HAMATOURA MONASTERY

 
 

TOURS

  • Operating all year round

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike to Hamatoura Monastery located in Qadisha Valley

  • Hamatoura Monastery

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • English speaking tour leader

  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle

  • Hotel pick up & drop off

WHAT’S "NOT" INCLUDED

  • Meals and other personal items

STARTING PRICE

  • $120 USD - 1 person

  • $135 USD - 2 people

  • $150 USD - 3 people

INFO

After being picked up from your hotel, we begin our journey to the Hamatour Monastery by heading to the village of Kousba, just north of the capital, Beirut. Our hike begins with a two kilometre stretch of steep terrain with 200m rises, where you will walk along the mountain cliffs overlooking the Holy Valley of Qadisha and the river bank. Upon reaching the top, you will have the opportunity to explore the monastery. Take the time to be present in the moment, absorb the incredible views of the Qadisha Valley, pray, meditate or simply relax in the peaceful and spiritual surrounds. After this once in a lifetime experience, we resume our hike back to the bottom. If time permits, we will also head up to Hamat, home to the monastery and historic shrine of Our Lady of Nourieh. You’ll be treated to some breathtaking views from the top of the mountain. 

TIMING

From 9:30am to 5:30pm

OUR LADY OF HAMATOURA

Our Lady of Hamatoura is built in the rocky hollow of a high cliff which overlooks the holy valley of Qadisha. The church of Saint Jacob is the most ancient part of the monastery, belonging to the 4th century, while a large cross from the 7th century rises above the outer doorway. Near the monastery are two venerable churches, one dedicated to Saint Michael and the other to Saint John the Baptist. On the top of the hill one can see the church of St. George.