JEITA GROTTO, HARISSA & BYBLOS
Operating all year round (NOT Available on Monday as Jeita Grotto is closed)
Cable car ride to Harissa
English speaking tour leader
Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pick up & drop off
WHAT’S "NOT" INCLUDED
Entrance into Jeita Grotto (12USD)
Cable car ride from Jounieh to Harissa (6USD)
Entrance into Crusader Castle, Byblos (5USD)
Meals, and other personal items
$120 USD - 1 person
$140 USD - 2 people
$160 USD - 3 people
We start the day sightseeing at one of Lebanon’s most beautiful natural sites, Jeita Grotto, which is made up of stunning limestone caverns full of amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Here you will have the opportunity to see two grottos, one by foot and the other by boat. We then head down to the bay of Jounieh, and from there take a 15-minute cable car ride up the mountain to Harissa. You’ll be treated to a panoramic view of Jounieh Bay on the way up, so have your cameras ready. Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll see the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, which is one of the most important shrines in the world that honours the Virgin Mary. After you’ve had time to admire the Shrine and soak up the picturesque sights and peaceful atmosphere. After Harissa we head to the city of Byblos, and here we will wander along its cobblestoned streets and stroll through the ancient city, soaking up the atmosphere of this historic place. We will climb to the top of the Crusader Castle, which was built by the crusaders in the 12th century, and admire the panoramic views. It’s a great place to take pictures of the ancient city of Byblos that is spread out below. After walking around Byblos, we’ll go for a local lunch.
From 8:30am to 3:30pm
The pride of Lebanon, Jeita Grotto, will blow you away with its natural beauty. It’s no surprise that it was a finalist in the new Seven Wonders of Nature competition. Jeita Grotto is located 18km north of Beirut and is the longest cave in the Middle East, stretching about 9km long and sitting 300m above sea level. It consists of two separate but interconnected limestone caves that are full of spectacular and intricate stalactites and stalagmites.
With one of the most important shrines in the world honouring the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Lebanon, Harissa is a key Christian pilgrimage site. From the magnificent statue of Our Lady at Harissa, you can admire panoramic views of Jounieh Bay.
Byblos is a Mediterranean city north of Beirut, and it’s one of the oldest cities in the world. Byblos is thought to have been first occupied between 8800 and 7000 BC and established as a city around 5000 BC, so that makes it at least 7000 years old.