Travel back in time through Lebanon rich history on this full-day tour from Beirut that’s perfect for any history and mountain lover. Visit Beiteddine Palace, an Ottoman Palace of the early 19th-century built by Emir Bechir Chehab II, and explore Deir el Qamar or Monastery of the Moon, a beautiful village that retains a remarkable picturesque appearance of typical stone houses with red tile roofs. Continue the tour after towards one of the largest nature reserves in Lebanon. Hike through the cedars trees and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Operates: Daily Except Mondays
Duration: 8 hours
Price: Starting $100 USD
Meeting Point: We pick up all travelers from their Hotel.
✓ Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off
✓ English-speaking driver
✓ Private air-conditioned vehicle
✓ All Entrance fees
Deir al-Qamar meaning "Monastery of the Moon" is a village south-east of Beirut in south-central Lebanon. It is located five kilometres outside of Beiteddine in the Chouf District of the Mount Lebanon Governorate at 800 m of average altitude.
Deir Al-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.
Beiteddin Palace is a 19th-century palace in Beiteddine, Lebanon. It hosts the annual Beiteddine Festival and the Beiteddine Palace Museum.
Emir Bashir II of the Shihab dynasty, who later became the ruler of the Mount Lebanon Emirate, built the palace between 1788 and 1818 at the site of the Druze hermitage. 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.
Cedars of Barouk nature reserve contains one of the oldest recorded Lebanese Cedars (Cidrus Libani), and it is the largest cedar reserve in Lebanon, with more than 1 million cedars and saplings.