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Private Full-Day Tour to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar and Sidon from Beirut

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Escape to the coastal city of Sidon on a private full-day tour from Beirut. Immerse yourself in Lebanese history and culture as you explore the charming towns of Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar. Begin your journey at the magnificent Beiteddine Palace, once the summer residence of the Lebanese president. Then, venture to Deir El Qamar, a picturesque village with stone houses and red tile roofs. Visit Fakhreddine's Mosque, the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon, and the historic Saydet El Talle Church. In Sidon, discover the ancient Phoenician city with its famous Crusaders Sea Castle and the beautifully preserved Khan al-Franj. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about Levantine soap-making traditions at the Soap Museum and explore the stunning Debbane Palace. End your day in Sidon's bustling souks, filled with aromatic spices, crafts, and local delicacies. Book this captivating tour and experience the best of Lebanon.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-9 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the stunning Beiteddine Palace and its rich history
  • Visit the picturesque village of Deir El Qamar
  • Admire the beautiful Fakhreddine's Mosque in Deir El Qamar
  • Discover the historical Saydet El Talle Church
  • Experience the ancient city of Sidon and its fascinating sites
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tour Leader
  • Hotel Pick up & Drop off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Introduction

Experience the fascinating and diverse wonders of Lebanon with the Private Full-Day Tour to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar, and Sidon from Beirut. This immersive tour takes you on a journey through history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Discover the enchanting coastal city of Sidon, where you can relax while gazing at the sparkling sea. With its charming towns, such as Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar, this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Lebanon's rich heritage.

What to expect?

Embark on a captivating adventure that will immerse you in the essence of Lebanon. This tour promises an unforgettable experience filled with awe-inspiring sights and cultural discoveries. Explore ancient palaces, religious sites, and picturesque landscapes as you venture from Beirut to the charming towns of Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar. Walk through the historic Sidon Souks, where you can soak in the vibrant atmosphere and indulge in retail therapy. Immerse yourself in the local craft industry, visit small kiosks, cafes, and experience the bustling energy of this lively marketplace.

Who is this for?

This tour is designed for travelers who have a thirst for historical and cultural exploration. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of beautiful landscapes, or simply seeking a relaxing day by the sea, this tour caters to all. From solo adventurers to families and groups of friends, anyone who wants to uncover the hidden gems of Lebanon will find this tour a perfect fit. The tour is inclusive and welcoming to all, ensuring that no one is excluded from experiencing the wonders of the region.

Why book this?

Uncover the unique selling points and advantages of this tour that make it an irresistible choice for travelers. Journey through Lebanon's captivating history as you visit the stunning Beiteddine Palace and the charming town of Deir El Qamar. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Sidon Souks, where you can shop for local crafts and immerse yourself in the bustling energy of this historic marketplace. With a knowledgeable tour leader and private transportation, you can relax and enjoy the journey without any worries. This tour offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, providing an enriching and immersive experience.

Good to know

Before embarking on this tour, there are a few important details to keep in mind. Please note that entrance fees to the sites and lunch are not included in the tour package, allowing you the freedom to choose your preferences. The itinerary includes a visit to the souk of Sidon, the epicenter of commercial activities and a hub of retail and craft industry. Explore the maze-like alleyways filled with shops, cafes, and street merchants, offering a glimpse into the local way of life. Be sure to come prepared with comfortable walking shoes and a camera to capture the unforgettable moments along the way.

Reviews

Travelers who have embarked on this tour have shared their feedback and opinions, offering valuable insights into their experiences. They have praised the knowledgeable tour leader who provided interesting historical and cultural information throughout the journey. The visit to Sidon Souks was highlighted as a favorite moment, immersing travelers in the vibrant atmosphere and allowing them to interact with local merchants. The Beiteddine Palace and Deir El Qamar were described as breathtaking and well worth the visit. Overall, travelers expressed high levels of satisfaction with the tour, commending its comprehensive itinerary and the opportunity to explore Lebanon's rich heritage.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Beiteddine Palace

Beiteddine Palace or ‘House of Faith’ is a 19th-century palace in Beiteddine, Lebanon. It hosts the annual Beiteddine Festival and the Beiteddine Palace Museum. Emir Bashir Chehab II, who later became the ruler of the Mount Lebanon Emirate, built the palace between 1788 and 1818. After 1840, the palace was used by the Ottomans as a government building. During the French Mandate it served as a local administrative office. In 1943, the palace was declared the president's official summer residence. During the Lebanese Civil War it was heavily damaged. Parts of the palace are today open to the public while the rest is still the president's summer residence.

