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City Sightseeing Lebanon - Niha, Prophet Ayoub shrine & Jezzine day trip

Discover the Fortress of Niha, an ancient fortress one of the Chouf Biosphere reserve entrances located in the municipality of Niha Chouf and is today visited as cultural heritage in the Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve.
Carved into the rock of a cliff overlooking the Bisri and 'Aray valley, among world’s most beautiful scenery in the world, the Fortress of Niha has been monitoring the road between Sidon and the Beqaa valley. It is mentioned for the first time in 975 AD and later in 1133. It has been controlled alternatively by the Crusaders and local Muslims until its destruction in 1261. In 1270, the Mamluk leader Baibars ordered it rebuilt. In 1585, the Emir Qorqomaz Maan probably took refuge in it briefly before his death. It is reputed that the Emir Fakhr-al-Din II also found refuge there before he was executed by the Pasha of Damascus in 1635, but it might more probably have been his father Emir Korkomaz, in 1584.
Niha is most known with many caves, both natural and man-made. One among them, a cave-fortress that was cut into a cliff during the Crusades between 1165 and 1260, is named Niha's Castle or Shakif Tiron. According to the popular tale prince Fakhreddine El Ma'ani II hid there when hiding from the Ottomans in 1635. However, the accurate historic version links these events to prince's father Korkomaz during 1584.
We will also visit the Prophet Ayoub shrine with arched courtyards and terraces which constitutes most of the site, surrounded by a small cave and mountainous landscapes and green woods.
Then, we will head to Jezzine, located 40 km south of Beirut. Surrounded by mountain peaks, pine forests (like the Bkassine Pine Forest), and at an average altitude of 950 m (3,117 ft), it is the main summer resort and tourist destination of South Lebanon. The town is also well-known in Lebanon for its production of handmade, traditional cutlery and daggers with decorative inlays, artisanal wine, and the shrine of Our Lady of the Waterfall.

Pick up from Mar Mitr Achrafieh at 9am, price is LBP 75,000 per person including all entrance fees, brunch, coffee, water, certified guide and wifi on board.
Call +961 1 332201 or WA 76 910 165
N.B. All hygiene measures will be applied for your safety.
https://www.sightseeinglebanon.com/package.php?id=8
Kindly note that:
- Wearing masks is mandatory
- Physical distancing is a must. We can't exceed the 50% of the bus capacity.
- Remember to register as soon as possible to book your space because seats are limited.
- Wearing comfortable shoes is preferable.
PAYMENT TERMS:
- Cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged half-price
- Reservations with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged an extra 5’000 LBP
(e.g. Cancelling or booking for a Sunday’s event on Saturday will be subject to the above terms)
-No refund policy on the day of the event.
Looking forward to see you! Until then stay safe.

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