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Hop-On Hop-Off
tourist buses launched
Stops at 15 touristic destinations
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Hop-On Hop-Off buses will begin operating in Beirut on May 4, taking passengers on a tour of some of the city’s most significant destinations.

Savi, founded by Viviane Nasr, has signed a franchise agreement with Hop-On Hop-Off buses from City Sightseeing, the world’s operator of the open top bus tour.

Three buses will run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. “Each tour provides the chance to explore the main sights and attractions of Beirut within a few hours,” Nasr said. The tour's duration is 90 minutes.

Savi has invested $1 million in the project, which created 11 job opportunities.

The tour’s starting point is Martyr’s Square. Tourists will have the opportunity to hop on and hop off at 15 touristic sites, including the National Museum of Beirut, Sursock Museum, Villa Audi Mosaic Museum, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral and Archaeological Crypt Museum, Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut, the Garden of Forgiveness, Roman Baths, MIM Museum, Zaitunay Bay, Raouche Rocks, Beirut Souks, ABC Ashrafieh and Verdun, and Cathedral of St. Elias and St. Gregory the Illuminator.

The red double-deck open-top buses hold up to 65 passengers. Informative, historical audio commentary is available about each site in six languages: French, English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. “The buses are GPS triggered, so the historical information will be given about each destination the bus reaches,” Nasr said.

The tickets are available online through the City Sightseeing official website, and in the Sightseeing Beirut offices in Saifi.

Tickets are sold for unlimited use over a period of 24 and 48 hours, for $33 and $40 per individual, respectively. The price includes free admittance to the National Museum. The company also offers family tickets for two adults and three children at $75 for 24 hours and $100 for 48 hours. Tickets are good for three months.

City Sightseeing’s Hop-On Hop-Off buses operate in major touristic destinations including Paris, Rome, New York, Dubai, and Barcelona.

Savi is owned by several investors including Joumana Azzi, Elie Azzi, Fadi Maalouf, Joelle Abou Farhat, and Jihad El Achkar.
Reported by Rania Ghanem
Date Posted: May 02, 2019
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