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Exploring Libya – 12 Days

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Duration

12 days 11 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Exploring Libya.

Explore Libya and see the Byzantine Basilica at L’Atrun, Tripoli, Benghazi, Qasr Libya, the ancient Roman settlements of Apollonia and Cyrene, and more.

Highlights

  • Kabaw
  • Ghadames
  • Qsar El Haji
  • Leptis Magna

Itinerary

Day 1 Tripoli, Libya
Day 1 Tripoli, Libya

Arrive in Tripoli and meet your guide before heading to your accommodation.

Meal(s) Included: Dinner

Day 2 Tripoli / Sabratha/Tripoli
Day 2 Tripoli / Sabratha/Tripoli

Your Libyan experience begins with a trip to Sabratha, which is about an hour west of Tripoli on the Mediterranean coast. In Roman times, the Tripolitania Province had three cities: Leptis Magna, Oea (now Tripoli), and Sabratha. Sabratha is the most appealing of the coastal destinations. Sabratha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded by the Canaanites in the sixth century B.C. and ruled by Carthage, Phoenicia, Numedia, and, finally, Rome in 46 B.C.


The most striking sight in Sabratha is the theatre, which was built during the reign of Emperor Commodus (161-192 A.D.) and is still used for theater and concerts today.The Temple of Liber Pater, the Justinian Basilica, the Capitolium, the Temples of Serapis, Hercules, and Isis are more locations. Return to Tripoli in the afternoon after spending the morning learning about the history of the area.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 Tripoli & Benghazi
Day 3 Tripoli & Benghazi

This morning, you'll be given a tour to Tarabalus Al-Gharb, often known as Tripoli in Arabic. The Phoenicians built it in 1000 BC, and the Romans captured it in 106 BC.

The Jamahiriya Museum is located in the Red Castle's Green Square. This National Antiquity Museum investigates Libyan archaeology and ancient history in collaboration with UNESCO. There are items from the Phoenician, Greek, and Roman eras, as well as a growing collection from the Islamic era. After lunch, take a stroll around the Italian-built neighborhood to explore examples of the distinctive architecture from the 1920s and 1930s.
We travel to Benghazi, Libya's second biggest city, later that afternoon. During WWII, it served as a military supply depot. From 1911 through 1943, Benghazi served as the Italians' headquarters in Libya. When you arrive, you will be driven to your luxurious hotel. This evening, dine at a neighboring restaurant on a traditional Libyan meal.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 Benghazi / Ptolemais / Qasr Libya / Apollonia
Day 4 Benghazi / Ptolemais / Qasr Libya / Apollonia

Ptolemais, the old capital of Pentapolis, is reachable after a brief journey along the shore. After the Roman conquest of Cyrenaica in 96 A.D., Ptolemais, which bears the name of Ptolemy III, developed into a major trading hub. As a result of Ptolemais enjoying the wealth of the Roman Empire, extensive public works programs were put into place for the city's affluent citizens. After neighboring Cyrene fell in the third century A.D., Ptolemais took over as the region's capital. Similar to Cyrene, it had an earthquake in 365 A.D., which was followed by a period of reconstruction.When Ptolemais' water supply system broke in the sixth century A.D., Apollonia became the capital of Upper Libya. The Arab invasion of Cyrenaica in the seventh century A.D. signaled the end of Ptolemais. Continue on over the gorgeous Green Mountains to Qasr Libya, where you may be able to see an excellent museum with over 50 pieces of sixth-century A.D. mosaic art. The mosaics, which are among the best in the world, blend pagan themes with human and animal images in a fascinating way. One panel depicts the Pharaoh Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Apollonia site is only a few feet away from your new hotel, Al Manara. You'll spend the following two nights right on the beautiful Mediterranean shore.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Apollonia & Cyrene
Day 5 Apollonia & Cyrene

Explore the ancient village of Sousa and the Apollonia archaeological site. Your visit to this site involves a thorough examination of the Greek Theatre, which is situated in a very alluring coastal setting. The Eastern, Central, and Western Basilicas, as well as the Byzantine Palace, which served as a government structure in the sixth century A.D., will all be visited. For more than a thousand years, Apollonia served as the harbor for Cyrene beginning in the seventh century B.C. It was so significant that, during the Roman era, it maintained its independence from Cyrene and, in the sixth century A.D., even surpassed it as the most major city in the area. Only a portion of Cyrene's spectacular ruins, which were constructed on a series of levels, have been excavated; as you walk, you could perhaps see a mosaic or a statue that has emerged from the sand. Starting at the top of the hills, you will take a tour of the Agora neighborhood, which contains the gymnasium, forum, Roman basilica, Temple of Demetra, and Batthus Tomb. A meandering route will lead you down to Cyrene's main building, the Temple of Apollo. In the seventh century B.C., the temple was first built and afterwards renovated. Nearby lies the Apollo Fountain, whose water was prized for its healing properties. The Great Baths are still in outstanding condition, and the Grand Hall still contains pipes that carry water from the Fountain of Apollo. The amphitheater was built in Rome, but its structure and foundation were Greek.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Ra’S Hilal / L’Atrun / Tripoli
Day 6 Ra’S Hilal / L’Atrun / Tripoli

This morning, you will journey through some of the most breathtaking coastline vistas as you visit Ra's Hilal and L'Atrun, two eerie chapels along the sea.

Ra's Hilal, an early Christian village, with a three-nave church in one of the most beautiful coastal locations. L'Atrun, a frequently overlooked place, has a lovely Byzantine church with the original marble floor and crosses etched into the Corinthian columns.

