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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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Beautiful tour in Beirut
Alexandra_R, Nov 2021
Small Group Tour from Beirut to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos
The tour was very good the Jeita Grotto is so pretty the Virgen Mary statue more than pretty and Byblos awesome, the driver of the tour was an excellent driver super nice told us a lot of things and helped us with everything we needed 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
star-5
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
Absolutely fantastic day...
John_C, Oct 2021
Jeita Grotto - Harissa - Byblos Trip
Absolutely fantastic day with Robin. Got a private tour as booked last minute (night before) and nobody else was booked. Really great of him to be so flexible. Robin met me at the house I am staying at and then superbly guided me around the various (amazing) sites. 100% would recommend to anyone. Lower groto in particular in the boat was awesome
star-5
It was our first trip in...
Amira_J, Sep 2021
Small-Group Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos with Lunch included
It was our first trip in Lebanon and a fantastic beggining. It's impressive how it was good, fast and outstanding. The lunch was the best in tge entire trip. I recommend for sure
star-5
An Awesome Day Trip from Beirut!
Debra_L, Aug 2021
Jeita Grotto - Harissa - Byblos Trip
All three of these places were awesome and unique! Our English-speaking driver was so kind and helpful!
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 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.
star-5
Perfect Day Trip
Keegan_H, Aug 2021
Small Group Tour from Beirut to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos
This trip was full of memories. You have the opportunity to visit three great areas/sites in 1 day. They all were well worth the time and we’re all interesting and different. The tour group was amazing. Completely comunitive from the beginning with my concerns and requests. I felt very safe on the tour while covid restrictions were in place. He did a terrific job taking me around the sites explaining the history and culture of Lebanon. The tour also includes a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant I would 100% recommend. I’m so thankful for this group that made my stay in Lebanon memorable.
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Visit to Byblos, Jeita Grotto & Harissa
RAJESH_P, Apr 2019
Byblos, Jeita Grotto and Harissa Day Trip from Beirut
Excellent service by Nakhal & Cai - Pick up from the hotel, the welcome at pick up point, the cleanliness of the Coach, the Driver, the Tour Guide, the Lunch Venue (arranged Vegetarian Option at a short notice) & off course the attractions. Thank you.
star-5
Great experience
Linda_S, Mar 2020
Full-Day Private Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos
We had a fab day with our guide. He is very helpful, giving stuggestions and telling us all about his beautiful country. The tour was great. Stunning views, and the itinerary and times were perfect for us. Definitely recommend this!
star-5
Great day
Kostis_G, Jul 2021
Jeita Grotto - Harissa - Byblos Trip
Great experience with a great driver- who also did perfect guiding though this was not in the price. Strongly recommended

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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