Experience a 17 day trip in Lebanon
Day 1 Combine a day visit to Jeita Grotto where you float under and around stalagmites and stalactites, take the cable car in Jounieh up to the 600-meters sanctuary of "Our Lady of Lebanon" in Harissa for a panoramic mountain and sea view, continue around noon to the Byblos archaeological site including the Crusader castle, the Roman amphitheater and the Phoenician ruins and harbor.
Day 2 Visit Ksara winery for a wine tasting session, swing by the Omayyad site of Anjar which is well worth the detour, continue around noon to the Roman temples in Baalbeck. If you are a wine lover, and still have time visit Kefraya winery one of the most prestigious vineyards in Lebanon.
Day 3 Early morning leave for the princely city of Deir el Qamar whose famous square brings together the splendor of the Principality of Mount Lebanon, continue to the amazing palace and the village of Bettedine once the seat of princely power in Mount Lebanon, take the opportunity to visit and hike in the several thousand years old Chouf Cedars Nature Reserve the largest in Lebanon with the most beautiful cedar tree.
Day 4 Visit Sidon, its 13th-century Crusader Sea Castle, its old souks, including the 17th-century Khan el Franj, the 18th-century Debbane Palace and the 20th-century soap museum, continue around noon to the Mleeta Resistance Tourist Landmark in the Nabatieh Governorate, an open-air museum depicting the resistance against the Israeli occupation in southern Lebanon, at 1,100 meters altitude you will come upon the lookout point overlooking the coast. On your way back to Beirut, proper stop by Maghdouche and visit the sanctuary of "Our Lady Al Mantra (Our Lady of Awaiting)" a major place of Biblical pilgrimage in Maghdouche.
Day 5 Drive to Tyre, the iconic city of antiquity, the Roman Hippodrome. Stop in Qana, the place of the famous Biblical wedding. Head towards Naqoura, border town famous for its limestone cliffs that plunge into a deep blue sea.
Day 6 Head to the shrine of "Our Lady of Nourieh" (Our Lady of the Light) in Hamate a Christian pilgrimage site overlooking Ras Chekka offering an exceptional panorama of the surroundings. Continue towards the village of Anfeh that could be confused with a Greek village and visit its many attractions including its salt marshes unique to Lebanon and some of the oldest churches on the coast.. Proceed to Tripoli, visit its city center, site of the Ottoman clock tower, its old souks, and the 12th-century St. Gilles Crusader Citadel overlooking the city.
Day 7 Enjoy the charm of Lake Bnachii, take a paddle boat along the lake, visit the Taxidermy Wildlife Museum by the lake. Continue to Bekaa Kafra, the highest inhabited village in Lebanon and birthplace of St. Charbel where you can visit his family home and church, visit the village of Bcharreh, and higher up, the famous Cedars of God. Visit the Kadisha Valley through one of its entry points including Bcharreh. You could go for a walk and visit the monasteries of this holy valley listed World Heritage by UNESCO.
Day 8 Hit the road very early in the morning and head towards the village of Smar Jbeil, which houses a remarkable fortress dating back to the time of the Phoenicians and a beautiful church on the central square. Visit the village of Rachana, a real outdoor sculpture museum where you can admire the works of several generations of artists from the Basbous family as well as architectural houses that make the whole set unique to Lebanon. Finish the day in the old town of Batroun, known for its Phoenician wall, its maritime church, its old paved souk, and its animated streets during summer nights.
Day 9 Set off at the crack of dawn and head southward to the 12th-century Beaufort citadel in Arnoun overlooking the Litani River, swing by the village of Deir Mimass located on a hill and visit the monastery of St. Mema built around 1404 proceed around noon to Kawkaba and walk through the 4,000 years old olive tree grove, continue to Rachaya al Wadi to visit the beautiful citadel of Rachaya also known as the Independence Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 11th-century, visit as well the 17th-century beautifully paved traditional souk area lined with old houses where you can find a large variety of local crafts, goods, and homemade food products.
Day 10 Head towards the District of Byblos, hike in the Bentayel Nature Reserve one of the smallest nature reserve in Lebanon with clearly signposted hiking trails, continue to the nearby Hakel Expo the first natural history museum for marine fossils in Lebanon, proceed around noon to the Byblos archaeological site including the Crusader castle, the Roman amphitheater and the Phoenician ruins and harbor.
