Budget Tour to Beit El Dine, Deir El Qamar and Cedars of Chouf
With our private drivers, experienced in the field of tourism and definitely very helpful and friendly, in a comfortable and clean air-conditioned vehicle, book this tour to the chouf area, the countryside of Lebanon, and discover the beautiful village of Deir el Qamar (the convent of the moon), Beiteddine palace, the symbol of the lebanese architecture in the 19th century, and walk through the majestic cedar trees of Lebanon.
What's included :
- Private transportation
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled water
- English speaking driver
- Hotel pick up & drop off
What's excluded :
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses
- Entry/Admission - Beiteddine Palace
- Entry/Admission - Barouk Cedar
Stop At: Beiteddine Palace, Chouf, Beit ed-Dine, Lebanon
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Deir el Qamar, Deir el Qamar, Mount Lebanon Governorate
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Fakhreddine's Mosque, Deir el Qamar Lebanon
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Saydet El Talle Church, Deir el Qamar Lebanon
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Barouk Cedar, Barouk - Joub Jannine Rd, Barouk Lebanon
Situated about 60 kilometers from Beirut, the Shouf Cedar Reserve is known as the largest nature reserve in Lebanon. It is home to about 25% of all cedars in Lebanon.
The Cedar is the symbol of the country, its pride, and features prominently on the Lebanese flag.
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
We pick-up travelers from places within the city of Beirut
Departure Time :Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 12/13/2019 - 7/28/2022
|Monday - Sunday:||08:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff