10 Best Things To Do In Lebanon - Updated 2024

Alex
Alex 
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Lebanon is a tiny country sitting in the Mediterranean basin. Despite its small size, the country is absolutely filled with amazing things that make traveling here an amazing experience. Their history is old with Roman ruins and sites dating even before then to the bronze age; their food is known worldwide as being some of the best; and, their landscapes range from hills and mountains to beaches and palm trees lining its old streets. Lebanese people are part of one of the largest diasporas in the world with its people living all around the world. Its capital, Beirut, was named the number one travel destination in the world by The New York Times in 2010. If you’re planning to travel to this country, scroll down for the best things to do in Lebanon.

1. Visit the Jeita Grotto - one of the seven wonders of the world (Byblos) (from USD 10.0)

Nominated as one of the seven wonders of the world, this tour will bring you to something historic and beautiful. Take a cable car up the hills and enjoy the scenic ride up, wherein afterward you’ll explore the Jeita Grotto. The cave is so big that you will take a train ride to reach the lower part of the cave and hop in a boat afterwards to explore the cavern’s river. Afterward, you’ll head to Jounieh Bay and take in the sights of the bay along with the stunning Our Lady of Lebanon Statue - Harissa. Finally, the tour ends in Byblos, which is an 8,000-year-old city.

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Jeita Grotto - Harissa - Byblos Trip

Duration: 8 hours

168 reviews

2. Explore the old area of Tripoli (Beirut) (from USD 90.0)

Because of the country’s density, driving in Lebanon can be a bit of a nightmare. Luckily, this tour will have a professional do the hard work for you as you explore the old area of Tripoli. Spend the morning seeing the ancient fortress and walking through the souks. Then, stop at a café dating back to the Ottoman era and enjoy a coffee with a fresh pastry. This is a perfect tour to see old Lebanon!

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Fabulous City Tour of authentic Tripoli and vibrant Batroun

Duration: 6 to 7 hours

50 reviews

3. See the ancient ruins of Anjar, Baalbek, and Ksara (from USD 89.0)

Starting from Beirut, this tour goes through all of the old winemaking regions of Lebanon while you learn about the local history and even indulge in an authentic Lebanese lunch. The ruins at Baalbek are from the Roman-era with buildings making up the ancient city of Heliopolis. Enjoy commentary from a local expert and see the caves at Ksara, which were once used as wine cellars in ancient times.

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Anjar, Baalbek & Ksara Day Trip - With Lunch (4G on Board)

Duration: 9 hours

181 reviews

4. See the UNESCO sites of Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche (from USD 98.0)

The areas of Tyre, Sidon, and Maghdouche are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This tour starts in the city of Beirut and will take guests to these amazing old cities where they’ll meet a guide and learn about the history and culture of the people there. Guests on this tour will also have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Lebanese lunch all before returning to Beirut at the end of the day.

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Sidon, Tyre & Maghdouche Day Trip - With Lunch (4G on Board)

Duration: 8 hours

44 reviews

5. Taste Lebanese wine on a tour of wineries (Beirut) (from USD 55.0)

Lebanese wine is some of the best in the world. They’ve been making these wines for centuries so they know what they’re doing. This tour starts in Beirut and brings guests to nearby wineries where they’ll taste some of the best wines in the area. Then, they’ll head to the heart of the Beqaa Valley where they’ll get to enjoy the views and even the local food. The tour concludes at the the wine caverns of Chateau Ksara.

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Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour

Duration: 8 hours

5 reviews

6. Enjoy some authentic Lebanese food with locals (Beirut) (from USD 70.0)

People from all over the world love Lebanese food and you won’t get a better food experience than this one. This tour is operated by a guide named Tania where you’ll join her in her home for a homemade authentic meal with her family. Enjoy dishes prepared from fresh, garden-sourced ingredients and top it all off with some fresh fruit and coffee. Learn about Lebanese cuisine and what it takes to prepare authentic dishes.

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Authentic Lebanese Meal with Tania's Family in their Home in Beirut

Duration: 2 hours

15 reviews

7. See the natural beauty of the countryside (Jbeil) (from USD 207.0)

Despite the country’s relatively small size, the natural landscapes of the Lebanese countryside are absolutely beautiful. This tour will take you on a journey through the mountainside and past all the little hillside villages to Mount Lebanon. Plus, you will explore unique villages and towns, as well as take pictures of the scenic landscapes and life in rural Lebanon. Enjoy a flexible schedule and hotel pick-up and drop-off with this tour.

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Discover the Natural Beauty of Mount Lebanon

Duration: 6 to 9 hours

3 reviews

8. Discover the Lebanon of old at Qozhaya and Bcharre (from USD 88.0)

This full day-trip starting in Beirut is a great way to tour and see some of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage like the Monastery of St. Anthony and cedars of Lebanon — the symbol on their national flag. The guided tours take guests through the villages and inform them about the historic significance of everything before having dinner at a local shop.

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Cedars of Lebanon, Qozhaya, & Bcharre - With Lunch (4G on Board)

Duration: 9 hours

33 reviews

9. Learn about the silk trade at Bsous Silk Museum (Bsous)

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Located in the town of Bsous, Silk Museum showcases silk from Lebanon and abroad in an old, historic setting. Learn more about the silk trade and the production of silk from knowledgeable tour guides. The museum has been around for decades and has been renovated recently to showcase silk designs and patterns from far away places such as Cambodia and Vietnam. On site is a large garden as well with a grove of olive trees stretching out along the hillside.

Bsous Silk Museum

Address: Bsous, Lebanon

Website: Bsous Silk Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 7pm (closed on Mon)

Price: Adults: 5.30 USD; Students: 0.33 USD

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10. Take a walking tour of historic Beirut (from USD 50.0)

As Lebanon’s capital and biggest city, Beirut is the hub of culture and fun experience in the country. Bring some good shoes on this tour because it will last for three hours. This tour will also bring guests to some of the most historically important landmarks. You’ll have the chance to take some pictures of the city’s biggest landmarks like Martyr’s Statue and the bustling downtown squares. The end of the tour concludes with a visit to National Museum of Beirut.

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Historical Beirut Tour (AM) Half Day - (4G on Board)

Duration: 3 hours

16 reviews

Small country with a big heart

Lebanon is a place that has everything a traveler could ever want when visiting a country. The nightlife here is legendary and the cuisine is known worldwide for being healthy and delicious. On top of that, there are so many places to see and learn about — from ancient Phoenician ruins to Roman temples and old wineries. Explore the dense souks and alleyways of Beirut to the lush mountainside rural landscapes.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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Alex is a Canadian university graduate with degrees in English literature and History. He was born in Montreal and when he's not traveling he enjoys movies, video games, playing the drums and...Read more

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