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Anastasia Travel and Tours:

--- Discovery Tour ---

Day 01: Arrival to Rafic Hariri International airport. Meet and assist at the airport by our representatives. Transfer to the hotel in Beirut for check in. Overnight in Beirut.

Day 02: Tyre and Sidon
After breakfast at hotel start the day by visiting Tyre the Phoenician city was queen of the seas, an island city of unprecedented splendor where we can see the public baths, the Triumphal Arch, the Marble Sarcophagus of the 2nd century A.D along with the port and the Necropolis.
Proceed to Sidon on the coast 48 kilometers south of Beirut, is one of the Famous names in ancient history. Where we can discover the Crusader Sea Castle and the modern port installations, the old souk, the great Mosque, the Necropolis of Sidon along with Khan El Franj. Overnight at the chosen hotel in Beirut.

Day 03: Beiteddine and Deir El Kamar
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Beiteddine Palace which is a master-piece of the early XIXth Century Lebanese architecture built by Emir Beshir Chehab II on a headland, which overlooks a terraced mountain-side.
Continue to visit Deir El Kamar one of Lebanon’s best-preserved towns. With its impressive traditional architecture displayed in the numerous palaces and monuments across the area, it is considered as one of the country’s historical heritages. Overnight iat the chosen hotel in Beiteddine.

Day 04: Baalbeck the city of the sun - Anjar and Zahle
After breakfast at hotel , 85 km from Beirut, you can visit Baalbeck where you can see the Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest and most noble Roman temples ever built, they are also among the best preserved.Towering high above the Beqaa plain, their monumental proportions proclaimed the power and wealth of Imperial Rome. The gods worshipped here, the Triad of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury. . Proceed to Anjar 58 km from Beirut, is completely different from any other archaeological experience you will have in Lebanon. At other historical sites in the country, different epochs and civilisations are superimposed one on top of each other. Anjar is exclusively one period, the Umayyad the continue to reach Zahle the village with red tiled roofs, founded in the 18th century, was erected on the shores of “al Bardawni” river. Nowadays, restaurants, coffee-rooms and old houses flourish on each riverbank. There, you can relax and have a refreshing drink or a tasty meal under the shadeof trees alongside the rushing river. Overnight in Zahle.

Day 05: Cedars of The Lord - and Zgharta
Breakfast at hotel, start the day by visiting The Cedars forest is 7 km. far from Besharry. It is one of the most important vestiges of the old cedar forests that used to make from the mountains of Lebanon a piece of paradise on earth. The proceed to reach Zgharta the historic village of Ehden area located in the mountains of North Lebanon 120 klm from the capital Beirut where we can see its natural lac Bnachee. Overnight in Ehden .

Day 06: Byblos - Tripoli
Breakfast at hotel. Starting the day by discovering the oldest continuously inhabited city well known by Jbeil in Arabic on the coast 37 klm north of Beirut is also the oldest city of the most ancient port all over the world and the land of the alphabetic phoenetic script where you can discover the old souk, st John Church and the crusader castle Proceed to Tripoli or (Trablos), 85 kilometers north of Beirut Known as the capital of the North, Tripoli is Lebanon’s second largest city. We discover the citadel of Tripoli, the hamamat, the Great Mosque, the large souk and the new city of Tripoli. Overnight at the chosen hotel in Tripoli.

Day 07: Jeita and Harissa
Breakfast at hotel . situated some 18 kms along with the highway North of Beirutyou can reach Jeita Grottoe located in the valley of the Dog River /Kesrwan. It is compounded of 2 galleries, the lower gallery where you can take a dreamy boat trip to a distance of 500 m discovering it’s fascinating and extraordinary formations. The upper gallery you can marvel on foot. Continue to Harissa located at 650 meters altitude from the coast and 20km distance from Beirut, the site is accessible either by a steep winding road or a nine-minute journey by Telepherique. Overnight in Jounieh.

Day 08: Check out from the hotel. Transfer for flight back

--- Lebanon 8 days / 7 nights ---

Day 01: Arrival To Beirut International Airport
You will be met at the airport, where full assistance is offered. You will then be driven to the hotel for overnight.

Day 02: Beirut, Beiteddine, Deir El Kamar
Our Journey starts with discovering the most beautiful jewel of the world, Beirut where we will visit its newly reconstructed city center and its national museum. We take the road of Al Damour, via al Jieh to visit the shouf mountain, starting with Deir El Kamar where we will touch the typical and traditional Lebanese customs gathered and protected all through the years in Moussa Castle. Proceed to Beiteddine Palace, House of Faith considered as a jewel of the Lebanese architecture of the XIX century.

Day 03: Byblos and Tripoli
Head off on a most exciting tour to the city of the most ancient port in the world called Byblos offering over 6000 years of history and cultures. We take the northern highway via Jounieh and Tabarja, to reach the city. Visitors will be astonished of the number of superimposed cultural layers such as Roman.
Amphitheater, sanctuary and fountain, Crusader castle of Raymond de Saint Gilles, the church of ST Marry of the tour transformed today to the Grand Mosque the Mamlouk's buildings with the khans , the Hammams and the tours.

Day 04: Sidon Tyre and Eshmoun
Begin your day by heading south via AL Damour Al Jieh to reach the first commercial metropolis of the world (38 km south of Beirut). Tyre Today the city is the most vivid antique place who can contemplate the stones and the marble of the past centuries. Passing through Sarafand, we proceed to Sidon like most of the ancient Phoenician cities built on a promontory faced by an island. The major attraction is the crusader castle of the sea which is connected to the placid harbor with a short causeway. On our way back, 01 km from Sidon, we stop to visit Eshmoun, the temple of the famous Phoenician God.

Day 05: Baalbeck Anjar Kefraya
Drive through the Mount Lebanon. via Aley Sawfar Bhamdoun, the Bekaa valley and Zahle to reach Baalbeck the small town outstanding for its Acropolis considered among the most important Roman ruins in the world. We can discover the great complex of Jupiter temple, the temple of Bacchus with its decorations and the one of Venus. Continue to Anjar to discover the only remainder from the Omeyyade period. on our way back, stop at Kefraya Winery to sample many varieties of Lebanese wine.

Day 06: Jeita Harissa and Dog River
Brace yourself for a most exciting tour to Kesrwan area starting by the dog river with its commemorative steles . Continue to Jeita Grottoes that have already cut he breath of thousands of visitors. Two grottoes superimposed linked by a cable car sink at thousand meters inside the mountains . the lower grotto will be visited with a bark; the upper could be explored on foot continue to Fakra, to discover it's beautiful Phoenician runes. Proceed to Harissa , to pay a visit to the magnificient statue of ou Lady Of Lebanon with its cathedral of a Phoenician boat shape where we can take the cable car down to Jounieh enjoying its unique and spectacular bay view.

Day07: Cedars Bcharre at Valley
Driving north passing Byblos and Almoussaylaha castle, we take the mountain road to reach this slice of paradise called cedars of Lord (120 KM north Beirut ) that constitutes one of the most precious relics of Lebanon. Continue to Becharre a neighboring village of the Cedars, that is the birth and resting place of Jibran Khalil Jibran Lebanon's most famous poet, artist and novelist, from where you will take a global view of the Saint Valley and visit the unique monastery of Saint Anthony.

Day08: Departure from Beirut International airport for the flight back

Contact Anastasia for more information:
Anastasia Tours - Sin el Fil Highway - Mardini Center - Beirut - Lebanon - P.O. Box 90-1511
Tel: 01 501732 / 01 501733 / 70 575722 / 03 380313
Email: info@anastasiagroup.net
http://www.anastasiagroup.net

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