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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

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

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.

If you would like further information please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com

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.

Bekaa Kafra, Lebanon

Bekaa Kafra is a Lebanese village located in the Bsharri District in Northern Lebanon.

Bekaa Kafra is located in front of the village of Bsharri across the Kadisha Valley. It is the highest Village in Lebanon sitting at 1750m above sea level . This little village of traditional and well-preserved rural houses and slender streets, and is also the birthplace of Lebanon’s Marionite saint, St Charbel, whose house is now a museum - art gallery.

For further information on Bekaa Kafra or you would like to visit please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com

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.

For further information on Hamatour Monastery or you would like to visit please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com

Chouwen, Lebanon

Chouwen is located 40km away from Beirut and is 600m above sea level. Jannet Chouwen is one of the most picturesque places in Lebanon. The stream runs down the mountain and flows into the "Nahr-Ibrahim" river better known as the river of the god Adonis. 

In Jannet Chouwen you will experience alot of life's pleasures - hiking, nature, relaxation and for the courageous people you may also like to swim, be sure to pack your swimsuit.

Around hiking trip is about 3 hours (back and fourth) if you would like further information please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com

Explore Lebanon Tours operate Daily Tours to Chouwen 

Hardine, Lebanon

Hardine, the rock of faith and religion - The first village to know christianity in the Mount of Lebanon. It is about 1100m above sea level and is is surrounded by thick forest. 

Hardine has over 30 Monastries, churches and hermitages still standing or were restored.

If you would like further information on Hardine or would like visit please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com