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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$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

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: 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.

$45 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.

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Day Trip from Beirut - Sidon, Tyre & Maghdouche - Private Tour

Leave Beirut at 9:00 am in the morning in a private comfortable vehicle, and head to Sidon. In Sidon, visit the Sea Castle built by the crusaders in the thirteenth century as a fortress of the holy land, Khan el Franj, one of the many khans built by Fakhreddine ll during his reign to accommodate merchants and goods, and the soap museum, to see a demonstration of how traditional olive oil soaps are made and learn about the history of the "hammam" (bath) traditions. After touring Sidon, continue to the city of Tyre, once famous across the known world for its purple dye made from murex sea snails (Tyrian purple). Tyre has a wonderful seaside location and extensive Roman ruins. Then, take a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to Maghdouche, Our Lady of Mantara or The Wait, where Virgin Mary used to wait for Jesus.