Tripoli and nearby attractions
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR
Lebanon's second city is very different from the capital Beirut - far less sophisticated and cosmopolitan - and also far less visited by foreign travellers. Your sightseeing this morning begins with the imposing Crusader citadel of Saint-Gilles, originally constructed in the early 12th century, but substantially rebuilt over the centuries. From the ramparts (right) there are sweeping views across the city. Continue to the Great Mosque, completed in 1315 on the site of an earlier Crusader cathedral, and then stroll through the atmospheric medieval bazaar (souk) with its high vaulted ceiling.
Just south of Tripoli lies the Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand (below), founded by Cistercian monks in 1157. After a visit here to see its rich Byzantine ikons, continue to the fortress of Msailha, built by Prince Fakhreddine II in the 17th century, and then spend some time in the nearby village of Batroun, before returning to Tripoli.
Includes private transportation, guide and entrance fees.