos. There Georgette gave us a very informative tour of the citadel before lunch (delicious hot + cold mezze and mixed grill). We were given some free time in Byblos to explore the souks before heading back to Beirut. This felt like a very well planned excursion and Nakhal take care of everything, including picking us up and dropping us off at our hotel at the beginning and end of the day. The tour did not quite last a full day (we arrived back in Beirut at about 4pm) but we were a small English-speaking group so if your group is larger with multiple languages then it might be longer. I would recommend this tour to anyone as it's a great way to see some different iconic sights in Lebanon, and we really enjoyed it!
star-1
Worst viator tour
Rita_R
, Oct 2019
First and foremost the bus was late 45 minutes. The company didn't bother to give a heads up regarding the same which used to happen with other tours previously booked through Viator. The guide did not bother to apologise for the delay which was totally unacceptable. Terrible time management at Byblos. Once visiting the site at least 2h without doing anything. The guide was supposed to tour us around the exterior of the castle but instead she sat for 2h talking about personal issues with another traveller. Really disappointing.
star-3
Great attraction, poor guide service
Filip S
, Oct 2019
Comfortable big bus,delicious food in great restaurant next to the sea with a view, but the TOUR GUIDE Romeo was BELLOW any standard.. Respect for speaking 3 languages (Arabic, English, French) to the whole group, but his knowledge and information he passed could fit on half A4 paper, very general and ultimately not interesting since you have to wait for him to say couple of sentences In 3 languages. On the Jeita grotto site he lost some members of the group, and left without them, that were angry at him later on...
star-2
Too crowded
WendyV2042
, Oct 2019
The destinations were interesting. However, the tour group had 41people which made it impossible to hear anything. We spent time making sure everyone was accouted for, which was a task! Also, tours were bilingual which took twice as long as we had to sit through the same explanation in English and French. There were enough people to have 2 groups and split languages.
star-5
Unforgettable day trip
Marcela C
, Oct 2019
You can not miss this excursion. Every site is truly amazing, views are impressive. Great guide tour and delicious lunch on the sea side!!
star-2
BAD GUIDE
FAN_C
, Oct 2019
First of all, the lady guide wasted a lot of our time. She stopped at THREE different ATM locations for one guest just because she wanted some cash and could not get her card to work, which wasted huge amounts of time for all of us. She only stopped taking her to the fourth stop because we all complained!!! This is a group tour, the guide cannot stop at so many stops for the need of one guest!! Secondly, her English is so poor that it was much easier understanding the instructions on the walls than listening to her. Beirut taxi drivers all have better English than her.
star-3
Average experience
Pilgrim1987
, Sep 2019
The jeito grotto visit was excellent, the visit to Byblos and Harissa were good too. The tour would have been more enjoyable if we’d a arranged a driver for the day and visited the sights independently. The tour guide from Nakhal (a lady whose name I forget) was disorganised, her English was poor despite being advertised as fluent, and she lacked the ability to corral the group resulting in significant delays as people kept straying and not abiding to time limits. The lunch included was sub-standard for both vegetarians and meat-eaters, a restaurant at Byblos with good reviews and an impressive menu were ignored. Instead we were given a mix of American food with the token Lebanese mezze thrown in at a seafront restaurant that lacked character. All in all a disappointing tour, glad we didn’t also book the Baalbeck tour with the same company.
star-5
Fantastic tour & very professional agency
Michal_K
, Aug 2019
I took that tour with my during our first visit to Lebanon and it was a blast. The sights are an absolute must-see when in Lebanon, but they are not the main reason of my high satisfaction. It is the tour agency itself that offered an absolute high end service. Everything was perfectly organized and exactly on time. They confirmed to pick us up from our hotel at 7:45AM and exactly at 7:45AM their representative came into the hotel lobby looking for us. They transferred us to their office in the city, where at 8:30AM sharp the whole tour departed in a comfortable, clean, and well air conditioned coach. The ride between the spots was smooth, safe, and very efficient. They know their way around the country, so as to avoid extensive traffic. The guide was talking a lot of sense and we well prepared. All expenses are included and the staff is so professional that they will even warn you before going to place, where street vendors might try to rip you off. Lunch is absolutely superb with plenty of delicious, truly local food, and drinks are included, so no extra charges there. We both ate everything and had no stomach problems whatsoever. The tour finished exactly on time and we were delivered back right to doorstep of our hotel. Great experience, which is actually hard to come by in the region.
star-4
Wonderful trip
Irene C
, Aug 2019
This day trip is well worth doing if you want to see some amazing sights. The Jeita grotto is beautiful and Harissa and Byblos are such interesting places to see. The views are amazing in both. The lunch which is included in the price is great too. Lebanese mezze which will certainly fill you up. Great day out.
star-5
Great Day!
