Welcome to Tyre


Tyre (called Ksour or Sour in Arabic), a predominantly Shiite town, is the power base of Hezbollah's Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and also home to the United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNIFIL). 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 colonised variously by the Assyrians, Neo-Babylonians, Greeks, Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Mamluks and Ottomans, the settlement began to languish from the 13th century onwards and, despite many attempts, never quite recovered its former glory.


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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

After a one-hour drive from Beirut by comfortable coach, your day trip starts in the magnificent city of Tyre, built by the Romans. Tyre is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city notable today for its modern cityscape with high-rise buildings, but the remains of its Roman streets, arcades and public buildings, including one of the largest hippodromes of the period, are Tyre's major attractions. The inner city has also retained its industrious maritime character and its interesting old-style houses. Tour the city with your guide on a walking tour and enjoy the breathtaking places. Continuing your day trip, leave Tyre for the breathtaking city of Sidon, a thriving commercial center serving the entire region. Admire the ruins of the Sidon Sea Castle and the Castle of Saint-Louis, known as the Land Castle. Explore the impressive Great Mosque with your guide, and hear how it was built in the 16th century on the foundations of a Crusader building. Then enjoy lunch: a selection of hot and cold meze (Middle Eastern small dishes) or tapas at a traditional Lebanese restaurant. Next it's on to Maghdouche, a short journey away by coach. See the city’s interesting monuments, such as the Old Cave or the Al-Saydeh Ancient Church. At the town’s entrance, on a high hill looking back at the city of Sidon, stands the statue of Lady Mantara, Maghdouche's most famous landmark. After your visit in Maghdouche, you'll return to Beirut with your local guide.Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning against travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns, Viator’s Lebanon tours continue to operate with no disruptions. We are in frequent contact with our local suppliers and guides in Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.

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Private Tour - Sidon Tyre Maghdouche - Day Trip from Beirut

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Crusaders Sea Castle, Sidon, South GovernorateFrom your hotel in Beirut, with smile you are picked up in the morning at 8:30am for a private day tour.Travelers will explore the ancient Phoenician city of Sidon which it has been of great religious, political and commercial value to the region, it is said to be inhabited since 4000 B.C. During the 13th century, the Crusaders built Sidon's Sea Castle as a fortress on a small island connected to the mainland by a narrow 80m long roadway. The island was formerly the site of a temple to Melqart, the Phoenician version of Heracles.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sidon Souks, Sidon, South GovernorateAfter Sidon Sea Castle you will head to the old souk which is exactly what you might imagine as an Arabian bazaar to look like, you will find the butchers, bakeries, cobblers & old-fashioned blacksmiths. This marketplace is made of stone archways and wedged into each niche is a different shop selling everything from vegetables, spices, fruits to souvenirs to meats. Every turn you make it reveals a new corner of the souk, where colors, smells and sounds blend to make it an enchanting marketplace, feel half the fun by labyrinth of twisting alleyways.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Soap Museum, Sidon, South GovernorateThis informative and large old Soap Museum is specialized in the art of saponification, they will let you know how the soap is made with the chemical process that produces the soaps we use every day, for around 3$, a guide will take you through the aromatic chambers of the museum where olive-oil based soaps were made to service the many hammams in Sidon. At the exit, you will find a beautiful well-stocked gift store waiting you.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: The Great al-Omari Mosque, Sidon, South GovernorateTravelers will explore the Riwaq, entrance and the internal beauty of Al-Omari Grand Mosque which was built in the 12th century, it is said that was originally the old church of Saint John the Baptist, built in 1150 over the site of Roman imperial baths. This small and originally Byzantine church was converted into a mosque in 635 and named Al-Omari Mosque in the name of Caliph Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, it was renamed the Cathedral of St John under the Crusaders in 1115. Then in 1291, the Mamluks captured Beirut and converted the church into a mosque.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Khan al-Franj, Sidon, South GovernorateTravelers will explore the khan el Franj which was built by Fakhreddine II for merchants and goods. This is a typical khan with a large rectangular courtyard and a central fountain surrounded by covered galleries. The center of economic activity for Sidon city in the 19th century, the terrace affords a clear view of the harbor and the Sea Castle. Today it is being renovated to serve as Sidon’s cultural center.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Our Lady of Mantara, Maghdoucheh, South GovernorateAfter khan al Franj, we will head to the village of Maghdoucheh, the travellers will visit our lady of Awaiting which is a Melkite Greek Catholic Marian shrine and a cave, it was discovered on 1721, the travellers will walk through the shrine which is 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. Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Tyre, Sur, South GovernorateThen we will head to Tyre which was founded around 2750 BC according to Herodotus and the birthplace of Eurpa and the founder of Carthage "Dido", the travellers will see its old harbour, colourful streets and the beach from to side of the city. Stop At: Roman Hippodrome, Sur, South GovernorateThen we will head to the Unesco World Heritage Site in the city of Tyre dating back to the II century C.E. It is considered to be one of the largest and best preserved Roman hippodromes of its type in the roman world, travelers will walk thru, which is around 480 meter long and 90 meter wide horseshoe shaped structure seated twenty thousand spectators who gathered to watch the death-defying sport of chariot racing.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Al-Bass Archaeological Site, Sur, South GovernorateAfter the fabulous site of Hippodrome, we will head to the second UNESCO World Heritage site of Tyre necropolis, it is constituting the principal entrance of the town in antique times, travelers will walk thru hundreds of stone and marble sarcophagi from the Roman and Byzantine eras, visitors will see the decorated stones with frescoes and bas-reliefs of works from Homer and others and the Triumphal Arch which is one of the most impressive relics of the site. After this visit Travelers will have the choice to have there lunch in one of a traditional restaurant or a local street food of Falafel. Your private full day tour ends with return to your hotel. Duration: 1 hourPass By: lebanon local tourTravelers will be Drop off to there Hotel in Beirut

