The Albergo is an ideal starting point to visit Beirut and Lebanon.
Rich, unique and profoundly endearing,
exploring the land of the Cedars
promises to be a magical and wonderful voyage ...

Tourism in Beirut and in Lebanon

A Relais & Châteaux hotel, in the heart of the traditional Christian district of Achrafieh, and only few steps away from the lively Monnot Street and the old center of Beirut. The Albergo Hotel is ideal to start your discovery of Beirut and Lebanon and stimulate your mind with a plunge into the cultural heritage and Lebanese customs. Excursions in remote hinterlands and all tourist sites can be toured from the Albergo.

The land of cedars is a beautiful melting pot of cultures, in-between the Orient and the West, with some astounding sites to visit, the Jeita Grotto, Sidon, The Palace of Beiteddine – the Maan residence in the 17th and 18th century, the Baalbek Temples (a Unesco World Heritage site), Anjar, Tripoli, Tyre and Byblos – the birthplace of Latin alphabet, the Holy Valley of the Qadisha and much more

Individual or small groups options are available with tailor-made excursions including a private chauffeur and a guide.

In Beirut, the Albergo lies in the vicinity of shopping areas, the National Museum, art galleries, high-end boutiques, busy cafés and flamboyant restaurants. The sparkling mansion is at walking distance from Churches and Mosques dating back to the 8th and 9th century. Minarets and churches add to the mystique of such an intriguing small country at the crossroads of civilizations. Early on, at the start of the renovation of the city-center in 1990, the excavations under progress have revealed hidden Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine treasures. The Grand Serail, the National Museum, the Sursock Museum of Modern Art are only a brief stroll away from the Albergo. Distances are so short that you can leave each day on a discovery tour to any historical place starting from the Albergo.

Lebanon enjoys a delightful climate with 300 sunny days per year. The best seasons to tour the country are spring and autumn with auspicious temperature. Even though summers are hot, they offer outstanding lively cultural activities. Lebanon enjoys a geographic position with a balanced climate that ensures sport activities from ski in winter to water sports in summer.

Lebanon is a singular and profoundly endearing country. Its important Phoenician heritage and its location at the crossroads of the West and the Orient have always influenced the country’s relation with its neighbors.

Simultaneously rich and multifaceted, The Cedar land is the promise of a wonderful voyage.

The excursions

The land of Cedars is a beautiful melting pot of cultures, in-between the Orient and the West, with some astounding sites to visit :

  • Baalbek & Anjar
  • Sidon & Tyre
  • Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos
  • The Cedars and the Qadisha valley
  • Beiteddine & Deir El Qamar
  • Tripoli
  • The wine road

Individual or small groups options are available with tailor-made excursions including a private chauffeur and a guide.

For any further information and reservation, please contact our concierge
 reception@albergobeirut.com
Or call  : +961 (0) 1 33 97 97


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Beirut historical tour
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Half a day tour, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

A tour in Beirut is a real immersion into the city’s rich past of Phoenician, Roman, Greek, Crusaders, Mameluke or Ottoman history with its ancient churches, mosques, Byzantine and Roman remains. The end of the Ottoman occupation enhanced the role of Beirut as the emerging capital of the country.
The freshly restored National Museum of Beirut showcases a collection of rare testimonials of Lebanon’s great past. The highlight “piece” is certainly the Sarcophagus of King Ahiram with its Phoenician alphabet inscriptions.
•    The National Museum is closed on Mondays.

Price with a guided tour by a travel agency
(bus and guide included) : 35 US$ per person

Price with the hotel’s private car,
Chauffeur and guide : 450 US$ per car

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Beiteddine & Deir El Qamar
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From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
17 miles, 1 hour drive

Beiteddine
The Palace of Beiteddine (House of Faith) was built in 1804 by Emir Bashir Shihab II. The complex is a landmark architecture building of the early 19th century. The palace is home to a museum, halls, hammams, many dars and manicured gardens with breathtaking views of the Chouf mountains.

Deir El Kamar
Deir El Kamar (Monastery of the Moon) is a picturesque mountain village with 17th century typical old Lebanese red-roofed houses.
Deir El Kamar was the capital during the 18th century and an amazing village to tour with its mosque, churches, museums, historical center and souk.

Price with a guided tour by a travel agency
(bus, guide and lunch included) : 77 US$ per person

Price with the hotel’s private car,
chauffeur, guide and lunch : 450 US$ per car

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Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos
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From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Full day tour, 12 miles, 45 minutes drive

The Jeita Grotto displays the most wonderfully sculpted concretion in the world. The Upper Galleries offer astonishing scenery of stalagmites and stalactites within the 650-m-long visitors’ chamber. Part of the visit of the lower cave is carried out in a boat on a course of 623 meters.

Byblos is one of the richest tourist sites in the country. It claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, with traces going back to the Neolithic period ca 5000 BC. During the 3rd millennium, Byblos was a flourishing city-state trading prosperously with the Pharaohs. It was an influential commercial, religious and cultural hub in this part of the Canaan-Phoenician coast. The picturesque city enjoys remains from the Crusaders’ era such the port, the citadel and the Church Saint-John.