Admission Not Included

Deir el Qamar

Deir al-Qamar, meaning "Monastery of the Moon" is a village located south-east of Beirut and five kilometres outside of Beiteddine palace in the Chouf District of the Mount Lebanon. Deir El Qamar was the first village in Lebanon to have a municipality in 1864, and it is the birthplace of many well known personalities, such as artists, writers, and politicians. People from all religious backgrounds lived there and the town had a mosque, synagogue and Christian churches. In the year 1860, Deir al-Qamar was destroyed during the civil war between Druze and Christians during which the town was set ablaze. Napoleon III sent a French contingent to rebuild it, recalling France ancient role as protector of the Christians in the Ottoman Empire as established by a treaty in 1523. In 1864, Deir el-Qamar elected the first municipality in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. The village retains a remarkable picturesque appearance with typical stone houses with red tile roofs.

Fakhreddine's Mosque

Fakhreddine Mosque with its octagonal minaret is a mosque in Deir el Qamar, Lebanon. Built in 1493 and restored in the sixteenth century by Fakhreddine 1st, it is the oldest mosque in Mount Lebanon.

Saydet El Talle Church

The Church of Saidet et Tallé and translated as Our Lady of the Hill is one of the most important historical and religious sites in Deir el Qamar and dates to the 15th century. Monk Nicolas Smisaati built a church on the site over the ruins of an old Phoenician temple dedicated to the goddess Astarte that was later destroyed by an earthquake in 859. According to the Maronite Heritage web site, "the legend says that there was a Druze Emir in Baakline looking at the hill of Dar El Kamar. He saw a light coming out of the hill so he gathered his soldiers and ordered them to go in the morning and dig in the land. He said to them: 'If you find an Islamic symbol, build a mosque. If you find a Christian symbol, build a church." In the morning, the soldiers went and found a rock with a cross on it and under the cross there was the moon and venus. That was the sign that in the distant past there was a temple dedicated to the moon and venus and later it became a church.

Sidon

Sidon, one of the oldest Phoenician cities, was founded in the 3rd millennium BC and became prosperous in the 2nd. Sidon was famous for its purple dyes and glassware and Jesus visited it. During the Crusades, Sidon changed hands several times and was destroyed and rebuilt.

Crusaders Sea Castle

The Sidon Sea Castle was built by the crusaders in the thirteenth century on a small island, connected to the mainland by a causeway, as a fortress of the holy land. It is one of the most prominent historical sites in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon. The castle was largely destroyed by the Mamluks in 1291 and was later restored by Fakhr el-Dine Maan II in the early 17th century. Old prints of the fortress show it to be one of great beauty, but little remains of the embellishments that once decorated its ramparts.

Admission Not Included

Khan al-Franj

Khan al-Franj is one of Sidon’s main attractions. It was built in the beginning of the 17th century by Emir Fakhreddine II to be a hotel for ambassadors and a center for commercial exchange between Lebanon and France. The hotel soon became a center for literature, religion, history, industry and diplomacy. It became a home for culture and civilization. This is a typical khan with a large rectangular courtyard and a central fountain surrounded by covered galleries.

Soap Museum - Saida

The Soap Museum is a museum in Sidon specialized in Levantine soaps The soap workshop was originally built in Sidon by the Hammoud family in the 17th century. The Soap Museum traces the history of soap making in the region, its development and manufacturing techniques. Visitors can see a demonstration of how traditional olive oil soaps are made and learn about the history of the "hammam" (bath) traditions. A historical section of the museum introduces artifacts which were found during onsite excavation and which include remains of clay pipe heads dating from the 17th to 19th century as well as pottery fragments. The Museum building is an old soap factory built in the 17th century, although containing parts thought to date back to the 13th century.

Admission Not Included

Debbane Palace

The Debbane Palace was Built in the Old City of Sidon in the 18th century and It is now the last house of the Ottoman period remaining in a city that has since given way to traffic and glass storefronts. Approached from a narrow stairwell in the crowded Souq, the palace is built literally on top of the markets below. Inside it contains an entire world of reception rooms, stained-glass windows, rare mosaic tiles and centuries-old stables. the Debbane Palace marks the only example of an Ottoman palace within the city walls of urban Lebanon

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Sidon Souks

The souk of Sidon is the center of all the commercial activities of retail, as well as craft industry. The souk is a maze of narrow alleyways with small kiosks, shops and cafes, street merchant, butchers, grocers, shoe-makers, tailors and jewelers.

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