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Sidon (Saida) Tours

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Sidon (Saida)
Mentioned in the book of Genesis, the ancient port city of Sidon is known to Lebanese as Saida. Its scenic old town boasts attractive souks, historic mosques, a Crusader sea castle, a 17th-century khan (trading inn), and a fascinating soap museum. Close to town lies the Temple of Eshmun, Lebanon’s best-preserved Phoenician ruin.

The Basics
Most travelers visit Sidon, like so many other sights in Lebanon, on a day trip from Beirut, but it is also possible to base yourself in southern Lebanon and explore from there. Tours typically take in the castle, khan, souks, Great Al-Omari Mosque, Temple of Eshmun, and perhaps the Soap Museum. Most also include Sidon’s biblical twin city, Tyre, farther south along the coast, and a stop at the shrine of Our Lady of Mantara in Maghdouché.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sidon is well worth a visit for history buffs and photographers.
  • The Soap Museum makes a great day out with kids.
  • Sidon is a conservative Muslim city. Women will feel more comfortable covering shoulders, upper arms, and legs.
  • Some Sidon sights are accessible for travelers who use wheelchairs.
  • Safety in Lebanon has come into question due to political tension and violence, according to the US Department of State. Travelers considering a visit should refer to their government’s travel advisories for the latest information.

How to Get There
Sidon is located on the Mediterranean coast, about 27 miles (44 kilometers) south of Beirut and 24 miles (38 kilometers) north of Tyre. Catch minibuses in Beirut from Sahraa Square or the Cola station, with other services onward to Tyre. There is no public transport to the Temple of Eshmun.

When to Get There
As with anywhere on the Mediterranean, try and avoid visiting Sidon’s attractions on weekends during the summer peak season (roughly mid-July through August). Be aware that mosques close for Friday prayers. Keep an eye on Lebanese–Israeli relations when planning travel in southern Lebanon.

The Temple of Eshmun
The trading empire of the Phoenicians occupied much of the territory that now makes up Lebanon until it was conquered by Persia in 539 BC. Not many structures remain. One site that does, however, is the Temple of Eshmun, dating back to the seventh century BC and dedicated to the city god of Sidon. While far from spectacular, the ruins are a place of pilgrimage for history buffs.
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27 Tours and Activities to Experience Sidon (Saida)

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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

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Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage–listed Roman architecture on this Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche day trip from Beirut. Explore the town of Tyre with your guide and gain insight into life here under Roman rule. Discover the ancient ruins of Sidon Sea Castle, the Castle of Saint-Louis and the 16th-century Great Mosque in Sidon. After a delicious lunch of Middle Eastern specialities in a traditional Lebanese restaurant, head on to Maghdouche. Here, admire top local attractions including the Old Cave and the Al-Saydeh Ancient Church before returning to Beirut.
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  • 8 hours
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$95.00
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$95.00

Small Group Tours from Beirut to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

Small Group Tours from Beirut to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

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Discover three of Lebanon’s top heritage sites on this attraction-packed day trip, departing from Beirut. Explore the stunning, crusader-era sea castle of Sidon, wander through the ruins of bustling Tyre, once a Phoenician settlement, and stop at Our Lady of Awaiting, a Melkite Greek Catholic Marian shrine in Maghdouche.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Small-Group Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche From Beirut

Small-Group Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche From Beirut

Experience the South of Lebanon in a unique way by joining our small group tour. Travel by a comfortable vehicle to explore the highlights of Sidon, discover Tyre also kown as the Queen of the Seas, a city full of history, and stop at our Lady of Awaiting shrine in Maghdouche. Get a personnal attention as this tour is limited to maximum 15 pax, with lunch, entrance fees and round-trip transfer included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Private Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche from Beirut

Private Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche from Beirut

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If you value the freedom of independent travel but prefer not to take your chances on Lebanese roads, this door-to-door private transport-only tour is for you. Traveling with a private driver, visit the biblical cities of Sidon, home to the Crusaders Sea Castle, Khan al-Franj, and Soap Museum, and Tyre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Roman-era hippodrome. Finish with the statue of Our Lady of Mantara in Maghdoucheh.
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  • 8 hours
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$100.00
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Small Daily Tours from Beirut to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouché with Lunch

Small Daily Tours from Beirut to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouché with Lunch

