Jezzine and Beyond Tour
Lebanon’s answer to Tuscany
8 Days and 7 Nights, From £950 per person
Visit the home of Dido and explore the castles left behind by the Crusades with this trip to the heart of Lebanon’s countryside.
Being home to the Middle East’s highest waterfall, not to mention countless lakes and ponds, Jezzine’s nickname is the City of Falls. Located in the heart of the Mount Lebanon district, the village is internationally renowned for its handcrafted knives. Made of inlaid mosaics and bone, the knives have been presented to dignitaries all over the world in the past and make a perfect Lebanese souvenir.
It is now trying to carve out a reputation for sustainable travel, boasting of low-impact infrastructure and ecological projects.
This package is designed to mix cultural tours with outdoor pursuits – think castles and kayaking.
- 7 nights’ accommodation in 3* star Iris Flower Hotel
- Transfer to and from attractions
- English speaking tour guide
- Entry fees
- Tour Details
Day 1: Arrival
Fly to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, where you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the Iris Flower Hotel in Jezzine Casa.
Day 2: Jezzine
Explore the village you will call home for the week. Our local guide will take you to all the top spots, including the Middle East’s highest waterfall, ranked fourth largest in the world. There is also a wealth of historic monuments, including the Ottoman Serail and the Mountain of the Cross.
Day 3: Beqaa
The fertile Beqaa valley is at the heart of rural Lebanon, boasting scores of vineyards and natural beauty spots. Starting from the region’s capital Zahlé, you can explore the countryside before a wine tasting session.
Day 4: Bkassine
This village is a favourite summer holiday spot for the Lebanese, known for its sprawling pine forests and charming architecture. During the day’s hiking you will encounter the huge monastery of Machmouché and the temples of Jewish prophets Mikha and Zlikha. Wind down in the evening by watching the sun set over the Mediterranean from Sobbah Hill.
Day 5: Azzibeh
Take a gastronomic tour of Kroum el Jabal before heading to the Monastery of Qattine, where the fathers continue to make wine from their 2million square metres of land. Then it is over to Dr Farid Serhal’s Castle. This local eccentric began to build the castle in 1967, and has still not finished.
Day 6: The Litani River
First up is a visit to the 12th century Beaufort Castle, once occupied by the Crusaders. Still as strong as ever, this castle was a crucial defence during 20th Century tumult. It is then on to Lebanon’s longest river, the Litani, for some kayaking.
Day 7: Sidon and Tyre
After checking out the view from Sidon’s Sea Castle, built on an island during the Crusades and accessible via a causeway, it is on to the legendary city of Tyre. Birthplace of Dido, the Phoenician city is still one of Lebanon’s most important. It boasts a Roman Hippodrome and is close to Qana, where Jesus is thought to have achieved his first miracle. The Lady of Maghdouché, mentioned in the Bible, is also on the list.
Day 8: Departure
Check out of the hotel for transfers back to Beirut Airport for flights home.