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Family Libya Vacation

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  • Itinerary
  • Group Tours
  • Accommodation
  • Prices & Services
  • Payment


Customisable itinerary: all our tours are 100% customisable: dates, duration and services.
Itinerary Details: for independent travellers and groups:

 

children playing by the beach

 

 


A Family Adventure Vacation

Our family Libya vacations cover the archaeological Phoenician and Roman sites of Tripolitania, the Berber coastal town of Zuwarah, the Berber settlements of Jabal Nafousa, and the jewel of the Sahara the oasis of Ghadames. We did not include deep desert destinations to make the itinerary suitable for families with young children, but extensions are available on request. In fact you can customise this tour to suit your needs.

If you require a private customised family tour, then just tell us about the sites and places you would like to see, and we will make it happen. You have absolutely nothing to worry about; we will process the Libyan visa and have it ready for you on arrival, complete all the border or airport formalities for you, provide you with a private transport and a local guide, and make sure your holiday goes as planned.

 

two Tuareg girls wearing Tuareg costumes from Ghadames Festival

Itinerary Code: FLV29
Duration:   11 Days

Libya For Children

Libya provides a number of sights and activities for children.

  • Sand & Water: Libyan beaches, particularly those along the western cost (e.g., Zuwarah and Janzur), are perfect for children. They provide gradual and shallow beach with lots of paddling pools for children to play, and plenty of sand by the beach for making castles.

  • Tripoli's Medina: the old city is also an interesting place with its labyrinthine and dark lanes, souks, and traditional shops.
  • Libya's unique museums, including the Assaraya Alhamra Museum in Tripoli, where children can see stone age artifacts, and the Archaeological Museum of Leptis Magna for a bit of Roman history; and also the special Janzur Museum, with its stunning wall paintings.

  • Troglodyte caves & granaries: the troglodyte caves of Gharyan and the Berber castles (granaries) of Qasr Alhaj and Nalut will provide children with a unique experience, rarely available elsewhere. The troglodyte caves of nearby Tunisia were used to film one of the Star Wars films.

  • Tripoli Zoo: the zoo, located south of the city centre in Annaser Forest, is a very popular destination for Libyan families who take their children for a day out, and therefore is a great opportunity to introduce your children to Libyan children.

  • Nalut Dinosaur Museum at the Red Cross (Crescent) building.

  • Horse-drawn chariots: Tripoli: the richly-decorated and colourful chariots, with their jingling sounds, are a fantastic means for touring the capital's streets.
  • And, of course, the desert herself: the tour will include a visit to the oasis of Ghadames at the edge of the Sahara, but it can be customised to venture south towards the desert's lakes if desired.

 

children playing with sand by the beach of Zuwarah



Day 1

gazelle

Upon arrival in Tripoli you will be met by your guide, who will complete the entry formalities and escort you to your hotel. Depending on time of arrival, you will see some of the capital's best tourist sites, and an afternoon walk in the city centre. You will then have your evening meal in a restaurant before returning to your hotel room.

Day 2

a view of the red sky behind the beach

Exploring Tripoli, including visits to the Assaraya Alhamra Museum (sometimes also known as the National Museum) for a virtual tour of Libya's history, from prehistoric times to the present; a walk around the Old Medina (the Old City) to explore its network of narrow, roofed-streets, arches and covered souks; the zoo (if required); and the Arch of Marcus Aurelius.

Days 3 & 4

Qasr Alhaj castle

Today you will start the journey to Nafousa Mountain to see the classic Berber fortified granary in Nalut, stopping at the Qasr al-Haj. You will stay the night in Nalut (or nearby Kabaw, depending on availability of hotels). Then continue to  Ghadames on the following day. Among the sites to visit in Ghadames are the unique and ancient walled city of the oasis of Ghadames, the local museum, and the unique sand dunes of Ghadames (to watch the sunset). The town is completely covered (or roofed), with narrow dark streets used by men, while women have their own paths on the connected roofs of the town.

Day 5

Ghadames

Today, you will head back towards Nalut, but you will take a different route, just before Nalut, and drive up the mountain and then continue along the roads on the top of the mountain towards Gharyan, and transfer to a troglodyte cave hotel.