Return to Benghazi after lunch so that we may depart for Tripoli, where you will spend the next three nights.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Tripoli
Day 7 Tripoli

This morning, continue your inquiry by taking a tour of Tripoli. Settlements in the Afro-Mediterranean region are characterized by their numerous historic mosques and bustling medinas (walled cities).

The stately Gurgi Mosque, which was finished in 1833, is one of several famous mosques in the old town. Other well-known landmarks are the Marcus Aurelius Arch and the Karamanli family home, which offers handicrafts and traditional attire. You will also see Santa Maria degli Angeli, the oldest church in Tripoli, which is now a museum.

Roman columns that have been reused as building materials are frequently seen while strolling around Tripoli's medina, which is a unique feature of the city's design. When the city's walls were constructed during the Roman era, Tripoli's medina's basic street pattern was set, and it hasn't altered much since. It is one of the traditional Mediterranean sights.


In the late afternoon, stroll around the souks, which provide the best shopping in the city. Since there are still not many tourists in Libya, the souk is as authentic as they get and caters to local tastes. Examples of North African handicrafts include silks, carpets, rugs, pottery, jewelry made of silver and gold, and goods made from camel skin. The souks are excellent locations to observe weavers, coppersmiths, leatherworkers, and jewelers in action, and the majority of businesses there have set prices.

The unusual pleasure of being welcomed to a private house in Tripoli for tea in the afternoon awaits you. Most visitors consider this to be a very intriguing and educational opportunity and experience.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8 Tripoli / Leptis Magna
Day 8 Tripoli / Leptis Magna

Any trip to Libya should include a visit to Leptis Magna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the largest and best-preserved Roman city in the Mediterranean.


It was formerly a Berber town that the Phoenicians had turned into a busy harbor before being overrun by Carthage in the sixth century B.C. The rich farmland that surrounded the port city, as well as the trade in gold, ivory, and precious metals, all contributed to its success.



Leptis Magna thrived throughout the Roman era, particularly under the leadership of the city's native Septimus Severus (193-211 A.D.). The city began to disintegrate after the Severan Dynasty fell in 235 AD. Emperor Justinian was tasked with retaking Tripolitania for Byzantium after the Vandals attacked the area in the middle of the fifth century A.D. Leptis Magna was never able to regain its former splendor when the Arabs conquered Tripolitania in the seventh century. The city had been abandoned by the 11th century to the rising sand dunes.


When extensive excavations started in the twentieth century, scientists discovered that the sand dunes had preserved the bones remarkably well. You'll be able to see the Hadrianic Baths, which are the biggest outside of Rome, as well as the Severan Arch, which was built to commemorate the Emperor's visit. Investigate the sports field, or Palaestra, as well as the nymphaeum, a temple dedicated to the veneration of nymphs.The exquisitely detailed Severan Basilica, as well as the Amphitheatre, Circus, and Theater, all of which were used to hold public plays, are also visible.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9 Tripoli / Qsar El Haji / Nalut / Ghadames
Day 9 Tripoli / Qsar El Haji / Nalut / Ghadames

Today, you'll go to Ghadames, the crown gem of the desert's Saharan oasis, in the south. In Qsar el Haji, which is located along the route, you'll stop to see one of the most gorgeous and well-preserved Berber granaries. Continue to the "ghost village" of Nalut, which is situated in the Nafusa Mountains. Insights about the ancient Berber civilisation that existed before Libya found oil are revealed by Nalut, which depicts life before residents were moved from caves to concrete homes. A 300-year-old grain storage facility with a stunning view of the plains below is located at Nalut, which is perched on an escarpment and reached by a series of hairpin turns. We go south into the vast Sahara Desert after stopping off at Nalut. Early in the evening after arriving, you will check into your hotel in Ghadames.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Ghadames
Day 10 Ghadames

The "Pearl of the Desert" is Ghadames, a charming oasis town on the edge of the Sahara close to the Algerian border. The only evidence that it formerly served as the Roman Empire's southern boundary is graves. When it was initially settled, it served as a key stopping point for traders and pilgrims en route to Mecca. Your first stop will be the cultural museum, which is set inside a Turkish citadel. Explore the old town, which is renowned for its winding streets and "cake and frosting" architecture. Your journey will come to an end at a typical home that has been exquisitely decorated in the style of the time. You'll travel into the desert at sunset, weather permitting, to see the sand dunes' transformation from golden to fiery crimson. 10,000 Tuareg nomads live in the desert; they are recognized by the fact that men, not women, cover their faces with veils. Because the blue dye from nobles' veils and clothing typically stains their skin, the Tuareg are referred to as "blue men." Female lineage inheritance, monogamous marriages, and fluency in both Arabic and Berber Tifinagh are all characteristics of Tuareg women. Enjoy tea and a unique performance of traditional music and dance before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11 Ghadames / Tripoli
Day 11 Ghadames / Tripoli

Continue to Kabaw, a district filled with antique structures that offer a picture of life before the Saharan experience. At the topmost top of the hamlet, you can also see the ghurfas, which are grain storage buildings created by the indigenous Berbers. These ghurfas are desirable real estate since conserving grain was formerly almost as vital as protecting water. Following a picnic lunch, you will explore the Gharian ceramic market before returning to Tripoli in the late afternoon. You and the other tourists will enjoy a fantastic dinner party in the evening where you may reminisce about your incredible trip to Libya.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 Depart Tripoli
Day 12 Depart Tripoli

Today you will be transferred to Tripoli International Airport in preparation for your travel home or to your next destination.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast


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  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites
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  • Gratuity to driver and guide

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