Libya.. 4 day mini-tour of Tripolitania
Libya is a country of stark contrasts, offering visitors an opportunity to view, not only some of the greatest Roman and Greek cities in the world, but also the magnificent views of the Sahara desert. On Libya’s western Mediterranean coast, stand the breathtaking Roman city of Leptis Magna. You will explore those great classical cities and stroll their streets, as well as, view the fines pieces displayed in many of their small but interesting museums. In recent months, the part of Libya in the province of Tripolitania has been safer than before and we are allowed to start sending visitors once again there.
Libya.. 4 DAY MINI-TOUR OF TRIPOLITANIA
All year round … Valid until December 31, 2018
Tour Escort: Local Guide
Based on 2-4 people traveling together: $1,250.00 single supplement: $180.00
Rate for One person alone in single room: $1,650.00
- Airport/hotel/airport transfers
- A/C private transportation by car, minivan or minibus according to number of people
- Accommodation at a small boutique hotel in city centre of Tripoli (eg. Al Waddan, Al Diar, Al Andalus)
- Half Board (which includes breakfast and set menu lunches)
- Bottle of water and one soft drink included with meals
- English-speaking guide throughout
- Sightseeing and entrance fees (including amateur camera fees when included in entry price)
- Visa sponsorship and Passport registration
Tour Does Not Include:
- International flights (or Tunis/Tripoli/Tunis air: currently around $300.00)
- Travel insurance
- Personal items such as telephone calls, extra drinks, laundry and room service, gratuities
- Visa on arrival (Currently $100.00)
- All items not specifically mentioned as included
Important: Sequence of the itinerary subject to changes based on opening and closing days and hours of sites and museums.
Due to limited air schedule servicing Tripoli, you can only get there via Tunis; Amman or Istanbul.
Pricing and Itineraries may change.
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Meet your local guide on arrival and transfer to city hotel for 3 nights. Walking tour in modern Tripoli (Algeria Square, September 1 Street, Green Square) with its Italian influences.
Tripoli – Janzour - Gharyan (Avoid Friday & Monday)
In the morning, sightseeing in Libya’s capital city, known as the “White Bride of the Mediterranean”, in the morning head to visit the wonderful National Museum with its stunning Roman and Greek displays, next, visit the walled Old Town which encloses, arguably, the most charming medina in all of North Africa. Explore the warren of streets and alleyways, including the bustling souks, each devoted to a different trade, the historic house of the 18th century governor Karamanli, and the 19th century Gorgi Mosque, and the sole surviving building of Roman Oea, the 2nd century Arch of Marcus Aurelius. Afterwards, head west from Tripoli along the coastal road to visit the painted Punic tombs at Janzour. Continue to Gharyān, also spelled Garyān, or Garian, town, in the Tripolitania region of northwestern Libya. It lies at the foot of the plateau Jabal Nafusah, 50 miles (80 km) south of Tripoli, and was a major centre of Italian colonization in the early 1910s. After the Turko-Italian war (1911–12) and the defeat of Turkey, the Gebel, Berber, and Fezzanese peoples in Libya continued to fight but could not stem the Italian advance. Gharyān fell to the Italians in December 1912 but was recaptured in a counterattack by local peoples in July 1913. Return to Tripoli. (B,L)
Leptis Magna (Avoid Monday)
Full day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Leptis Magna, the largest and best-preserved Roman city in the world that came to prominence in the 2nd century AD under its native son, the Emperor Septimus Severus. Following his reign, the city fell into decline until revived by the Emperor Justinian in the 5th century AD at which time it fell under Byzantine rule.
The vast site is truly spectacular: it encompasses the triumphal Arch of Emperor Septimus Severus, the Hadrianic Baths complex, the Palaestra (Athletics Ground), the Nymphaeum (Temple of Nymphs), the huge Imperial Forum, the Basilica, the Arches of Tiberius and Trajan, the Theatre with its beautiful backdrop against the Mediterranean Sea, the Sanctuary of the Divine Emperors, and the Market with its unique kiosks which, at the time of construction, were a groundbreaking design in the Roman world. In the eastern part of the city lie the Circus and the vast Amphitheatre, the most complete in the world, with seating for over 15,000 spectators. You will visit the huge arena, the terraces, gladiators’ anterooms and animal enclosures.
En route back to Tripoli, if open a visit will be made to the 2nd century Villa Sileen, discovered in 1974. The wall paintings portray scenes such as gladiatorial combat and chariot racing while the mosaics display river scenes that include sea nymphs, birds and animals. (NB.Villa Sileen is officially closed although we can often obtain an entry permit). (B,L)
Tripoli to next destination
At leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight back to your next destination or to the US. (B)