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Exploring Lebanon's: Journey to Beit elDin, Deir ElQamar & Cedars

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Chouf Mountain with a full day tour to Beit el Din, Deir El Qamar, and Barouk Cedars. Journey through the stunning green landscapes as you travel from Beirut to the Chouf region. Explore the magnificent Beiteddine Palace, an architectural masterpiece that showcases the rich history of Lebanon. Discover the charming village of Deir El Qamar, known for its picturesque stone houses and historical landmarks. Visit Fakhreddine's Mosque, the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon, and the iconic Saydet El Talle Church, with its fascinating history dating back to the Phoenician era. Finally, immerse yourself in the beauty of Barouk Cedars, one of the largest cedar natural reserves in Lebanon. With comfortable transportation and an English-speaking driver, this tour promises an unforgettable journey through the wonders of Chouf Mountain.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-9 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore Beiteddine Palace and its rich history
  • Visit the picturesque village of Deir El Qamar
  • Marvel at the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon
  • Discover the historical Saydet El Talle Church
  • Experience the beauty of Barouk Cedar Nature Reserve
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tour Leader
  • Hotel Pick up & Drop off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Introduction

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Chouf Mountain on a full-day private car tour to Beit el Din, Deir El Qamar, and Barouk Cedars. This immersive experience takes you on a journey through Lebanon's stunning landscapes, allowing you to soak in the vibrant green sceneries along the way from Beirut to the Chouf region and back. With a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and an English-speaking driver at your service, this trip promises to be both enriching and memorable.

What to Expect

During this tour, you can expect a total duration of 480 minutes filled with awe-inspiring sights and cultural discoveries. The itinerary begins with a visit to Beiteddine Palace, also known as the "House of Faith," a 19th-century palace that plays host to the annual Beiteddine Festival and houses the Beiteddine Palace Museum. Immerse yourself in the historical charm and architectural grandeur of this iconic landmark for a duration of 90 minutes.

Next, explore the enchanting village of Deir El Qamar, meaning "Monastery of the Moon." This picturesque village, located outside of Beiteddine Palace, offers a glimpse into Lebanon's rich history. Stroll through its stone streets, adorned with traditional houses and red tile roofs, reflecting the village's remarkable character that has captivated artists, writers, and politicians throughout history. Discover the fascinating story behind the town's destruction during the civil war in 1860 and its subsequent rebuilding.

As you continue your journey, marvel at Fakhreddine's Mosque, the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon, dating back to the 16th century. Its octagonal minaret stands as a testament to the region's architectural heritage and provides a serene space for contemplation. Nearby, visit Saydet El Talle Church, a place of great historical and religious significance. The church, built on the ruins of an ancient Phoenician temple, showcases the intriguing blend of different religious influences that have shaped Lebanon's cultural landscape throughout time.

Lastly, venture into the Barouk Cedar Nature Reserve, home to the largest nature reserve in Lebanon. Prepare to be awestruck by the majestic Barouk Cedars, as you soak in the serene beauty of this natural wonder. With its extensive network of trails, the reserve offers a myriad of opportunities for nature lovers, including hiking, bird-watching, mountain biking, and snowshoeing, ensuring there's something for everyone to indulge in.

Who is this for?

This tour is designed for explorers of all ages and backgrounds who seek to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Chouf Mountain region in Lebanon. Nature enthusiasts will be enthralled by the vast cedar forests and diverse wildlife found within the Barouk Cedar Nature Reserve. History buffs will revel in the stories embedded within the ancient walls of Beiteddine Palace and Deir El Qamar, while architecture aficionados will appreciate the unique blend of Islamic and Christian influences displayed in the mosques and churches of the region. This experience is for those who crave a deeper connection with Lebanon's history, nature, and local culture.

Why book this?

Embark on this captivating tour to Beit el Din, Deir El Qamar, and Barouk Cedars for an unforgettable experience filled with natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance. With the convenience of a private car and an experienced English-speaking driver, you can relax and fully immerse yourself in the sights and stories that this picturesque region has to offer. Whether you're a nature lover, history enthusiast, or simply seeking to explore new horizons, this tour provides an opportunity to create lasting memories. Discover the harmonious fusion of tradition and modernity within Lebanon's diverse landscapes, and let the captivating beauty of Chouf Mountain take your breath away. Book this tour today and embark on a remarkable journey through history and nature.

