SIDON, TYRE AND MAGHDOUCHE

GUIDED TOUR TO SIDON, TYRE AND MAGHDOUCHE WITH LUNCH

$ 75 / Person

INCLUSIONS

  • Comfortable Private Transportation

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Tour Leader

  • Local Guide in Tyre

  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Lunch

  • Entrance fees

  • Entry/Admission - Crusaders Sea Castle

  • Entry/Admission - Sidon

  • Entry/Admission - Debbane Palace

  • Entry/Admission - Al-Bass Archaeological Site

  • Entry/Admission - Tyre Hippodrome

  • Entry/Admission - Sur

ITINERARY

Stop At: Sidon, Sidon, South Governorate

Duration: 2 hours


Sidon, one of the oldest Phoenician cities, was founded in the 3rd millennium BC and became prosperous in the 2nd. Sidon was famous for its purple dyes and glassware and Jesus visited it. During the Crusades, Sidon changed hands several times and was destroyed and rebuilt.


Stop At: Crusaders Sea Castle, Sidon Sea Boulevard, Sidon Lebanon

Duration: 30 minutes


The Sidon Sea Castle was built by the crusaders in the thirteenth century on a small island, connected to the mainland by a causeway, as a fortress of the holy land. It is one of the most prominent historical sites in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon. The castle was largely destroyed by the Mamluks in 1291 and was later restored by Fakhr el-Dine Maan II in the early 17th century.

Old prints of the fortress show it to be one of great beauty, but little remains of the embellishments that once decorated its ramparts.


Stop At: Khan al-Franj, Sidon Lebanon

Duration: 15 minutes


Khan al-Franj is one of Sidon’s main attractions. It was built in the beginning of the 17th century by Emir Fakhreddine II to be a hotel for ambassadors and a center for commercial exchange between Lebanon and France.

The hotel soon became a center for literature, religion, history, industry and diplomacy. It became a home for culture and civilization.

This is a typical khan with a large rectangular courtyard and a central fountain surrounded by covered galleries.


Stop At: Soap Museum - Saida, Al Moutran Str., Haret Audi, Old Town Saida, صيدا، Lebanon

Duration: 30 minutes


The Soap Museum is a museum in Sidon specialized in Levantine soaps

The soap workshop was originally built in Sidon by the Hammoud family in the 17th century.

The Soap Museum traces the history of soap making in the region, its development and manufacturing techniques. Visitors can see a demonstration of how traditional olive oil soaps are made and learn about the history of the "hammam" (bath) traditions.

A historical section of the museum introduces artifacts which were found during onsite excavation and which include remains of clay pipe heads dating from the 17th to 19th century as well as pottery fragments. The Museum building is an old soap factory built in the 17th century, although containing parts thought to date back to the 13th century.


Stop At: Debbane Palace, Old Souks, Sidon Lebanon

Duration: 15 minutes


The Debbane Palace was Built in the Old City of Sidon in the 18th century and It is now the last house of the Ottoman period remaining in a city that has since given way to traffic and glass storefronts. Approached from a narrow stairwell in the crowded Souq, the palace is built literally on top of the markets below. Inside it contains an entire world of reception rooms, stained-glass windows, rare mosaic tiles and centuries-old stables.

the Debbane Palace marks the only example of an Ottoman palace within the city walls of urban Lebanon


Stop At: Sidon Souks, Old City, Sidon Lebanon

Duration: 15 minutes


The souk of Sidon is the center of all the commercial activities of retail, as well as craft industry.

The souk is a maze of narrow alleyways with small kiosks, shops and cafes, street merchant, butchers, grocers, shoe-makers, tailors and jewelers.


Stop At: Basilica of Our Lady of Mantara - بازيليك سيدة المنطرة, G9GJ+VCX, Maghdoucheh, Lebanon

Duration: 20 minutes


Our Lady of Awaiting, also known as Our Lady of Mantara, is a Melkite Greek Catholic shrine in Maghdouché, Lebanon, discovered on 8 September 1721 by a young shepherd. The shrine consists of a tower crowned with the statue of the Virgin and Child, a cathedral, a cemetery and a sacred cave believed to be the one where the Virgin Mary rested while she waited for Jesus.


Stop At: Tyre, Tyre, South Governorate

Duration: 2 hours


Tyre is an ancient Phoenician port city and It is the home of Elissar, the Phoenician princess who founded Carthage. It was once famous across the world for its purple dye made from murex sea snails. Two main archaeological sites – “Al-Bass” and “Al-Mina” – are testimony to its historical significance. It has a wonderful seaside location and It's a popular holiday destination with excellent and cleanest beaches

The town's foundations date back to approximately 2750 BC, after which it was ruled by the Egyptians and then the famous King Hiram, under whom it prospered. Later colonized variously by the Assyrians, Neo-Babylonians, Greeks, Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Mamluks and Ottomans.


Stop At: Al-Bass Archaeological Site, Byzantine Road, Sur Lebanon

Duration: 1 hour


Al Bass Archaeological Site is the largest and the best-preserved example of a Roman Hippodrome. The sector of Tyre El Bass, constituting the principal entrance of the town in antique times, comprises the remains of the necropolis, on either side of a wide monumental causeway dominated by a Roman triumphal arch dating from the 2nd century AD. Among the other vestiges are an aqueduct and the hippodrome of the 2nd century, one of the largest of the Roman world. site contain a Necropolis with several hundred well-preserved sarcophagi, an intact Roman road, an aqueduct and a monumental arch.


Stop At: Tyre Hippodrome, Tyre Lebanon

Duration: 1 hour


The Tyre Hippodrome is a UNESCO World Heritage site of the city of Tyre in south Lebanon dating back to the Second century A.D

The place is considered to be one of the largest and best preserved Roman hippodromes of its type in the Roman world.


Stop At: Ruins of Tyre - Necropolis, 7697+WHQ, Tyre, Lebanon

Duration: 1 hour


Discovered in 1962, the necropolis consists of hundreds of stone and marble sarcophagi from the Roman and Byzantine eras.

Several of them have Greek inscriptions or the names of those buried there, or their trade such as “wealthy purple dye manufacturer. Others whose sides and covers are decorated with frescoes and bas-reliefs of works from Homer and others.


Pass By: Ruins of Tyre : The Egyptian Port, 75CW+2P3, Tyre, Lebanon


Tyre used to have two harbors: the Sidonian in the north and the Egyptian harbor in the south. Today, the port of Tyre is a busy fisherman's port and the remains of a 750 meter long mole can still be seen, and it is easy to recognize the remains of some ancient buildings in the water.

DEPARTURE & RETURN

Departure details

Traveler pickup is offered.

We pick up travellers from destinations near Beirut city centre or any other locations agreed upon with travellers.

Hotel pickup is offered (inside Beirut).


Return details

Returns to original departure point

REFUND POLICY

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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