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Mira’s Guided Tours - December 2017 Program

Tour on December 9, 2017: Did you know that the iconic Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who is behind the city of Brasilia & the UN Building in New York designed what Tripolitans call the Maarad?

Then get ready to walk the avant-garde International Exhibition Fair with its exhibition hall, theaters, helipad, restaurant, bowling alley, kiosks, housings ect, all designed in the 60ies by the renowned architect in Lebanon’s second largest city!

After tasting local Tripolitan specialties for lunch, we’ll visit one of the most beautiful orthodox churches followed by a pleasant stroll through Old Mina’s narrow alleys with more to learn about Tripoli and Mina’s history.

Then before going back to Beirut, we’ll discover the Old Train Station that goes back to 1911 where German & French trains have reached their final destinations. To top it off, we will have a relaxing ride in the bus along the beautiful coastline of Mina and Tripoli before heading back to Beirut.

Departure from Beirut:
Virgin building in front of Martyr’s Square, downtown Beirut at 9 am
A bus will be waiting from 8:30 am

11 am: Start of the tour at the main gate of the fair next to where the big Pole is located - for the ones joining in Tripoli.
Return to Beirut: Afternoon (around 3/4 pm)

The guided tour fee: 30 000 LL ($20)
Bus fee: 15 000 LL ($10)
Fee for Tripolitan Students : 20 000 LL
(Payment: the day of the trip)

Places are limited therefore please register by filling this online form: https://goo.gl/forms/M0h90DH5W1sFybuf1

(For more info, please email mirasguidedtours@gmail.com or call +961 70 12 67 64)

N.B:
- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require payment of the full fee of the bus.
- Please bring cash money, as there are no possibilities for ATM stops on the way.
- Bring your snacks, water or juice as there are no shops in the Fair.
- Lunch is not included in the tour package and it would range between 5000LL and 7000LL with a soft drink & coffee!

Tyre The Ancient City - 16 December 2017

Mira’s Guided Tours are heading to the beautiful south on December 16!

Tyre, “ The Mother of Europa”, “The Queen of the Seas”, and the famous island desired for so long by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar as well as Alexander the Great, is our next destination.

Tyre’s history goes back to the third millenium (B.C.) as a Phoenician city state on the southern Canaanite coast, yet nowadays it is a city famous for its rich Roman/ Byzantine ruins. Therefore our visit will begin at the Al Bass Site where we will explore the Necropolis, pass under the famous Tyrian Archway and continue our discovery to the Grand Hippodrome one of the largest of the Roman period. 

The second part of our visit focuses on The Maritime site with its Roman Baths, Palaestras, markets, and streets paved with mosaic. A chilled visit of the beautiful Christian neighborhood, the refreshing sea side and the old port will follow, before having lunch & heading back to Beirut around 3/4 PM. 

Our guide will be Elissar Baalbaki whose soul fits well with Mira’s Guided Tours’ approach, concept and spirit. Elissar is passionate about Tyre and has been guiding tourists for almost 18 years. She will share with you her knowledge and love for this city during this day trip to the south of our beautiful coast. 

Departure from Beirut: 
Virgin bldg., in front of Martyr’s Square, Central Beirut at 9 am (A bus will be waiting from 8:30 am)

Meeting point for people already in Tyre: 
Main Entrance of the Al Bass Site at 10:45 /11 am
Return to Beirut: Afternoon (around 3/4 pm)

Price of the Guided Tour: 30 000 LL ($20)
Bus: 20 000 LL ($13.3)
(Payment: the day of the trip) 

Places are limited therefore please register by filling this online form: https://goo.gl/forms/N8t0p4dt6wmgv9rx1
(For more info, please email mirasguidedtours@gmail.com or call +961 70 12 67 64)

N.B:

- Please bring cash money, as there are no possibilities for ATM stops on the way.
- Lunch is not included in the tour package and would range between LL5 000 and LL 40 000 depending on what you order.
- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require payment of the full fee of the bus.

Baalbeck - The City of the Sun - 23 December 2017

Mira’s Guided Tours are heading to the majestic temples of Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley on December 23!

Baalbeck, also called the city of Baal or Heliopolis, is known for having one of the largest temples of the Roman Empire. In Baalbeck, Romans worshipped the gods Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus – gods that may also have been related to the Canaanite deities Haddad and Astarte.

