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LEBANON Daily Excursion 2011

 Half Day Excursions / 4 hours

 

GHT 01: Free Day / Car with Driver at Disposal

On this day, client/s will have a car and a driver at their disposal for a maximum of 4 hours. Any needed entrance fees to be paid directly on spot by client/s.

 

GHT 02: Byblos & DogRiver

Drive North of Beirut to the DogRiver where history's great conquerors left carved on the cliffs 19 inscriptions in memory of their glory. Continue the drive towards Byblos (Jbeil) the Phoenician city known to being the oldest continually inhabited town, where you will visit the Crusaders' castle, the Phoenician temples and the Roman theatre, the Royal Necropolis and enjoy a lovely promenade on the coast next to the port.

 

GHT 03: Harissa & Jeita Grotto

Drive north on the slopes of Mount Lebanon to Jeita Grotto, one of Lebanon's most unusual tourist attractions, an enormous cavern festooned with every shape and size of stalactite and stalagmite. Continue the journey to the village of Harissa, where you will visit the "Lady of Lebanon" Cathedral and enjoy the superb view of the Mediterranean with Beirut’s and Jounieh’s Bays.

 

GHT 04: BeirutCity Tour

Drive along BeirutCity seashore to the picturesque Pigeons rock; continue to Hamra commercial area and then visit the National museum or the Grand Serail. Last stop will be at the "Martyrs Square" to discover the beautiful old BeirutCityCenter with its newly discovered large archeological excavations and recently renovated buildings with beautiful architecture, Churches and Mosques.

 

GHT 05: DeirEl-Qamar & BeitEd-DinPalace

Drive south of Beirut to Deir El Qamar, the former capital of Mount Lebanon which still retains in its pretty town square several palaces and the famous Marie Baz Museum, Notre Dame church and Fakhr ed-Dine mosque dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Proceed to Beit ed-Dine to visit the magnificent Palace of Emir Bechir known for its masterpiece of the oriental architecture, which became now a days the summer residence of the President of the Republic of Lebanon.

 

GHT 06: Mount Lebanon (Broumana, Baabda, & Dhour Al Choueir)

Drive east to Broumana which lies on a hilltop overlooking the sea and combines the charms of a traditional Lebanese summer town with big city variety. Here you will find a number of old houses dating from the time of the Abillama Emirs in the 18th and the 19th centuries, while north of the village stands the huge Maronite monastery of Deir Mar Chaaya, built in 1700Baabda was the capital city of the autonomous Ottoman Mount Lebanon. It bears so many memories of historical and national import including Pope John Paul ll visit in 1997.

Dhour Al Choueir is a village known for its breathtaking scenery, populous pine trees and friendly locals. This village lies on a northwestern peninsula, overlooking the city of Beirut, Jounieh, MountSannine and the Mediterranean with 400 year old houses, narrow alleys and old churches, Choueir is a village whose traditional fabric and essence has been well preserved.

Full Day Excursions / 8 hours

 

GHT 07: Free Day / Car with Driver at Disposal

On this day, client/s will have a car and a driver at their disposal for a maximum of 8 hours. Any needed entrance fees to be paid directly on spot by client/s.

 

GHT 08: Beirut City Tour – Jeita Grotto – Harissa

Drive along Beirut City seashore to the picturesque Pigeons rock; continue to Hamra commercial area and then visit the

National museum or the Grand Serail. Last stop will be at the "Martyrs Square" to discover the beautiful old Beirut City Center with its newly discovered large archeological excavations and recently renovated buildings with beautiful architecture, Churches and Mosques. Continue north on the slopes of Mount Lebanon to Jeita Grotto, one of Lebanon's most unusual tourist attractions, an enormous cavern festooned with every shape and size of stalactite and stalagmite. The tour ends in the village of Harissa, where you will visit the "Lady of Lebanon" Cathedral and enjoy the superb view of the Mediterranean with Beirut’s and Jounieh’s Bays.