Day 11 Drive northward to St. Maron monastery in Annaya, a pilgrimage site, where St. Charbel patron saint of Lebanon received his religion habit of a monk, continue to the Baatara gorge waterfall in Tannourine best viewed in spring when the winter rain and snow melt increases its debit, swing by the village of the Douma, known for its unique temperate climate, narrow streets and rich and fertile nature
Day 12 Start the day with a stop in Bekaa Kafra, the highest inhabited village in Lebanon and the Middle-East and birthplace of St. Charbel where you can visit his family home and church, continue to Bcharreh and visit Gibran Museum, where original paintings and drawings of the Lebanese writer, philosopher and artist are exhibited, proceed around noon to the Monastery of St. Anthony founded in the 1th-century at Qozhaya in the beautiful Qadisha Valley and where the first printing machine in the Middle-East in Syriac letters is exhibited in the museum since 1610.
Day 13 After breakfast, depart on full day tour to southern Lebanon visiting the temple of Echmoun, a remarkable Phoenician archaeological site and take the road to the village of Joun to visit the magnificent 18th-century St. Savior monastery, continue around noon to the village of Marjeyoun where you can admire an impressive number of beautiful houses and palaces, swing by the village of Deir Mimass located on a hill facing the 12th-century Beaufort Crusader Citadel. End the day by visiting the medieval castle. of Arnoun.
Day 14 Leave early in the morning and head to Tripoli, visit its city center site of the Ottoman clock tower, its old souks, and the 12th-century St. Gilles Crusader Citadel overlooking the city. Proceed to the far north in the Akkar Governorate and visit in Menjez the church of Our Lady of the Fort (Saydet el Qalaa) overlooking the Nahr al Kabir River making up the border between Lebanon and Syria. Swing by the Qobayat's Scientific Permanent Museum for Animals, Birds and Butterflies amassing an impressive collection of 161 birds, 23 animal species and 4,000 strong butterfly collection.
Day 15 Hit the road very early in the morning and set off towards the "Wazani Fortress Tourist Village" in the Hasbani District sip a coffee on the bank of the Hasbani River forming the blue line border between Lebanon and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights or take a dip in the swimming pool, proceed to Rachaya al Foukhar visit the Potttery Manufacturer and enjoy watching the pottery master make wonderful pottery design, continue further to Rachaya al Wadi situated on the western slopes of Mount Hermon and visit its cobled 17th-century souk and the Independence Castle built by the Crusaders during the 11th-century
Day 16 Vist Sidon, its 13th-century Crusader Sea Castle, its old souks that include the 17th-century Khan El Franj, the 18th-century Debbane Palace and the 20th-century soap museum, continue around noon to the Mleeta Tourist Landmark in the Nabatieh Governorate, an open-air museum depicting the resistance against the Israeli occupation in southern Lebanon, at 1,100 meters altitude you will come upon the lookout point that overlooks the coast. Hike in the afternoon in the Bkassine Pine Forest, the largest pine forest in the Levant with clearly signposted hiking trails.
Day 17 Hit the road very early in the morning and head to Tripoli, visit its city center site of the Ottoman clock tower, its old souks and the 12th-century Crusader St-Gilles citadel that overlooks the city. Take from Al-Mina a boat tour to the 7 islands that make up the Palm Islands archipelago. Proceed in the afternoon to the Badr Hassoun Eco Village Spa and Restaurant in nearby Dahr El Ain if you want to rejuvenate and pamper yourself with a spa treatment, buy organic products for your skin or hair or just sip a coffee or have lunch surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.
14 days are more than enough to tour Lebanon and visit its main tourist sites. Above you will find a 17-day trip in all regions of Lebanon. Choose what suits best for the time you have. Allot 2 days for Beirut and use it for all your 1 day trip in Lebanon.
Take great care for your time in Lebanon, see more in less time in an organized way, use the services of a tour operator such as Tour Beirut.
Many thanks for your help..
Gaby’s response truly gives an amazing inclusive tour of Lebanon and all it’s areas. You might to consider doing 7 Days in Lebanon and 7 days in Jordan. Amman is only a one and a half hour flight from Beirut and a round trip ticket during your time frame would be about $250. Many of my colleagues spend time in Jordan and just love it. Either Lebanon only or Lebanon/Jordan will be an amazing trip. Have fun.
i think 7 days are perfect if you have a car you can see all leb.
Glad to have you in Lebanon :)
You should visit Jounieh. Stop first at Jeita Grotto, then head towards Jounieh’s old souks, have lunch at Margherita Mare, and, in the early afternoon, go fly with “Paragliding Club Thermique”. Professional cool pilots that will make you enjoy the most beautiful view and live an unforgettable experience.
The whole procedure takes about 1 hour (if you’re 2 persons) so you will have time to reach Byblos on sunset.
Hope this helped :)
Enjoy your stay