Full-Day Private Tour to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar, Moussa Palace and Cedars
This day excursion is designed for those who wish to enjoy the countryside and surrounding villages where you can visit the Chouf mountain cedars reserve, admire in Deir El Qamar village, discover Moussa Castle and explore Beiteddine Palace.
per adult from
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- English Speaking Driver
- Hotel Pick up & Drop off
- Private transportation
What's excluded :
- Entrance fees
- Entry/Admission - Beiteddine Palace
- Entry/Admission - Moussa Castle
- Entry/Admission - Shouf Cedars Reserve
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Beiteddine Palace, Chouf, Beit ed-Dine, Lebanon
Beiteddine Palace or ‘House of Faith’ is a 19th-century palace in Beiteddine, Lebanon. It hosts the annual Beiteddine Festival and the Beiteddine Palace Museum.
Emir Bashir Chehab II, who later became the ruler of the Mount Lebanon Emirate, built the palace between 1788 and 1818. After 1840, the palace was used by the Ottomans as a government building. During the French Mandate it served as a local administrative office.
In 1943, the palace was declared the president's official summer residence. During the Lebanese Civil War it was heavily damaged. Parts of the palace are today open to the public while the rest is still the president's summer residence.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Moussa Castle, Beit-Eddine, Shouf, Lebanon, Beiteddine Lebanon
The site of Qasr Moussa or Moussa Castle tells the story of a man who pursued the dream of building his own castle.
The castle was built on a hill between Deir El Kamar and Beiteddine - Lebanon, with the beliefs and ideas of its builder engraved on its stones. The castle was built by Moussa Al Maamari who was born on July 27, 1931. His idea of building a castle began when he was only 14 years old to impress a local girl he loved.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Deir el Qamar, Deir el Qamar, Mount Lebanon Governorate
Deir al-Qamar, meaning "Monastery of the Moon" is a village located south-east of Beirut and five kilometres outside of Beiteddine palace in the Chouf District of the Mount Lebanon.
Deir El Qamar was the first village in Lebanon to have a municipality in 1864, and it is the birthplace of many well known personalities, such as artists, writers, and politicians. People from all religious backgrounds lived there and the town had a mosque, synagogue and Christian churches.
In the year 1860, Deir al-Qamar was destroyed during the civil war between Druze and Christians during which the town was set ablaze. Napoleon III sent a French contingent to rebuild it, recalling France ancient role as protector of the Christians in the Ottoman Empire as established by a treaty in 1523.
In 1864, Deir el-Qamar elected the first municipality in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
The village retains a remarkable picturesque appearance with typical stone houses with red tile roofs.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Fakhreddine's Mosque, Deir el Qamar Lebanon
Fakhreddine Mosque with its octagonal minaret is a mosque in Deir el Qamar, Lebanon. Built in 1493 and restored in the sixteenth century by Fakhreddine 1st, it is the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Saydet El Talle Church, Deir el Qamar Lebanon
The Church of Saidet et Tallé and translated as Our Lady of the Hill is one of the most important historical and religious sites in Deir el Qamar and dates to the 15th century.
Monk Nicolas Smisaati built a church on the site over the ruins of an old Phoenician temple dedicated to the goddess Astarte that was later destroyed by an earthquake in 859.
According to the Maronite Heritage web site, "the legend says that there was a Druze Emir in Baakline looking at the hill of Dar El Kamar. He saw a light coming out of the hill so he gathered his soldiers and ordered them to go in the morning and dig in the land. He said to them: 'If you find an Islamic symbol, build a mosque. If you find a Christian symbol, build a church."
In the morning, the soldiers went and found a rock with a cross on it and under the cross there was the moon and venus. That was the sign that in the distant past there was a temple dedicated to the moon and venus and later it became a church.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Shouf Cedars Reserve, Barouk Mountain Maasser Park House - Maasser El Chouf - Lebanon, Barouk Lebanon
The Cedar was highly prized in ancient times and was one of the most valued construction materials of great religious buildings and cited 103 times in the Bible.
The Cedar is the symbol of the country, its pride, and features prominently on the Lebanese flag.
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
we pick up all travellers from any location near Beirut city centre.
Departure Time :Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 6/5/2019 - 10/24/2021
Tuesday - Sunday: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.