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A very special day trip is awaiting for you this Sunday. We will discover the old and biggest Riyak Railway Station, located in Riyak, Lebanon. Riyak was a strategically-located station within the Lebanese railway system; it acted as a railway junction, with the main branch to Syria towards the cities of Homs and Damascus (eventually reaching Mosul, Iraq) as well as a large repair facility. The station complex had nine buildings, including a hotel, a telecommunications center and a ticket office. Other buildings onsite included a military center, a postal station, the employee lounge and a security building. The first train arrived in Riyaq from Beirut in 1895.
Then we will head to Chateau Rayak where the wine-making has been a passion of the Maalouf family for hundreds of years. In 1914 the family escaped the World War I famine in Mount Lebanon and took refuge in the city of Rayak, in the Bekaa Valley.
The region’s unique climate and terrain provided their wine with an unexpected wealth of flavors, aromas, and rich colors. Looking back on centuries of wine making experience, the Maalouf artisanal winery is located in a city at the heart of Lebanon’s wine making region. You will also discover the Arak making and the difference between a good arak and a cheap one. All this will be crowned by a wine tasting of 6 varieties.
The lunch will take place in a traditional Lebanese restaurant in Riyak.

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 9:00am, back at 6:00pm.

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