Discover the unparalleled beauty of Lebanon’s Chouf Cedars, a hidden gem that surpasses its northern namesake. Here, enjoy a short hike amidst ancient trees that stand as silent sentinels to centuries of history. Next, continue with a leisurely stroll through the historic cobblestone streets of Deir el Qamar, and marvel at the majestic architecture of Beiteddine from a bygone era.

The Emirs of Lebanon played a pivotal role in shaping the country’s architecture, leaving behind a legacy of stunning palaces and residences that still captivate visitors today. One of the most iconic examples of this architectural heritage is found in the Chouf region, where the Emirs of the Ma’an dynasty once reigned.

Beiteddine Palace stands as a testament to their power and grandeur. Constructed over several centuries, beginning in the 18th century, the palace boasts a unique blend of architectural styles, reflecting the diverse influences that shaped Lebanon’s history. From Ottoman and Mamluk motifs to European Baroque elements, Beiteddine Palace is a masterpiece of architectural fusion.

As you wander through its opulent halls and intricately decorated chambers, you’ll be transported back in time to an era of lavish extravagance and refined taste. Marvel at the exquisite marble floors, ornate ceilings adorned with intricate stucco work, and beautifully landscaped gardens that surround the palace.

But perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Beiteddine Palace lies in its connection to the Emirs themselves. Each room tells a story of their reign, from the sumptuous reception halls where they entertained dignitaries and foreign guests to the intimate private quarters where they conducted affairs of state.

Beyond Beiteddine, the Chouf region is dotted with other architectural marvels commissioned by the Emirs, including palaces, mosques, and fortresses. These structures stand as a testament to their vision and enduring legacy, preserving the rich cultural heritage of Lebanon for future generations to admire and explore. If you’d like to expand your exploration, we’d be glad to help.

Finally, conclude your journey with a homemade lunch in the dar of a converted chapel  of one of our cherished artisan producers. Lunch is an additional cost and is payable directly to the artisan.

Prices will vary depending on the size of the vehicle required, ranging from 4 to 12-seaters and include private chauffeured transportation to and from Beirut (other locations can be arranged), personalised itineraries, and dining recommendation. Any additional expenses, such as food and beverage costs, entrance fees, activities, and driver gratuity, are left to your discretion.

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