33 North: Travel to Lebanon and Syria under the theme Culture
1 - Arrival to Beirut International Airport, assistance
and transfer to the Chouf area. Overnight in a lodge.
2 - Visit the Ottoman palace of Beit El Dine from
the XIX century. Transfer to the mountain for a hike in
Lebanon largest Cedar reserve Barouq which is the home of
3 million cedar tree. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 3 - Transfer to the Beqaa Valley, visit
the wineries of Kasara, transfer to visit the Baalbeck one
of the most important roman site in the levant. Dinner and
overnight in a mountain lodge in the Hermel mountains.
Day 4 - Transfer to Akkar and hiking in
the plain of Kamouaa known for its juniper and iron oak
forest. Transfer to the Qadisha valley, dinner and overnight
in the hostel of one of the most important monasteries:
5 - Visit of the ancient monastery of Qozhaya:
la grotte aux fous, the museum and the church. Hiking in
the Qadicha valley starting in the village of Fradys to
the old village of Qannoubine. Diner and overnight in a
guesthouse in the valley.
6 - Hiking in the valley, visit of the monastery
of Qannoubine the ancient residence of the patriarch and
the old church of Deir El Salib and its wall painting from
the XIII century. The hike will end at the ancient monastery
of Mar Lichaa (10 km 5 hrs, 300m ascent, 500m descent).
Transfer to Tannourine, dinner and overnight in a guesthouse.
7 - Transfer towards the high plateaux of Tannourine
and hiking in the cedar reserve and the valley of Ain El
Raha karstic formation (10 km, 4 hrs, 300 m descent, 400
m ascent). Stop by the unique geological formation «
3 ponts »! Transfer and dinner and overnight in a
lodge in Maad Jbeil.
8 - Walk in the ancient town of Byblos: the archaeological
site and the fossils museum, the old souks, the crusaders
cathedral and the medieval port. Transfert to Beyrouth :
Visit the down town: archéological sites, roman bath,
mosques and churches.
Transfer to Taanayel, overnight in an eco-lodge.
9 - Transfer to Damascus. Town visit: the museum,
the chapel of St. Paul and St. Ananie, the Hamadiyeh souks
and the Omeyyade mosque. Transfer to the Nebek region, north
of Damascus, overnight in the isolated Syriaq monastery
Mar Moussa El Habachi from the VI century, located at the
oriental side of the Anti-Liban Mountains with a contact
with the Syrian Desert.
10 - Visit Maaloula (where we still find people
speaking the Arameen language). Free time in the afternoon
Overnight in a monastery in Qaryatein
11 - Transfer to Palmyra, visit the city, the museum
and the fortress.
Dinenr and overnight in the Palmyra desert in Bedouin tents.
12 - Transfer to the village of Cheikh Hilal, visit
the village and its community.
Dinner and overnight in the village – traditional
13 - Back to Beyrouth
880 USD $ / Person based on a group of minimum 14 participants.
* Meals (except lunch)
* Tourism transportation
* Entrance to the sites
* Airplane ticket and taxes
* Personal insurance
* Dinner and hotel reservation for day 13.
A small backpack for the day hikes
- Head torche
- hiking cloth
- hiking boots
- K-Way jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Sun glasses
- water bottle
solar cream (UV protection)