 

Day 6

going up the mountain towards Nalut

A quick tour of Gharyan, then leave Nafousa Mountain towards the magnificent Leptis Magna. Transfer to the hotel, then a tour of the wonderful archaeological city. You will stay the night in Leptis Magna.

Days 7 & 8

Leptis Magna

More sightseeing in Leptis Magna, then drive back to the capital, transfer to the hotel; free time in in the evening. On the second day you can choose to relax by the beach in Tripoli itself, or drive to nearby Janzur Beach.


Days 9 & 10

Zuwarah beach

A morning drive to Sabratha, visit the museum, the theater, and other archaeological sites of the city. After lunch you will continue towards Zuwarah for more swimming by the beach.  Full day swimming and relaxing by the beach, in a secluded and private area in Zuwarah. If you prefer, we can arrange for a visit to a local family where you can have a traditional meal and get to see the way families live in Libya. You can also choose to drive to the peninsula of Farwa, where you can spend the day swimming in the empty peninsula.

Day 11

 

 

Morning drive to Tripoli and transfer to Tripoli International Airport.

 

 

 

 

How this holiday makes a difference?

We are a Libyan tourism company operating from Libya, we employ local services, and all our camping staff, drivers and desert experts are locals. This means that all operational costs of our tours pour directly into the Libyan economy, and booking your holiday directly with us would make a big difference to all of us in Libya. We provide real experience holidays by arranging for our visitors to meet and mix with the local people, camp and stop anywhere they like, customise their itineraries, attend cultural events and festivals where applicable, and visit local families and try traditional foods. To help preserve and support our local culture and heritage we have provided comprehensive guides and free coverage in our website of local festivals, crafts, industries, rock art galleries, and have created Libya's first online museum of Libyan museums for the world to see and visit, free of charge. Needless to say Libya's archaeological sites are nearly empty most of the time and thus provide a unique and private touring experience.

 





 

two Tuareg girls wearing Tuareg costumes from Ghadames Festival

Itinerary Code: FLV29
Duration:  11 Days

Small Group Tours

Unlike most tour companies we have no minimum requirement to take part in our tours. You can come along by yourself, with a friend, or with a group of friends. Coming with a friend nearly halves the price of your tour.

You can also take part in a group tour if you prefer group tours and if there are groups matching your specifications (date, destinations, etc.) which you can join.

If you are just looking for an operator to put together an itinerary for your private group, then we will be delighted to design a program to suit your needs.

 

 



Accommodation

two Tuareg girls wearing Tuareg costumes from Ghadames Festival

Itinerary Code: FLV29
Duration:  11 Days

Hotels are optional. They will be included in the price if requested. Independent travellers can pick and choose their hotels as they go.

 

 

Hotels in Libya

If 3-star hotels were requested or included in the price then we normally use the best ones available, like Al Andalus hotel in Tripoli,? Severus hotel in Leptis Magna, and Dar Germa in Germa.

If 4-star hotels were requested or included in the price then we must inform you that these hotels can be found only in Tripoli, Benghazi and one in Ghadames. For example, we can use Alkendi hotel or the Grand Hotel (Alkabir) in Tripoli, or Almanara hotel in Apollonia; but we can use any hotel of your choice and calculate the price accordingly.

We are not affiliated with any of these hotels, and we only recommend those hotels with proven good customer feedback. We also do like the traditional style and Berber designs employed in the construction of  some hotels, like El-Khan and Zumit hotels in Tripoli and the grand Dar Ghadames hotel in Ghadames for their traditional styles that reflect the local culture as well as for their high standards and to allow our visitors to experience something different to the usual hotels.? However, you are always welcome to suggest any other hotel you like, and where there are no bookings requested or confirmed?in advance we do allow our? visitors to pick and choose their hotels as they go, after arrival, but availability during season cannot be guaranteed without booking in advance. However, if you are not specific about a particular hotel, then there are plenty of good hotels to choose from.

