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Highlights Of Libya, 8 Days

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Highlights Of Libya, 8 Days

Libya (Tripoli, Sabratha, Leptis Magna, Geryan, Ghadames, Nalut)

Enjoy this 8 day tour, visiting Tripoli, Leptis Magna, Benghazi and other cities in the east. Enjoy the history and culture of this ancient country…

Day 1 Tripoli, Libya

Arrive Tripoli; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.

Meal(s) Included: No

Overnight at Al Kabir Hotel or Similar

Day 2 Tripoli – Sabratha – Tripoli

After breakfast, travel west of Tripoli to the Roman ruins of Sabratha. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sabratha was founded by the Canaanites in the 6th century BC, and ruled by Carthage, Phoenicia, Nomadic, and then by Rome in 46 BC. The most spectacular site here is the Theater, built during the reign of the Emperor Commodes (161-192 AD) with its three story backdrop of columns. Also visit the Temple of Libber Peter , the Basilica of Justine the Capitalism, the Temple of Serapes , the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Isis . Late afternoon return to Tripoli for dinner and overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Al Kabir Hotel or Similar

Day 3 Tripoli – Leptis Magna – Geryan/Tripoli

Full-day excursion to Leptis Magna and Geryain. Drive 125Km east to the UESCO World Heritage site of Leptis Magna ; regarded as the best Roman site in the Mediterranean . The city was originally a Phoenician port, settled during the first millennium BC. Slaves, gold, ivory and precious metals brought it great wealth, which was supplemented by the rich agricultural land surrounding it. Roman legions ousted the Carthaginians following the third Punic War, after which the city flourished until the Vandals did their namesake thing in 455. Roman rule briefly returned to Leptis in 533, and intensive repairs were carried out on the city, but local tribes revolted and eventually the area reverted to pastoral nomadism dominated by the Berbers. The Arab invasions of 644 swept away the last traces of Roman life from the region, and in the 11th century Leptis Magna was finally abandoned to the encroaching sand dunes. It wasn’t until the 20th century that excavation began, and, much to archaeologists’ delight, the sands had preserved the ruins remarkably well. There’s an excellent, large museum next to the main entrance to the site, but the real treasures await when you enter the site. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Late afternoon, return to Tripoli.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Al Kabir Hotel or Similar

Day 4 Ghadames

After breakfast, travel to the Saharan Oasis of Ghadames, the Jewel of the Libyan Desert . Your first stop will be in the old town of Kabow , located high in the Nafusa Mountain . Visit the ancient Gasr, which offers insight into traditional Berber life as it existed hundreds of years ago. From Kabow, continue south towards the immense Sahara , stopping for lunch in the Desert. Dinner and overnight in Ghadames.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Ghadames Oasis Hotel or Similar

Day 5 Ghadames Oasis

Full-day tour of the Oasis of Ghadames. Described as the ”Jewel of the Desert,” Ghadames is an attractive Oasis town located on the edge of the Sahara near the Tunisian and Algerian border, at the points where the three countries meet. Once the southern outpost of the Roman Empire, the picturesque town of Ghadames is quiet with labyrinthine streets lined with mud brick buildings. Ghadames has preserved its cultural purity, which you will observe while visiting the cultural Museum, the great Mosque, the main square and a traditional home where lunch will be served. This evening, travel to the nearby desert to watch sand dunes change hues from gold to blazing red at sunset.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Ghadames Oasis Hotel or Similar

Day 6 Ghadames – Nalut – Tripoli

On the way back to Tripoli , you will visit the village of Nalut where you will see an excellent Gasr (fortified granary) built by the local Berbers over 800 years ago. The Gasr hilltop location and limited entry shows the enormous importance of grain in this culture. Early evening arrive at your hotel in Tripoli for dinner and overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Al Kabir Hotel or Similar

Day 7 Tripoli

Full-day tour of Tripoli and environs. Visit the Red Castle fortress (museum) and enjoy a guided walking tour in the famous medina (old city.) Tripoli ‘s castle is built into the southeast corner of the city wall, overlooking the harbor. The existing plan of the main complex is Ottoman, with a mosque, a harem and many courtyards. The intricate network of paths within the castle reflects the style of winding arcaded streets seen in the old city. The fortress has been fortified by each successive generation of Tripoli ‘s rulers, and thus contains a mix of architecture and decoration.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Al Kabir Hotel or Similar

Day 8 Tripoli – Depart

With the assistance of your driver and guide decide on your excursions and activities until it is time for your transfer to the airport for the onwards flight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the listed properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites
  • Meals indicated

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Flights
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide
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