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Private Car to Beit El Din, Deir El Qamar and Sidon

This is a unique opportunity to combine the highlights of the countryside with the South of Lebanon. Explore two beautiful villages in the Chouf area of Lebanon, Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar, and explore the Emirs palace, mosque and church, then head south to Sidon city to discover the crusader sea castle and many other landmarks. Round-trip transportation by a professional English-speaking driver is included.

per adult from

$87

NZD

Duration

8 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel Pick up & Drop off
    • English Speaking Driver
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance fees to the sites
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Beiteddine Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Crusaders Sea Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Soap Museum - Saida
    • Entry/Admission - Debbane Palace
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Beiteddine Palace, Chouf, Beit ed-Dine, Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Deir el Qamar, Deir el Qamar, Mount Lebanon Governorate

    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.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fakhreddine's Mosque, Deir el Qamar Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Saydet El Talle Church, Deir el Qamar Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Sidon, Sidon, South Governorate

    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.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Crusaders Sea Castle, Sidon Sea Boulevard, Sidon Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Khan al-Franj, Sidon Lebanon

    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.


    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Soap Museum - Saida, Al Moutran Str., Haret Audi, Old Town Saida, صيدا، Lebanon

    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.


    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Debbane Palace, Old Souks, Sidon Lebanon

    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

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Sidon Souks, Old City, Sidon Lebanon

    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.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    we pick up travellers from destinations near Beirut city centre.
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 6/20/2019 - 11/21/2021
    Tuesday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Lebanon Daily Tours

Activity ID: V-162045P28

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