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  • Location:Beirut, Lebanon
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Historical Beirut Walking Tour

Discover the best of Beirut on this 3-hour walking tour, led by an expert guide. Learn about the city’s roots as a Roman city-state, and how it has risen and fallen, and retained its liberalist character through the centuries. Enjoy photo stops at the Martyr’s Statue, admire Nejmeh Square in the downtown district, and see other landmarks as your guide shares their secrets and stories. Finish with a visit to the National Museum of Beirut, a treasure trove of archaeological finds that chronicle both the city’s and Lebanon’s history.

Highlights

  • Three-hour Beirut historical walking tour with an expert guide
  • Explore archeological sights, some of which were discovered as recently as 2007
  • Visit the National Museum of Beirut
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your local expert guide

What You Can Expect

Historical Beirut Walking Tour

Martyrs' Statue

Begin your 3-hour walking tour with a pickup from your central Beirut hotel (select hotels only), or alternatively, meet your guide in downtown Beirut.

As a prelude to the sights, hear a fascinating introduction to Beirut’s history from your guide. Learn how it was originally settled more than 5,000 years ago, and prospered as a Roman city-state from 15 BC. Discover how, with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the city became the capital of modern Lebanon, and has retained its liberal atmosphere despite long periods of near-destruction.

Set out through the bustling downtown streets, and visit several top Beirut attractions and landmarks. Each sight comes with a story, so follow your guide and learn about the people and events that shaped them.

Visit recently renovated Nejmeh Square, the heart of the modern city, and see famous central clock tower, constructed during WWI.

Gaze at the impressive Martyr’s Statue in Martyr’s Square, a monument that honors the Lebanese nationalists murdered during the same war by the Ottomans, and see other monuments and sights that provide a window into Beirut’s past, culture and character.

Next, visit the National Museum of Beirut, the home of vast collections of archaeological artifacts. Stroll around to view the highlights displayed in its galleries, such as prized Phoenician statues, Byzantine mosaics and Roman pieces, and gain a fascinating overview of the city’s and Lebanon’s wider history. 

Your tour then finishes back at the original start point.


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.

Customer Reviews

NIGEL S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

Anne-Marie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Excellent! The walking tour was just what I needed to learn the history of downtown Beirut and visit the National Museum. Our guide was a mind of information and knowledge about the monuments she proudly showed the group. The weather was unfortunately not brilliant - pouring with rain - but our guide made it all so interesting that you forgot about the weather! I found Viator very professional and accommodating managing to put us (two adults and one child) on the afternoon trip to Chouf when we found out that morning that the tour had two parts. My 7 year-old daughter loved the trip and was far from bored with the historical information. Definitely recommend this trip and other Viator tours to others.

Jan F

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

Thanks to the well-informed, charming Eliane I learnt a lot about the recently 'contested' parts of Beirut during the civil war, the rebirth of downtown Beirut. The visit to the Museum was special. Would be great to have a slightly longer tour for those of us interested in a deeper and slightly wider experience, ie Ottoman Beirut, getting inside key buildings, a neighbourhood, personalised stories. Needless to say south Beirut is ignored by most tour groups but hard to ignore politically!

Sharon D

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

A great way to see Beirut, the tour was well paced and informative. I recommend this to everyone who goes there. I was so impressed I did a tour the next day to the Becca Valley.

Duane F

4 star rating: Recommended March 2013

Enjoyable and informative.

Ebru Ç

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2013

Tour guide was good but it is a tour that can be done alone

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