15 days in Lebanon Itinerary

15 days in Lebanon Itinerary

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15 days in Lebanon Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  19 h
1
Zahle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Bcharre
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Beirut
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Zahle

Zahle ©
Zahlé is the capital and the largest city of Beqaa Governorate, Lebanon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zahle: Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve (in Barouk), Baalbeck (Baalbek Roman Ruins, Temples of Baalbek, &more) and Aammiq wetland (in Saghbine). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Coteaux Du Liban, don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Zahle and Bekaa, admire the verdant scenery at Bekaa Valley, and step into the grandiose world of Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zahle road trip planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Zahle is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Zahle to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bcharre.

Things to do in Zahle

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Baalbeck, Anjar, Aammiq wetland, Atelier Assaf, Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve ©
Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve

3
nights
Bcharre

Bcharre ©
Sitting at 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level and nestled between a mountain and a valley, Bcharre offers holiday goers breathtaking views.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bcharre: Saydet el Nouriyi Monastery (in Chekka), LazerGate (in Kfar Hazir) and Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve (in Ehden). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Cedars of God, take in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Qannoubin, admire the verdant scenery at Qadisha Valley, and take a peaceful walk through Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bcharre online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Zahle to Bcharre takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Beirut.

Things to do in Bcharre

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ehden, Saydet el Nouriyi Monastery, LazerGate, Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve
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The Cedars of God ©
The Cedars of God
Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve ©
Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve ©
Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve

7
nights
Beirut

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Beirut: Byblos (Monastery of St. Maron Annaya, Saint Charbel Tomb, &more), Beit Eddine (in Beiteddine) and Our Lady of Lebanon (in Harissa). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Jeita Grotto, deepen your understanding at American University of Beirut, get a taste of the local shopping with Hamra Street, and make a trip to Zaitunay Bay.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Beirut travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Bcharre to Beirut takes 2 hours. December in Beirut sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Byblos, Our Lady of Lebanon, Jeita Grotto, Hall of Fame, Beit Eddine
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Jeita Grotto ©
Jeita Grotto
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut
Zaitunay Bay ©
Zaitunay Bay

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