Discover Libya

Discover Libya: 9 Days

Day 1: Arrive Tripoli.
Ahlan wasahlaan “Welcome” to Libya – we are warmly welcomed and after clearing Custom and Immigration, we are met at the exit gate and transferred to our hotel. The drive gives us our first glimpse into the life of the people who live in the capital city. Overnight Hotel

Day 2: Tripoli – Sabratha – Tripoli
A visit to the Saraya museum, then a drive to Sabrata 69 km west of Tripoli, after having lunch at a local restaurant; a visit to the archeological site which is inscribed in the world heritage list, famous for monumental constructions such as temples, mausoleums, and its landmark the theatre. Return back to Tripoli overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 3: Tripoli – Gharyan = 86 km
Gharyan, a favorite local retreat. In Gharyan, we look at the fascinating troglodyte dwellings, underground habitations that for centuries, Berber families called home, but which are now uninhabited, save for a few stray animals that have made their homes there. Picnic lunch. Drive back to Tripoli Overnight in Hotel.

Day 4: Leptis Magna – Tripoli
A full day in Leptis Magna 120 km, a famous archeological site inscribed in the world heritage list, its remains give us a perfect picture about the urban organization in Roman times; its public monuments, man-made harbor, storehouses, markets, its theatre, amphitheatre and circus all of these show how this city prospered and flourished during that era. Lunch at local restaurants, then completion of the tour, a visit to the museum and later on the return to Tripoli overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 5: Tripoli / Benghazi (Flight) (NE Libya, distance 1000 km).
Our Libyan experience starts with a tour of Tripoli, founded by the Phoenicians in 1000 B.C. and later conquered by the Romans. Our tour of this beautiful metropolis covers the huge fortress, the National Museum, the old souq and the Islamic quarters. Later in the day we are transferred to the airport for our short flight to the second largest and most beautiful city of Libya, Benghazi. Upon arrival in Benghazi we are met and transferred to our hotel. Evening we enjoy a typical dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight Hotel, Benghazi

Day 6: Benghazi/Sousa (Drive 238 kms/148 miles)
Our day starts with a tour of this beautiful resort city of Libya. The second largest city of the Jamariya houses a spectacularly maintained War cemetery (Libya played a major role in the North African Korps). We see the old town with its artistically designed buildings, and colourful souq. Benghazi also offers us the opportunity to meet the Libyan folks and enjoy tea with very friendly people who have lived history in the making for several thousand years. An interesting drive along the eastern coast gets us Soussa.
Overnight Hotel, El Beyda (2 nights)

Day 7: Cyrene & Apollonia
Our journey today starts with a visit to the World Heritage Site of Cyrene. The city was part of the 1st century five city state of Pentapolis and was second in size only to Athens. Cyrene was founded by the Greeks in 631 B.C. and was later occupied by the Romans and then the Arabs. We also visit the famous temples of Zeus and Apollo and after lunch we visit incredible Apollonia (Sousa), which was the port of Cyrene and is located 20 kms/12 miles to the north. Here our visit includes a detailed visit of the majestic Theatre, the Roman baths as well as the Byzantine palace. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Soussa / Qasr Libya / Benghazi (Drive 210 kms / 130 miles) / Tripoli (Flight)
A morning drive through Jabel Akhdar gets us to Qasr Libya where we visit an interesting museum that houses more than 50 pieces of mosaic artifact fragments dating back to the 6th century AD. Our next stop is Ptolemais, the former capital of Pentapolis, offering today remains of palaces, theatres, Bouleterion and a 3rd Century Bridge. Lunch at a local restaurant and then we have some free time in Benghazi before we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Tripoli. At Tripoli we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Day 9: Depart Tripoli
Today we take a small tour to ancient city of Tripoli, or free tour shopping, depending on the schedule, later in the we transfer to Tripoli airport, departure to home destination.

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