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  • Saturday Aug 04 2018 from 01:30 pm until 12:00 am
  • Sunday Aug 05 2018 from 09:00 am until 07:00 pm
  • Kawkaba, Rashaya el Foukhar, Saghbine, Lebanon
  • Sports & Outdoor, Family & Kids

Weekend Getaway in Kawkaba, Rashaya el Foukhar & Saghbine

SUMMARY
Weekend getaway in Kawkaba, Rashaya el Foukhar & Saghbine

- Date : Saturday & Sunday 4 & 5 August 2018
- Timing : from Saturday 4/8/18 at 1h30 pm till Sunday 5/8/18 at 07h00 pm
- Meeting point : Zalka
- Activities : Sunset hike in Kawkaba, overnight in Rashaya el Foukhar and a Wine & rural day in Saghbine
- Contribution: 160’000 LBP/adult , 145'000 LBP/student between 12-17 y.old, 120’000 LBP/child 7 y.-12 y., covering guides, transportation for 2 days, accommodation in a Guest House with breakfast, Wine day in Saghbine including wine tasting, rural lunch, a promenade in the vineyard towards the lake, by walking or tractor and a guided tour to the farm. The contribution does not include food and/or drinks of Saturday night, neither food nor drinks not mentioned in the event. A 50% down payment is requested to confirm the booking through OMT or Western Union.
- The rural lunch in the winery will include Lebanese appetizers, barbecue (meat, kabab, chicken), open wine and soft drinks.
- Reservation: Thursday 2/8/2018 2018 is the last day for Reservation. PLACES ARE LIMITED. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

For info and reservation:
- Roula : 03- 95 32 97
- Gio : 71-72 37 70

Overview
Do you want to spend a special weekend in a unique way in the South of Lebanon? What about an escape to the West Beqaa as well?
Join us for an unforgettable weekend in Kawkaba starting Saturday 4th of August 2018 afternoon to enjoy a sunset hike in its nature, sip a cup of wine and some delicious bites while admiring the sunset beauty, discover the narrow streets of the village by night, and continue our evening at a local restaurant in Ibl El Saki, and stay overnight in Rashaya El Foukhar! It’s not all, the following day we’ll head to the West Beqaa visiting a special local winery on Qaraoun lake for a wine tasting, lunch buffet, promenade in the vineyard and lake, and visit to their lovely farm.
The program is in collaboration with Kawkaba Municipality who is organizing Kawkaba sunset, and Green Steps is adding its special touch to the Weekend program!

What to Expect

 Schedule of the 1st day – Saturday 04/08/2018 :
Leaving Zalka at 1h00 pm, heading to Kawkaba.
Check-in at the Guest House of Rashaya El Foukhar.
Sunset hike will start at 5h30 pm in Kawkaba village until we reach the most beautiful cape of sunset in the village. There, the municipality is offering some delicious bites with some wine for the hikers.
Then we’ll walk back to the village discovering by night the village’s narrow streets and take the bus to Ibl el Saki to visit a local restaurant, chill out there with some music, food and/or drinks.
Our journey will end with an overnight in Rashaya el Foukhar!

Information about the Sunset Hike :
• The hike is of level 4+, for adults and children:
Circuit length: 6 km.
Altitude: between 850 m and 650 m
Total slope variation: 200 m
Effective hiking time: 2.5 hrs
The hike will be guided by an ecotourism specialist at a moderate rate.

 Schedule of the 2nd Day – Sunday 05/08/2018 :
The day will start with a breakfast offered by the municipality.
Check-out from the Guest House and heading to the West Beqaa, to Saghbine and Qaraoun lake, where we are going to have very nice and interesting program in a local artisanal Winery :
We’ll start with an introduction to the local winery and wine tasting;
Followed by Lebanese lunch buffet (Lebanese appetizers, barbecue of grilled meat, chicken and kabab, wine and soft drinks);
In the afternoon, the weather will be less hot, so we’ll take a promenade in the beautiful vineyard of the winery facing Qaraoun lake, enjoying the lovely scenery all around till we reach the lake; you can enjoy the promenade by walking or taking the tractor of the winery; then we’ll visit their lovely farm where you’ll meet the cows, the horses, the goats… and we’ll be given an introduction about the cows and milk process!
It will be by then the end of our program and we’ll head back to Zalka holding with us beautiful memories and pictures!

Important Information
 Accommodation :
• PLACES ARE LIMITED for the accommodation in the Guest House.. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. Please book your places as soon as possible.
• Reservation: Thursday 2/8/2018 2018 is the last day for Reservation.
• General knowledge contest and quiz with a valuable prize for the participants
• Needs for the hike: hiking or walking shoes, windbreaker, hiking stick, backpack, water bottle of 1.5 liter min, camera, meal (dry fruits, energy bars, and sandwich), ID card, insurance card, smiley face and full energy.
• The tour will be provided by a comfortable air-conditioned bus, reservation required.
• Contribution: 160’000 LBP/adult , 145'000 LBP/student between 12-17 y.old, 120’000 LBP/child 7 y.-11 y., covering guides, transportation for 2 days, accommodation in a Guest House with breakfast, Wine day in Saghbine including wine tasting, rural lunch, a promenade in the vineyard towards the lake, walking or in tractor and a guided tour to the farm. The contribution does not include food and/or drinks of Saturday night, neither food nor drinks not mentioned in the event. A 50% down payment is requested to confirm the booking through OMT or Western Union.
• Meeting time and place : Saturday 04/08/18 at 1h30 pm from Zalka near “l’abeilled’or” – PLEASE BE ON TIME
• Return time to Zalka : Sunday 05/08/18 around 7h00 pm


N.B.:

- Cancellations without prior notice of 24 hours require a payment of 50% of the full contribution
- Hikers are requested to book their places as soon as possible as they are limited
- Hikers are advised to participate in the hike to their own responsibility
- Hikers are asked to follow hiking ethics provided by Green Steps
- Smoking is not allowed during the hike
- In case of force majeure, some modifications may occur to the program

For info and reservation:
Roula : 03- 95 32 97
Gio: 71-72 37 70


Information about the region
Kawkaba is a village in the Caza of Hasbaya, South Lebanon, situated at an altitude of about 550 to 850 meters above sea level, and around 105 kms away from Beirut. Kawkaba is one among the most ancient towns of the Hermon region. To its east is the river Hasbani, and it faces the region of Arcoub. It is a marvelous place, with thousand-year-old olive trees, the oldest in the region, in addition to fruit trees and vines.
Rachaya Al Foukhar is a Lebanese village in the district of Hasbaya in the Nabatiye Governorate in southern Lebanon. It is located on the western slopes of Mount Hermon at an altitude starting at 750 m with the highest summit being at 1,250 m. The village is famous for its pottery handcrafts.
Sahgbine village is located on the eastern slope of Western Lebanese Mountains, at the foot of Mount Niha, by the Litani river, in the heart of West Bekaa.