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Private Tour: Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon
Private Tour: Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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Explore the Lebanese cities of Harissa and Byblos, plus see the Jeita Grotto, on this private day tour from Beirut. Your seasoned and professional English-speaking guide shows you around one of the oldest cities on earth and takes you to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Gain insight into the history of this historical place, get an up-close look at the Statue of the Virgin Mary in Harissa, and venture into one of the area’s most well-known and well-preserved archeological areas. It’s a one-day tour that hits all the hot spots and is sure to leave you with a new appreciation of this ancient land.
  • Private day trip from Beirut to Byblos, Jeita Grotto, and Harissa
  • Take a scenic drive through Byblos, one of the world’s oldest cities
  • Explore one of the most intriguing archaeological areas in Beirut
  • Visit attractions such as the Jeita Grotto, Byblos Castle, and the Virgin Mary Statue in Harissa
  • Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary from your expert local guide
  • Private tour by comfortable minivan ensures a more personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected at time of booking)
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8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your expert local guide collects you from your hotel in central Beirut to kick off this private day trip tour of Bylos, Jeita Grotto, and Harissa. Travel by private, air-conditioned minivan to Jeita. Follow your guide on a boat ride to a subterranean lake for an up-close look at the Jeita Grotto, an incredible ancient cavern that was a finalist for the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011. 

From Jeita make your way to Byblos—one of the oldest cities on earth. Home to more than 24 successive civilizations, this 7,000-year-old city is among the top archeological areas in the nation. Follow your guide through some of the highlights, including the Byblos Castle, as you explore this ancient destination.

Enjoy a traditional Lebanese lunch (own expense) before making your way to Harissa to the Statue of the Virgin Mary—including the chapel and spiral staircase—and have the opportunity to look out over impressive views of the Bay of Jounieh. Your guide explains how these religious sites are a destination for pilgrims from across the globe. Settle back into the comfort of your private vehicle for the return trip to your Beirut hotel, where this incredible tour ends. 

Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning against travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns, Viator’s Lebanon tours continue to operate with no disruptions. We are in frequent contact with our local suppliers and guides in Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.
Stop At:  
Jeita Grotto
Visit Jeita Grotto, the lower and the upper cave
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Byblos Castle
Visit Byblos Castle and the old souks
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon
Visit our Lady of Harissa and one way cable car (telepherique)
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note: Jeita Grotto will be closed for maintenance from (February 1 to 15)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Nakhal & Cie
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Beautiful places visit ( not satisfied with the guided tour)
, Dec 2018
Lebanon is a beautiful country and we enjoyed touring . The Jeita grotto was excellent and a must see . Paid 150$for the guide . Its was not satiafactory. Have done guided tours before with more enthusiasm....
Khalid was a great guide and very...
Andrea t
, Mar 2018
Khalid was a great guide and very knowledgeable, we learned a great deal about the tour we were doing but also general knowledge about the country. Thank you
Only had 2 days in Beirut and this...
Stephen B
, Sep 2017
Only had 2 days in Beirut and this tour gave us the highlights of the surrounding area. Byblos was worth the whole price!
Extremely interesting tour. Our...
Debra H
, Jul 2013
Extremely interesting tour. Our guide, Georgette, was extremely knowledgeable regarding the history of the area. The Jeita Grotto was spectacular and a highlight of the trip!
Went on this tour with 2 of my...
Salomon J
, Aug 2012
Went on this tour with 2 of my friends, we had a great time, it was well worth it and we recommend it to anyone going to Lebanon.
Excursión estupenda
, Apr 2022
Muy profesionales, bien aconsejados y su explicación fue clara y convincente, siempre puntuales, todo muy bien
Fantástico día en las Grutas de Jeita
, Oct 2019
La visita a la Gruta de Jeita fue una auténtica maravilla de la naturaleza,es impactante.Si vais a Líbano no puedes dejar de visitarla. Biblos es preciosa. Nuestra guía fantástica.

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