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Museums of Beirut Day Tour
"Enjoy a fascinating introduction to Lebanon's vibrant history. The National Museum of Beirut holds countless treasures through which you will witness the living proof to the country's rich heritage. Mim gets its name from the 24th letter of the Arab precisely because it is the first letter of the Arabic words for museum minerals and mines. The museum exhibits more than 1400 minerals representing around 300 different species from over 61 countries. Then we will head to Lebanon’s central bank Museum where you will know more about the central bank’s roles and responsibilities in keeping the stability of the Lebanese economy and financial system.The last destination is a walk in Hamra streets where we will encounter shops restaurants
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Small Group Tour to Biblical Highlights of the Galilee from Jerusalem
"After you have been picked up from your hotel in Jerusalem drive to Tel-Aviv to start your exciting full day tour to the north visiting Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. You will then be driven along the coast to visit the city of Nazareth where Jesus spent his childhood. Proceed to Tiberias and visit the history and the Jordan River. It is here that Jesus is said to have been baptized. Before ending your day and returning to point of departure you will stop to visit the famous baptismal site at Yardenit. Having followed in the footsteps of Christ you will be returned to the point of departure.""""Enjoy a fascinating full day trip to Israel's biblical highlights of the north visiting the town where Jesus spent his childhood
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Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Champagne Gourmet Breakfast and Souvenirs
"Travel the winds with this bestseller package. Imagine morning breeze caressing your face while standing in a field in a beautiful valley the first rays of the morning sun through the trees and you standing in front of a giant hot air balloon high in the air! Ready to take you on a journey with the winds you are invited into the balloons basket.You will be instructed to meet the team at the 'take off' location. First of all you will see the city of Nazareth mount. Gilboa the kingdom of Jordan and much more. After the amazing flight you will enjoy the opening ceremony of a traditional bottle of champagne after landing. You will then have a picnic in nature with rich and luxurious breakfast with a unique menu in the landin
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Jebel Qassioun Tips (6)

Look the citylights

They shine at night, they seems to be so far from us, standing up on this mountain...Drinking a hot tea, my eyes lost in yours, no words are needed cause our hearts are talking already...Oh God, i dont wanna go away.....please, let me stay here, forever...Doesn't split what is born to be One.....Those citylights, the same i saw from the plane, as lil stars in the sky, where you are the shinest one...

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themagiclake
Dec 11, 2005

Jebel Qassioun

Jebel Qassioun is the "mountain" right behind Damascus... well, actually the hill where the TV antenna is. If you go there at sunset, provided the sky is clear, you'll be rewarded by a truly unforgettable sunset over the city. Apparently there's public transportation to there, but I could not find any - and all the locals I met they all had reached it by car. With four other people I hired a taxi - it wasn't too cheap, but it surely was money well spent. The sunset was magical!

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call_me_rhia
Jan 19, 2003

Damascus

There are many landmarks to help the visitor in the center of the city, despite all the works that are going on. The avenue Shukry Kouwatly ends at a sort of esplanade , crowded with taxis an d buses. From here, on the right, the boulevard al Jabry begins (general post office, railway station); on the left is the boulevard Port Saïd, which becomes the boulevard du 29 Mai, ending at the place du 17 April, facing the imposing marble colonnade of the Central Bank. These wide boulevards are lined with restaurants, cinemas, the monument to the glory of the Syrian peasant (Mydan Youssef al Azmeh), the Mouhafazah, or town hall, the city Tourist Information International Bureau, and commercial buildings of many kinds (for example, high-quality jewelers). If, leaving the boulevards, we take one of the streets continuing the avenue Shukry Kouwatly to the east, we arrive at Sahat al Shoufhada'a ("the square of the Martyrs"), still commonly known as place Marjeh. This square is easily recognized by a curious bronze colonnade wreathed in electric cables. This monument was erected to commemorate the opening of first telegraphic link in the Middle East - the line between Damascus and Medina.

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albateh
Aug 16, 2003

If you want a complete view of...

If you want a complete view of the city, then head up to the road halfway up Mount Qassioun. You can walk here, but it's a bit of a trek as you can't climb it from the suburbs on the slopes - you have to follow the road to Dummar to get behind the mountain first. It is best to take a taxi, though agree on a price first. The road passes through a military area, so try to look like a lost ignorant tourist rather than an Israeli spy, and take notice of the guards if they tell you not to look to your left. The President owns a house near here, so they are particularly wary about 'who goes there'. Once at the top (not the very top, that's a military area too), there are great views over the city - I never realised Damascus was so big until I came up here. All the guidebooks mention cafes where you can watch the sunset over some tea and a nargileh, but these have since been bulldozed (could it have something to do with the military areas nearby?!...), and it has now been transformed into the local 'Lovers' Lane', so be warned - it is not an earthquake which is rocking that car!!!

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maykal
Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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There are also very old...

There are also very old quarters on the slopes of Mount Qassioun, which offer more tourist-free souks and great views of Damascus. It is extremely easy to get disorientated the higher up you go, as many of the roads are just staircases between houses. The picture on the left shows the new city, with Mount Qassioun on the right.

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maykal
Aug 26, 2002

Take the Nike express

If you have enough spare time (like many travellers do) I recommend walking up, having lunch looking at the city and then running down. We should all be up for that right? RIght? Maybe not.

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Jan 10, 2004

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Khan As'ad Pasha

Khan As’ad Pasha Khan Asad Pasha is an important monument in the walled city of Damascus, within the Bzouriyyeh Souk. It was built by the governor of Syria, Asad al Azem, in 1752,being used as a...
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