Thanks Georges, For a fantastic tour around Beirut, we loved it!! Your the best guide ever, sharing your knowledge, thaughts and views of the Lebanon history:) And the beer at the butcher was something out of the ordinary������ We will send all travellers your way�� Thanks again, best regards Kristin and Christian
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a million peeps!! After Sigurd I, you are the funkiest Norwegians in Lebanese history :D The butcher is as crazy as this city, i'm so happy you liked these spontaneous moments! Take care of yourself!!!
David MorseUnited States
George was excellent! He was punctual and his tour description was accurate. He accommodated our requests and it was great to hear his take on the city and history (from a local perspective). There was a lot of walking, but we were able to see and experience a lot (things most tourists don't see). Recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey David! You survived a very long walk indeed, i'm happy you enjoyed it :) Thanks a lot for the review!!! Salam!
Haig BazoianUnited States
Our family of nine loved Georges. Fantastic experience. One of the best guides we have ever had in many years of traveling. His boundless energy, sense of humor and superior knowledge made our three days in and around Beirut a real treat. He was flexible and went out of his way to accommodate our needs and requests. In the three days we saw and learned all about the Jeita Grotto, Byblos, Harissa, Baalbeck, Anjar, Old and New Beirut. He brought his love for Lebanon, insights and fun to our visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Haig, can't thank you enough for your review! You were the cutest 3 generation family :D I owe you millions of thanks for what you made me experience at Nishan church and Shake's childhood house in Broumana, it was simply magical. Big big hug to all of you!
Haig BazoianUnited States
Haig BazoianUnited States
We went together with our guide Georges on a day trip to the holy Qadisha valley and promised, if you take a tour with Georges you are in the best hands. It was an amazing journey into the past. Without having Georges as our personal guide, we would not have the same experience and we are happy we chose and met him! His broad knowledge accross such a range of areas was impressive and his personality and humour enhanced our experience enormously. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with our lovely guide. C&C
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Christin and Chris, you are the sweetest!! I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour (and the beers!). I hope to see you very soon, in Berlin inchallah! Huge hugs!
Georges provides a great tour of Beirut particularly for those interested in the modern history and politics. Through the tour he also includes local cuisine and explains life in Beirut. He was also very accommodating if there are particular aspects of the city you are interested in. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Chris!!! Can't thank you enough for your review. It was a quick tour but i'm so happy you liked it!!! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay! Thanks again!!!
Melanie AshmoreNew York, NEW YORK, Ireland
Georges was fantastic. He is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Beirut and Lebanon life (history, politics, geography etc) and the tour/George was super interesting and fun! He was also very flexible if you wanted to focus on certain aspects of Beirut or do more/less walking or eating etc. which was great. I really enjoyed the day I spent with George and seeing beautiful, majestic Beirut and hope to be back again - maybe for some climbing and the mountains next time! Thank you again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Melanie! Thanks a lot for the review, i'm so happy you liked the walking tour! I hope to see you soon, next time you come to the region please plan to stay a little bit longer :D Cheers!!
Relaxed, friendly, very informative and entertaining. Highly recommended and I will definitely use George again for another tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Simon!! It was my pleasure touring you around, really! Hassan, the butcher of Bachoura asked about you today :D Hope to see you very soon!
Very interesting historical tour with usefull links to the actual situation of Beirut.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Gianfranco! I'll see you soon inchallah :)
Paul KeeneUnited Kingdom
Georges is a fantastic guide and a great guy. Knowledgeable, passionate, informed, equally good whether you want ancient history or contemporary Middle-Eastern politics (he can tell you about astrophysics too, if you want). I can't imagine a better way of getting a young, fresh, insider perspective on Lebanon, in all its complexity. You can ask him anything, and he keeps it real. *****
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul! Thanks a million for your kind review! I hope to see you soon to show you some hidden gems in Lebanon (like the Qadisha valley that we spoke about). And I still owe David a birthday cake, it's a good reason for both of you to come back :) Cheers and thanks again!
Gail ArnoldUnited States
While it is a challenge to wrap ones head around the history of Lebanon as it's so complicated, George 's deep knowledge of the political and geographic scene really brought to life the recent history of Lebanon and it's complications. We loved his enthusiasm and joy in sharing his city with us, George's expertise far exceeded any expectations we had and we saw a Beirut we would never have seen on our own. Wish we had another day to do George's other tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gail and Diane! Thanks a lot for these kind words! I should be thanking you! I really hope you liked the rest of your stay in Lebanon, i have to admit that you chose some really nice destinations :) Hope to see you soon!! Cheers
The beirut walking tour with George is truly a special day. Beirut's history is one which is long and convoluted, but the sequence and story telling of George's tour makes sense of all the moving pieces - often sad but captivating nonetheless. George also takes you to different neighbourhood districts; the contrast between each is indescribable. George, as an Australian of Lebanese descent, I can't thank you enough for showing me (& explaining to me) the history of your beautiful city! Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Roseyyyy! I should be thanking you for being so interested in Beirut's long and "heavy" history, architecture and street food. I'm so glad you enjoyed!
Frank VeenstraUnited Arab Emirates
Great walking tour with George. We had only 3 hours but he managed to give us a great impression of this fascinating city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Frank! I hope you enjoyed your stay in Lebanon, and i'm glad you liked the tour. Next time you come, try to plan some day-trips outside the city :) Hope to see you soon, and thanks for the review!!!
