History, politics and more
In a 7-hour stroll in Beirut central districts, you will visit some of the main landmarks of this 5000-year old city. But that's a plain way of saying it :)
This tour was created as an introduction, an avant-gout of Beirut the way I see it : a clustered space where some streets feel like ravines (between Christian and Muslim areas), where the center is not a center at all, where every decision was (and still is) political, where the civil war started but where you can still feel a one-of-a-kind energy. You will also have the chance to taste some street food specialties in a couple of iconic neighborhoods.
What will we be talking about? Ancient civilizations, religions, street food, architecture, the civil war, politics, politicians, street art, etc. . . Just be ready for a lot of talking :)
You will be picked up from your hotel.
We will walk from Martyrs Square to the Muslim neighborhoods of Beirut (Bachoura and Zokak El Blat), then to where the Lebanese civil war started in 1975. We will pass by the Jewish Quarter, the Roman bath, the Etoile Square and Samir Kassir Square.
The tour will continue to the Christian area of Beirut, in Gemmayze.
We will finish few hundred meters away from where we would have parked the car, so a 10min walk will be needed before the drop-off at your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up from your hotel in Beirut
End location: I will drop you off at your hotel
Duration: 7 hours
You will be picked-up with my car, a Toyota Yaris (4 seater), mod. 2016 with A/C
The tour will be done by foot, we will walk around 8km!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
8 USD (or 12000 LBP) - Falafel sandwich: 2 USD
Armenian Lahm Beajin (pizza-like dough with minced meat. It can be replaced by a vegetarian equivalent): 2 USD
Oriental coffee: 4 USD
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Georges is very knowledgeable and fun. It's a pleasure to walk around Beirut with him while he talks about the city's and the country's history and culture. He's very open and available to answer your questions about Lebanon, and to give you his thoughts and insights about the present (and future) situation of the society. He knows where to go, where to eat and drink and where to party if you want. Highly recommended.