Libya is an eye-popper of a country worth visited at least once in a lifetime. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Arabs did their part for its posterity leaving Libya with five Unesco World Heritage sites, which can be visited during your stay. Itineries can be tailor made depending on your preferences and the length of your stay.

This 4 day cultural tour is designed to introduce you to Libya, its capital Tripoli, and the remarkably well-preserved Roman ruins of Leptis Magna and Sabratha. The tour begins with Tripoli, a charming and cosmopolitan Mediterranean city steeped in history. You will visit:

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES

Enjoy one day at the magnificent coastal site of Leptis Magna, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman cities in the world.

A ROMAN VILLA

A small private-owned Roman Villa overlooking the Mediterranean with awe-inspiring mosaics.

JANZOUR MUSEUM

The museum which houses 18 underground tombs, discovered in 1958.

WWII CEMETERY

The WWII Cemetery in Tripoli contains 1,369 Commonwealth burials, 133 of them unidentified.

ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECES

Discover the cultural and historical depth of Tripoli, a modern city filled with remnants of a grand past, including the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, the Ahmad Pasha al Qaramanli Mosque, and the Naga Mosque.

EXPLORE 20TH-CENTURY TRIPOLI

“Italian Libya” Basically, your exploration of Tripoli’s 20th-century Italian architecture heritage – Visit three neighborhoods.

EXPLORE THE ROMAN RUINS OF SABRATHA

Visit the ruins and step back in time.

Day 1: Arrival Day (D)

Upon arrival in Tripoli meet representative, transfer and check-in hotel. The rest of the day explore your surroundings with your guide. Depending on time start exploring Libya’s capital and largest city, Tripoli. It was founded by Phoenician traders in the 5th century BC, it was later absorbed and shaped by the colonizing influences of the Roman Empire, the Muslim world of the East, the Ottoman Empire and Italian occupation. Today it stands as an eclectic mix of cultures as Islamic, Turkish and local Libyan mores merge to create a rich and colorful heritage. Overnight at Victoria hotel.

 

Day 2: Full Day Excursion to Leptis Magna (B, L,D)

After breakfast we journey eastwards to the World Heritage Site of Leptis Magna, world famous as the best-preserved and most extensive Roman city in the Mediterranean. Originally a Berber settlement, then made into a trading port by the Phoenicians, it was conquered in the 6th-century B.C. under the aegis of Carthage. The port city grew wealthy from slaves, gold, ivory and precious metals, as well as by the rich agricultural land surrounding it. Leptis Magna became a great metropolis under the Romans, particularly during the reign of Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), who was born in the city. Visit the extensive sight including the Severan Arch, erected in honor of the Emperor’s visit, and the marble and granite paneled Hadrianic Baths, the largest outside of Rome. Other monuments include the partially covered Nymphaeum, a shrine dedicated to the worship of nymphs, the Palaestra or Sports Ground, the amazingly detailed Severan Basilica, Theatre, and the Circus and Amphitheatre where spectacles were held for the amusement of the populace. On route back to Tripoli, stop at the seaside for a specially arranged visit of Villa Sileen, a restored Roman Villa filled with priceless mosaics and frescoes. Return to Tripoli for dinner and overnight at Victoria hotel.

Day 3: Full Day Tripoli (B, L,D)

After breakfast we journey westwards to Janzour a small town (12km) from Tripoli to visit its Punic Tomb Museum. The tomb is located on the lower floor of the museum and forms its lower part. It is in fact the most interesting tomb discovered in the region up to now, because the walls are coated with a white overlay bearing beautiful paintings. This tomb was discovered at the beginning of 1959.

Return to Tripoli to visit WWII Cemetery which is located 4km west of the city center. During the North African campaign, Tripoli was an important Alliance until it was defeated by Montgomery’s forces on 23 January 1943. It then became a hospital center, and the burials in the war cemetery were almost entirely from the hospitals, which included Nos 2, 48 and 133 General Hospitals from March 1943, and No 89 General Hospital from April 1944. Tripoli War Cemetery contains 1,369 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 133 of them unidentified. Total number of Identified Casualties: 1262.

