Mleeta

Mleeta is a museum that was created in the memory of men fighting against the Israeli occupation of their country. Mleeta opened it’s door in May 2010, which was the 10th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon in 2000.
Inside the museum it displays the captured Israel tanks, jeeps, bombs, weapons and other Israeli army equipment.

Mleeta is operated by Hezbollah near the Village of Mleeta, South of Lebanon. If you would like further information on visiting Mleeta, please contact nicola@explorelebanontours or you can visit our website www.explorelebanontours.com

Krikor Bakery

Krikor has been running his bakery for the past 57 years with the help of his wife. Krikor starts preparing his own dough at 3:00am each morning. Everything you see inside this small cute bakery is made from Krikor, even the gas and wood oven which only fits 2 manakish at a time.

Krikor specialty is the Bayd bi Awarma (awarma with cheese & egg) be sure to order this! you wont be left disappointed. I can still taste the flavour and its been a week!

Krikor Bakery is located in a small village called Baskinta.

Bakery Opening hours - MONDAY (Closed) TUESDAY - SUNDAY (4:00am - 3:00pm)

If you would like to visit Krikor Bakery you can email nicola@explorelebanontours.com OR visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Beit Beirut

The Barakat house (Beit Beirut) was designed and built in 1924. Middle-class families lived in the building's eight apartments until the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war. That is when Christian militiamen moved in.

The Barakat building became a vantage point for snipers overlooking a combat zone. The building was sentenced for demolition in 1997 when the owners decided to sell the property. In 2003 the municipality of Beirut issued a decree of expropriation for public interest. The decree stated that the Barakat building will be restored to accommodate a memory museum and a cultural center (which will later be known as "Beit Beirut") with objects tracing the 7000-year history of the city.

Palmyra Hotel - Baalbek

The hotel was built by a Greek entrepreneur in the mid 1860’s. Since it was built in 1874, the Hotel Palmyra has never been closed, not for one day. The Palmyra overlooks the ancient Roman temple ruins of Heliopolis.

If you would like to visit the Palmyra Hotel please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com or you can visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Walk from Mar Lishaa Monastery to Qannoubine Monastery

Since the early centuries of christianity the Holy Valley has served as a refuge for those in search of solitude. Today we started our day with a visit to Mar Lishaa monastery which is one of the most important monasteries in the Holy Valley. Mar Lishaa was first mentioned in the 14th century. It consist of 4 small cells, a refractory and some offices, the communal church includes 4 chapels which are cut into the rock face.

After our visit to Mar Lishaa Monastery we then headed off on our 5.3km walk to reach Qannoubine Monastery. Along the way we witnessed many waterfalls, the birds were singing and the sound of water flowing in the bottom of the valley. Blissful!

After walking for over an hour we then reached the Qannoubine Monastery which is one of the oldest Maronite monasteries located in the Holy Valley.

After Qannoubine you have the option of walking to Our lady of Hawqa Monastery which is 2km on from the Qannoubine Monastery or you can turn around and head back to where you started.

The total walk is 10.6km and it took us around 2.5hours in total to walk to and from.

If you would like any further information on visiting the monasteries please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com or you can visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Baatara Gorge

Discovered to the western world in 1952 by French bio-speleologist Henri Coiffait, The Baatara gorge sinkhole is a waterfall in the Tannourine, North Lebanon. The waterfall drops 255 metres into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone.

The best time to visit is from November through to April. This is when you will witness the waterfall. Outside of these months the chances of seeing the waterfall is slim.

If you would like to visit Baatara Gorge, please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com or you can visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Afqa Waterfall

Afqa Waterfall is located in the Jbeil District of the Mount Lebanon, 71 kilometres northeast of Beirut.

Afqa waterfall is one of the finest waterfalls in the mountains of the Middle East, which feeds into the Adonis River (known today as Abraham River or Nahr Ibrahim in Arabic).

The best time to visit the water fall is late winter and early spring.

If you would like to visit Afqa waterfall as part of your tour please email nicola@explorelebanontours or visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Sister Olive Trees of Noah

The Sisters or The Sisters Olive Trees of Noah are a grove of sixteen olive trees in the Lebanese town of Bcheale.

According to the local’s, the trees are at least 5,000 years old, perhaps 6,000 years old or older.

The Sisters as the source of the olive branch returned to Noah's Ark at the waning of the Biblical Flood. The trees still produce olives, and a preservation effort was undertaken by the non-profit organization Sisters Olive Oil, which marketed oil from these olives.

If you would like any further information or would like to visit the Sister trees please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com

Saint Nimatullah of Hardine

Saint Nimatullah was born Youssed Kassab in 1808 and died in 1858. Kassab was a Lebanese Monk, Priest and Scholar of the Maronite church.

After his studies he entered the Monastery of St Anthony, where they gave him the name Nimatullah which means “The Grace of God” .

As a monk, Kassab spent his entire life in prayer and the service of his order. Kassab is believed to have performed many miracles during his life due to his deep spirituality and his high virtues. He is commended for having a radiant soul and is was said that he was deeply united to his creator “The Saint of Kfifan” was stated to have the gift of prophesy and hence became know as “a man of vision”

In 1864 his tomb was opened for re-burial and to the surprise of the monks, his body was found to be intact. His body was exposed to the veneration of the public until 1927.

Kassab was canonized on the 16th May 2004 By Pope John Paul II.

If you would like further information or would like to Visit Saint Nimatullah please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com OR visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Anjar, Lebanon

Anjar is a town of Lebanon located in the Bekaa Valley. The population is 2,400, consisting almost entirely of Armenians.

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. The site of this ancient city was only discovered by archaeologists at the end of the 1940s. The ruins are dominated by spectacular vestiges of a monumental tetrapyle, as well as by the walls and colonnades of the Umayyad palace, three levels of which have been preserved. These structures incorporate decorative or architectonical elements of the Roman era, but are also noteworthy for the exceptional plasticity of the contemporary decor within the construction.

If you would like further information or would like to Visit Anjar please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com OR visit www.explorelebanontours.com