 

GHT 09: Beirut City Tour – Deir El-Qamar & Beit ed-Din Palace

Drive along Beirut City seashore to the picturesque Pigeons rock; continue to Hamra commercial area and then visit the National museum or the Grand Serail. Last stop will be at the "Martyrs Square" to discover the beautiful old Beirut City Center with its newly discovered large archeological excavations and recently renovated buildings with beautiful architecture, Churches and Mosques. Afterwards; drive south of Beirut to Deir El Qamar, the former capital of Mount Lebanon which still retains in its pretty town square several palaces and the famous Marie Baz Museum, Notre Dame church and Fakhr ed-Dine Mosque dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Proceed to Beit ed-Dine to visit the magnificent Palace of Emir Bechir known for its masterpiece of the oriental architecture, which became now a days the summer residence of the President of the Republic of Lebanon.

 

GHT 10: Jeita Grotto – Harissa – Byblos

Drive north on the slopes of Mount Lebanon to Jeita Grotto, one of Lebanon's most unusual tourist attractions, an enormous cavern festooned with every shape and size of stalactite and stalagmite. Continue the journey to the village of Harissa, where you will visit the "Lady of Lebanon" Cathedral and enjoy the superb view of the Mediterranean with Beirut’s and Jounieh’s Bays. The tour ends in Byblos (Jbeil) the Phoenician city known to being the oldest continually inhabited town, where you will visit the Crusaders' castle, the Phoenician temples and the Roman theatre, the Royal Necropolis and enjoy a lovely promenade on the coast next to the port.

 

GHT 11: Byblos – Tripoli – Cedars

Drive north of Beirut along the coast towards Byblos (Jbeil), the Phoenician city known to being the oldest continually inhabited town, where you will visit the Crusaders' castle, the Phoenician temples and the Roman theatre, the Royal Necropolis and enjoy a lovely promenade on the coast next to the port. Continue the tour towards the second largest city of Lebanon Tripoli, a modern city known to have preserved jealously its medieval old religious edifices and public buildings. In the old town you can see the Crusader Castle of Raymond de St. Gilles, Mosques from Mameluks period, Koranic schools, oriental Bazaars & Souks and the Turkish bath named “Hamman Izzeddine”. End the tour in the Cedars; known for its beautiful pine trees forest from biblical times lying at an altitude of 1600 to 2000 meters above the sea level. The Cedars area is also known for its winter skiing resort. The road to the Cedars passes through the magnificent Qadisha Valley, the picturesque villages of Zghorta and Ehden leading you to Bcherri the hometown of the famous international poet Gebran Khalil Gubran of Lebanese origin.

 

GHT 12: Beit Ed-Din – Deir El-Qamar – Barouk Cedars Reserve

Drive south of Beirut to Deir El Qamar, the former capital of Mount Lebanon which still retains in its pretty town square several palaces and the famous Marie Baz Museum, Notre Dame church and Fakhr ed-Dine mosque dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Proceed to Beit ed-Dine to visit the magnificent Palace of Emir Bechir known for its masterpiece of the oriental architecture, which became now a days the summer residence of the President of the Republic of Lebanon. Barouk is a pleasant summer town with abundant springs. The Cedars of Barouk, reached from either Moukhtara or Barouk village, are smaller and younger than those of Bsharreh, but extremely beautiful and well cared for. Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve represents around 550 km² of Lebanese territory. Oak, pine and juniper are some of the 16 types of trees that also grow in the reserve. Above the grove at the summit of the mountain there is a panoramic view overlooking the Beqaa valley.

 

GHT 13: Sidon – Tyre – Echmoun Temple

Drive South of Beirut along the coast to Sidon (Saida). The visits start with the “Castle of the Sea” a crusader’s castle of the 13th century then proceed to Khan El-Franj, a typical Caravan Serail. Stop for a typical Lebanese lunch. After Lunch, continue further down the southern coast to Tyre (Sour) to visit the Necropolis excavations, the Monumental Arch and the spectacular hippodrome, the second largest and best preserved of the Roman era. Two kilometers ahead, visit of the imperial city excavation which offers a majestic avenue toward the sea giving access to the residential area with its remarkable designed public monuments. On the way back to Beirut, visit Echmoun, a garden known as Bustan El-Sheikh where trees blossom around its temples.