Good to know

During this tour, it is important to keep in mind that the total duration of the trip is approximately 480 minutes. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for outdoor exploration. It is also recommended to bring sun protection, such as hats and sunscreen, as you will be exposed to the sun during parts of the journey. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning landscapes and cultural landmarks you'll encounter along the way. The tour includes round-trip transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey throughout. Prepare to be inspired by the beauty of the Chouf Mountain region and create lifelong memories on this immersive tour.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced this tour rave about the captivating landscapes, rich historical sites, and the insightful commentary provided by the English-speaking driver. Many praise the convenience and comfort of the private car, ensuring a personalized and enjoyable experience. Visitors have also commended the friendly and knowledgeable nature of the driver, who shares fascinating stories and anecdotes about the region's history and culture. Overall, reviews highlight the tour's ability to provide a comprehensive and memorable exploration of the Chouf Mountain region, leaving travelers with a deeper understanding and appreciation for Lebanon's natural and cultural heritage.

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Your Itinerary

Beiteddine Palace

Beiteddine Palace or ‘House of Faith’ is a 19th-century palace in Beiteddine, Lebanon. It hosts the annual Beiteddine Festival and the Beiteddine Palace Museum. Emir Bashir Chehab II, who later became the ruler of the Mount Lebanon Emirate, built the palace between 1788 and 1818. After 1840, the palace was used by the Ottomans as a government building. During the French Mandate it served as a local administrative office. In 1943, the palace was declared the president's official summer residence. During the Lebanese Civil War it was heavily damaged. Parts of the palace are today open to the public while the rest is still the president's summer residence.

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Deir el Qamar

Deir al-Qamar, meaning "Monastery of the Moon" is a village located south-east of Beirut and five kilometres outside of Beiteddine palace in the Chouf District of the Mount Lebanon. Deir El Qamar was the first village in Lebanon to have a municipality in 1864, and it is the birthplace of many well known personalities, such as artists, writers, and politicians. People from all religious backgrounds lived there and the town had a mosque, synagogue and Christian churches. In the year 1860, Deir al-Qamar was destroyed during the civil war between Druze and Christians during which the town was set ablaze. Napoleon III sent a French contingent to rebuild it, recalling France ancient role as protector of the Christians in the Ottoman Empire as established by a treaty in 1523. In 1864, Deir el-Qamar elected the first municipality in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. The village retains a remarkable picturesque appearance with typical stone houses with red tile roofs.

Fakhreddine's Mosque

Fakhreddine Mosque with its octagonal minaret is a mosque in Deir el Qamar, Lebanon. Built in 1493 and restored in the sixteenth century by Fakhreddine 1st, it is the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon.

Saydet El Talle Church

The Church of Saidet et Tallé and translated as Our Lady of the Hill is one of the most important historical and religious sites in Deir el Qamar and dates to the 15th century. Monk Nicolas Smisaati built a church on the site over the ruins of an old Phoenician temple dedicated to the goddess Astarte that was later destroyed by an earthquake in 859. According to the Maronite Heritage web site, "the legend says that there was a Druze Emir in Baakline looking at the hill of Dar El Kamar. He saw a light coming out of the hill so he gathered his soldiers and ordered them to go in the morning and dig in the land. He said to them: 'If you find an Islamic symbol, build a mosque. If you find a Christian symbol, build a church." In the morning, the soldiers went and found a rock with a cross on it and under the cross there was the moon and venus. That was the sign that in the distant past there was a temple dedicated to the moon and venus and later it became a church.

Barouk Cedar

Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve is the largest nature reserve of Lebanon, located in the Chouf District, on the slopes of Barouk Mountain, and has an area of 550 km2. Al-Chouf Cedar Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hiking and trekking, with trails matching all levels of fitness. Bird watching, mountain biking and snowshoeing are also popular. It hosts 32 species of wild mammals, 200 species of birds, and 500 species of plants.

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Reviews

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alexandrasO6140MN

The tour to Beiteddine and Deir el Qamar was a great tour. The guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. Very worth it and great use of the day out of Beirut.

602danielley

Tout était parfait l’excursion était très intéressante. Et les paysages sont magnifiques ! Albair notre guide était très gentil, nous a appris pleins de choses et son française était excellent !
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2024-05-28 14:35