Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $46.66

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On this private day trip from Beirut, discover the villages of Besharreh and Kozhaya in Lebanon's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Holy Valley. Besharreh and Kozhaya are famous for their superb, excellently preserved sites, such as the Gibran Museum and the Monastery of St Anthony. Explore these northern Lebanon cities with your expert guide before discovering the Cedars of Lebanon, a stunning grove of cedar trees that serve as a symbol of the country.


  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Spend some time away from Beirut and take a private day trip to Kozhaya, Besharreh and the Cedars of Lebanon with your own private guide. Leave Beirut in the morning with your professional guide and head by private minivan to Besharreh -- a beautiful, welcoming village in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Holy Valley (Qadisha Valley). Upon arrival in Besharreh, take a leisurely walking tour with your guide around this ancient town, the birthplace of the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. Here, visit the Gibran Museum and the town’s many ancient churches and monasteries.

Enjoy a relaxing lunch of traditional meze (Middle Eastern small dishes) and tapas at a Lebanese restaurant (own expense) before continuing your trip to Kozhaya. After an approximate 1-hour journey, arrive in this beautifully preserved city, part of the Holy Valley, where Maronites once hid during the turbulent Ottoman period. With your guide, visit the Monastery of St Anthony (free entry), which was built partly into the mountain and boasts gorgeous vistas of the surrounding forest and valley.

Next, leave Kozhaya and head to northern Lebanon to discover the Cedars of Lebanon, magnificent cedar trees that stand as a symbol of the country. Drive up into Lebanon’s highest mountain range to see a cedar grove descending from ancient forests. Walk around with your guide and learn how the strong, wonderfully scented wood was once prized worldwide, and how these cedar forests were nearly destroyed as a result.

After your private day trip, board your comfortable minivan for a relaxing drive back to Beirut.

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.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Sami El Solh, Beirut
Alternatively, hotel pickup is available from centrally located Beirut hotels
Departure Time:

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Pricing information

Private Tour: Cedars of Lebanon, Kozhaya and Besharreh Day Trip from Beirut

Private Tour: Cedars of Lebanon, Kozhaya and Besharreh Day Trip from Beirut

  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected at time of booking)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Mary Amelia H, October 2016

With our day trip, we were able to have a window into Lebanon that we would not have otherwise had. Through our guide and driver, we were taken to parts of Lebanon where we could step back in time. It is a tour that I would happily recommend any traveler take many times over--it will never get dull!