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Wander between the southern tourist sites of Lebanon with ease during a day trip to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche. As well as convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, save money while entrance fees to the sites and local lunch are included. A local guide at Tyre UNESCO-listed site reveals information you may otherwise miss if you visit this site on your own.
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  • 8 hours
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$95.00
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Small-Group Adventure Tour to Sidon Tyre Maghdouche - Day Trip from Beirut

Small-Group Adventure Tour to Sidon Tyre Maghdouche - Day Trip from Beirut

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Visit historic gems of the Lebanese coast on a full-day tour from Beirut to Sidon, Tyre, and Maghdoucheh. Combining transport and tours saves time for sightseeing, so you can soak up even more fascinating history. From the colorful Sidon Souks to the UNESCO-listed monuments of Sidon, you’ll get a guided introduction to key highlights along the way.
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  • 9 hours
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$39.00
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Full-Day Private Trip to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche from Beirut

Full-Day Private Trip to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche from Beirut

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Experience the Biblical cities of Tyre and Sidon without braving Lebanese traffic on this private door-to-door day tour. In Sidon, tour the Crusaders Sea Castle, the Khan al-Franj resthouse, and the Soap Museum; in Tyre, admire the majestic Roman ruins that have earned the city UNESCO World Heritage status. Stop at the Our Lady of Mantara shrine in Maghdoucheh on your way home. Please note: Tour excludes entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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Private Tour to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar and Sidon from Beirut

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

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This is the perfect tour for travelers with limited time in Beirut. Enjoy a sightseeing tour that showcases the old and the new, to give you a full understanding of Lebanon’ history. Highlights include the city of Deir Elkamar, Beitddine palace, a crusader castle, mosques and churches, the Old Souk of Sidon and much more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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Half-Day Tour to Beit El Din and Sidon

Half-Day Tour to Beit El Din and Sidon

Skip the hassle of driving and public transportation on this half-day tour from Beirut, and recognize the Italian-designed palace at Beiteddine in the countryside region of Chouf. Then head south to Sidon city, and explore the main attractions including the crusader sea castle, museums, palaces, khans and a small walk in the old souk.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Budget Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

Budget Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

We provide satisfying services for those who want an efficient vacation in Lebanon. The professionalism of our English speaking drivers will make your holiday full of meaning. On this day trip to the south of Lebanon, you will visit two Phoenician cities full of history, and end the tour in a religious site of our lady of Awaiting in Maghdouche.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Full-Day Private Trip to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar and Sidon from Beirut

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

Visit Beitddine, Deir Elkamar and Sidon in a single day from Beirut without the hassle of renting a car. Ride in a luxury Car through Lebanon countryside and enjoy the chance to focus on the scenery while your driver takes care of navigation and directions. Highlights include Beitddine Palace, Old Souk, Sea Side Crusader Castle, Mosques, Churches and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Full-Day private Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

Full-Day private Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

Visit both Sidon and Tyre in this full day from Beirut and learn about the two most important cities of Phoenicia and discover many cultural influences. Visit the Sidon Sea Castle, the old Souk of Saida, the UNESCO World Heritage in Tyre and the Church of the awaiting lady in Magdouche and Immerse yourself in a world of colorful history and spirituality.
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  • 8 hours
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$102.57
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The Route To Tyre! (Saida - Maghdouche - Mleeta - Tyr)

The Route To Tyre! (Saida - Maghdouche - Mleeta - Tyr)

This Tour take through the South Shore of Lebanon. The Shores are sandy, we will be understanding the importance of these Cities because of their geographical location in commerce and trading fields. On top of that we are seeing a modern day museum of modern day Warfare, and visiting one of the most sacred Greek orthodox location that is present in Lebanon
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  • 8 hours
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$102.57
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$102.57
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Private Car to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouché

Private Car to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouché

Make the most of your time exploring the Southern sites of Lebanon on this full-day tour from Beirut. Discover the highlights of Sidon city, visit the shrine of our Lady of Awaiting and recognize the UNESCO-listed site of Tyre including the Hippodrome, the Necropolis and other Roman ruins. A private comfortable vehicle accompanied by an English-speaking driver, as well as hotel pick-up and drop-off, make this tour a convenient option.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Private Car to Beit El Din, Deir El Qamar and Sidon

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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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Full-Day Private Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

