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.

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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)

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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