Harissa is a Christian pilgrimage site perched atop a mountain overlooking the breathtaking Bay of Beirut and the coast. Dating back to 1908, the Statue of Virgin Mary and its chapel are an important pilgrimage site.

Price with a guided tour by a travel agency
(bus, guide and lunch included) : 75 US$ per person

Price with the hotel’s private car,
chauffeur, guide and lunch : 570 US$ per car


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The Cedars and the Qadisha valley
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From 9 :00 am to 6 :00 pm
Full day tour, 78 miles, 2 and half hours drive

The cedar tree, symbol of the country, can be admired in the North of Lebanon where one can visit one of the oldest cedar forest in the world. In Ancient times, cedars covered a great part of the highest mountains at some 2000 meters high.

The way leading to the ski resort passes through the breathtaking Holy Valley of Qadisha, sheltering the early Maronite Christians with its hermitage, convents and heritage villages hiding in the rocks of the moutains. The valley is highly praised for its mind-blowing natural landscape and for being one of the most significant Christian monastic settlement in the region.

Price with a guided tour by a travel agency
(bus, guide and lunch included) : 68 US$ per person

Price with the hotel’s private car,
chauffeur, guide and lunch : 550 US$ per car


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Sidon & Tyre
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From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Full day tour, 30 miles, 1 hour drive

Sidon, the capital of the south, surrounded by beautiful orchards and gardens and famous for its fishermen, who moor their boats in the breathtaking port, is an open city with a blend of Persian, Egyptian and Greek influences. It was a flourishing city-state in the late 6th century BC. During the Crusades, Sidon became the Frank barony of Jerusalem. Several remains testify of the Crusade Era, such as the “Castle Saint-Louis” (Earth Castle) that overlooks the hill of the ancient holy Phoenician city and the famous Sea Castle. The freshly restored Caravanserai and the Great Mosque in the old city are major remains of the Ottoman and Mamelouke eras.

Tyre is picturesque coastal city with a quiet port and magnificent ruins echoing its prestigious past.
Tyre was split during the Antiquity into two parts: one on the island and the other on the coast. Its foundation might date back to the 3rd millenary BC. It became a thriving center in the 10th BC when King Hiram, famed for having helped Salomon building the Temple of Jerusalem built two ports and the Temple of Melkart, the God of the City.

Price with a guided tour by a travel agency
(bus, guide and lunch included) : 78 US$ per person

Price with the hotel’s private car,
chauffeur, guide and lunch : 550 US$ per car

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Baalbek & Anjar
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From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Full day tour, 53 miles, 90 minutes drive

Baalbek is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Perched on a High point of the fertile Bekaa Valley with an expansive view over the plains, the ancient city of Baalbek is arguably the most enigmatic place in ancient times. Its Phoenician Temple dates back to 2000 BC and encompasses the Temple of Helipolis-Jupiter, the Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Venus. It is the most well preserved site of the Greek-Roman civilization.

Anjar is the only archeological site from the Umayyad period. At the turn of the 8th century, Walid I established a thriving commercial hub. With its slender columns and arches, Anjar is a milestone of Umayyad architecture located on the Caravan Silk Road.

Price with a guided tour by a travel agency
(bus, guide and lunch included) : 78 US$ per person

Price with the hotel’s private car,
chauffeur, guide and lunch : 550 US$ per car

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Tripoli
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From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Full day tour, 50 miles, 2 hours drive

Tripoli is a maze of slender, bustling alleyways that offer a window onto the city’s distinctive Mameluke architecture and its old souks, replete with madrassas, khans and hammams. Erected on a promontory, Tripoli is the second largest city of Lebanon and probably the most genuine place to tour in the country.
Several sites can be visited such as Qal’at Sinjil, the citadel, one of the most impressive Crusader achievements in the country. In 1102 AD, the Count Raymond de Saint-Gilles built a fortress that is perfectly well preserved and can be visited during opening times. Hammam Al Abed dating back to the 17th century and located in the old souk is worth the visit.

Price with a guided tour by a travel agency
(bus, guide and lunch included) : 48 US$ per person

Price with the hotel’s private car,
chauffeur, guide and lunch : 550 US$ per car

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The wine road
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Full day, from 9 :00 am to 6 :00 pm

Lebanon is a key destination for wine lovers looking for new discoveries. Located 30 km East of Beirut, the fertile soil of the Bekaa Valley, covers famous castles and vineyards same as Batroun, Jezzine and the mountain of Mount Lebanon. Wine production is a tradition that goes back 6000 years in Lebanon.
Due to the French influence in Lebanon, wine producers favored French varieties, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Rhone varieties. But Lebanon has a much richer heritage of wines to discover.
 
