Operated by Mohammad El-Draihi
Operating All year round
Deir El Oumara
English speaking tour leader
Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pick up & drop off
WHAT’S "NOT" INCLUDED
Entrance into Beiteddine Palace (5 USD)
Entrance into Moussa Castle (10 USD)
Entrance into Chouf Cedars (5 USD)
Meals and other personal items
$150 USD - 1 person
$160 USD - 2 people
$180 UDS - 3 people
(more than 3 people please email us for a price)
From 8:30am to 5:30pm
What better way to start a day that by visiting the village of Deir el Qamar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and true gem of the region, populated by a multitude of traditional stone houses lining the winding streets with picturesque scenery at every turn. This village epitomises the idyllic mountain charm and small town life for which the area is renown, whilst highlighting Lebanon’s religious diversity with a mosque, a church and a synagogue all located within the main square.
We depart Deir el Qamar for the spectacular Beiteddine Palace which offers a stunning and refreshingly well-preserved example of 19th Century rule and the extravagance of the Ottoman Empire, befitting of its position as one of Lebanon’s real treasures. A stroll through the Palace quickly showcases the wealth and opulence of the complex through the breathtaking mosaic stonework, cedar wood engravings and spacious areas afforded political representatives by the Emir.
The journey continues as we arrive at another castle, this time the Moussa Castle – undoubtedly one of Lebanon’s most unique and eccentric sights, primarily as a result of being completely handmade by builder Moussa Maamari in an attempt to win over his childhood sweetheart. As a result, both the castle’s exterior and interior resemble that of a fairy-tale, from the moat, turrets and battlements to the statues of bakers, families and school children all dressed in clothes from the time.
Our day finishes with a trip to the Shouf Cedar Reserve which is home to over 20% of Lebanon’s Cedar trees. We will meander through the Reserve, providing the possibility of witnessing this enchanting forest up close, with some of the trees dating back more than 2,000 years.