Expedition with professional traveler to medieval Ghadames in Sahara and antique cities of Tripolitania

LIBYA


November 16 - 22, 2024
Tour to Libya

Tour to Libya, medieval Ghadames, Sahara, Tadrart Akakus, Tripolitania
To see antique Roman and Phoenician cities of Tripolitania, spend the night in "the pearl of the desert" – medieval city of Ghadames, and reach the dunes of Sahara.

Our Libyan expedition explores once one of the most impressive countries of Africa with number of UNESCO World heritage sites, from Leptis Magna and Sabratha in the north, to the Sahara and the ghost city of Ghadames.

Tour to Libya, medieval Ghadames, Sahara, Tadrart Akakus, Tripolitania
SCHEDULE & COST:

Dates: November 16 - 22, 2024

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Number of participants: 6 – 12

Cost per person:
– 2 340 EUR, subject to 12 participants or
– 2 490 EUR, subject to 10 – 11 participants or
– 2 590 EUR, subject to 8 – 9 participants or
– 2 690 EUR, subject to 6 – 7 participants

10% early booking discount (in case you book before June 16, 2024)

Everything is included (incl. domestic flights and Libyan visa), except for:
- international flight to Tripoli roundtrip,
- international medical insurance,
- Libya visa (at 90 – 110 EUR to be obtained in Libyan embassy in your respective country, upon sending documents by our Libyan partners to this embassy),
- some lunches and dinners.

Estimated cost of international flight Moscow – Tripoli – Moscow: from EUR 700 (to be purchased on your own. We consult).
Estimated cost of international flight Cairo – Tripoli – Cairo: from EUR 350 (We can purchase upon your request).
Estimated cost of international flight Tunis – Tripoli – Tunis: from EUR 300 (We can purchase upon your request).
Estimated cost of international flight Istanbul – Tripoli – Istanbul: from EUR 450 (We can purchase upon your request).

Single supplement: 330 EUR per person (it is provided along the whole itinerary).





TRAVEL PROGRAM: tour to Libya


Day 1. November 16, 2024 (Saturday). ARRIVAL IN TRIPOLI

Morning arrival in Tripoli, capital of Libya. Transfer to the hotel.
Tour around Old City of Tripoli, where we visit the old quarters linked to the Main Square and Marcus Aurelius Arch. If the National Museum is open, we also visit it.
Overnight in Akakous Hotel in Tripoli.

Meals included: lunch
Accommodation included: Akakous Hotel

Recommended flights:
- by EgyptAir from Moscow through Cairo, departure from Moscow on November 15 at 15:45, stop in Cairo 10 hours 20 minutes, departure from Cairo on November 16 at 06:45 am, arrival in Tripoli on November 16 at 9:45 am,
- morning flight from Tunisia or Istanbul by Libyan Wings or Ghadames Air with arrival in Tripoli no later than 10 am on November 16,
- any other flight from any city arriving in Tripoli no later than 10 am on November 16 .



Day 2. November 17, 2024 (Sunday). TRIPOLI — QASR AL HAJJ — NALUT — GHADAMES (620 km)

Today we drive south-west, to Sahara region, in order to reach the old city of Ghadames on the border with Algeria (620 km, 10 hours drive).
On the way we visit Jabel Nafusa and Qasr Al Hajj.
Then we drive through town of Nalut, where we can visit Gaser Nalut.
Late arrival in Ghadames. Night in hotel Dar Ghadames.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation included: hotel Dar Ghadames


Day 3. November 18, 2024 (Monday). GHADAMES

Spend the day visiting Ghadames, an ancient caravan center situated at the edge of the Sahara near the borders of Algeria and Tunisia. This Berber town of unique architecture, palm groves, and gardens is an oasis that forms part of the sub-region of Gharian. It offers the traveler the warm hospitality of the Berber people and a unique perspective of day-to-day life that has not changed for centuries. We will discover unique homes built of mud, lime and palm tree trunks in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unique design keeps the houses cool during hot days and warm during cold nights. In addition, the rooftops are all connected to allow the women to get around without being seen by men.
Enjoy lunch at a traditionally decorated house, then head to the dunes by 4x4 vehicles for a beautiful view of the Sahara surrounding Ghadames and watch the spectacular sunset.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation included: hotel Dar Ghadames