Dennis KuklisUnited States
I recently returned from a short trip to Beirut and the highlight was my walking tour with Georges. Besides showing you some of the more popular and well know sites, Georges also provides you with an inside look at some of the other places in Beirut that aren't as well known or as showy but are just as important. He has an engaging personality and he is definitely passionate about the city and it shows in the tour. I can't recommend Georges highly enough if you decide to tour this beautiful city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Dennis!! Thanks a lot! I hope we meet soon in Beirut, but this time with Pauline, for a longer stay :) Keep that passion of yours for traveling, and for wine! I hope you made good use of the Atibaia bottle. Cheers!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alex! I'm glad you enjoyed walking around Beirut, I really hope to see you soon for more touring. A leak happened and some videos of you dancing in the streets of Tripoli were seen hahaha! You rock! I hope you enjoyed Tripoli as much as you enjoyed the crazy capital. Please say hi to Chris and Martin. Cheers!
Tanya ZabanehUnited Arab Emirates
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tanya, thanks a million for your review! It was a real pleasure touring you around Beirut, I hope we meet next time you come back. I wish you all the best with My Olive Roots, keep up the good work! Salamat
K RUnited Kingdom
Barbara DesaiUnited States
Georges gave us an amazing overview of the city full of neighborhood details, history an cultural context. He took us walking through all the central neighborhoods describing the significant elements as well as sharing stories about each. His knowledge is extensive and his presentation engaging and friendly. He was flexible and accommodating when one of our party needed to leave the tour early. He is an excellent guide and I would recommend his walking tour to anyone seeking to experience the city by foot
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello the Desais! First i want to thank you for being so interested, it was my pleasure touring you around. It's just too bad that you had this rainy weather:( I hope your daughter feels better. I owe her a private tour whenever she comes back to Lebanon! Thanks a lot! Have a nice stay in Abu Dhabi and a nice flight back to LA. Cheers!
Graham WyattUnited States
I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy a cave, and Georges judiciously did not overpromise. Wow, fantastic! Next, the tour of the various monasteries and monastic retreats (some, barely more than caves in the cliff face) was inspiring. Georges explained their story with clarity and passion and put it into the context of Christianity during the early years of Islam. Bring good hiking boots and be prepared to walk, but take this tour -- I recommend it and George with complete enthusiasm!
Graham WyattUnited States
Layers and layers and layers of history, and with Georges it all makes sense! It was a windy December day when we toured Byblos and with Georges' descriptions I could imagine the first Phoenicians setting out to sea or the British fleet shelling the Ottoman fort. Georges was a great companion and sophisticated interpreter of a deeply complicated place. I recommend George and this tour with complete enthusiasm!
Graham WyattUnited States
Visiting the Bekaa Valley is essential to understanding Lebanon -- it's thriving towns, fertile agriculture, refugee camps and extraordinary ancient ruins. Georges is the perfect guide: a valley native who brings a personal connection and passion to Anjar, an exceptionally-intact Umayyed town and summer palace where he worked and knows the Director of Excavations. He also tells Baalbek's amazing story with clarity and passion. I recommend Georges and this tour with complete enthusiasm!
Graham WyattUnited States
What an amazing city: Georges communicated its beauty, insanity, and complexity! Be prepared to walk -- that is the best way to experience much of Beirut. Georges moves as effortlessly between English, French and Arabic as he does between times of the Phoenicians, the Umayyads and the recent civil war. He is honest, subjective and outspoken in his assessments ("What were these people thinking?!") but is always ready to back it up with facts, and counterfacts. This tour requires another day!!
The best tour that we ever had.George was so kind and outgoing and his knowledge about the lebanese history(political and social situation) was amazing.we travelled with his time machine from the phoenicians until now.we felt like locals because of George and we recommend his tour.Simply the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Stefanos, hey Sarah! Thanks a lot for the review, you anarchist sweeties! I'll see you in Athens in May (inshallah!), with some molotov and music to share. I had a lot of fun with you folks, and I really wish you come back again, your stay was too short. You are not allowed to skip Baalbek, Qadisha Valley and the South :D Take care and keep the good vibes!!!!!
Il nous semble que nous ne pouvions pas trouver meilleur guide que Georges pour découvrir Beyrouth. Son approche moderne, son français parfait, sa grande culture, sa gentillesse et sa souplesse ont fait de cette découverte un moment formidable. Nous ne pouvons que le remercier et le recommander chaleureusement. We could not find better guide to discover Beirut. His modern approach, his great culture, his kindness and his flexibility have made this discovery a great moment. We recommend him warmly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vous etes trop chou! C'est a moi de vous remercier d'etre encore plus passioné que moi par Beyrouth! Vous avez promis de revenir et je sais que vous tenez vos promesses. A tres bientot les amis.
Angus ClarksonUnited Kingdom
George was excellent. Insightful and passionate on the ancient and contemporary aspects of Beirut. If you want to get a view of the city that few visitors (or locals) will experience then I can't recommend him highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Angus!! Thanks a lot for your kind words :) You were actually the first traveler that I toured with ToursByLocals, and i can't thank you enough for being so interested in my Beirut tour and for giving me a lot of confidence!! I hope to see you on the next birthday celebration!!! CHEERS!