A personal thank you, for everyone who joined and made WalkBeirut possible over the past seven years.
My father, Mohamad Chatah, was assassinated on 27 December 2013. Like too many Lebanese before him, he was killed for wanting a decent and stable Lebanon, free from the ills that have plagued this country for decades. He is now buried where the photo to the right was taken - he is third from left - in Martyr's Square.
For personal reasons following that day, as well as the general breakdown of security here in Lebanon, I've put the WalkBeirut tour on hold. I'm sorry to disappoint in this decision, but I believe during these difficult times it's the right one to make. Should it be of any interest, an interview with my family was released following the one year anniversary of my father's assassination. Please click here or on the embedded YouTube clip to view it.
Looking back, I'm truly honored to have met thousands of wonderful guests - Lebanese and foreigners alike - who joined me in bringing Beirut's history to life through storytelling. In my small and limited capacity, I hope I helped my father contribute to Lebanon's narrative and Beirut's memory. Be it prosperity. Be it tragedy.
The following are several of the stops we currently include on the tour:
Banque du Liban;
Kantari Traditional Quarter;
Former Holiday Inn Hotel, Trade Center & Green Line;
Wadi Abu Jmeel & Beirut's Jewish Quarter;
Roman Bath House;
Place de L'Etoile & Downtown Beirut;
St. Georges Cathedral & Al Amin Mosque;
Samir Kassir Garden
About the Tour
WalkBeirut started offering tours in April 2009. Our concept remains simple: get to know Beirut by foot. We believe our city can be best explained through story-telling, and we've come up with a walking route that is pedestrian-friendly and brings you to neighborhoods we think are critical in grasping Beirut's diverse history.
Roughly 4 hours long, the tour includes a break (in an area surrounded by cafes), as well as plenty of places to sit and rest while we introduce you to Beirut.
Gefinor Center Plaza on Clemenceau Street, facing Gruen Eatery
For online mapping, type 'Gruen - Restaurant, Hamra, Beirut' on Google Maps to see where we start.
Reservations required. Limited availability on tour dates.
For tour schedule, booking info, meeting point details and t-shirt requests, please see below.
If you're interested in purchasing WalkBeirut t-shirts (see photos below), include the request in your reservation and let us know:
(1) number of shirts
(2) size per shirt - S,M,L,XL
(3) color per shirt - white or gray
Note that a three-day notice is required to process your order. The cost per shirt is 30,000 Lebanese Lira or 20 US Dollars (Euro is not accepted) and we will bring the shirt ready at the start of the tour. If your reservation request is for 3 or more tickets, you will need to include the t-shirt purchase in your online payment (see ticket information & reservation procedure above).
All you need to bring is a bottle of water and comfortable shoes, and we'll take care of the rest! Walk with us through our city's revitalization in recent years, as we share experiences of tragedy and transformation.
In the large plaza at the intersection of Clemenceau Street and Gefinor Street (see green spot on map above).
Next to the Middle East Airlines Office & Banque Libano-Francaise, immediately facing Gruen Eatery.
The tour ends in downtown Beirut, either at Martyr's Square or the Samir Kassir Garden (depending on events taking place the day of the tour). Where we finish is roughly 20 minutes away by foot from the meeting point. Should you need to reach the meeting point after the tour, we'll show you the way back by foot or help you into a taxi. For information on purchasing WalkBeirut t-shirts, please continue below.
Ticket price is 30,000 lira or 20 US Dollars (Euro is not accepted). Each ticket includes a customized walking tour map, and with every ticket purchase a donation is sent to the Samir Kassir Foundation.
* You will be requested to purchase all tickets reserved, so please book accordingly.
* When a tour date is marked as FULL we cannot accomodate further reservations.
* We do not accept third-party reservations. We ask that guests book their tickets directly.
* For t-shirt requests, please scroll down for more information on how to order.
Reservations of 3+ tickets:
Purchases of 3+ tickets require online payment. Once we receive your reservation request, we will send you an online payment form, followed by your confirmation.
Note that online payments are final, and we do not offer ticket reductions or reimbursements. We can, however, move your tickets to another scheduled date should you reschedule your trip.
Should the tour be canceled from our end due to inclement weather, security concerns or we do not reach the minimum number of participants necessary to conduct the tour, we will refund your payment in full within 1-2 business days.
How to Reserve
To reserve your tickets, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and include the following information to process your booking:
SUBJECT: (1) an OPEN date scheduled above; (2) the number of tickets you'd like to purchase.
BODY: (1) the names of the participants joining; (2) a mobile number we can reach you with.
Your confirmation will be sent by email, along with important details concerning the tour.
Beirut Walking Tour
Interested in exploring Beirut's layered history by foot? WalkBeirut offers the only extensive, in-depth guided walking tour of Beirut. Our tours are offered in English, and are run by graduates in history from the American University of Beirut. The tour narrates Beirut's rich and often troublesome past, and reflects on the city's enduring spirit.
* We do not offer private or customized tours. We only offer group tours on dates scheduled below.
* Children under the age of 12, and babies in strollers or straps, are not permitted on the tour.
* No tours are scheduled at the moment. Please see below for further explanation. *