Day 4. November 19, 2024 (Tuesday). GHADAMES — GERYAN — TRIPOLI (645 km)

Farewell to the old city of Ghadames, the sister city of famous Agadez in Niger and Timbuktu and Djenne in Mali.
Early departure back to Tripoli (645 km, 10 hours driving).
Halt in Geryan for very short visit of the city.
Dinner served in Tripoli.
Overnight in the hotel Akakous in Tripoli.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation included: Akakous Hotel


Day 5. November 20, 2024 (Wednesday). TRIPOLI — LEPTIS MAGNA – TRIPOLI (240 km)

After breakfast, we drive some 120 km east of Tripoli to spend the day exploring the spectacular ruins at Leptis Magna, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world. Originally a Phoenician trading port during the 7th century BC, it prospered for nearly 1000 years before Vandal invasions and sandstorms led to its downfall. This vast city remained buried for some 1300 years until the 1920's when a significant excavation by Italian and Libyan archaeologists revealed the limestone and marble wonders that we explore today.
Lunch served on site.
Drive back to Tripoli. Overnight in the hotel Akakous Hotel in Tripoli.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation included: Akakous Hotel


Day 6. November 21, 2024 (Thursday). TRIPOLI — SABRATHA — TRIPOLI (160 km)

After breakfast, head west of Tripoli (80 km) to Sabratha, a fantastic historical city that dates back to 500 BC. The Phoenicians used this UNESCO World Heritage Site as a port and trading post. Explore the Theatre, probably the most popular site in Sabratha, as well as the Baths and Temples.
Drive back to the capital. Overnight in the hotel Akakous Hotel in Tripoli.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation included: Akakous Hotel


Day 7. November 22, 2024 (Friday). TRIPOLI — RETURN FLIGHT

After breakfast, transfer to the airport of Tripoli in order to catch the return international flight.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation included: no

Recommended flights:
- EgyptAir to Moscow through Cairo, departure from Tripoli on November 22 at 10:45, stop in Cairo 5 hours 15 minutes, departure from Cairo on November 22 at 18:50, arrival in Moscow on November 23 at 01:45,
- morning or evening flight to Tunis or Istanbul with transfer Libyan Wings or Ghadames Air, with departure from Tripoli at any time on November 22,
- any other flight to any city departing from Tripoli at any time on November 22.



* The order of visits and excursions can be modified according to local conditions (i.e. state of roads, security conditions etc.). If some visits and/or tours could not be done due to external conditions, they will be replaced when possible.

** The participant of expedition to Libya must be motivated to be respectful to the culture of local people, be aware of the objectives of the trip and possible program changes depending on weather or road conditions, security conditions and any other reasons, be able to adapt to the new environment and culture.
Cost includes:

  • accommodation in hotels and camps on the basis of TWIN/DBL
  • meals: all breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, as indicated in the program
  • private air-conditioned transport: 4WD cars in the desert and by minibus in the rest of the itinerary
  • all airport transfers
  • visa invitation letter and visa support
  • travel permits
  • airport formalities and passport registration
  • Tourism Police escort and its full expenses
  • experienced English speaking local guide throughout the entire itinerary
  • archaeological sites' and all entrance fees and visits, all local taxes
  • archaeological sites & museum guides
  • English and Russian speaking team leader



Cost excludes (additionally paid):

  • international flight to Tripoli roundtrip
  • international medical insurance
  • visa for Libya (at 90 – 110 EUR to be obtained in Libyan embassy in your respective country, upon sending documents by our Libyan partners to this embassy),
  • 2 lunches, 4 dinners, as indicated in the program
  • alcohol, soft drinks, souvenirs, personal items
  • tips
  • single supplement



To take with:
sets of clothes fitting weather conditions,
at least one warm set
long sleeve wear set,
comfortable closed shoes and open shoes,
forehead torch,
big backpack for luggage,
small backpack for personal items and camera,
mosquito net for sleeping place,
repellents,
sunblock set: cream, sunglasses, cap,
sandblock set: desert glasses, buff/mask (up to you)
personal hygiene items (soap, toilet paper, towel, wet tissues, etc.),
personal medical kit (analgesics, sanitizers, rehydration, antiviral, antibiotics, your personal medicine),
anti malaria preventive pills (up to you to decide),
photo and video camera, tripod
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