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LB101: One Day Independent Beirut Walking Exploration
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Recommended Sites: the MimMineral Museum, the National Museum and the Zaitunay Bay

Introduction

Being three of the most popular sightseeing spots in Beirut, they are all located around the city center. The Mim Mineral Museum and the National Museum are close to each other. After visiting these two places, you may walk to the Zaitunay Bay and see the local life style on the way. The whole trip takes around 5-6 hours. When walking along the streets, you will pass by local restaurants, cinema, cafes and craft shops. If you happen to be interested in any of them, you can as well walk into it, which may bring some special pleasures to your Beirut trip. Your lunch can also be arranged on the way to the next destination.

Walking Route
You are suggested to book accommodation near the National Museum like the Hotel Smallville. Your trip today will start from the National Museum of Beirut. It usually takes around 1.5-2 hours to visit. After that, walk northwestward along the Damascus for 180 meters, you will find the Mim Mineral Museum on your right hand. At least  1-2 hours are needed to appreciate the colorful minerals. For those who like gemstones, minerals and rocks, more time will be spent here.

Continue your walking trip to the Zaitunay Bay. Walk along the Damascus for 2 kilometers, you will reach El Shouhada (the same road as Damascus). Go forward for 450 meters and you will arrive at the end of this road. Turn left and walk along the Charles Helou for 450 meters and Mir Majid Arsalan for 450 meters, you will come to BCD. Continue to walk for 160 meters, you will reach the Zaitunay Bay, which is on your right hand. 

Tips for you:
 The Mim Mineral Museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00-13:00, 14:00-18:00). Please note that this museum is closed on Mondays. 
The telephone number: +9611421672
The entrance: 6000 LBP per person
Location: Damascus Street, Saint Joseph University Campus of Innovation and Sport, Beirut, Lebanon

 The National Museum of Beirut opens from Tuesday to Sunday (09:00-17:00). 
The telephone number: +9611426703
The entrance ticket: 5000 LBP per person

 The Zaitunay Bay is located in Rafic El Hariri, Beirut. There are many restaurants, cafes and casinos in the Zaitunay Bay Area. It is leisurely to take a seat at a restaurant or café which you feel comfortable with, the delicious food, the boats, the sunset and the spectacular sea views will relax you from walking.

 If you prefer a hotel near the sea, you may consider the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, the Phoenicia Hotel Beirut, the Saint Georges Hotel & Resort or the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut. They are close to the sea and the Zaitunay Bay. In this case, you can firstly visit the Zaitunay Bay, and then the National Museum of Beirut, and make the Mim Mineral Museum the last one.
  • The National Museum of Beirut
    The National Museum of Beirut
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    Zaitunay Bay
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