Our guide Charbel Saliba was born and raised in Baalbeck. Charbel knows the city better than anyone, and he has been working as a guide for almost 20 years. He speaks Arabic, French, English, German and Russian. Charbel will share with you his knowledge and love for his city when taking you on a special exploration of Baalbek.

Our first stop will be at the famous Palmyra Hotel. The first hotel to be built in Baalbeck in 1874, it has hosted the German Emperor Wilhelm II, Nina Simone, the Shah of Iran, Atatürk, Ella fitzgerald, General De Gaulle, Cocteau and many other celebrities. We will stop there for coffee and drinks before we begin our dive back into ancient history.

Breathtaking temples await us: The Temple of Jupiter with its impressive still-standing columns, entrance and altar. We definitely won’t miss the wonderful and controversial temple dedicated to the god of wine, the Bacchus temple - the best preserved Roman temple of this size in the world. We will end our tour with the elegant Temple of Venus to fill our hearts with love... 

We will also pass to witness the biggest stone in the world uncovered by German archeologists, and given the name of Hajjar al-Hibla - the pregnant stone - located in a stone quarry in Baalbeck. 

Finally lunch will be served after the tour in a restaurant with a lovely seating area which serves eastern and western cuisine, and some delicious Baalbek specialties that we cannot leave without having the pleasure of tasting!

Departure from Beirut: 
Virgin building in front of the Martyr’s Square, Central Beirut at 8 am (A bus will be waiting from 7:30am)

Meeting point for people already in Baalbeck: 
Palmyra Hotel at 10:30 am or main entrance of the temples site at 11 am (To be specified by email plz - see below)

Tour begins at around 11 am
Return to Beirut from Baalbeck: Afternoon around 4 pm

Price of the Guided Tour: 30 000 LL ($20)
Bus: 20 000 LL ($13.3)
Entrance fee: 10 000 for Lebanese / 15000 for non-Lebanese
For students with a card: 10 000 / Free for Lebanese students 
(Payment: the day of the trip) 

Places are limited therefore please register online by filling this form: https://goo.gl/forms/VRVJFkIUi4SJuRGt1
(For more info, please email mirasguidedtours@gmail.com or call +961 70 12 67 64)

N.B:
- Bring your hats & snacks  
- Please bring cash money, as there are no possibilities for ATM stops on the way.
- Lunch is not included in the tour package and would range between 5 000 and 
40 000 LL depending on what you order.
- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require payment of the full fee of the bus.

Tripoli A Walk Through History - 30 December 2017

Let’s have a walk together in my beloved city one last time before 2018!

Tripoli the capital of north Lebanon has often been compared to Cairo, the city with the largest Mamlouk heritage in the world. Another reason to discover some of its neglected forgotten jewels through a walk around its vibrant souks, hidden Hammams, majestic Mosques, colorful khans, stylish Madrassas (Coranic schools) and more. 

The city was also once the capital of the Crusader County of Tripoli and the provincial capital of the Ottoman Eyalet (state) of Tripoli; we will come across some of the traces that remain of these periods too.

For lunch: Traditional Tripolitan specialties at Akra

Departure from Beirut:
Virgin building at Martyr’s Square, Downtown Beirut at 9 am (A bus will be waiting from 8:30 am)
Meeting point for people already in Tripoli: Ottoman Clock at Tal Square at 11 am.

Tour starts around 11 am.
Return to Beirut from Tripoli: Afternoon around 4 pm

Price of the guided Tour: 30 000 LL (20$)
Special price for Tripolitan students: 20 000 LL
Bus: 15 000 LL (10$)
(Payment: the day of the trip) 

Places are limited therefore please register by filling this online form:https://goo.gl/forms/RKZLSDrZspOcPDmu1 
For further questions please email mirasguidedtours@gmail.com, or call +961 70 12 67 64

N.B:
- For women, please don’t forget to bring big scarves to cover the hair/neck & light jackets with long sleeves to cover the arms & wear loose pants or long skirts for the mosques visits. For men, it is preferable to wear pants or long shorts.
- Please bring cash money, as there are no possibilities for ATM stops on the way.
- Lunch is not included in the tour package and it would range between 5000LL to 7000LL.
- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require payment of the full fee of the bus.


 
 
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