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Hiking at NIHA - FERZOL & Rayak Wine Tasting with DALE CORAZON – LEBANON EXPLORERS!

New Trail by Dale Corazon – L.E.

HIKE LOCATION : Niha – Ferzol. Bekkaa region.
============= 1100 meters above sea level, 8 km North of Zahle.
Rayak village (Chateau Rayak) by bus
WHEN : Sunday, October 13, 2019
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ENCOUNTER PLACE : Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
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Driving directions to Mar Maroun https://dalecorazon.com/contact/

FEES:
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40,000 LL/person including transport (comfortable air-conditioned Pullman), professional guides, insurance, 5 minutes warming up, stretching and pictures.
Children 18 years old and younger will have a discount of 12.5%. (35,000 LL per person)
Every 5 coupons can be exchanged for a free hiking trip or
Groups of 4 and plus get a discount of 25%/person (30,000 LL per person)
There is 2.000LL Extra Entrance fees to the Temple.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
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Come and experience the adventure of hiking along the charming village of Niha Bekaa and Ferzol. The word ‘Niha’ means a place of rest, as it was once the Roman emperor’s summer place in Baalbeck. Niha is known for the 4 citadels dating back to the Roman Empire were constructed between the 1st and 3rd century AD, with some even further back to the Byzantine and Phoenician era. The citadels are grand, which can be compared to those at Baalbeck, albeit on a smaller scale.

The hike will begin from Niha (all levels) where we will visit the well-preserved lower temple.
After this, we will divide into two groups: intermediate and advanced.

HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous/advanced
Level 3 to 4 (approx. 2:30Hr) will continue to walk a bit uphill until they reach the upper temple El Hosn of Niha, which is still upright but in very good condition. Then the trail becomes a downhill walk all the way to Ferzol.


Level 6 (approx. 3:30Hr) will follow an uphill trail leading to a peak at the top of the cliff. Stunning panoramic views of the Bekaa valley can be enjoyed from up there. Afterwards, the trail will also continue downwards towards Ferzol.

Once in Ferzol, we will all go to Al-Habis to see ancient ruins and caves dating from the Canaanite, Phoenician and Roman era. The ruins are from a prehistoric empire that has been carved into the mountain as Cappadocia in Turkey, famous for allegedly housing all the gold treasures of that empire! On the other side, we will see the king’s chair, wine presses, and many historical remnants.

After completing the hike, we will return to the bus to go and visit the Village of Rayak (Arabic: رياق). It is a Lebanese town located just at the center of the Beqaa Governorate, belonging to the Caza of Zahle, and just 10 minutes from Ferzol. It has one military airport, an old train station on the former line from Beirut to Damascus, and a hospital of its own!
Rayak is also well known for its vast plains, many of which are planted with grape trees. The purpose of our trip there is to have the chance to visit the one and only famous Artisanal Winery: Chateau Rayak: https://www.facebook.com/Chateau-Rayak-1575140032595473/ where the owner (Mr. Elias Maalouf) will take us on a tour to explore how Wine and Arak products are made, get to taste some samples, and we can buy some bottles too!

We will have time to rest in the stunning nature of Rayak before walking back to our bus and continuing back home.

WHAT TO TAKE:
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Healthy snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits, lunch, water, cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes (Professional brand is recommended) and don't forget to get a light jacket. DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.

==There will be a breakfast stop along the way==

FOR RESERVATION AND INFO:
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Please Call 00961-70-986118 / 00961-70-997062 and by sending SMS, or WhatsApp mention your name, surname and the event you wish to join us on.

NOTE:
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Thank you for not smoking during the trip and following all the ecotourism rules included safety regulations. Otherwise all accidents will not be recognized by the insurance. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.