In the footsteps of the Emirs

Day 1

Start the day with a visit to the village of Bikfaya, which has preserved the look of the provincial capital that it once was and shines through the many activities, events and festivals that are organized throughout the year.

Head towards the village of Dhour Choueir and linger in the lower part of the village which has maintained its traditional aspect.

Visit the village of Khenchara and its famous and unique Saint John Convent, known to house the first printer in Arabic letters in the Middle East.

Take the road to Mtein, the city of Emirs, where you will find a magnificent central square lined with stunning palaces.

Take the wooded Hammana road and make a hook through the village of Falougha, famous for its water sources and where you can admire the seraglio which serves today as municipality.

Visit the village of Hammana, a famous holiday getaway that stands out for its old neighborhood with paved alleys and many monuments and attractions, and stay overnight.

Day 2

Head towards the Shouf and stop at the village of Ain Zhalta – Nabaa el-Safa, famous for its rivers and nearby restaurants.

Visit the Cedar Forest Reserve of Baruk, in the footsteps of Emir Bashir II.

Finish the day in Maasser el-Shouf, an emblematic village of the upper Shouf that gives off a fragrance of authenticity and benefits from an exceptional situation. Take the opportunity to visit its several-thousand-year-old cedar forest.

Day 3

Take the mountain road to the Niha caves, the last refuge of Emir Fakhredine II, and visit the ruins of Niha Castle.

Continue towards the mystical and unusual village of Baadarane, with its airfield and central square surrounded by a magnificent, though unfortunately abandoned palace.

Head down to Muhktara, admire the Jumblatt palace from the outside and, above all, stroll through the village whose flowering lanes are among the most charming in the country.

Visit the amazing palace and the village of Beiteddine, once seat of princely power in Mount Lebanon and end the day in the princely city of Deir el-Qamar, whose famous square brings together the splendors of the Principality of Mount-Lebanon.

You could extend the pleasure by staying overnight and visiting the nearby village of Baakline.