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“clean beaches and friendly people.”
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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Sur
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Owner description: The impressive ruins of a great Phoenician city.
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“clean beaches and friendly people.”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Two nice sites to visit while you are in tyr. One next to the sea and the other inland. This last one is big and impressive. You can also visit the harra (the old town) known with its churches and narrow streets. For a stay you can try the resthouse of tyr. Friendly staff and clean beaches .
Eating seafood is a must in tyr.

Visited August 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Impressive roman ruins, cute fishing harbour and Christian quarter”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

There are two roman sites in Tyr / Sour, one on the sea and one inland. The site on the sea, the smallest one, is nice because it goes down the sea - think Roman columns standing out against the blue ocean. The inland site is really impressive - you walk through the ancient paved road which, like all Roman roads entering a city, was lined with sarcophagi (tombs), you reach a gigantic arch and you end up at the remains of a huge hippodrome which was partially restored. There's not much left but it's enough to imagine how grand the place must have been.

There's also a very cute fishing harbour with a few restaurants, plus a very cool cafe-bar at the lighthouse behind (you can see some Roman columns on the shore, and even though there's no beach you can swim and get a tan). This is in the small, peaceful Christian quarter where there are several churches (nice church of the Virgin of the Sea, which includes an underground church in the courtyard). There are also souks in the Muslim quarter but I found them less interesting than the beautiful souks in Sidon/Saida.

There were very few tourists and I saw some UN cars on the road (the area below the Litani river is theorically under UN control) but it was very quiet.

Visited July 2013
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Alexandria, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“good long day”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

First you visit Maghdouche church then go through the ruins of Sidon and Tyre , the hippodrome, the triumph arch and sarcophagi, also we had lunch by the sea side in Tyre, we also went with our nice guide Suzanne into the old Arabian market, visited an old mansion and the soap museum, so many things to see in these two towns, thank you Suzanne from Nakhal tours for your great information.

Visited May 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“The Ghost of Charlton Heston Lurking”
Reviewed 21 March 2013

My wife and I visited the Hippodrome on March 7, 2013. When you first reach the site, you have to walk through a necropolis with sarcophagi strewn all about in a hazardous manner. Then you reach a triumphal arch that would have made Napoleon proud. After taking a left, you reach the hippodrome, which is truly awesome in scale.

Apparently, this was the biggest Roman hippodrome in the world and still the best preserved with two full bleachers still standing. This video I shot gives you a sense of how big the bleachers were: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ZMtNVpB-U

When we were there, no one else was present but local children using the almost 2,000 year old track for running practice. We climbed to the top of the bleachers and imagined old Charlton in his chariot racing his rivals and yelling "Soylent Green is people!"

Visited March 2013
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Bruges, Belgium
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“really great archeological sites”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

there are two main archeological sites, Al Bass and Al Mina, make sure you visit them all, they are really worth it !

the hippodrome in Al Bass is amazing, so is the cemetary and the Al-Mina site on the other side of town offers some great seaviews and intriguing archeological finds

Visited March 2013
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