Full-Day Private Trip to Jeita Grotto, Byblos and Baalbek

Discover Lebanon’s Top highlights on a full-day trip from Beirut.
This is a great pick for first-time visitors who only got limited time in Lebanon that allows you to see and discover Lebanon's best attractions in just one day.
Byblos is among the cities listed as candidates for the distinction of 'oldest city in the world' as it has been continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years.
Baalbeck, Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest and most noble Roman temples ever built, they are also among the best preserved.
Jeita is one of the worlds most amazing agglomerations of stalactites and stalagmites, and it is widely considered to be the pride of Lebanon, and featured as a finalist in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.

per adult from

$242

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Duration

10 hours

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel Pick up & Drop off
    • Comfortable Private Transportation
    • English Speaking Driver
    • Local Guide in Byblos
    • Local Guide in Baalbek
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • All entrance fees
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Entry/Admission - Jeita Grotto
    • Entry/Admission - Byblos Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Baalat Gebal Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Temples of Baalbek
    • Entry/Admission - Baalbek Roman Ruins
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Jupiter
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Bacchus (Roman's god of Wine)
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Venus
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Jeita Grotto, Valley of the Dog River, Jitta Lebanon

    The Jeita Grotto, a system of two separate, but interconnected, karstic limestone caves which have formed over millions of years, is the longest cave complex in the Middle East. It is located 300 metres above sea level and has a height difference of 305 metres.
    The Jeita upper cave has an overall length of 2,130 metres and contains a great concentration of a variety of crystallized formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, columns, mushrooms, ponds, curtains and draperies.
    The lower gallery which has an overall length of 6,200 metres is located 60 metres below the upper gallery. It is traversed by a smooth underwater river and a lake.


    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Byblos, Byblos, Mount Lebanon Governorate

    Byblos, one of the oldest Phoenician cities. Inhabited since Neolithic times, it has been closely linked to the legends and history of the Mediterranean region for thousands of years. Byblos is also directly associated with the history and diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Byblos Castle, Byblos Lebanon

    Byblos Castle, a restored 12th-century Crusader castle surrounded by a 10m-wide dry moat is located just inside the Byblos' atmospheric archaeological site that contains the ruins of the Temple of Baalat Gebal and the Temple of the Obelisks.
    It's an impressive building that offers an excellent perspective over the ruins from the top of its foursquare keep. A series of Bronze Age dwellings is clearly visible below the walls as you look towards the sea. Inside the castle, there's a small museum and a room with information panels outlining the city's history.


    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Baalat Gebal Temple, Byblos, Lebanon

    The Temple of Baalat Gebal was an important Bronze Age temple structure in the World Heritage Site of Byblos. The temple was dedicated to Ba'alat Gebal, the goddess of the city of Byblos, known later to the Greeks as Atargatis. it was the largest and most important sanctuary in ancient Byblos, and is considered to be "one of the first monumental structures of the Syro-Palestinian region".

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old Souk, Byblos Lebanon

    Byblos old souk is an old market where tourists can shop for souvenirs and antiques, or simply stroll along the old cobblestone streets and enjoy the architecture.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Byblos Port, Byblos Lebanon

    Byblos Port is an ancient port in Byblos and is believed by the Lebanese to be the oldest port in the world. Around 3000 BC, Byblos Port was the most important timber shipping center in the eastern Mediterranean

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Baalbek, Lebanon

    Baalbek, is home to the Baalbek temple complex which includes two of the largest and grandest Roman temple ruins: the Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter. It was inscribed in 1984 as an UNESCO World Heritage site.
    This Phoenician city, where a triad of deities was worshipped, was known as Heliopolis during the Hellenistic period. It retained its religious function during Roman times, when the sanctuary of the Heliopolitan Jupiter attracted thousands of pilgrims. Baalbek, with its colossal structures, is one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture at its apogee.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temples of Baalbek, Baalbeck Lebanon

    The complex of temples at Baalbek is located at the foot of the south-west slope of Anti-Lebanon, bordering the fertile plain of the Bekaa at an altitude of 1150 m. The city of Baalbek reached its apogee during Roman times. Its colossal constructions built over a period of more than two centuries, make it one of the most famous sanctuaries of the Roman world and a model of Imperial Roman architecture. Pilgrims thronged to the sanctuary to venerate the three deities, known under the name of the Romanized Triad of Heliopolis, an essentially Phoenician cult (Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus).

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Baalbek Roman Ruins, Baalbeck Lebanon

    Baalbeck roman ruins, Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest and most noble Roman temples ever built, they are also among the best preserved.
    One of the most iconic landmarks in Lebanon, the Roman Ruins in Baalbek are a must for any tourist. Originally a site of Phoenician worship, the temples were taken over by the Romans after their colonization. What was once the home of Astarte became the home of Venus, the Goddess of Love. The same site also endured the Christian and Islamic eras to become what it is today. Walk the historical steps as you marvel Baalbek’s towering structures.


    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon

    The Temple of Jupiter is a colossal Roman temple, the largest of the Roman world, situated at the Baalbek complex in Heliopolis. The temple served as an oracle and was dedicated to Jupiter Heliopolitanus.
    It is not known who designed the temple, nor exactly when it was constructed. Work probably began around 16 BC and was nearly complete by about ad 60. It is situated at the western end of the Great Court of Roman Heliopolis, on a broad platform of stone raised another 7 m (23 ft) above the huge stones of the foundation, three of which are among the heaviest blocks ever used in a construction.
    It was the biggest temple dedicated to Jupiter in all the Roman empire. The columns were 30 meters high with a diameter of nearly 2.5 meters: the biggest in the classical world. It took three centuries to create this colossal temple complex.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Bacchus (Roman's god of Wine), Baalbek, Lebanon

    The Temple of Bacchus is part of the Baalbek temple complex located in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. The temple complex is considered an outstanding archaeological and artistic site of Imperial Roman Architecture and was inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The Temple of Bacchus is one of the best preserved and grandest Roman temple ruins; its age is unknown, but Its fine ornamentation can be dated to the second century CE.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Venus, Baalbek, Lebanon

    The Temple of Venus was built in the third century. Built on a horseshoe-shaped platform, it consists of a circular shrine with a square entrance that is almost as big. The outer façade of the shrine is graced by five niches, which means that there is not a single square wall. In the niches are representations of doves and shells, which has been taken as evidence that the shrine was dedicated to Venus.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sayyida Khawla Shrine, Baalbeck Lebanon

    The Mosque of sayeda Khawla in Baalbek, Lebanon is erected on the site where Sayyida Khawla, the daughter of Imam al-Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is believed to have been buried. People of Baalbek believe that when the caravan of captives of Karbala passed Baalbek, The daughter of Imam al-Hussein, called Khawla passed away and was buried there.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Stone of the Pregnant Woman, Lebanon

    The Stone of the Pregnant Woman is a worked Roman monolith in Baalbek, Lebanon. Together with another ancient stone block nearby, it is among the largest monoliths ever quarried. The two building blocks were presumably intended for the nearby Roman temple complex, and are characterized by a monolithic gigantism that was unparalleled in antiquity.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    we pick up travellers from destinations near Beirut city centre.
    Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller 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.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

9

Organised by Lebanon Tours & travels

Activity ID: V-91532P34

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