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Taste of Libya

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

 

Itinerary Code: TL29 Duration: from 9 days

 

 

 

Fantastic tour to explore the ancient Phoenician, Greek and Roman ruins of Tripolitania, including visits to Tripoli's Old Medina and its bustling market life, magnificent Leptis Magna, and Sabratha and its colossal theater. You will be accompanied by a local guide during your tour, to make sure everything proceeds according to plan. This tour gives you an introduction to the many different cultures and landscapes of Libya, particularly the archaeological sites of Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. This tour can be modified to include a few days extra to visit the Sahara's Ubari lakes or any other desired site.


Day 1

the Old City

Tripoli: after arrival at Tripoli airport you will be met by your guide, complete the entry formalities, and drive to the city centre for the hotel.

Day 2

tripoli view from the sea

Tripoli: morning visit to Assaraya Alhamra Museum, then the Old City, and the Arch of Marcus Aurelius. Dinner in a traditional restaurant, free time, then return to the hotel for the night.

Day 3

benghazi view from across the lake

Benghazi - Tokra - Apollonia: today you will fly to Benghazi, to start your tour of green Cyrenaica - the home of the Pentapolis: Berenice, Taucheira, Ptolemais, Cyrene and Apollonia. Your first stop will be Teucheira (Tokrah), before continuing towards Apollonia for the night.

Day 4  

the temple of Zeus in Cyrene: massive columns

Cyrene: after visiting the archaeological site in Apollonia, you will drive to Cyrene: the capital city of the Pentapolis; beautifully set amidst the verdant hills of the Green Mountain, with spectacular views across the hills. Cyrene was founded around 630 BC, and within a short span of time became one of the wealthiest cities in the whole region. The main sites of interest include: the colossal Temple of Zeus (right), the rock-cut tombs of the city?s necropolis, the Forum, the Temple of Apollo, the Agora, and Cyrene Sculpture Museum. Return to Apollonia for the night, or stay in Cyrene's Apollo Resort. (We recommend the 4-star Al-Manara Hotel in Apollonia.)

 

Day 5  

Qasr Libya - Benghazi - Tripoli: morning drive to Qasr Libya to see some of the finest mosaic on display before heading back to Benghazi Airport for the evening flight to Tripoli, transfer to the hotel.

Apollonia

Day 6

Berber castle, qasr al-haj in Libya's western mountain

Qasr Alhaj: today you will drive to Qasr Alhaj, in Jabal Nafousa, where you will visit the catacomb-like traditional Berber fortified granary. These castles were built from mud bricks, palm wood (for doors), and ropes. They usually consist of several floors, built in a circular fashion with a main door as an entrance to the castle. They were originally built to store the grains and oil for the families making up the village. Drive up the mountain towards Yefren, then continue to Gharyan for the night.

Day 7

Leptis Magna theater

Leptis Magna: leaving the mountain, you will drive to Leptis Magna, the most complete and preserved Roman city in the world - a truly wonderful place to see and the most sought tourist destination in Libya. This is the home of the Berber Septimius Severus, who went on to become the first African Emperor of ancient Rome. There is so much to see here, including the beautiful Amphitheatre, the Museum, the colonnaded street, the Severn Forum, decorated with the magical Gorgon heads, and the Hadrian Baths among other places.?Night in Leptis Magna.

 

Day 8

sabratha theater

Sabratha: today you will visit the archaeological city of Sabratha: the home of the stunning 2nd century colonnaded theatre - the most complete Roman theater in the world, the Mausoleum of Bes, the Temples of Antoninus and Zeus, the Court of Justice, the Roman Forum, and Sabratha Museum. Return to Tripoli for the night.?

Day 9

Libya

Tripoli: more time to explore the capital city of Libya, shopping in the souks of the Old Medina, then transfer to the airport for departure & farewell.

 

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.

 

 




 

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Itinerary Code: TL29
Duration : from 9 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

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Itinerary Code: TL29
Duration : from 9 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

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Itinerary Code: TL29
Duration : from 9 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.

 

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.