Silversea Luxury Cruises A Beirut

Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and the country's largest city with just over one million inhabitants. Once known as the "Paris of the Middle East," Beirut suffered severely during Lebanon's 17-year war, which ended in 1990. Having seen earlier destruction by two earthquakes, a tidal wave and a fire, the city was able each time to rise again and recapture its splendor. Today, Beirut is back as a crossroads between three continents and as a gateway to the East. View more

Not only restored, but also updated with a new airport, high-rise structures, commercial complexes and cultural centers. Wider roads, infrastructure and underground parking have relieved the traffic, and Beirut is once again a vibrant city that retains a certain charm due mainly to the warmth and hospitality of its citizens.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursiones en Beirut

Panoramic Beirut


View the highlights of Beirut with a panoramic drive and a stroll through the city centre during this half-day excursion.


Your tour starts with a drive along the famous Corniche to the 'Pigeon Rocks' where a photo stop is made at Raouche, before proceeding with a city drive followed by a walking tour through the city centre.


Beirut

The capital of Lebanon and the country's largest city with over one million inhabitants lies at the crossroads of three continents and is considered the gateway to the Middle East. Once known as the 'Paris of the Middle East', Beirut shines and glitters again in the 21st century. It is now a vibrant city that retains a certain charm due mainly to the warmth and hospitality of its citizens. Western influences, have given the country a cosmopolitan façade. Archaeological excavations have unearthed finds from the Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman, Persian and Phoenician periods. They include the Roman baths and columns, Phoenician wall and the famous law school. Beirut is once again thriving with trade, banking and financial activities. International hotels and restaurants, coffee shops, theatres & shopping malls are open all day and most of the night. Join your guide for a stroll through the city centre before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear seasonal clothing, flat, walking shoes and sun protection.

National Museum and Beirut

Embark upon a panoramic tour of Beirut with a visit to the National Museum during this half-day outing.


Your tour starts with a drive along the famous Corniche to the 'Pigeon Rocks' where a photo stop is made at Raouche, before proceeding with a panoramic city tour en route to the National Museum.


National Museum

The museum exhibits an impressive collection of archaeological findings, statuettes and sarcophagi. One of the more interesting is the sarcophagus of Ahiram, the Phoenician king of Byblos. The inscription on it is dated back to the 12th century BC and is the oldest Phoenician alphabet yet discovered. On the first floor are the Egyptian, Phoenician and Roman royal jewelry, mosaics from the 1st & 2nd millennium BC, along with pottery. The museum covers six thousand years of civilization and heritage. At the conclusion of this visit, re-join your coach for the drive to the city centre.


Beirut

The capital of Lebanon and the country's largest city with over one million inhabitants lies at the crossroads of three continents and is considered the gateway to the Middle East. Once known as the 'Paris of the Middle East', Beirut shines and glitters again in the 21st century. It is now a vibrant city that retains a certain charm due mainly to the warmth and hospitality of its citizens. Western influences, have given the country a cosmopolitan façade. Archaeological excavations have unearthed finds from the Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman, Persian and Phoenician periods. They include the Roman baths and columns, Phoenician wall and the famous law school. Beirut is once again thriving with trade, banking and financial activities. International hotels and restaurants, coffee shops, theatres & shopping malls are open all day and most of the night. Join your guide for a stroll through the city centre before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear seasonal clothing, flat, walking shoes and sun protection.

Deir El Qamar and Beiteddine

Enjoy a visit to a famous village in Lebanon and a magnificent palace during this half-day excursion.


From Beirut, drive 40 kilometres south-east to the Shouf Mountain via the coastal road then up towards Deir el Qamar enjoying the scenery of the green mountain,


Deir el Qamar

This village with its white houses and red tile roofs is built on steep slopes of the mountain. During the 16th century became the most famous village in Lebanon being the first capital announced by Emir Fakhreddine II, who united all the fiefdoms in Lebanon. It remained the residence of Governors of Lebanon from the 16th to 19th centuries. Many historic buildings have been restored to their former glory, including a palace which was transformed into municipality. A water fountain, in the middle of the village, an ancient mosque as well as the narrow streets, adds to the attraction of Deir el Qamar. Upon arrival, visit the old church, the municipality, the Midan square and the silk caravanserai of Deir El Qamar before re-joining your coach for the drive to Beiteddine Palace.


Beiteddine Palace

In Arabic, Beiteddine means 'house of faith'. Located 43 kilometres away from Beirut, stands this magnificent palace over 800 metres above sea level. The Beiteddine Palace was built at the beginning of the 19th century by Emir Bechir II, who reigned over Lebanon for more than 50 years. The palace is a model of eastern architecture with its arcades, galleries and rooms decorated by artists from Damascus.


Today the palace houses a museum of ancient weapons, costumes and jewelry as well as an archaeological museum and a museum of Roman-Byzantine mosaics. The palace was declared a historic monument and after the Independence in 1943, became the official summer residence of the Lebanese President. At the conclusion of this visit, re-join your coach for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking with some stairs to climb. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility but not for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear seasonal clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection.

Baalbeck and Beirut

Enjoy a visit to the largest, greatest and best preserved Roman temples of Bacchus, Jupiter and the small Museum of Baalbeck along with a stroll through the capital of Beirut during this full-day tour.