Several wine routes can be arranged, we chose the following :

  • East Bekaa Valley (Château Ksara, Domaine des Tourelles, Coteaux du Liban )
  • West Bekaa Valley (Château Kefraya, Réserve Ammiq)
  • Batroun (Adar, Atibaia, Ixir)

Price with the private car of the Hotel,
private driver and guide, lunch, price per car 550 US$

Photos of Lebanon by Tony Hage, a courtesy of the Lebanese Tourist Office

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information about Lebanon

Distances from the Albergo        in miles in minutes *
International Airport Raffic Hariri 3 miles 30 minutes    www.beirutairport.gov.lb
Baalbek
53 miles  1 hour and half
Beiteddine 17 miles 1 hour
Byblos
23 miles 1 hour
Les Cèdres 78 miles 2 hours and half
Grottes de Jeita
13 miles 45 minutes
Sidon 30 miles 1 hour
Tyr 52 miles 2 hours
Tripoli
50 miles 2 hours
The beaches 2 to 23 miles 15 minutes to an hour

*According to the traffic flow.

The Hotel Albergo is only a few minutes away from the old historical center of
Beirut.

 

Climate
Lebanon enjoys a delightful climate with 300 sunny days per year. The best seasons to tour the country are spring and autumn with auspicious temperature. Even though summers are hot, they offer outstanding lively cultural activities. Lebanon enjoys a geographic position with a balanced climate that ensures sport activities from ski in winter to water sports in summer.

  Formalities
All foreigners must have a valid passport and a visa in order to enter the country. Passports should be valid for at least 6 month following date of visit and should not hold an Israeli visa stamp. Nationals from the EEC and the Gulf countries can obtain work or tourist visa at their arrival at the Beirut airport. For further information, please contact the Lebanese consulate of your city.

Health
Lebanon is a developed country where health conditions are good and the medical infrastructures very modern. As everywhere else, the “traditional” vaccines are recommended: hepatitis A and B, antitetanus vaccines, anti-diphtheric, anti-measles and eventually that of the typhoid.
Although tap water is drinkable and presents no danger, it is preferable to drink bottled water.

Timing
GMT + 2h in winter and + 3h in summer.

Electric Appliances
It is usually 220 volts.

The Currency
The currency is the Lebanese pound or lira (LL).
USD is widely used throughout the country in shops, restaurants and hotels.
ATMs are available everywhere for Mastercard, American Express & Visa International amongst others.

Spoken languages
The official language is arabic. But French and English are very commonly spoken.

For any further information, do not hesitate to contact the Official Turism of Lebanon
www.destinationliban.com

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Gastronomy & nightlife in Beirut

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Located in the middle of the booming nightlife of rue Monot and its adjoining streets, Beirut’s nightlife is amazing : fashionnable bars, gourmet restaurants, trendy nightclubs…

Here are few recommendations of our concierge.
A wide choice, fantastic ambiance, delicious food, and never ending nights….

Our concierge is at your entire disposal for any assistance or information :
reception@albergobeirut.com
Call : + 961 (0) 1 33 97 97

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Art, Design & Fashion in Beirut

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Beirut is one of the most innovative and dynamic cities in the world in: art, design and fashion.

Fashion afficionados, international socialites and movie stars have already embraced Lebanese fasion designers including: Elie Saab, Rabih Kayrouz, Zuhair Murad, Rami Kadi….

While men are at the forefront of fashion in Beirut, women such as Nada Debs, Maria Hibri, Hoda Baroudi, Karen Chekerdjian are the creative forces behind design and art in Beirut.  Art galleries are booming in many traditonal areas of the city such as Saifi Village, exhibiting the new talents of the Lebanese art scene : Bokja Design, Carwan… Couturier Rabih Kazrouy and Tala Hajjarhave created a new concept named Starch where they show the collection of  a new stylist whose work is displayed in a studet in architecture or interior design.

New young jewelry and fashion designers also opened their shops : Johnny Farah, Carwan, Diane Ferjane, Maria Halios design, Pink Henna, Dina Kamal, Zina Tahan, Rosa Maria, Sarah’s bags, Nada Le Cavelier …

The new chic souks in the old city of Beirut are the home of international luxury brands.  Fashionistas flock to large shopping centers such as ABC, Aishti

For those who love local and artisanal design, there are no better shops than L’Artisan du Liban, Orient 499 and Liwan which specialize in enhancing traditional and modernized handmade works.

Visiting there artists, galleries and shops is a wonderful way of discovering Beirut, its charming neighborhoods and its little winding streets.

Our concierge is at your entire disposal for any assistance or information :
reception@albergobeirut.com
Call : + 961 (0) 1 33 97 97

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The Albergo is a world in-between two worlds.
The emblematic address of a multifaceted country,
at the crossroads of the Orient and the West.
The traveler finds the hushed intimacy of a friendly abode,
the discerning traveler discovers the signs of a civilization dating back thousands of years,
the epicurean yields himself to the softness of a legendary hospitality.
The Albergo,
a startling mansion to experience Lebanon from within…
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