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4 Day – Tripoli Tour

Day 1: Arrive Tripoli
Arrive at Tripoli International Airport and transfer to your hotel, and short visit to Marcus Aurelus Arch, Tripoli’s Museum, Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), Modern Medina including the Handicraft Market. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 2: Tripoli – Sabratha – Tripoli
You’ll travel west of Tripoli to the Roman ruins of Sabratha, Other monument and area of interest include the museum, Temple of Hercules Victor or Hercules Olivarius, serapes and Liber Pater. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and drive back to Tripoli, where you will have your dinner and your overnight hotel.

Day 3: Tripoli – Leptis Magna – Tripoli
This morning your tour guide will escort you to Lepits Magna. Your visit includes the Arch of Septimius Severus, the entrance of the Hadrianic Baths and Basilica. After lunch in local restaurant visit the Amphitheatre, This one of the largest Roman theatres in the world and has been renovated and re-assembled to its original glory. Return to the hotel and prepare for your dinner at Al Saray restaurant.

Day 4: Tripoli – Departure
At leisure until we transfer to the airport for a safe flight back home.

Tours Includes:
Trips are on full board basis, and include visa fees, transport as outlined in itinerary, accommodation, camping, meals, mineral water and entrance fees.

What is not included?
International Flights
Travel Insurance
Photography Fees
Personal Expenses


Classic Libya – 8 Days

Day 1: Arrive Tripoli
Arrive at Tripoli International Airport and transfer to your hotel, and short visit to Marcus Aurelus Arch, Modern Medina including the Handicraft Market. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 2: Tripoli
Visit the Tripoli’s Museum; the museum shows monuments of civilisations that inhabited Libya by Germants, Roman, Greek, and Phoenician & Islamic. Our Local guide will accompany you & to Enjoy listening to the interesting & a brief explanation about the ancient civilization. Our Second point of the city sightseeing tour is visiting the Karamanli House; it was built in the 2nd half of the 18th century A.D by Yusuf Karamanli.

Day 3: Tripoli – Leptis Magna – Benghazi
After breakfast, you will have a visit to the magnificent Leptis Magna. You will have a full day of sight seeing before catching an evening light to Benghazi. Dinner will be served in Benghazi

Day 4: Benghazi
Full day sightseeing to explore the Commonwealth Cemetery, Greek ruins in Cyrene and the Roman ruins along the coast.

Day 5: Benghazi – Susah (Al Jabal al Akhdar)
Drive to (Susah-222 Km.) via Touckra & Tolmetha & Qaser Libya visits the sites & the museum, overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Al Jabal al Akhdar
Visit Ancient town of Cyrenaica and harbour of Cyrene, 18 km & most of what the site contains belongs to the Byzantine era (from 5th to 6th century AD) when Apollonia was known as the “City of Churches” Also, It was the birthplace of the Greek geographer and mathematician Eratosthenes. It had five basilicas and 19 towers.

Afternoon excursion will be the ancient Greek city of Cyrene, which locates at 222 Km eastern Benghazi; it was the oldest and most important of the five Greek cities in the region and gave eastern Libya the classical name ‘Cyrenaica’. One of its more significant features is the Temple of Apollo, which was originally constructed as early as 7th century BC. Other ancient structures include a Temple to Demeter and a partially unexcavated Temple to Zeus. There is a large necropolis approximately 10 km between Cyrene and its ancient port of Apollonia.

Day 7: Benghazi-Tripoli
Drive back to Benghazi via Slunta Site, flight to Tripoli, overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Tripoli – Departure
At leisure until we transfer to the airport for a safe flight back home.

Tours Includes:
Trips are on full board basis, and include visa fees, transport as outlined in itinerary, accommodation, camping, meals, mineral water and entrance fees.

What is not included?
International Flights
Travel Insurance
Photography Fees
Personal Expenses


15 Day Libya – Fezzan, Leptis and more

Day 1: Arrival in Tripoli. Flight to Sebha.
Transfer from airport, and general orientation tour of the city before taking the evening flight to Sebha. Dinner and overnight at in comfortable hotel in Sebha

Day 2 Ghat (560km).
Leave Sebha for a long drive towards Ghat via Wadi el Ajal (Death Valley), taking frequent breaks en – route, and lunch on the way. Arrive Ghat and visit the charming old mud- brick town, home of the Touareg. Camping overnight.

