Departure on regular line flight to Lebanon. Arrival at the Beirut airport, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free.
Breakfast at the hotel and guided tour of the city. It includes a visit to the churches inside Beirut, first to the Cathedral of St. George, then to the Roman Catholic Church of San Luis, to the Armenian Catholic Church of San Elie and San Gregorio, then to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. George and Finally, a visit to the area of the city of Beirut and Roman ruins.
At 10:00, we will attend mass at the cathedral.
Return to hotel and leisure time. At the agreed time, welcome dinner.
Full day tour that includes a visit to 4 different cities: Maghdoushe, Sidon, Tire, Qana.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Maghdoushe, according to the holy tradition, the Blessed Virgin accompanied her son when he traveled to Tire and Sidon. However, as we know, Jewish women were not allowed to go to pagan cities. Therefore, since Sidon was Canaanite and therefore a pagan city, Mary waited for her son in this grotto in Magdousheh, on the Roman road that went from Jerusalem to the Lebanese coast that passed through this village. Here he waited in prayer and meditation, where the name Our Lady of Waiting comes from. Later, the first Christians transformed this cave into a sanctuary where they came to honor the Virgin and ask for her thanks.
Second, visit of Sidon (prophet Elijah), Kings-1 17: 8. Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying: “Get up and take Zarephath, who belongs to Sidon, and lives there.” I have ordered a widow to support you when Jezbil, the wife of King Ahab, led his people to worship the idols, the Prophet Elijah was upset and went to King Ahab and told him that in the name of the God of Israel, there would be more dew or rain. The prophet Elijah went to Zarepath (now called Sarafand, a village in Sidon) where God ordered an elderly widow to feed and take care of him. The widow’s son died and the prophet Elijah brought him back to life.
Third destination, Tire (where Saint Paul prayed on the beach). Saint Paul was in Patara, in South Asia Minor, on his way to Jerusalem. In Patara he found a ship bound for Phoenicia (modern Lebanon). He boarded the ship and stopped at Tire, an important city of Phoenicia, where the ship had to unload the cargo. Paul stayed with the Christian disciples in Tire for a week. The Tyrians did not want Paul to go to Jerusalem, but Paul was going anyway. They all left the city to see Paul’s departure. They knelt on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea and prayed, said goodbye and Paul boarded the ship.
Fourth destination, Qana, (The first miracle of Qana l Jaleel Jesus). Among Christians and other students of the New Testament, Cana is best known as the place where, according to the Fourth Gospel, Jesus performed “the first of his signs”, his first public miracle, converting a large quantity of water into wine in a wedding feast (John 2: 1-11) when the wine provided by the groom was over.
After this long day of visiting this glorious and interesting place, you will be transferred back to the hotel in Beirut to rest for the next excursion.
A full day tour to the north side of Lebanon that includes a visit to Harissa, Faraya and finally, to Byblos.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Harissa. Visit to the Virgin Mary: it is one of the most important sanctuaries in the world in honor of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The sanctuary is highlighted by a huge bronze statue of 15 tons. It stands 8.5 m tall and has a diameter of five meters. The Virgin Mary extends her hands to Beirut. The Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon attracts millions of Christian and Muslim faithful from all over the world.
Farayya: A visit to the largest statue of St Charbel in the world.
Byblos: a visit to Byblos, the oldest and continuously inhabited city in the world, on the Mediterranean coast, about 26 miles north of Beirut. “Byblos” is the Greek name that the city was known as “Gebal” by the Phoenicians and was called “Jubayl” in Arabic. Byblos was the first city built by the Phoenicians. A rich colony, Byblos exercised its trade from the sea through fishing, shipping and commerce.
After this busy day in these beautiful cities, we will transfer you to the hotel in Byblos so that you can rest well for the next day.
Breakfast at the hotel and the visit begins at Cedars of God: it is said that the forest contains 375 individual trees, two of which are believed to be more than 3000 years, ten more than 1000 years, and the rest at least centuries. The cedars of Lebanon are described in ancient works as the oldest trees in the world. They were admired by the Israelites, who brought them to their land to build the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. They are mentioned in the Bible as the “Cedars of God.”
Qadisha Valley – Qanoubin Valley: Qadisha means “Holy” in Arabic and the valley is sometimes called the Sacred Valley. It has protected Christian monastic communities for many centuries. The valley is at the foot of the mountain in northern Lebanon.
Since the first centuries of Christianity, the Sacred Valley has served as a refuge for those who seek solitude. Historians believe that the Kadisha Valley has had monastic communities continuously since the early years of Christianity. It was also sometimes a destination for the Muslim mystics who also visited it to meditate and to be alone.
Qozhaya: It is part of the Sacred Valley where the Maronites used to be during the Ottaman period. The monastery of San Antoine de Qozhaya is one of the numerous monasteries built in this valley. It is built partly inside the mountain and partying outside it. It is surrounded by a very beautiful scenery of forest and valley. A visit to Deir St. Antonios Ishaya.
San Antoine Qozhaya: Qozhaya is considered one of the oldest monasteries in the Qadisha Valley. Several chapels are attributed to him and, in a certain period (probably in the 12th century BC), it was the seat of the Maronite Patriarch. In 1584, the first printing press in the Middle East was installed in this monastery. In 1708, it was transmitted to the newly formed Lebanese Maronite Order. It still belongs to this important order. Qozhaya was at its height in the first part of the 19th century with more than 300 monks who belonged to it.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to visit several saints during the day. Among other visits, include:
Cathedral Monastery (Saint Charbel) Batroun Churches and Phoenician Wall: The ancient Phoenician marine wall was originally a natural structure composed of petrified sand dunes. It was gradually reinforced by the Phoenicians with rocks, and the wall as it stands today took its current form in the first century BC. The Phoenicians used this wall as protection against marine storms and invaders, while in Roman times it worked again as a quarry.
Beqaa Kafra: Saint Charbel Makhlouf was a monk and Maronite priest from Lebanon. During his life he gained a wide reputation for holiness and has been canonized by the Catholic Church. Many Lebanese Christians pray to God through the intercession of St. Charbel, for healing. Youssef Antoun Makhlouf was born on May 8, 1828. He lived in the village of Bekaa Kafra in the Lebanese mountains. After that, we will visit Saint Nimatullah Kassab and Saint Rafca.
Breakfast at the hotel and free time at leisure. Then, return to Beirut. Free afternoon to make the last purchases or to take part in some optional excursion.
Later, transfer to the restaurant to enjoy a typical and delicious farewell dinner after these wonderful days in the Holy Land and experiencing an incredible experience.
Breakfast at the hotel and free time. At the agreed time, transfer to the airport to connect with your return flight.