Gregory_G
, Jul 2019
It was a great day of touring...from the hotel pickup and drop-off, to all the sites and friendly service. Our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable...the sites were what I wanted...and the lunch was out of this world. Will use your services again in the future. Thanks for a great tour!
star-5
A nice experience all round
Sunshine16037060422
, Jun 2019
The bus came on time to pick us from our hotel in Hamra. Our travel guide (Mia) was knowledgeable and pleasant. The food was nice as well (a local tavern in Byblos). Recommended!
star-5
Lovely Guided Tour!
Christina S
, May 2019
We had a great time on this tour through Byblos, Jeita and Harissa. We had a friendly guide (unfortunately I have forgotten his name) who was able to explain the history of each spot very well. The included lunch was delicious, it's hard to go wrong with Lebanese food! I highly recommend this who want to see all of these famous spots in 1 day, managing it on your own to get around would be tough without a local.
star-4
Incredible places/ details could have been clearer
Jet39813370232
, Apr 2019
We enjoyed our trip and seeing these amazing places. That being said, we felt rushed at Byblos and our guide was not clear on the details of how long we were staying. She also did not inform us when and where we were going to eat lunch. We would have seen much more of Byblos if we would have known we only had an hour there. Too much to see in just one hour. It's a good way to get a glimpse of three places and a delicious Lebanese meal in one day. Tip: Ask what the whole day schedule is before the trip begins. Would be nice if this was clearly outlined online or day of.
star-5
Visit to Byblos, Jeita Grotto & Harissa
RAJESH_P
, Apr 2019
Excellent service by Nakhal & Cai - Pick up from the hotel, the welcome at pick up point, the cleanliness of the Coach, the Driver, the Tour Guide, the Lunch Venue (arranged Vegetarian Option at a short notice) & off course the attractions. Thank you.
star-5
Byblos Jeita & Harissa
Bernard_J
, Apr 2019
Hello, I thought that I should share my personal experience that I received yesterday from one of your guides. The lady was excellent at her job - showing an in depth knowledge of all the places visited. I believe her name was Mia. She answered all questions with a breadth of knowledge - that I frankly didn't expect. She took her time to ask what language we as a group, would like to converse in. She was asked to speak in both French and English, she did this with great aplomb.  She took all questions in her stride and had time for everyone - a great asset to The food we had was excellent too, everyone commented on this at my table. Please pass my gratitude to Mia for an out of this world tour. Regards, B.Johannesen.
star-4
Excellent
Ioannis_N
, Mar 2019
Excellent day trip. Well organized throughout, with arranged pick ups and drop offs. Lucy was knowledgeable and happy to assist with every query. Two minor issues though: Since Lower Grotto was inaccessible due to excessive rain the day before (understandable), I was expecting to have more free time at Byblos, however we only had 30 minutes free time there, which was not enough to do anything. Had we visited the Lower Grotto too, I really wonder, how much free time we'd have in Byblos! Lunch was excellent though and the driver very cautious and professional. So the only downside for me is the free time in Byblos, which should ideally be an hour. I understand your staff has homes to return to and they only work for 8hrs a day, but you should also realize that many visitors will not be able to ever return to Lebanon, and this is their one and only chance to see what this amazing country has to offer. We are there to enjoy, explore, see as much as we can. So maybe you should look into adjusting your schedules, your staffing options, or offer different packages, maybe with a longer option, I don't know, I am just feeling that I would happily stay for another 30-45 minutes in Byblos - and all this without seeing the Lower Grotto, which was an extra reason to force me to write this. But overall a good and recommended experience - but if any fellow travelers feel like enjoying Byblos maybe they should look into arranging alternatives privately.
star-5
Brilliant
John_R
, Mar 2019
This tou is a must. The Jeita Grotto is the best we have seen. A remarkable place. The views from the mountain at Harissa are stunning as is the cable car ride down. Byblos is excellent. The ruins are spectacular.
star-5
A must tour in Lebanon
KHALED_K
, Mar 2019
This single tour enabled us to visit three key attractions in Lebanon. The bus, the tour guide expert in 3 languages (French, Arabic, and English), tour management, hotel pick-up, and drop, and the lunch were very high quality. These really exceeded our expectations. It saved us a lot of time.
star-3
Good experience.
Bjoern_P
, Mar 2019
The Trip was overall very good. The guide was briiliant and was very inspirering to listen to. But the driver who did the hotel pick-up drove like an crazy, and from where I was sitting, I dont want to think what could happend in a emergency braking situation. At the same time he was very rude to one of the other guests. Next time.. please find a new driver.
star-5
Great Trip
Shivkumar N
, Feb 2019
A must see trip to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos. The tour is around 8 hours and you get picked up from your hotel. Jeita Grotto was absolutely wonderful. We got to see both the upper and lower grotto. Lower grotto is accessible depending on the water level in the grotto. We were lucky enough to see. Byblos is a very ancient city and worth seeing. Be ready for a long walk thru the history of this ancient city. A cable ride to Harissa was enjoyable. The Lady of Lebanon was very gracious. The sight from the mountain of beirut below is awesome. Our guide Lucy was wonderful and she explained everything in detail. The lunch was excellent. I would like to mention that Beirut is a beautiful city and very safe for travellers in spite of cautionary travel advisory from many countries.

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