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Ever since its founding in 2,750 BC, the Lebanese city of Tyre (Sour) has been a center of conquest, exploration and empire. Originally an island city with one of the finest harbors in the eastern Mediterranean, scholars argue that the first ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Superb ! :)
Madline our tour guide was amazing.
Local food were in a unique restaurant located in front of the old castle in Sidon; very nice place with delicious food.

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Once again, as with our tour to Baalbeck, an amazing experience! We were picked up promptly at our hotel and taken to the offices of the local agency to join a party of nine (excluding the very knowledgeable guide and excellent driver - travelling in Lebanon and Beirut in particular is, in itself, an experience to live through!) After stopping at Kanaan pastry shop (where you can buy some tasty gifts) along the way, we proceeded to Tyre. We enjoyed the scenery (sea on the one side and the hills of Lebanon on the other side.) Tyre has two intriguing archaeological sites. If all the guides are as knowledgeable as ours was, you're in for a treat. Standing on the second site and being able to see Israel in the distance (16km as the gull flies) and imagine what it was like in Biblical times was a special treat. We also enjoyed the visit to Maghdouche to see the cave in which it is alleged that Mary, the mother of Jesus, met her son on His visits to the region. Sidon is also a special place to visit - we were treated to an excellent Lebanese lunch in a restaurant that is perched on the edge of the shoreline and within a stone's through of the Crusaders' castle. The old city souks are in the process of being restored and the city is apparently earmarked to become a "must visit" destination in Lebanon. We did enjoy the walk through the souks and the intriguing visit to a soap-manufacturing museum (where you can buy some colourful gifts to take home.) An unscripted dusk drive through a Palestinian refugee camp to avoid a traffic jam on the main route into Beirut was the cherry on the cake. We were dropped off at our hotel's front door after a safe and thoroughly enjoyable outing.

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

It was very very very amazing tour

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

This tour was my favorite. It was awe inspiring to be in the same place that Jesus walked. Both towns by the Mediterranean offered fantastic views of the city and the sea. The tour guide was amazing and she shared a lot of local knowledge as well as the history of the region.

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The spectacular Roman ruins in Tyre are a must-see and the visit to the soap factory in Sidon was very enjoyable. Maghdouche was interesting also. I would have liked more time for souvenir shopping but everything else about the tour was excellent.

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

very nice trip, with some interesting stops at smaller sights along the way. thanks

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2012

It was nice to discover the south Part of Lebanon,
specially Sidon part and Maghdouche

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2012

It was a nice tour, and we got to see a lot of interesting historical places. Unfortunately you have to listen to a lot of anti-Israeli propaganda from the tour guides along the way.

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2013

Sights were great and tour was adequate but rushed, basic information and questions were discouraged.

Doing what: Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

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