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Byblos and Jeita Grotto Day Trip from Beirut

Byblos and Jeita Grotto Day Trip from Beirut
Duration:
5 hours
From:
USD 70.00
On this exciting day trip from Beirut to Byblos and Jeita, visit one of the oldest towns in the world and see the amazing Jeita Grotto, one of Lebanon's most stunning natural wonders. Hear from your guide about the rise and fall of nearly two dozen successive civilizations in Byblos, one of the richest archeological areas in the country. Then be enchanted by the Jeita Grotto, a system of limestone caves.

Day Tour: Sayda City, Mlita City, Mantara Monastery and Maghdouchi

Day Tour: Sayda City, Mlita City, Mantara Monastery and Maghdouchi
Duration:
1 day
From:
USD 93.00
Head to the South of Lebanon to Saida and discover the old souks with all the merchants, then head to Mleeta the resistance city and explore the history of resistance in the south of Lebanon.

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Things to do in Beirut if you have a Beirut Airport Layover or Extended Beirut Airport Stopover


If you have an extended layover at the Beirut Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Beirut.LayoverIdeas.com.


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If you have a layover at the Beirut Airport, consider taking the opportunity to get out and about to see the local sights. Beirut was once the self-proclaimed "Paris of the Middle East" and it still has an outdoor cafe culture with European architecture, so it is really worth seeing if you have the opportunity.

As the city is quite compact, walking is the best way of getting around. Most people will walk within certain districts and take cars/taxis to get from one district to another. Many Beirutis (as well as other Lebanese) speak French and/or English, to varying degrees, along with Arabic.

Take in a Museum

There are several good museums to choose from, including:

  • National Museum Of Beirut (South Ashrafieh District). About 1,300 artifacts are exhibited, ranging in date from prehistoric times to the medieval Mamluk period mainly dealing with Lebanon's Archeology and History. Closed Mondays and Holidays.
  • Sursock Museum (Ashrafieh District) was ranked #7 of 112 things to do in Beirut by Lonely Planet travelers. The building itself is a perfect example of the typical 18th century Lebanese palace. Lebanese and International contemporary modern art is permanently displayed in the intricately preserved interior. Expansion underway, due to be completed end of 2012 (check before visiting).
  • Beirut Art Center (Sin El-Fil District) was the first non-profit public space in Beirut, housing an exhibition space, screening and performance auditorium, bookstore, mediatheque, cafe and terrace. Contemporary modern art. Designed by architect Raed Abi Lama.


Soak up the sun at a Beach Club

Soak up the sun in one of the beach clubs on the Beirut coast. Very few actually have sandy beaches, and most unfortunately have been converted into spas with swimming pools and paved terraces, but despite all that, they all have access to the sea. A few of them are completely private and members-only, but can be accessed by paying for a guest ticket if going in with a member. The Saint George Yacht club in Ain El Mreisseh and the Riviera Beach and Yacht Club at the Riviera Hotel are two such popular clubs, where access to the beach club for non-members is US$20 per day. You can chill in one of the pools or have a drink at the bars and cafes while listening to music in the afternoons. Long Beach Club is another good place. The entrance is just to the left of the Ferris wheel on the Cornich right before the hill. Bring a beach towel.

See the Pigeon Rocks

Pigeon Rocks (Rawcheh District): A monumental natural arch jutting up from the Mediterranean. Great place to sit at one of the roadside cafes and watch the sun set.

Walk the Cornich

Walk, jog, skate, cycle, stroll (or whatever you consider exercise) along Paris Avenue which links up to General De Gaulle Avenue (both locally known simply as the corniche) which stretch around the entire Central Beirut perimeter (approx. 5km). Start the walk, jog, skate etc. at the Beirut marina (Downtown Beirut District) about an hour or so before sunset and finish at the Pigeon Rocks in time to watch the sun go down while sipping on a drink at one of the outdoor caf├ęs.

Visit the Jeita Grotto

Jeita Grotto is a compound of crystallized caves in Lebanon located 20 km north of Beirut in the Valley of Nahr al-Kalb (Dog River). This grotto is made up of two limestone caves, upper galleries and a lower cave through which a 6230 m long river runs. Geologically, the caves provide a tunnel or escape route for the underground river. In this cave and galleries, the action of water in the limestone has created cathedral-like vaults full of various sizes, colors and shapes of stalactites and stalagmites, majestic curtains and fantastic rock formations. The total length of the cave is more than 9000 m and there is one among the biggest stalactites in the world hanging 8,20 m. The grotto accommodates a huge hall with a distance of 108 m from the ceiling till the water level.