Full-Day Private Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

Explore South Lebanon with a full day tour from Beirut. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle and discover all the highlights within the cities of Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche that includes ancient sites, Mosques, Churches and Old Souks
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
Price varies by group size
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$75.00
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Small-Group Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche with Lunch Included

Small-Group Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche with Lunch Included

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See the highlights of Tyre with a guide, and gain a depth of understanding of The city that has many ancient sites, including the Tyre Hippodrome and it is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Also known as Saida, you will visit the city of Sidon that has been inhabited since very early in prehistory and was the most powerful city-state of ancient Phoenicia. A final stop in Our Lady of Awaiting also known as Our Lady of Mantara, a Marian shrine in Maghdouché, Lebanon, believed to be the one where the Virgin Mary rested while she waited for Jesus when visiting Sidon. This tour includes admission ticket and lunch as well pickup and drop-off from your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Small-Group Tour with Lunch to Sidon, Tyre & Maghdouche

Small-Group Tour with Lunch to Sidon, Tyre & Maghdouche

Make the most of your time in Lebanon with a Small group tour from Beirut to several coastline destinations in south Lebanon, visiting Sidon, Magdouche and Tyre and gain insight from your guide about this great Phoenician cites that ruled the seas with many important archaeological remains mainly from Roman times as you explore the world heritage site in Tyre. Lebanese lunch, all entrance fees and hotel pick-up are included in this tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Private Full-Day Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche from Beirut

Private Full-Day Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche from Beirut

Experience two Southern historical cities in Lebanon on this full day tour from Beirut. Make the most of your time and visit Sidon city, the third largest city in Lebanon. Explore the crusaders sea castle, the soap museum, Khan El Franj, and stroll into the old souks. Continue to Tyre, known as the Queen of the Seas, and discover the ancient ruins, the necropolis and the hippodrome. At the end of the day, stop at the shrine of our lady of Awaiting located in a beautiful village called Maghdouche.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Private Full-Day Tour to Beiteddine, Deir El Qamar and Sidon from Beirut

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

Sidon is one of Lebanon's top destination for people wanting to relax while staring at the sea. This coastal city offers plenty of space for travelers to visit many highlights in a single day. Our Chouf and Sidon Tour combines the top places to visit in Lebanon. Dive in the Lebanese history and culture by discovering palaces, religious sites and beautiful landscapes as you venture from the capital, Beirut to some of Lebanon's more charming towns, like Beiteddine and Deir El Qamar.
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  • 8 hours
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Full-Day Private Tour to Sidon and Beaufort Castle

Full-Day Private Tour to Sidon and Beaufort Castle

In this full day tour from Beirut, you will discover some of the main landmarks in South Lebanon. Leave Beirut towards the city of Sidon and explore the sea castle and the main landmarks of the city and don't forget to stroll in the old souk. Next, head into the village of Arnoun, where a Crusader fortress stands, known as Beaufort Castle, or Qalaat Al Shaqif with a nice panoramic view overlooking the Litani River.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Sightseeing all-inclusive Small Group Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

Sightseeing all-inclusive Small Group Tour to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche

Lebanese cities are known for their history and culture. Book your spot on this day trip to South Lebanon from Beirut, and save time and money, as this trip covers all the bases, including air conditioned transportation, entrance fees, hotel pick-up and drop-off, plus a Lebanese lunch, which make this tour extra convenient. Visit Sidon, the third largest city in Lebanon. Discover the sea castle built by the crusaders in the thirteenth century on a small island connected to the mainland by a narrow 80m long roadway. Visit Khan El Franj and the soap museum of Sidon, before heading to the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the Roman hippodrome, the Necropolis, the ancient harbor of Tyre and the sea archeological site. End the tour in Maghdouche, visit the shrine and the cave where Virgin Mary used to wait for Jesus while preaching.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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6-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

6-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

Discover the delights of Lebanon on this 6-day tour. Enjoy breathtaking views and go deep in history while visiting North and South of the country. Don't hassle yourself in searching for accommodation and tours at reasonable prices. Check this well-planned package and enjoy your vacation to the most.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$545.00
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$545.00
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7-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

7-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup

Discover Lebanon in a style with this 7-day tour that covers the major sites of the whole country. Visit the Capital city, the North, the South and the countryside by an A/C vehicle. Don't hassle yourself in searching for accommodation and tours at reasonable prices. Check this well-planned package and enjoy your vacation the most.
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  • 7 days
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$665.00
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