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Small-Group Tour to Beirut, Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar From Beirut

Combine the visit of the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut, with the countryside Chouf area on the same day. Start your day in Beirut, the Paris of the Middle East, and explore the major highlights of the city. Then leave the crowds of the city and travel to the countryside to discover the spectacular natural beauty of the Chouf Mountains, by visiting Beiteddine Palace and Deir el Qamar village. Lunch in a local restaurant and entrance fees are included in the tour package.

per adult from

$133

AUD

Duration

8 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Lunch
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entrance fees to the sites
    • English Speaking Driver
    • Hotel Pick up & Drop off
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Beirut
    • Entry/Admission - Beiteddine Palace
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Place de l'Etoile, Beirut Lebanon

    Nejme Square, or Place de l'Étoile, is the central square in the Downtown area. It is home to the Lebanese Parliament and its complementary buildings, two cathedrals, a museum, and several cafes and restaurants. Most notable for it’s 1930 four four-faced Rolex clock and for its architecture, the square has become a recognizable icon of Beirut City worldwide.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Martyr's Square, Beirut Lebanon

    Martyrs' Square is a square in the heart of downtown Beirut historically known as "Al Burj" or "Place des Cannons". It is named after the 6 May 1916 executions by the Ottomans of some Lebanese nationalists ordered by Jamal Pasha during World War I.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Zaituna Bay, Beirut Marina, طريق ميناء الحصن، بيروت، Lebanon

    “Beirut's finest leisure destination” as described in its official website, Zaitunay Bay is a new waterfront promenade with shops and restaurants.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, Raouché, Beirut Lebanon

    The pigeon rock is a stunning set of rocks and a Popular tourist destination known for its iconic rock formations in picturesque seaside surrounds, welcome you to the city of Beirut. Pigeons’ Rock (also known as the Rock of Raouché) is located at Beirut’s western-most tip, the two huge rock formations stand like gigantic sentinels to the city.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Corniche Beirut, Manara, Beirut Lebanon

    Stretching from the Ramlet al Bayda area to the Saint George marina, Al Manara Corniche is the most renowned seaside promenade in Beirut. Lined with palm trees, it offers a great view of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as some of the country's best assets, namely the famous Pigeon Rock, and the summits of Mount Lebanon on the eastern side.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: National Museum of Beirut, Corner of useum Street, Damascus Street and Abdallah El Yafi Avenue., Beirut Lebanon

    The National Museum of Beirut is the principal museum of archaeology in Lebanon, which houses a large collection of priceless artefacts from across the country that offers a great overview of Lebanon’s history and of the civilization that impacted this cultural crossroads.
    With significant excavations spanning the length and breadth of the country, Lebanon’s archaeological richness is one of its major tourist attractions.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Old Holiday Inn, Minet Al Hoson, Beirut, Lebanon

    This abandoned Holiday Inn Hotel is one of Beirut’s war landmarks. It was basically built Between 1971 and 1974 when Beirut’s economy was booming and when Beirut was one of the most visited touristic city of the Middle East.
    The Holiday Inn was functioning until the Lebanese civil war begun in 1975. The hotel soon became considered a “war zone” in a lengthy time of conflict known as “the Battle of the Hotels” where more than 25,000 combatants were fighting for control over different luxury hotels, including the Holiday Inn as well as the famous Phoenicia hotel.
    This hotel remains untouched, abandoned, empty, decades after the war, and remains a reminder to the Lebanese population about the horrors of war.

    Stop At: Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, Martyrs' Square, Amir Bachir, Beirut Lebanon

    The Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, also referred to as the Blue Mosque, is is the biggest mosque in Lebanon located in downtown Beirut.
    This huge amber colored mosque near Martyrs square was opened in 2008 and has four minarets standing 65m high.
    The Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque contains multiple domes. All of the domes of the mosque are made from light blue tiles. The mosque also has multiple arches, which are couple stories high.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Al-Omari Mosque, Beirut Lebanon

    The Al-Omari Grand Mosque was built in the age of Omar Bin El Khattab in 635 AD and then converted to Church of Saint John by the crusaders in the 12th century, it was retransformed into the city's Grand Mosque by the Mamluks in 1291. Damaged during the Civil War, the mosque's refurbishment was completed in 2004.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George, Beirut Lebanon

