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Jewels of the Desert

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Libya  
Specialty Categories: Desert Expeditions   Cultural Journey  
Season: September - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1443 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2445 Euro (EUR)

A tour that combines the magnificent Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabrata with the splendour and excitement of the Libyan Sahara and its millennia-old rock art. A must for desert lovers and archaeologists alike.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Meet guide on arrival in Tripoli and transfer to city centre hotel. Depending on time of arrival, walking tour in modern Tripoli before dinner.

Day 2: Tripoli - Sabrata - Tripoli. Morning sightseeing tour of Tripoli inc. National Museum (NB: If you have an afternoon flight on Day 15, we recommend visiting only Tripoli old town this morning and postponing the visit to the National Museum until the morning of Day 15). Continue to the Roman city of Sabrata with its spectacular Colonnaded Theatre, temples and mosaic museum. Return to Tripoli.

Day 3: Qasr al-Haj - Nalut - Ghadames. Visit the beautiful 12th century Berber granary qasr (castle) of Qasr al-Haj, chosen as one of the World's 80 Greatest Treasure in a recent BBC TV series. Continue to the granary castle of Nalut in a spectacular position atop an escarpment. Continue to the World Heritage site of Ghadames for 2 nights.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour in the enchanting oasis of Ghadames with its unique architecture and labyrinthine passages. Lunch in a richly decorated traditional house. Late afternoon visit to Ra's al-Ghoul, the remains of an ancient Roman fort, and the sand dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental that border Libya, Algeria and Tunisia.

Day 5: Sabha. Day's drive south to Sabha via the Hamadat al-Hamra and Shwayrif.

Days 6-10: Wadi Matkhandoush - Acacus.Drive to Murzuk Sand Sea and Wadi Matkhandoush to see ancient petroglyphs. Continue through desert to explore the World Heritage Site of the Acacus with its spectacular scenery and rock art dating back thousands of years. Wild camping with final night at Al-Awainat camp site.

Day 11: Germa - Ubari Sand Sea & Lakes. Drive to Germa. Visit site of the ancient Garamantian civilisation. Enter Ubari Sand Sea for a thrilling drive over immense sand dunes towards the famous oasis salt lakes of Lake Gabraoun and Lake Umm al-Maa. Swimming and wild camping.

Day 12: Ubari Sand Sea - Sabha. Continue visit to the Ubari Sand Sea before driving to Sabha.

Day 13: Gharyan. Early start for drive north to Gharyan. Visit troglodyte house and pottery centre in Gharyan, and overnight.

Day 14: Leptis Magna - Villa Caline - Tripoli. Excursion to the magnificent Roman city of Leptis Magna with its Theatre, Forum, Baths, Sports Ground, Nymphaeum and Temples. Also visit Villa Celine, home of a wealthy Roman. Continue to Tripoli.

Day 15: Tripoli. At leisure or morning visit to National Museum (see Day 2) until transfer to Tripoli International Airport.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Airport transfers in Tripoli
- Transportation by car, minibus or coach depending on number in group, 4WD in desert
- English-speaking guide throughout (other languages available), desert guide & cook
- Accommodation on a twin share basis (unless single room booked) in 3* hotels, camping facilities in desert
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout, drinks with meals (ex. non-alcoholic beer)
- Sightseeing and entrance fees (ex. camera fees)
- Tourist registration.

Note: We also arrange visa on arrival at a small charge.

Supplier Information
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: May 2007
Client Request Served: 61

Founded in 1997, M16438 offers FIT and group tours based on cultural, archaeological and desert programs and is the Libyan ground agent for many tour companies worldwide including Titan, Classic Traveller, Captain's Choice, Eldertreks, Distant Horizons, Silk Road Tours, Audley Travel, Andante Tours, Silk Steps,...

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