Day 3 Acacus Mountains (120km)
Meet our desert crew and 4 x 4 car and head off into the desert towards the Acacus, where we will make camp amongst the amazing dunes and rock formations of the area.

Days 4 & 5 Tadrart, Tashwinat, Tin Lalen, Wan Kaza (80km)
We spend a couple of days exploring this fascinating area with some short drives and walking visiting points of interest including prehistoric paintings, touareg nomad camps and deep-cut canyons of the Tadrart. We make camp in wadis and dunes, enjoying the peace and freedom of being in the desert.

Days 6 & 7 Idhan Murzuq, Barjuj (375km)
From Wan Kaza, we head north-east, passing many rock engravings and feel we are in one great open-air museum. The terrain changes from an ocean of black stones to the pure dunes of Idhan Murzuq. We visit the great irrigation project at Wadi Barjuj.

Days 8 & 9 Murzuq, Ubari Lakes (260km)
Early morning drive to Murzuq , historically one of the great Saharan towns controlling the Fezzan region for four centuries until the 19th century. Visit the town and old castle, once the home of the Sultan of Fezzan and still intact. On to the palm-fringed Ubari Lakes, an amazing natural occurrence – and an opportunity for your driver to show his desert driving skills negotiating the dunes surrounding the lakes. We make camp near Ummel Ma’a Lake in this idyllic desert setting

Day 10 Sebha, flight to Tripoli. (235km)
After a visit to Mandara Lake, we head for Wadi Al Ajal to freshen up at the campement before heading for Sebha. We visit Germa on the way, which was the capital of the Garamantian Empire, an ancient Libyan civilization from 5,000 years ago. Here, we bid farewell to our desert team and take the asphalt towards Sebha. This is the end of a memorable desert safari, and you are transferred to the airport for the evening flight to Tripoli. Transfer to hotel in Tripoli.

Day 11 Sabratha, Tripoli (70km x 2)
After visiting the National Museum, we drive westward to the Roman ruins of Sabratha, which boasts one of the finest amphitheatres, partially restored to host concerts to this day. We tour the site before driving back to Tripoli to overnight.

Day 12 Jebel Nafusa, Ghadames (620km)
Early departure for Ghadames . We pass through the Jebel Nafusa and across the Jeffara Plain. At the foot of the escarpment is Qasr al-Haj one of the best examples of a fortified Berber granary. At Nalut we find another example of one of these castle-like structures. Overnight in hotel or guesthouse.

Day 13 Ghadames, Gharyan, Tripoli (650km)
Visit Ghadames, the small ancient trading post that still enchants and captivates its visitors to this day. The old city remains, -hidden amongst new development – but still recalling the desert caravans and a traditional way of life for its inhabitants – the Touareg and Berber. The colourful, decorated house make this oasis a visual delight and deserving of being ‘the Pearl of the Sahara’ The long drive is well worth the effort and en route back to Tripoli we stop at Gharyan to visit the troglodyte houses of the Berbers used for protection against the elements – and invaders. Overnight Tripoli

Day 14 Leptis Magna, Tripoli (125km x2)
Drive eastward to visit Leptis Magna, one of the most outstanding Roman city remains to be found anywhere, and a highlight of any visit to Libya. The desert sands covered and protected the site for a thousand years, and with the addition of some careful restoration work, it is not difficult to imagine a working Roman city. Overnight Tripoli.

Day 15 Tripoli, end of tour
We load the luggage and make a last visit to the Medina for some souvenir shopping. Perfume, spices, crafts are all on display in the Souqs and all are eager to pass on their wares to you! Transfer to the airport and a fond farewell to your team.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Tripoli – city tour, visit Medina
Fezzan region – Ghat, Acacus, Idhan Murzuq, Ubari Lakes,
Ghadames – tour of old town
Sabratha – tour of Roman site
Leptis Magna – tour

Level: Comfortable. Some long journeys, and desert camping. Comfortable, clean hotels. Libya does not have a developed tourist infrastructure. Mixture of true desert adventure and culture.


Roman & Desert Splendor

Roman & Desert Splendor

Day 1: Arrival in Tripoli.
Meet with your tour escort at Tripoli airport, and transfer for first glimpse of the city before dinner and overnight at a comfortable hotel.