    The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George is the seat of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan bishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Beirut and its dependencies. It is the oldest church in the city of Beirut and one of the oldest in the region and It is located in the heart of Beirut’s city center.
    The first Christian temple ever built in the very location goes back to the mid sixth century AD and it’s closely associated with Beirut’s famous Law School.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Beirut Souks, Fosch Street Downtown Beirut, Beirut Lebanon

    Beirut Souks is a commercial district in Beirut City Center. With over 200 shops, 25 restaurants and cafes, an entertainment center, and a cinema complex.
    Beirut Souks is the largest and most diverse shopping and leisure area in Beirut.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Roman Baths, Beirut Lebanon

    The Roman Berytus baths are The largest outdoor sight located in downtown Beirut. They were discovered in 1968-1969 and underwent a major renovation in the mid 1990.
    Roman Berytus had four major bath complexes and the first was created in the early first century under Augustus.
    The terrible Berytus earthquake that happed in 551 AD destroyed all the baths.
    Today, the Roman Berytus Baths reflects the ancient traditions of the site. One of the Baths is used as an artistic performance and concert space.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Beiteddine Palace, Chouf, Beit ed-Dine, Lebanon

    Beiteddine Palace or ‘House of Faith’ is a 19th-century palace in Beiteddine, Lebanon. It hosts the annual Beiteddine Festival and the Beiteddine Palace Museum.
    Emir Bashir Chehab II, who later became the ruler of the Mount Lebanon Emirate, built the palace between 1788 and 1818. After 1840, the palace was used by the Ottomans as a government building. During the French Mandate it served as a local administrative office.
    In 1943, the palace was declared the president's official summer residence. During the Lebanese Civil War it was heavily damaged. Parts of the palace are today open to the public while the rest is still the president's summer residence.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Deir el Qamar, Deir el Qamar, Mount Lebanon Governorate

    Deir al-Qamar, meaning "Monastery of the Moon" is a village located south-east of Beirut and five kilometres outside of Beiteddine palace in the Chouf District of the Mount Lebanon.
    Deir El Qamar was the first village in Lebanon to have a municipality in 1864, and it is the birthplace of many well known personalities, such as artists, writers, and politicians. People from all religious backgrounds lived there and the town had a mosque, synagogue and Christian churches.
    In the year 1860, Deir al-Qamar was destroyed during the civil war between Druze and Christians during which the town was set ablaze. Napoleon III sent a French contingent to rebuild it, recalling France ancient role as protector of the Christians in the Ottoman Empire as established by a treaty in 1523.
    In 1864, Deir el-Qamar elected the first municipality in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
    The village retains a remarkable picturesque appearance with typical stone houses with red tile roofs.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fakhreddine's Mosque, Deir el Qamar Lebanon

    Fakhreddine Mosque with its octagonal minaret is a mosque in Deir el Qamar, Lebanon. Built in 1493 and restored in the sixteenth century by Fakhreddine 1st, it is the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Saydet El Talle Church, Deir el Qamar Lebanon

    The Church of Saidet et Tallé and translated as Our Lady of the Hill is one of the most important historical and religious sites in Deir el Qamar and dates to the 15th century.
    Monk Nicolas Smisaati built a church on the site over the ruins of an old Phoenician temple dedicated to the goddess Astarte that was later destroyed by an earthquake in 859.
    According to the Maronite Heritage web site, "the legend says that there was a Druze Emir in Baakline looking at the hill of Dar El Kamar. He saw a light coming out of the hill so he gathered his soldiers and ordered them to go in the morning and dig in the land. He said to them: 'If you find an Islamic symbol, build a mosque. If you find a Christian symbol, build a church."
    In the morning, the soldiers went and found a rock with a cross on it and under the cross there was the moon and venus. That was the sign that in the distant past there was a temple dedicated to the moon and venus and later it became a church.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    we pick up travelers from destinations near Beirut city centre
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Lebanon Tours Online

Activity ID: V-183771P4

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