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South Lebanon day trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sidon Souks, Sidon, South GovernorateOur first stop after Beirut is at Sidon old Souks and crusaders fortress. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tyre, Sur, South GovernorateTyre walking tour (Old souks, Old port, street food stops)Necropolis Tyre (quick stop)Hippodrome Tyre (quick stop)Tyre Coast Nature reserve (Tyre turtle beach)Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Jezzine Waterfall, Jezzine, South GovernorateAfter a scenic road trip from Tyre to Jezzine; last point in south before we cross to Mount Lebanon, we stop for some refreshments and a cold fresh springs breeze by the waterfall.Pass By: Fakhreddine's Mosque, Deir el Qamar, Mount Lebanon GovernorateLast stop before we hit the road back to Beirut is at Deir el Qamar, Fakhreddine II palace dating back to the 15th century

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Private Tour: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

After a one-hour drive from Beirut by comfortable coach, your day trip starts in the magnificent city of Tyre, built by the Romans. Tyre is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city notable today for its modern cityscape with high-rise buildings, but the remains of its Roman streets, arcades and public buildings, including one of the largest hippodromes of the period, are Tyre's major attractions. The inner city has also retained its industrious maritime character and its interesting old-style houses. Tour the city with your guide on a walking tour and enjoy the breathtaking places. Continuing your day trip, leave Tyre for the breathtaking city of Sidon, a thriving commercial center serving the entire region. Admire the ruins of the Sidon Sea Castle and the Castle of Saint-Louis, known as the Land Castle. Explore the impressive Great Mosque with your guide, and hear how it was built in the 16th century on the foundations of a Crusader building. Next it's on to Maghdouche, a short journey away by coach. See the city’s interesting monuments, such as the Old Cave or the Al-Saydeh Ancient Church. At the town’s entrance, on a high hill looking back at the city of Sidon, stands the statue of Lady Mantara, Maghdouche's most famous landmark. After your visit in Maghdouche, you'll return to Beirut with your local guide.Please note: Though the US Department of State has issued a warning against travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns, Viator’s Lebanon tours continue to operate with no disruptions. We are in frequent contact with our local suppliers and guides in Lebanon, and they report that all tours are operating as scheduled. Should the situation change, we will update this information and customers will be notified of alterations or cancellations to tours.

$40 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour - Sidon Tyre Maghdouche - Day Trip from Beirut

Depart from Beirut in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and head to the South of Lebanon. Visit Sidon, one of the famous names in ancient history. Discover the Sea Castle, a fortress built by the Crusaders in the early 13th century on a small island connected to the mainland by a cause way, stop at Khan El Franj built by Fakhreddine II,for merchants and goods, a typical khan with a large rectangular courtyard and a central fountain surrounded by covered galleries, then see a demonstration of how traditional olive oil soaps are made and learn about the history of the "hammam" (bath) traditions in the soap museum.After Sidon, head to the Phoenician Tyre, queen of the seas, an island city of unprecedented splendor. It consists of two distinct sites: the one of the town, on the headland, and the one of the Necropolis of El Bass, on the continent. The site of the town comprises important archaeological vestiges, a great part of which is submerged. After touring Tyre, it's time for lunch in a local restaurant.  After lunch, visit Maghdouche, a town with a beautiful story to tell. The town’s most famous landmark is the tower of Our Lady of Awaiting, known as Our Lady of Mantara. Occupying a prominent position at the entrance of the village, it is believed to be the place where Mary waited for her son Jesus Christ when he was preaching in Sidon, Cana, Tyre and Sarafand. After that, the trip ends so it's time to return to Beirut.

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Group Tour - Sidon, Tyre & Maghdouche - Daily Trip from Beirut

The tour start at 8:00 am in the morning. We will pick you up from your hotel. We will go first to Sidon, to discover the crusader Castle, Khan el Franj, the soap museum and the old souks of the city. We will then head to the old Phenician city of Tyre, Queen of the Seas, one of  the UNESCO World Heritage. Then, we will go and have a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we will finally visit Maghdouche, to see the statue of  Our Lady of Mantara, where Virgin Marie used to wait for her son Jesus. After Visiting Maghdouche, the tour ends. We will then go back to Beirut, and we will drop you off at your hotel.