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  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Be enchanted by the capital of modern Lebanon, the country’s cultural and commercial center. On your half-day guided tour of Beirut, see the city’s top attractions while discovering how Beirut was built on a rocky headland, and has risen and fallen over the centuries. See the Martyrs’ Statue, the Nejmeh Square in downtown Beirut and the Beirut National Museum. With your guide, you'll step back to the time of 15 BC, when Beirut was a significant port and cultural center.

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

Your Beirut historical walking tour starts in downtown Beirut, where you will see the recently renovated Nejmeh Square, with its famous clock tower that was built during World War I.

Your guide will give you a brief introduction to this fascinating city’s turbulent history and provide a glimpse of Beirut’s true character. The liberalism associated with Beirut has been maintained even during periods of near complete destruction. With the break-up of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the WWI, the city became the capital of modern Lebanon. Today Beirut’s long and complex history is being revealed at new archeological sites in the city.

During your three-hour walking tour, you'll see the impressive Martyrs’ Statue, a memorial to the Lebanese nationalists executed by the Ottomans during WWI. After your Beirut walking tour, you'll return to central Beirut and visit the National Museum of Beirut.

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

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.

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!

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