Day 2 : Tripoli – Qasr al Haj – Nalut – Ghadames (620km)
Early departure for Ghadames . We pass through the Jebel Nafusa and across the Jeffara Plain. At the foot of the escarpment is Qasr al-Haj one of the best examples of a fortified Berber granary with its castle-like structure divided into lots of different chambers and owned by many families to store grain and olive oil, well protected from the elements – and marauders. At Nalut we find another example of these structures, and proceed on to pass through various villages before arriving at Ghadames, a true ‘Jewel of the Sahara’ Dinner and overnight in hotel or guesthouse.

Day 3: Full day in Ghadames
A full day visiting Ghadames, the small ancient trading post that still enchants and captivates its visitors to this day. The old city has been preserved, – hidden amongst new development – but still evoking the desert caravan days of the Touareg and Berber traders. The colourful, decorated house make this oasis a visual delight and deserving of being the jewel of the Sahara We will visit the museum and explore a typical house to learn about how the original inhabitants lived as well as generally exploring its winding alleyways
* Optional excursion into the dunes with 4wd vehicle is €80 per vehicle, including tea ceremony in the dunes. One vehicle required for up to 4 persons

Day 4 Ghadames, Gharyan, Tripoli (720km)
After breakfast we leave en route to Tripoli, stopping at various locations such as Qasr Kabaw – over 700 years old and full of medieval charm. We pass through various Arab and Berber villages on Jebel Nafusa, and stop-off at Gharyan, to visit the troglodyte houses of the Berbers, used for protection against the elements – and invaders. Continue on to Tripoli for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Tripoli – Sabratha – Tripoli (70km x 2)
After breakfast, we start the day exploring Tripoli. visiting the superb National Museum, the medina with its colourful wares, its courtyards hidden behind ornate wooden doors, and its mosques calling the faithful to prayer. We gain insight into Tripoli’s past visiting some beautifully restored buildings such as the old British and French consulates, and the old Ottoman house of Yusaf Karamanli as well as the old Turkish hammams. We then drive west to the Roman site of Sabratha, founded by the Phoenicians, then dominated by Carthage, and then flourishing under Roman rule. We have a guided tour to visit its basilicas and temples, as well as its theatre – the finest example of its kind, partially restored to host concerts to this day. Return to Tripoli for dinner/overnight.

Day 6: Tripoli – Leptis Magna – Villa Sillin – Tripoli (125km x 2)
Drive eastward to visit Leptis Magna, one of the most outstanding archaeological settlements and well- preserved ancient Roman city to be found anywhere, and a highlight of any visit to Libya. The desert sands covered and protected the site for a thousand years, and with the addition of some careful restoration work, it is not difficult to imagine a working Roman city. Originally a peripheral trading post founded by Phoenicians, it passed through Carthage hands until Romans began arriving in 111 BC. It began to take shape under Emperor Augustus, minting its own coins, and laid out in Roman grandeur. It was not until under the reign of Leptis-born Septimus Severus (AD 193-211) that Leptis took on the stature that would never leave it. We visit the arch of Septimus Severus, the grandest of introductions to the city. The Hadrianic Baths celebrates the arrival of water in 2nd century AD. More incredible sites include the Severan Basilica, the arcaded Forum, the theatre, the port, chalcidicum, the Arches of Tiberius, Trajan. the temples. We then transfer to visit the Circus and the huge amphitheatre where the ‘sport’ took place, whether the preliminaries of lions v shacked criminals, lions v unshackled Christians – or the main event of the mighty gladiator contests. We end the day visiting Villa Sileen en route to Tripoli to view some marvellous intact mosaics.

Day 7: Tripoli – departure
We load the luggage and make a last visit to the medina for some souvenir shopping. Perfume, spices, crafts are all on display in the Souks and all are eager to pass on their wares to you! Transfer to the airport and a fond farewell to your team.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Tripoli – city tour, visit medina
Ghadames – tour of old town
Sabratha – tour of Roman site
Leptis Magna – tour of Roman site
Visit Qasr al Haj, Nalut, Qasr Kabaw, Gharyan troglodyte houses.
Level: Cultural tour. Magnificent ancient Roman cities. Comfortable, clean hotels ( 2/3*). Long journey to Ghadames, the classic Saharan oasis. (400 miles tar-sealed road) Interest en route – well worth the effort! Hotel upgrades available on request

Departures: anyday departure

Services included
Transport: private car/minbus for tour duration
Guide: English speaking tour escort with English-speaking guide/local guides as necessary
Group size: Private tour for 2-4 persons.
Suggested Flights: British Airways or Libyan Arab Airlines not included in price
Accommodation: 4 nights in 2/3* hotel in Tripoli, 2 nights in 2/3* hotel or guesthouse in Ghadames (all with A/C, W/C and private shower.)
Meal plan: half-board basis for entire trip ( breakfast/dinner) except on last day when only breakfast is included
Entrance & excursion fees: sightseeing and excursions as stated in the itinerary


Libya Explorer – 14 Days

Day 1: Tripoli
On arrival at Tripoli Airport, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings and our tour leader may make contact in the evening.

