Full-Day Private Trip to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar and Moussa Castle from Beirut

Discover Beiteddine palace, a masterpiece of the early 19th century Lebanese architecture built by Emir Bechir Chehab II around a small Muslim-Druze hermitage. Visit Deir el Qamar, which was the capital of Mount Lebanon from the 16th to 18th centuries and a regional stronghold for the Ottoman Emirs. Visit Moussa Castle, a castle with a beautiful story to tell.

per adult from

$105

AUD

Duration

8 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hotel Pick up & Drop off
    • English Speaking Driver
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Entrance fees to the sites
    • Entry/Admission - Beiteddine Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Moussa Castle
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Beiteddine Palace, Chouf, Beit ed-Dine, Lebanon

    Beiteddine Palace or ‘House of Faith’ is a 19th-century palace in Beiteddine, Lebanon. It hosts the annual Beiteddine Festival and the Beiteddine Palace Museum.
    Emir Bashir Chehab II, who later became the ruler of the Mount Lebanon Emirate, built the palace between 1788 and 1818. 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.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Moussa Castle, Beit-Eddine, Shouf, Lebanon, Beiteddine Lebanon

    The site of Qasr Moussa or Moussa Castle tells the story of a man who pursued the dream of building his own castle.
    The castle was built on a hill between Deir El Kamar and Beiteddine - Lebanon, with the beliefs and ideas of its builder engraved on its stones. The castle was built by Moussa Al Maamari who was born on July 27, 1931. His idea of building a castle began when he was only 14 years old to impress a local girl he loved.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Deir el Qamar, Deir el Qamar, Mount Lebanon Governorate

    Deir al-Qamar, meaning "Monastery of the Moon" is a village located south-east of Beirut and five kilometres outside of Beiteddine palace in the Chouf District of the Mount Lebanon.
    Deir El 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.
    In the year 1860, Deir al-Qamar was destroyed during the civil war between Druze and Christians during which the town was set ablaze. Napoleon III sent a French contingent to rebuild it, recalling France ancient role as protector of the Christians in the Ottoman Empire as established by a treaty in 1523.
    In 1864, Deir el-Qamar elected the first municipality in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
    The village retains a remarkable picturesque appearance with typical stone houses with red tile roofs.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fakhreddine's Mosque, Deir el Qamar Lebanon

    Fakhreddine Mosque with its octagonal minaret is a mosque in Deir el Qamar, Lebanon. Built in 1493 and restored in the sixteenth century by Fakhreddine 1st, it is the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Saydet El Talle Church, Deir el Qamar Lebanon

    The Church of Saidet et Tallé and translated as Our Lady of the Hill is one of the most important historical and religious sites in Deir el Qamar and dates to the 15th century.
    Monk Nicolas Smisaati built a church on the site over the ruins of an old Phoenician temple dedicated to the goddess Astarte that was later destroyed by an earthquake in 859.
    According to the Maronite Heritage web site, "the legend says that there was a Druze Emir in Baakline looking at the hill of Dar El Kamar. He saw a light coming out of the hill so he gathered his soldiers and ordered them to go in the morning and dig in the land. He said to them: 'If you find an Islamic symbol, build a mosque. If you find a Christian symbol, build a church."
    In the morning, the soldiers went and found a rock with a cross on it and under the cross there was the moon and venus. That was the sign that in the distant past there was a temple dedicated to the moon and venus and later it became a church.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pickup all travelers from destinations in Beirut
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 12/11/2020 - 6/25/2022
    Tuesday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

9

Organised by Lebanon Tours & travels

Activity ID: V-91532P11

More like this

Is this your business?

If this is your business, Claim Your Listing so you can manage and update your profile through our Business Portal.

Or you can improve this listing by Suggesting an Edit .