The tour continues to Tripoli’s old town (Medina) to visit Funduq al Zahar, one of Tripoli’s numerous early merchants’ inns; the Clock Tower, an Ottoman Baroque piece completed in 1898, The Cathedral, The Church of Santa Maria, the 18th century British Consulate, the 17th century French Consulate, the Arch of Marcus Aurelius and the mosques and souks of the medina. Time permitting continue to explore colonial Tripoli; fine examples of Italian architecture from the 1920s and 1930s, villas and offices, the pastiche Romano-Lombard Cathedral, Algeria Square, the Post Office and the neo-Saracenic Palazzo del Governatore. Dinner in one of Tripoli´s fine restaurants and later return to hotel for overnight.

Day 4: Tripoli – Sabratha – Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, check out of hotel with luggage and journey westwards to spend half a day exploring Sabratha. A Roman city one-hour from Tripoli, where the aquamarine sea surrounds the remains of temples, houses, and extensive baths that have been partially excavated. Established at the beginning of the first millennium B.C., it was one of the three cities of Tripolitania. It flourished throughout the 3rd century A.D. but was damaged by a severe earthquake in the 4th century. In later times, the city revived and retook its commercial role in exporting ivory. Wander through the Ocean Baths, where the remains of the under-floor heating system are clearly visible. Then explore the most memorable part of Sabratha, its massive theater that was rebuilt by an Italian team of archaeologists. They were successful in unearthing 96 of the monumental columns that formed a three-story backdrop to its 40-meter wide stage. It could seat 5,000 people and was richly covered in marble, with engravings of comedy masks, the Three Graces, and other symbolic figures adorning the front of the stage. As the sun sets against the pink sandstone, one can’t help but admire the skill of its Roman builders. Lunch taken near the site. Return to Tripoli and continue to Mitiga International Airport for return flight home.

Prices per person

1 person travelling alone €1050
Per person when 2 travelling together €850
Per person when 3 are traveling together €800
Per person when 4 travelling together €700
Single supplement €120

Price includes

  • Private guided transfer from and to the airport.
  • 3 nights l accommodation in twin shared room at Victoria hotel.
  • Meals: All Inclusive. Breakfast at Victoria hotel. Lunch outside in Tripoli and nearby the sites. Breaks during the tour that include coffee, tea, beverages and pastries. Dinner in fine local restaurants in Tripoli.
  • Local driver exclusively for your tour.
  • Guided tour of important culturally fascinating places.
  • Accompanied by an experienced English speaking local guide.
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sites.
  • Business Visa Fee.
  • Protection by Insolvency Fund.

Does not include

  • Flights
  • Camera and video entrance fees to the sites and museums.
  • Extra services in hotels such as phone calls, laundry and room service…Etc.

Tips

  • You will need some extra money to cover any optional expenses, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
  • Foreign Exchange Local Currency: Dinar.
  • Recommended Currency: All money should be taken in EURO or USD cash only, preferably taken in new €50 & USD 100 notes and EURO in 50 & 100 since they are more readily accepted.
  • The tour is all inclusive, however if you wish to exchange hard currency to buy some souvenirs then the gold market is the best place. You will get certainly a better rate than the hotel exchange rates which will be poor and include high fees. Our tour guide will help you change money
  • ATM Availability: Very limited availability. Not recommended. International credit cards are not accepted, and ATMs are not commonly available and do not provide currency exchange. This is due to the deep political crises and short of cash shortage.
  • Vaccinations are not necessary
  • Security: All the places mentioned in the itinerary are safe.
  • Clothing: Pack essentially for ‘All Tours’ plus ‘Hot Conditions’. Summer (Apr – Sep) should be lightweight. However a warm fleece and/or a warm sweater is highly recommended as the desert can become very cold at night – even in the summer. Winter (Oct – Mar) Cold days and nights where the night-time temperatures fall sharply. Therefore, much thicker clothing is essential.
  • Footwear: Comfortable shoes/trainers for exploring rocky and sometimes thorny sites and sandals for relaxing in.
  • Tipping: Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world.

This tour is subject to our general conditions.  Please read them carefully before booking.