Departure at 9:30 am towards Down Town (old town) - In Down Town you will visit the Martyrs' Square, Martyrs' statue, some archaeological excavations, the Parliament Building, the traditional souks, historical monuments, churches and mosques. You will then proceed to Raouche to see the Pigeon’s Rock: Two monumental rocks facing a number of popular cafes and restaurants, Corniche Al Manara, Sea Front , after having a delicious traditional lebanese “Falafel” sandwich on the way. Once done, you will head around noon to visit the National Museum in Damascus Road. Continue to Byblos city, one of the oldest cities in the world. Byblos is credited with being the birthplace of the alphabet. Start your visit with a guided visit of the archeological site featuring: the Crusader’s Castle, the Phoenicians temples, the Roman theatre and the royal Necropolis. Visit of the old souk and baptistery of the Crusader church of St. John as well as the old harbor. Dinner at Locanda- A la Granda, before proceeding back to Beirut.
Departure at 9:00 am from hotel in Beirut towards the South of Lebanon- Breakfast stop for “Kaake” at Abu Arab (Syrian origin breakfast). Visit Sidon, the largest city in south of Lebanon and get introduced to the caravanserai, the old souks, the soap museum and the sea castle. Continue to Tyre and visit its different archeological sites. To name few, the aqueduct, the triumphal arch, Old Underground City, Roman-Byzantine necropolis and the largest Roman hippodrome ever found. After this visit, you will be guided to have your lunch in a local restaurant “le Phoenician”. Continue towards Hiram's tomb: located on the road between Tyre and Qana. The latter believed to be the site of Christ's first miracle of turning water into wine. At the end, visit Temple Echmoun, the Phoenician God of Death and Birth
Departure from Beirut at 9:00 am towards Bekaa. Breakfast stop in one of the local shops in the Bekaa to have traditional dairy sandwiches “arishe and honey”- proceed to Baalbek temples, the largest and best preserved corpus of Roman architecture. Proceed to have lunch of mezze and grills in one of the best local restaurants in Anjar. Continue your cultural visit in the city of Anjar which was founded by Caliph Walid I at the beginning of the 8th century. The ruins reveal a very regular layout, reminiscent of the palace-cities of ancient times, and are a unique testimony to city planning under the Umayyads. Baalbek, 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.
Departure back to Beirut.
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