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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 info@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 info@explorelebanontours.com OR visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Faqra Ruins, Kfardebian

Faqra is an archaeological site in Kfardebian, with Roman and Byzantine ruins with an altitude of 1500m. It is one of the most important sites of the UNESCO listed Nahr Al-Kalb Valley.

The Ruins include a temple to Zaus Beelgalasos a sanctuary of Atargastis dedicated to Agrippa ll and his sister Berenice, two altars and a tower with a 16m square base built in 44 A.D.

If you would like further information on the Ruins in Faqra, you can email info@explorelebanontours.com OR visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Baalbek, Lebanon

The Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, a World Heritage site, is one of the best preserved and grandest Roman temple ruins in the world. It and its ornamentation served as an influential model for Neoclassical architecture.

The temple was commissioned by Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and designed by an unknown architect and built close to the courtyard in front of the larger temple of the syncretic figure of Jupiter-Baal. The period of construction is generally considered between 150 AD to 250 AD

In 1984, several ruins of Baalbek, including the Temple of Bacchus, were inscribed as a World Heritage Site.

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IXSIR Winery, Batroun

Ixsir was established in 2008 and located just outside of Batroun, North Lebanon.

The name “IXSIR” is derived from the Arabi word for “Elixir” (Al-lskeer)

IXSIR offers A guided tour for free. The guide will explain what makes IXSIR different by taking you through their winemaking process and most importantly the ins and outs of the Winery. There is a complimentary wine tasting session or you can pay 5USD for the full tasting range they have on offer.

If you would like further information or would like to Visit IXSIR please contact Explore Lebanon Tours

Our Lady of Hawqa Monastery.

Father Dario Escobar, an 84-year-old Maronite monk from Colombia took residence in the mountainside 18 years ago.

Dario heard about the Qadisha Valley’s from a Lebanese priest he met in Miami after joining the Maronite Church.

The Qadisha Valley, is scattered with monasteries and hermitages, has long been a haven for Christians seeking solitude and safety.

The cliffside sanctuary was built in the late 13th century, to reach the monastery you have to hike around 45min down the cliffside of the valley.

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Cedars of God

Cedars of God is home to Lebanon’s oldest cedar trees in Lebanon. Currently there is only approximately 375 trees left in this forrest.

Some of the trees date back 1,500-2,000 years, and have a girth of up to 14m. The trees are a scenic sight at any time of the year. However In the winter its a beautiful time to visit the cedars as the mountain backdrop is draped in snow.

About 3km from the cedar forrest, the cedar ski resort is also the location for Lebanon’s oldest ski resort where people have been skiing the slopes since 1920’s well before any ski lifts were installed in 1953. (approximately running from November through to March)

If you would like to visit Cedars, Explore Lebanon Tours go daily.

Hasroun, Lebanon

Hasroun is a village located in the Bsharri District in the North Governorate of Lebanon. It is situated in the Valley of Qadisha, overlooking the southern branch of this valley, the Qannoubine Valley.

Its name derives from the Phoenician word for fortress, possibly a result of its location 1,400m above sea level.

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Douma, Lebanon

Douma is a small village located about 80km north of Beirut, and is about 1000m above sea level. 

In the early 1700's saw the christians come to Douma in hope of getting better crop. Most of the housing in Douma were built between 1881 and 1914. About 300 of the houses in Douma are your typical Lebanese style house.

Douma is famous for it's local Halawa, turkish delight and Zahlawi ice cream. The Souk in Douma is famous for its old souk which has been preserved it's traditions. The souk offers various shops which sell local arts and crafts. 

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Hamatoura Monastery Deir, Kousba - Lebanon

Our Lady of Hamatoura is built in the rocky hollow of a high cliff which overlooks the holy valley of Kadisha. 

The church of St Jacob is the most ancient part of the monastery, belonging to the 4th century. There are two churches, one dedicated to St Michael and the other St John the Baptist. On the top of the hill there is the church of St George.

Today there are believers who are reporting his miraculous healings and other grace filled deeds.

To reach the monastery you have walk approximately 200m up hill on a steep path. To visit the monastery you must wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

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