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We will start our trip with the Moukhtara Palace, a place full of stories and history in the heart of the Chouf. Then, we will head to discover the Fortress of Niha, an ancient fortress one of the Chouf Biosphere reserve entrances, 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.
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.
On our way, we will stop for an optional breakfast.
A traditional Lebanese lunch will take place at Chalouf restaurant in Jezzine with a breathtaking view over the waterfall.

Price is LBP 350.000/adult and LBP 300.000/kid under 12, including transportation, lunch, guide, coffee, water & WIFI. Seats are limited to respect the physical distancing in the bus. Wearing masks is mandatory.
Pick up from Mar Mitr Achrafieh at 9:30am, back at 6:30pm.
Call +961 1 332201 or WA 76 910 165
N.B. All hygiene measures will be applied for your safety.
- Reservations are confirmed when the payment is done upfront.
- Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be charged in full.
- Reservation fees are non-refundable unless we cancel the tour or force majeure.

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