Classical Cities Of Libya (14n/15d)

The Temple of Zeus near Cyrenece is almost as imposing as the Pantheon, though it does not have quite the same prominence of location

The Temple of Zeus near Cyrene is almost as imposing as the Pantheon, though it does not have quite the same prominence of location

Day 1 – Tripoli
Arrival at airport of Tripoli. Transfer to your hotel for overnight

Day 2 – Qasr el Haj/ Nalut/ Ghadames
Visit the centuries old grain stores of Qasr al Haj and Nalut. Contine to Ghadames for two nights. 

Day 3 – Ghadames/ Qasr El Ghoul
Sightseeing in the unique and enchanting oasis of Ghadames on the edge of the Sahara desert. Visit the old town with its labyrinthine passages and take lunch in a richly decorated traditional house. Late afternoon excursion to watch the sun set over the sand dunes; on the way, we visit the ruins of Qasr al-Ghoul (Castle of the Ghost), allegedly the remains of an old Roman fort, where the local inhabitants succumbed to a siege during the Arab conquest of Libya in the 7th century AD.

Day 4 – Kabaw/ Jabal Nafusa/ Yefren/ Gharyan
Drive to the Berber village of Kabaw to visit the fortified grain store and library of the writer, Buruni. Continue through the Jabal Nafusa mountain range to the panoramic hilltop town of Yfren and then to Gharyan where a visit will be made to a troglodyte house.

Day 5 – Leptis Magna/ Zliten
Full day excursion to the magnificent Roman city of Leptis Magna. Overnight at Hotel in Zliten

Day 6- Zliten/ Leptis Magna/ Sirt
See the Abd al-Salaam Mosque in Zliten before returning to the glorious site of Leptis Magna for further exploration. Continue to Sirt for overnight

Day 7 – Benghazi
Drive to Benghazi in eastern Libya. Late afternoon visit to the site of ancient Berenice and the Souk al-Jareed..

Day 8 – Ptolemais/ Qasr Libya
Visit the Greco-Roman city of Ptolemais (Tolmeita). Continue to Qasr Libya with its unique collection of mosaics.

Day 9 – Cyrene
Full day of sightseeing at the extensive and remarkable Greek site of Cyrene, founded in the 7th century BC. Sites include the Temple of Apollo, Acropolis, Agora, Forum, Stoa of Hermes and Hercules, House of Jason Magnus and the Temple of Zeus.

Day 10 – Apollonia/ Slontah/ Tocra/ Benghazi
Visit the ancient city-port of Apollonia. Return to Benghazi via the eerie funerary temple at Slontah and the site of ancient Teuchira (Tocra).

Day 11- Sirt
Return along the coastal road to Sirt.

Day 12 – Ghirza/ Misrata
Excursion to the Punic temple tombs of Ghirza. Continue to Misrata for overnight.

Day 13 – Sabrata/ Tripoli
Excursion to the Roman city of Sabrata with its remarkable 2nd century Colonnaded Theatre and stunning mosaic collection. Return to Tripoli

Day 14 – Tripoli
Full day sightseeing in Tripoli including the superb National Museum, Green Square, Algeria Square Cathedral, Church of Santa Maria, the 18th century British Consulate, the 17th century French Consulate, the Arch of Marcus Aurelius and the mosques and souks of the medina where lunch will be taken.

Day 15 – Back Home
Transfer to airport for flight home.

 

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