Day 2: Tripoli-Jebel Nafusa-Ghadames
Leaving Tripoli we drive south into the highlands of the Jebel Nafusa (Western Mountains). The barren, rocky mountains are spectacular, with stone villages looking out over the arid plains. We visit the 700-year-old Qasr of Kabaw where villagers ‘banked’ their grain to trade with caravans heading south into the desert. This is a fascinating and spectacular spot – an largely devoid of tourists! Ghadames, an ancient, UNESCO world Heritage-listed caravan trading town.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Day 3: Ghadames
Ghadames is celebrated for it beautiful and inventive architecture, designed to resist the dramatic extremes of the Saharan climate. The houses are built from mud, lime, and palm tree trunks and fit together, like pieces of a jigsaw, with covered alleyways running between them and adjacent roofs, allowing passage from one house to another. We spend the bulk of the day exploring this charming town, and visit its museum, before heading out into some beautiful desert landscape, for afternoon tea in a sea of undulating sand dunes.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Day 4: Ghadames-Nalut
At the southern end of the Jebel Nafusa lies Nalut, one of the most fascinating old towns in the region. Built on an escarpment, with superb views to the east, we discover an ancient ‘kasr’ or fortified house, more than 300 years old, which was primarily used for storing grain and oil. The kasr is made up of 400 chambers or ‘ghurfas’ and we spend an hour or so exploring the ancient mud-brick ruins before returning to Tripoli.
Meals included: 1 breakfast

Day 5: Leptis Magna
Today we visit the outstanding site at Leptis Magna, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world. It was originally a Phoenician trading port, and prospered for nearly 1000 years before Vandal invasions and sand storms brought its downfall. In its heyday during the reign of Libyan Emperor Septimus Severus, it was second only to Rome and housed over 100,000 people. This vast city remained buried for some 1300 years, and it wasn’t until the 1920s that a major excavation by Italian and Libyan archaeologists revealed the limestone and marble wonders that we explore today.
Meals included: 1 breakfast

Day 6: Sabratha-Benghazi
After a morning visit to Tripoli museum, we head out to Sabratha. Like Leptis, Sabratha was a Phoenician trading-post that served as an outlet for the products of the African hinterland. It was part of the short-lived Numidian Kingdom of Massinissa before being Romanized and rebuilt in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. It is beautifully situated, overloooking the shores of the Mediterranean, and we spend the morning exploring its splendid theatre, baths, fountains and mosaics. After our visit we drive to Tripoli Airport to check in for the flight to Benghazi. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel where the evening is at leisure.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Day 7: Cyrene, Apollonia-Benghazi
We travel to Cyrene, originally a Greek city, but eventually Romanized and remaining a significant metropolis until the earthquake of AD 365, which brought it to its knees. Today, its interest lies not only in the many splendid public buildings, which include the Temple of Apollo, Acropolis, Agora, Forum and the Temple of Zeus – but also in its superb setting. Nearby is Apollonia, the ancient port of Cyrene, which played a critical role in its prosperity. Most of what remains today dates from the Byzantine era, when Apollonia was known as the ‘city of churches’. We spend a full day exploring these two ancient sites.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Day 8: Benghazi-Tripoli-Sebha
In the morning we fly back to Tripoli and later we continue our journey to Sebha. Note that today’s itinerary is dependent on flight schedules and will be confirmed when you arrive in Libya.
Meals included: 1 breakfast

