Baatara Gorge

Discovered to the western world in 1952 by French bio-speleologist Henri Coiffait, The Baatara gorge sinkhole is a waterfall in the Tannourine, North Lebanon. The waterfall drops 255 metres into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone.

The best time to visit is from November through to April. This is when you will witness the waterfall. Outside of these months the chances of seeing the waterfall is slim.

If you would like to visit Baatara Gorge, 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

Saint Nimatullah of Hardine

Saint Nimatullah was born Youssed Kassab in 1808 and died in 1858. Kassab was a Lebanese Monk, Priest and Scholar of the Maronite church.

After his studies he entered the Monastery of St Anthony, where they gave him the name Nimatullah which means “The Grace of God” .

As a monk, Kassab spent his entire life in prayer and the service of his order. Kassab is believed to have performed many miracles during his life due to his deep spirituality and his high virtues. He is commended for having a radiant soul and is was said that he was deeply united to his creator “The Saint of Kfifan” was stated to have the gift of prophesy and hence became know as “a man of vision”

In 1864 his tomb was opened for re-burial and to the surprise of the monks, his body was found to be intact. His body was exposed to the veneration of the public until 1927.

Kassab was canonized on the 16th May 2004 By Pope John Paul II.

If you would like further information or would like to Visit Saint Nimatullah please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com OR visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Anjar, Lebanon

Anjar is a town of Lebanon located in the Bekaa Valley. The population is 2,400, consisting almost entirely of Armenians.

The ruins reveal a very regular layout, reminiscent of the palace-cities of ancient times, and are a unique testimony to city planning under the Umayyads. The site of this ancient city was only discovered by archaeologists at the end of the 1940s. The ruins are dominated by spectacular vestiges of a monumental tetrapyle, as well as by the walls and colonnades of the Umayyad palace, three levels of which have been preserved. These structures incorporate decorative or architectonical elements of the Roman era, but are also noteworthy for the exceptional plasticity of the contemporary decor within the construction.

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Jisr El Hajar (Natural Bridge), Kfardebian

The Natural bridge is one of the greatest in the world with a span of 50m, which over hangs a basin full of stone that have crashed down from the sides.

You can combine seeing the natural bridge with the Ruins in Faqra.

If you would like further information on the natural bridge, email nicola@explorelebanontours.com OR you can visit www.explorelebanontours.com

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Faqra Ruins, Kfardebian

Faqra is an archaeological site in Kfardebian, with Roman and Byzantine ruins with an altitude of 1500m. It is one of the most important sites of the UNESCO listed Nahr Al-Kalb Valley.

The Ruins include a temple to Zaus Beelgalasos a sanctuary of Atargastis dedicated to Agrippa ll and his sister Berenice, two altars and a tower with a 16m square base built in 44 A.D.

If you would like further information on the Ruins in Faqra, you can email nicola@explorelebanontours.com OR visit www.explorelebanontours.com

Tannourine Cedar Forest

The Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve protects one of the largest and densest cedar forests in Lebanon. Eighty percent of the trees in the forest are cedars.

There are some of 60,000 trees in Tannourine, making it the largest cedar reserve in Lebanon.

If you would like further details on the Cedar Forest in Tannourine or would like to hike the Reserve email nicola@explorelebanontours.com or Visit www.explorelebanontours.com

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.

If you would like to know further information on Baalbek, 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

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.

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

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. 

For further information on Doma 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