Tip: Anything goes in Beirut. Shorts and T-shirts are perfect for the summer heat, for both men and women, however you should cover up if visiting religious sites, such as mosques and churches.


As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to BEY Beirut International Airport and clear security in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Beirut Attractions

Historical Beirut Walking Tour

Historical Beirut Walking Tour Duration:
3 hours
From:
USD 40.00
Be enchanted by the capital of modern Lebanon, the country's cultural and commercial center. On your half-day guided tour of Beirut, see the city's top attractions while discovering how Beirut was built on a rocky headland, and has risen and fallen over the centuries. See the Martyrs' Statue, the Nejmeh Square in downtown Beirut and the Beirut National Museum. With your guide, you'll step back to the time of 15 BC, when Beirut was a significant port and cultural center.

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Private Beirut City Walking Tour

Private Beirut City Walking TourDuration:
1 day
From:
USD 40.00
Be picked up from your hotel and join this walking tour through the streets of Beirut.

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Private Tour: Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

Private Tour: Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from BeirutDuration:
9 hours
From:
USD 44.45
Discover the fascinating Lebanese cities of Byblos and Harissa, as well as the world-famous Jeita Grotto, on a private day trip from Beirut! On this guided tour, a must for any traveler to Lebanon, visit Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the world, and see the impressive Jeita Grotto, one of the world's most stunning natural wonders. Learn about the rise and fall of nearly two dozen civilizations; admire the Statue of the Virgin Mary in Harissa; and explore one of the country's most fascinating archeological areas, all in one day!

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Private Tour: Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from Beirut

Private Tour: Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara Day Trip from BeirutDuration:
9 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 44.45
Take a private day trip from Beirut to the amazing cities of Anjar, Baalbek and Ksara, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of Lebanese history. The cities of Baalbek and Anjar are famous for their superb, remarkably preserved ancient sites, such as Heliopolis and the Umayyad Ruins. Explore these eastern Lebanon cities with your expert guide and discover the Ksara Caves, where you'll enjoy a wine tasting at Chateau Ksara-- one of Lebanon's oldest and most famous wineries.

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Private Tour: Cedars of Lebanon, Kozhaya and Besharreh Day Trip from Beirut

Private Tour: Cedars of Lebanon, Kozhaya and Besharreh Day Trip from BeirutDuration:
9 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 44.45
On this private day trip from Beirut, discover the villages of Besharreh and Kozhaya in Lebanon's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Holy Valley. Besharreh and Kozhaya are famous for their superb, excellently preserved sites, such as the Gibran Museum and the Monastery of St Anthony. Explore these northern Lebanon cities with your expert guide before discovering the Cedars of Lebanon, a stunning grove of cedar trees that serve as a symbol of the country.

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Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar Half-Day Trip from Beirut

Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar Half-Day Trip from BeirutDuration:
6 hours
From:
USD 65.00
On this half-day Beirut trip, enjoy a tour of Beiteddine (Beit El Dine) and Deir El Qamar (Deir El Kamar) and immerse yourself in a captivating world of Lebanese history. These two traditional, well-preserved villages offer fascinating attractions, such as the Mosque of Emir Fakhr Eddine and Beiteddine Palace. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites with your expert guide and savor authentic Lebanese cuisine at a local restaurant.

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Byblos and Jeita Grotto Day Trip from Beirut

Byblos and Jeita Grotto Day Trip from BeirutDuration:
5 hours
From:
USD 70.00
On this exciting day trip from Beirut to Byblos and Jeita, visit one of the oldest towns in the world and see the amazing Jeita Grotto, one of Lebanon's most stunning natural wonders. Hear from your guide about the rise and fall of nearly two dozen successive civilizations in Byblos, one of the richest archeological areas in the country. Then be enchanted by the Jeita Grotto, a system of limestone caves.

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Museums of Beirut Day Tour

Museums of Beirut Day TourDuration:
1 day
From:
USD 80.00
Visit the National museum, Mim museum, Bdl museum and walk down Hamra Street.

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Last Updated: 20 Dec 2015