Baalbeck

The Roman temples of Baalbeck, in the Bekaa valley 85 kilometres from Beirut, make up the largest and best-preserved corpus of Roman architecture. The Acropolis occupies the top of an artificial hill built up of different layers of habitation. Its temples, dedicated to Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus, were constructed between the first and third centuries AD. In the large temple known as 'Jupiter temple' six of the fifty four giant columns that originally surrounded the sanctuary survive today. The temple has an impressive podium and a vast rectangular courtyard where sacrifices were carried out. The sanctuary is reached through a propylaea (monumental entrance) and hexagonal forecourt. The Temple of Bacchus 'God of Wine' is the best preserved Roman temple in the Middle East and as big as the Parthenon in Greece. A visit to the small museum in Baalbeck will provide you with more details regarding the gigantic worship site in Baalbeck during the Roman period. Your guide will provide you with details on each of these well-preserved ruins.


Following your visit to this archaeological site, re-join your coach for the drive to Chtaura and lunch at Massabki Hotel.


Beirut

Lunch will be followed by the return drive to Beirut, the capital of Lebanon and the country's largest city with over one million inhabitants, lying at the crossroads of three continents and considered the gateway to the Middle East. Once known as the 'Paris of the Middle East', Beirut shines and glitters again in the 21st century. It is now a vibrant city that retains a certain charm due mainly to the warmth and hospitality of its citizens. Western influences, have given the country a cosmopolitan façade. Archaeological excavations have unearthed finds from the Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman, Persian and Phoenician periods. They include the Roman baths and columns, Phoenician wall and the famous law school. Beirut is once again thriving with trade, banking and financial activities. International hotels and restaurants, coffee shops, theatres & shopping malls are open all day and most of the night. Join your guide for a stroll through the city centre before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves moderate to extensive amounts of walking over uneven surfaces and many stairs to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear seasonal clothing, comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.

Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Beirut

Enjoy a full day excursion of discovery to one of the oldest cities in the world and one of nature's wonders.


Byblos

Located 36 kilometres north of Beirut, Byblos is one of the oldest cities in the world. The rise and fall of nearly two dozen successive levels of human culture make Byblos one of the richest archaeological sites in the Middle East. Millenniums ago, Byblos was the commercial and religious capital of the Phoenician coast. Byblos also gave its name to the Bible and it was there that the first linear alphabet, the forerunner of the alphabet we use today, was invented. The Crusaders-Medieval port has been restored and the nearby excavations of the city's past stretch from Stone Age to the Crusader era.


The old part of town, with its cafés and restaurants adds to the attraction of this ancient city and make Byblos a popular destination. Before Byblos was excavated, the ruins of successive cities had formed a mound about 12 metres high, covered with houses and gardens. Excavations revealed a wealth of history, including the remnants of an ancient city dating back to the third millennium BC, foundations of a temple erected in 2,700 BC, a Temple of the Obelisks, enclosures and houses from pre-urban times. The site also contains underground Phoenician Royal Tombs of the Byblos Kings, a Roman theatre, a Roman colonnade and a Crusader's castle. Following your visitation of this incredible archaeological site, some time is available to visit the souk (market) before re-joining your coach for the drive to Jeita Grotto.


Jeita Grotto

'A wonder of nature', approximately 20 km north of Beirut. Made by water and sculptured by time, Jeita Grotto is considered as one of the world's most beautiful and impressive caverns. It consists of two levels; the upper and the lower cave. No words can describe the beauty of these Galleries. When entering the upper cave it is like walking into a huge cathedral, with the view of a crystallized castle made by slow-flowing drops of water during millions of years. Stalactites descend from the ceiling and huge columns of stalagmites pushing upwards. The lower cave is visited by small boats. The temperature inside the lower cave stays stable at 14 °C, while in the upper part is 20 °C.


A short ride by cable car leads to the upper grotto, which can be visited on foot, a cathedral of stalagmites and stalactites which took millions of years to develop. 900 metres are opened to the public of originally around 2000 metres. Inside the lower grotto a 600 metres boat-ride gives you the impression that Jeita is one of the most beautiful caverns in the world. Lunch will be served in a restaurant located in Jeita Grotto, (Lebanese Mezza with mixed grills, fruits and soft drinks). After lunch, re-join your coach for the drive back to Beirut.


Beirut

The capital of Lebanon and the country's largest city with over one million inhabitants lies at the crossroads of three continents and is considered the gateway to the Middle East. Once known as the 'Paris of the Middle East', Beirut shines and glitters again in the 21st century. It is now a vibrant city that retains a certain charm due mainly to the warmth and hospitality of its citizens. Western influences, have given the country a cosmopolitan façade. Archaeological excavations have unearthed finds from the Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman, Persian and Phoenician periods. They include the Roman baths and columns, Phoenician wall and the famous law school. Beirut is once again thriving with trade, banking and financial activities. International hotels and restaurants, coffee shops, theatres & shopping malls are open all day and most of the night. Join your guide for a stroll through the city centre before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves moderate to extensive amounts of walking over uneven surfaces and many stairs to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear seasonal clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and bring a light jacket or sweater as the caves have a constant temperature of 14-20 degrees Celsius year-round.

Van & Guide Half-Day

Explore Beirut at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Van & Guide Full-Day

Explore Beirut at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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