 

GHT 14: Baalbeck & Anjar

Early departure to Baalbeck, on the way you will notice the magnificent Bekaa plain. Once in Baalbeck, you will see the most colossal monuments ever to be found from the Romans period, the Temple of Jupiter with its sumptuous columns, the richly decorated Temple of Bacchus and the original pentagonal Temple of Venus. Lunch, and then continue the tour to Anjar, the unique fortified city in Lebanon built as early as the 8th century by the Umayyad Caliph of Damascus. It is known to be “The Palace of the desert”.

 

GHT 15: Qadisha Valley & the Ceders

Qadisha, one of the deepest and most beautiful valleys in Lebanon, is indeed a world a part. At the bottom of this wild steep-sided gorge runs the Qadisha River whose source is in the Qadisha Grotto at the foot of the Cedars. And above the famous Cedar grove stands Qurnet es-Sawda, Lebanon's highest peak. Continue the tour towards the Cedars, known for its beautiful pine trees forest from biblical times lying at an altitude of 1600 to 2000 meters above the sea level. The Cedars area is also known for its winter skiing resort.

 

Weekly holiday for: Beirut National Museum, Jeita Grotto (20 km north of Beirut), Beit ed-Dine, Gebran Museum (in Bcherri) and Harissa cable cars: Monday

 

Rate PER PAX, in US $, valid for 2014, net & non-commissionable, on the basis of:
Excursion Reference:
Number of Travelers
Half Day Tours / 4 hours
1
2
3
4
5
GHT 01: Free Day / Car with Driver at Disposal
100
50
40
30
25
GHT 02: Byblos & Dog River
105
55
45
35
30
GHT 03: Harissa & Jeita Grotto
125
75
65
55
50
GHT 04: Beirut City Tour
105
55
45
35
30
GHT 05: Deir El-Qamar & Beit ed-Din Palace
110
60
50
40
35
GHT 06: Mount Lebanon (Broumana, Baabda, & Dhour Al Choueir)
110
60
50
40
35
Full Day Tours / 8 hours
1
2
3
4
5
GHT 07: Free Day / Car with Driver at Disposal
140
60
55
40
35
GHT 08: Beirut City Tour – Jeita Grotto – Harissa
160
95
75
65
60
GHT 09: Beirut City Tour – Deir El-Qamar & Beit Ed-Din Palace
150
80
65
50
45
GHT 10: Jeita Grotto – Harissa – Byblos
165
95
80
65
60
GHT 11: Byblos – Tripoli – Cedars
160
95
75
65
60
GHT 12: Beit Ed-Din – Deir El-Qamar – Barouk Cedars Reserve
155
85
70
55
50
GHT 13: Sidon – Tyre – Echmoun Temple
155
85
70
55
50
GHT 14: Baalbeck & Anjar
155
85
70
55
50
GHT 15: Qadisha Valley & the Ceders
150
80
65
50
45
Vehicle Type
Car
7-Seater Van
 
Supplement for English/French-speaking guide: H/D: 100$ and Full Day: 125$ Per Guide
Supplement for a lunch: US $.30$ P.P (Lunch is not allowed During H/D) They must stick to Time
 
GODLEN Services include:
 
-          Transportation in latest A/C vehicles (car or 7-seater van) with Arabic/English-speaking driver, including fuel for the vehicle and parking fees.
-          Entrance fees to the nominated sights only.
 
GOLDEN  Services Do Not Include:
 
-          Lunch, dinners, drinks, or beverages
 
-          Tips to: guide, driver, restaurant, etc.
-          Donations at religious sites
-          Guiding Services of any Type.
 
All ABOVE RATES ARE PER PERSON SUBJECT TO 10% V.A.T
 
N.B.: Rates quoted by GOLDEN HOLIDAYS are subject to change without any prior notice, in case of any sudden increases in VAT, fuel prices, hotel rates or entrance fees.

 

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