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Sidon (Saida)
Sidon (Saida)

Sidon (Saida)

Free admission
Sidon Sea Boulevard

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.

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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
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$88.00 per adult
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Sour, Saaida and Maghdouche... one...
Sour, Saaida and Maghdouche... one great experince at sea side... Cruciats castle, old souk of saaida, the al bass cite, the one from the sea... Waw! you will for sure enjoy it!
Ida S, May 2016

Recent reviews from experiences in Beirut

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The tour was amazing and...
Steven_W, Sep 2021
Small Group Tours from Beirut to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche
The tour was amazing and a great introduction on my first day in Lebanon. My driver/guide Hassane was knowledgeable and interesting. He also arranged for an archeologist to meet us at the sites in Tyre, who was fantastic and provided great professional and personal insight to the sites. The tour was so good, I booked another with Hassane to Baalbek the following day. Highly recommend!
star-4
Great introduction to the history of southern Lebanon
UQWozza, Oct 2019
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
My wife and I did this as an easy introduction to important historical cities on the south coast of Lebanon. Our guide Waleed was very knowledgeable and friendly, and gave a good commentary as we moved from sight to sight. My only minor complaint was that the bus got very hot on some legs of the trip. Other than that I would have given 5 stars for the trip.
star-4
Nice guide, good locations
marcoJ3607UA, Aug 2019
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
The tour was well organised and the guide quite knowledgeable. Lunch was satisfying and in a great location. I'm only not much impressed by Sidon, but Tyre was worth it.
star-4
Bucket list checked
Alohagisele, Oct 2019
Small Group Tours from Beirut to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche
So happy to check off my bucket list of seeing Sidon and Tyre and in one tour! Our driver was very personable and professional getting us to our sites, caring for our needs and giving us history and details. At Tyre the professional guide was provided and he was so good at explaining the site and history. Lunch was at a posh hotel, poolside, on mountain overlooking ocean with a Lebanese spread. Unfortunately many of souk shops were closed bc of heat. I would have like a short time to shop at the open ones.
star-5
Great day-trip... Tyre's Roman...
Shaun C, Oct 2016
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
Great day-trip... Tyre's Roman cemetery, hippodrome and marble road amazing, view over Sidon from Maghdouche hill really good, and nice walk around Sidon's castle, souq and soap museum.
star-5
Sour, Saaida and Maghdouche... one...
Ida S, May 2016
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
Sour, Saaida and Maghdouche... one great experince at sea side... Cruciats castle, old souk of saaida, the al bass cite, the one from the sea... Waw! you will for sure enjoy it!
star-5
Memories for a life time! I love...
Teresa D, Feb 2018
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
Memories for a life time! I love Viator tours! I ALWAYS know I can depend on them. There were many tourists and it was a safe good trip. Several rest room breaks. Would do it again! Guide told us all the history non stop. A good tour!
star-4
A very professionally organised tour...
Ian W, Jan 2018
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
A very professionally organised tour with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. The visits to the two sites in Tyre were outstanding and the souk visit and soap museum visit in Sidon were also very good. It was unfortunate that it rained heavily most of the day but the guide ensured we made the most of the visits. The lunch was also excellent
star-5
Fantastic day! Great guide and...
judewilson2010, Apr 2018
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
Fantastic day! Great guide and drIver! Informative. Great food at restaurant. Comfortable coach and lovely fellow travellers!
star-5
A very enjoyable and informative...
Emmanuela D, Aug 2017
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
A very enjoyable and informative trip. We thoroughly enjoyed it even the lunch was very good with lots of tasty different dishes. Guide was very clever and looked after the group very well.
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Make sure to not book anything with...
Gregory A, Oct 2016
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
Make sure to not book anything with this tour company online. It's cheaper to do it with them directly, I was overcharged 10 per tour due to the fact I booked online and not in person or with them directly. This was a nice tour, Madelone was the tour guide. She was wonderful. The lunch included was huge and served by the sea and castle. Incredible. Really amazing experience. Loved seeing the old castles, ruins and Statues!
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A journey to the south!
eduardobH7630EV, Jun 2019
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
The only one of the tours I did in southern Lebanon that satisfied my curiosity. Saida and the cruzader Castle of the Sea is lovely, walking through the Souks is most than interesting. Each merchant showed kind even you will not buy his merchandise. The basilica divided between Orthodox and Catholic attracts my attention and is a reason to return. Already in Sour, the archaeological site of Tire impresses with its arch and the amount of sarcophagi of the necropolis. Already in the part that was the island that was conquered by Alexander the Great, impress me to imagine how before it was separated from mainland. The columns remind us how wonderful it was in the Roman era, with the Phoenicians should be equally impressive. A delicious lunch was offered, the Mezze was plentiful and good service. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mantara and its peace, a good ending to a day full of history and emotions.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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