 

Camping Sites in Libya

Camping sites wherever to be found are also locally managed and provide basic services. Where camping sites cannot be found, your guide can either find a suitable and safe place for you to camp, or take you to the nearest hotel that provides camping places for a small fee. Some desert camping sites can be very expensive, up to 250 Libyan Dinar per a tent, and therefore these are often not included in our budget tours.   We do however provide our own tents (small and large) and other camping equipment like mats, mattresses and blankets (all new) for free camping; but we do not recommend sharing nor do we provide sleeping bags, unless on request.

 

Hostels in Libya

If hostels were requested in the program, then the quality of the service expected is provided as is. We cannot reserve rooms in hostels as there are no reservation services. Please refer to our guide to hostels in Libya for more information.

 

 





Prices & Services

Set Your Own Price

Generally speaking we are committed to providing good tours at reasonable price without compromising on quality. In fact our system allows you the freedom to pay for the quality level you require.

There are various factors that can affect the price. For example, some visitors want 4-star hotels, others want 3-star hotels, while there are those who prefer to use hostels or camp in the open beneath the desert's stars. Some tourists want food included in the price, while others prefer to travel light. The time chosen to visit Libya will also influence the costs, as heavy demand on scarce services tends to push the price up of some services like hotels.

Travel companies that offer fixed price tours tend to mandate the same services on the whole group, regardless of personal preferences. We are dedicated to offering quality services based on personal needs. Once you get in touch with us regarding a particular tour or itinerary, we will contact you to discuss the exact services you require and then set a price for your tour based on those preferences.

This means that it is you who decides the price by choosing to pay only for the services you require.

 

Basic Services:

  • Libyan visa on arrival
  • Airport/border formalities & transfers
  • Passport registration
  • Guide & his full costs
  • Advertised or agreed itinerary
  • Private air-conditioned transport
  • Desert transport & expert (where applicable)
  • Internal flights (where shown in program)

Extra Services:

  • Accommodation in 3-star and/or 4-star hotels
  • Accommodation in hostels
  • Camping fees and fixed camping sites charges
  • Food (full board or half board. Breakfast is included in all hotel prices)
  • Museum & archaeological sites entrance fees
  • Museum & archaeological guides
  • Any other request not listed in the above basic required services list

Price does not include any of the following services:

  • Vehicle charges & taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Photography fees
  • Personal expenditure & souvenirs
  • Anything else not specified in the above services list

 





Payment   Details

two Tuareg girls wearing Tuareg costumes from Ghadames Festival

Itinerary Code: FLV29
Duration:  11 Days

Cash: full payment is required in Euro on arrival, with the option to pay in advance if preferred. If you cannot pay in Euro, then the next preferred currency is US Dollar or British Pound. The amount shown in Libyan Dinars (if any) is the amount to pay on arrival, converted to Euro currency according to the rates of exchange current at the time of paying.

ATM's: if for any reason you cannot bring cash with you, then you can use your credit card to withdraw cash from ATM's, which are found only in the major cities, airports, like Tripoli and Benghazi, and a few other towns.

Bank Transfer: if you prefer to pay in advance, then we can arrange for you to pay via bank transfer, where you can pay from your bank account directly into our bank account in Libya.

Travellers cheques are becoming part of the past in Libya and can be very hard to find a bank that accepts them. However, when you do find a bank that accepts them, then you need to provide a document showing your name(s) and the list of the cheques' serial numbers, normally obtained from the bank that issued the cheques. If you are bringing any travellers cheques with you, please make sure you obtain this document from your bank.

The payment system in Libya is being revolutionised and improvements are expected in the coming months and years.

 

Deposit Payment:

 

The amount to pay differs from one case to another. You will be notified via email during negotiations of how much deposit you need to pay, if any. Usually there is no deposit to pay.

No deposit or advance payment is required from independent and private travellers as long as there are no hotel bookings required. Hotels in Libya will not confirm bookings without payment. Hostels in Libya do not accept bookings.

For groups arriving together as part of one group organised by another tour operator or a travel agent, then there will be no deposit to pay. Full payment must be made on arrival by the tour leader. If hotel bookings are required, then a deposit to cover the hotel reservation may be necessary, depending on the category of hotels chosen.

No deposit is required from individuals booking a place in one of our group tours if booking is made three months or more before arrival; but if booking is made within three months of travel, then we require a deposit payment to guarantee the tour for the other members of the group.