Day 9: Germa-Ghat-Aweinat
Deep in the interior is Fezzan, home of dramatic mountains, desert lakes and the finest natural rock art in North Africa. Sebha, a modern city, is the largest oasis and the principal metropolis in the Fezzan Region. From here we drive south to Germa, in 4WD vehicles. Germa is an ancient city, founded by the Garamantes, who belonged to a large Libyan tribe that was experienced in desert travel and we can see ancient houses, temples and baths dating to ancient Egyptian, Carthaginian, Greek and Roman periods. We reach the ancient trading centre of Ghat, in the heart of the Fezzan, and one of the most attractive of Libyan oasis towns. It is one of the few permanent Tuareg settlements in the Sahara and we have time to explore the enchanting mud-brick medina in the heart of town. We can clearly see the Acacus Mountains, which provide a natural fortification for this isolated settlement. We return to the pleasant oasis town of Aweinat, where we spend the night in simple huts.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Days 10 – 12: Acacus Mountains
This Unesco World Heritage listed area is home to some wonderful scenery with several unique natural rock formations enhanced by the ever-shifting sands of the desert. We camp out in the desert, underneath a spectacular blanket of stars.Hidden in the valleys and wadis of the Acacus Mountains we discover some of the most outstanding cave paintings in the world. On narrow ledges under cliff faces, we see red and black images of hunting and ritual dances. We spend a two full days exploring this extraordinary region and camp out under the stars. The following day we make our way back towards Aweinat, and then on to the Ubari Sand Sea where we spend the night at a fixed campsite.
Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Day 13: Desert Lakes-Tripoli
We enter the Ubari Sand Sea where salt lakes, surrounded by lush vegetation, flash like sparkling gems amongst the towering sand dunes. There are around 11 lakes in the region, the largest of which is Lake Gabraoun, where we have time for a swim before making our way back to Sebha Airport. We fly back to Tripoli for our final night.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Day 14: Tripoli
Your trip ends today, after breakfast. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time.
Meals included: 1 breakfast


Fast Facts of Libya

Fast Facts of Libya

Libya is an exotic place known for its exquisite places and culture. Libya is located at the coast of North Africa. It is best known for splendid Mediterranean’s richest store of Rome and Greek cities. It is a place where the echoes of historical reflections reverberate.
A great escape in the desert Libya is quite prominent for grandiose and accessible desert record; Sahara overwhelms over 90% of the country. Libya is the fourth largest country on the continent which shares borders with Egypt in the East, Sudan in the Southwest, Niger in the South, Algeria in the West and Tunisia in the Northwest.

Facts about Libya

Area: The area of Libya is 1,775,500 sq km (685,520 sq miles).
Population: In 2006, the population was estimated at 5.9 million people. The population density is 3.3 per sq km.

Capital: The capital city is Tripoli (Tarabulus) with an estimated population of 2 million.

Official Language: The main language of Libya is Arabic but in the southern desert regions, you may find some Berber. English is becoming more common especially in the urban areas amoung young people and tourist specific establishments.

Government: Jamahiriya (state of the masses). Libya gained its independence from Italy in 1951.

Head of State: The leader of Libya is Muammar Gaddafi and has been in power since the revolution in 1969.

Religion: Islam

Climate Conditions: The climate in Libya witnesses marked seasonal fluctuations; the temperature in summers may range from 40.6 C to 46.0 C and rainfall may differ from region to region.

Health Issue: Traveling to Libya is liberated from any major health risks but for one who is coming from an infected place requires a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Travelers are incited to take vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. The services of Health in Libya are fundamental and travelers are provided advises to possess complete health Insurance. In certain parts of the country, healthcare amenities are very rare so, people are recommended to keep their own medication with them. The tap water in Libya is chlorinated but we shall suggest that travelers should use bottled water.

Getting Around: Bus and Car Rental are easily accessible which shall help the traveler visit most places and sites. Driving into desert places requires a Desert Pass and the key urban centers are linked via airplane.

Protection: Libya is considered a safe country to travel but travelers are advised to take all necessary precautions; visitors are not permitted to travel near the border and into the internal areas of the country without the permission of higher authorities.

Traditions: The prominent religion of Libya is Islam and all the visitors are required to pay homage to all the customs. The women are not allowed to attend public gatherings and they should wear reticent dresses. The issues like Homosexuality and Extra- Marital affairs are prohibited in all cases. Proper permissions have to be taken for clicking photos of a particular object and places like military.

Communication: The dialing code for Libya on international basis is +218 and the outgoing code is 00; several internet service providers are accessible in Tripoli. The service of mobile phone is all opera table and they work on GSM 800 and 1800 networks.

Electricity: The voltage uses in Libya is 127/230 volts AC, 50Hz. The outlets used are European-style with two circular metal pins


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