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Jeita Grotto
Jeita Grotto

Jeita Grotto

Valley of the Dog River

The Basics

The Jeita Grotto is a sprawling cave complex, divided into upper and lower levels. Guided tours take in all the highlights. Visitors enjoy a boat cruise through the lower grotto, a walking tour of the upper grotto, a cable-car ride, and a scenic train ride between the two grottoes. Most travelers visit on a day tour from Beirut, often in combination with nearby attractions such as UNESCO-listed Byblos or the pilgrimage site of Harissa.

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Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut
Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut
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$88.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Unforgettable day trip
You can not miss this excursion. Every site is truly amazing, views are impressive. Great guide tour and delicious lunch on the sea side!!
Marcela C, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Beirut

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10/10
daniel_y, Jun 2022
Half-day Jeita Grotto & Harissa private great female guide/all-in + meal
An extremely lovely day with an extremely knowledgable and kind guide who will go the extra mile to ensure you have the best possible time. We visited Jeita Grotto and Harissa and went for breakfast which tasted very nice. Also got a ride to the airport after the tour, as I was flying out of Lebanon that day. Couldn’t recommend more - 10/10.
star-5
Very nice trip with our...
Ulf_G, Jun 2022
Jeita Grotto,Harissa&Byblos Full-Day PRIVATE-CAR Trip from Beirut
Very nice trip with our driver being one of the best guides! Absolutely recommendable! Jeita Grotto and Byblos are gorgeous
star-5
Excellent day trip from Beirut
Ming_C, Jun 2022
Jeita Grotto - Harissa - Byblos Trip
An excellent day trip from Beirut covering three interesting and diverse sites. I particularly like Byblos. It is beautiful and Unesco listed.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Nathaniel_S, May 2022
New Small-Group Tour Semi-Private to Jeita,Harissa&Byblos with Lunch and Tickets
Harake was an excellent guide and driver. He was there on time and also made sure I was comfortable and well informed at all times. I can recommend this tour to everyone, you won’t regret it. Such an informative and interesting day and of course Harake is just the best!
star-5
Nice and interesting sites.
Hassan_A, Apr 2022
Jeita Grotto - Harissa - Byblos Trip
Visiting the Jeita cave And riding the Telefrieck Getting into Byblos The church of the lady Harissa
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Highly recommend
PETROS_T, Apr 2022
Small-Group Adventure Tour to Jeita Grotto,Harissa&Byblos Including Tickets
Everything was perfect, the driver was very helpful and polite. I would definitely book again with this tour operator
star-5
Great value and well organized trip!
Hartun_P, Apr 2022
Small-Group Adventure Tour to Jeita Grotto,Harissa&Byblos Including Tickets
Great day trip, very well organized! I happened to be the only one booked for the day, but the company didn't cancel!!!
star-5
Enjoying the life in Lebanon!!!
Pamela_C, Mar 2022
New Small-Group Tour Semi-Private to Jeita,Harissa&Byblos with Lunch and Tickets
I was alone but the tour was a good day and the driver was a really nice person and he shared with me interesting reflections about the ongoing situation in Lebanon and local ordinary lifestyle in order to feel less tourist than I really am…enjoy if you have time this tour and ask about Harare as a driver!!!
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Excellent tour to Jeita Grotto and Byblos
Martijn_V, Jul 2021
Small Daily Tours to Jeita Grotto and Byblos with Lunch
Again a wonderful tour with Lebanon Tours and Travels to Jeita Grotto and Byblos. We had the best guide ever, Albert. He was also our driver and he arranged a very nice Local guide and a yummy restaurant in Byblos. About Albert, he was excellent, knew a lot and was besides that a very nice warm person. Hope many other tourists can enjoy his company and knowledge.
star-5
Gorgeous Cave of Jeita Grotto and oldest sea port town of Byblos that must put on your visit list during visit Lebanon
luciayau0501, Feb 2020
Small-Group Tour with Lunch and tickets to Jeita Grotto, Byblos and Harissa
Lucky us been visited Jeita Grotto last day (26Jan 2020) before it close 2 weeks for maintenance ! and we have very good guided tour on Byblos , also have tasty lunch at one of nice restaurant where we seat facing sea . What we most appreciated about the tour is we have very informative driver guide : Fredy , he is so good & nice , told us about evergthing we were intersting of Beirut & Lebanon
star-5
Amazing tour
Karin E, Oct 2019
Sightseeing all-inclusive Private Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos
Such a lovely trip seeing the Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos. The driver was exceptional and managed to get us there despite the protests. We spent a bit of time in traffic but that’s to be expected under the circumstances when there is political unrest. Very recommended company and driver.
star-4
Wonderful trip
Irene C, Aug 2019
Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut
This day trip is well worth doing if you want to see some amazing sights. The Jeita grotto is beautiful and Harissa and Byblos are such interesting places to see. The views are amazing in both. The lunch which is included in the price is great too. Lebanese mezze which will certainly fill you up. Great day out.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A complete cave tour takes two hours, and the entrance fee covers all attractions.

  • The cave complex has a restaurant, gift shops, gardens, a video presentation about the caves, and even a small zoo.

  • Photography is not allowed within the caves.

  • The caves are not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The cave complex is located 11 miles (18 kilometers) north of Beirut, or about 20 minutes’ drive. There is no direct public transportation to the caves, but buses from Dawra will drop you off at the Jeita exit along the Beirut–Jounieh Highway, and from there it’s only about five minutes’ journey to the Jeita Grotto by taxi.

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When to Get There

Tours of the Jeita Grotto run Tuesday through Sunday year-round, and the sight is open from 9am until 5pm. However, the lower grotto is often closed during the winter months due to high water levels.

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History of the Jeita Grotto

Though evidence suggests the Jeita Grotto was inhabited during ancient times, the caverns were rediscovered in 1863 by an American missionary. The subterranean Nahr el-Kalb river runs through the Lower Grotto, making it accessible via boat at certain times of the year. During the Lebanese Civil War the grottos were closed to the public and used as munitions storage, but in 1995 the Jeita Grotto was reopened to the public.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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