May Libya Tour

What's it all about?

This tour invites you to explore the treasures of this North African gem, where ancient civilizations and modern influences converge.

Libya has been mired in civil strife since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. Recently, however, the country is experiencing relative stability and with the introduction of a tourist visa on arrival, it’s never been easier to join one of our Libya tours.

Libya has the potential to become one of Africa’s and the Sahara’s great travel
destinations. It possesses some of the best-preserved ancient Roman ruins, picturesque oases, lost Saharan cities and the largest sand dunes in the world.

From the bustling markets of Tripoli, the timeless ruins of Leptis Magna to the serene oases of Ghadames, each day promises a new adventure.

Join us as we unveil the secrets of Libya, a land where the echoes of ancient civilizations resonate in the wind and the warm hospitality of its people invites you to become part of its rich narrative.

Where?

Tripoli – Jabel Nafusa – Ghadames – Geryan – Leptis Magna – Sabratha – Tripoli

When?

May 6 – 11th, 2024

Visa?

We will apply for and send you an invitation letter which will allow you to get the visa at your local embassy.

The Itinerary

May 6th | Day 1 - Tripoli

  • Morning arrival into Tripoli. Airport transfer to our central city hotel.
  • Tripoli city tour – Visit the 19th century Ottoman Clock tower
  • Explore the bustling souks of the old Medina
  • See the Arch of Marcus Aurelius – built in 163 AD, the triumphal arch of Marcus Aurelius is Tripoli’s most iconic monument. It was the centre point of the old Roman city.
  • Visit Martyrs’ Square – formally known as Independence Square under Colonel Gaddafi. It’s the centre of the newer Italian built area of the city.

May 7th | Day 2 - Jabel Nafusa / Ghadames

  • After breakfast, we drive 70 km south of Tripoli to the rocky mountains of Jebel Nafusa. The mountain rises abruptly from the desert plain of Jefara to a height of over 750 meters. The mountains are awe-inspiring. Jebal Nafusa is  the heartland of the Berber people of Libya.
  • Visit the magnificent 12th century fortified granary of Qasr al-Haj.
  • Continue further south into the Sahara until we arrive at Ghadames, one of the oldest towns in the Libyan Desert.
  • Dinner and overnight in Ghadames 
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May 8th | Day 3 - Ghadames

  • Full day exploring Ghadames.
  • This was an important stopping-off point in the trans-Saharan caravan routes between
    Timbuktu and the Mediterranean coastal cities of Libya.
  • Old Ghadames was surrounded by a semi-circular wall accessed by several gates that were closed each day at sunset. Buildings are constructed of sunbaked clay bricks, clustered around seven main streets.
  • The Old Town, though now deserted, is still very atmospheric with this unique style of Saharan
    architecture. During our walking tour, we hope to visit a traditional house and several interesting
    mosques. Later in the day, it is usually possible to take an excursion into the steep dunes close to
    Ghadames to enjoy a sunset over the mountains of Algeria and enjoy some green tea and
    traditional Mella bread.
  • Overnight in Dar Ghadames Hotel.

May 9th | Day 4 - Gharyan

  • Leaving the Sahara behind, we begin the journey back towards Tripoli.
  • Our main stop will be in Kabaw for lunch and then drive further to Gharyan city 50 miles south of Tripoli.
  • Gharyan was on the trade routes both south to Fezzan and over
  • the Nafusa Mountains. By 1884 the Ottomans had established a mayor and town council here.
    It was considered the centre of Libyan resistance against the Italian invasion early in the 20th century.
  • Drive to Tripoli
  • Dinner and overnight in Tripoli.

May 10th | Day 5 - Leptis Magna

  • Today we will visit Leptis Magna, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world. In its heyday during the reign of Libyan Emperor Septimius Severus, it was second only to Rome and housed over 100,000 people. This vast city remained buried for some 1300 years, and it was not until the 1920s that a major excavation by Italian and Libyan archaeologists revealed the limestone and marble wonders that
    we explore today.
  • Lunch nearby.
  • After extensively exploring the site, we return to Tripoli.
  • Dinner and overnight in Tripoli.

May 11th | Day 6 - Sabratha

  • Early drive northwest to Sabratha – one of the most important historical sites in Libya. The city dates back to 500BC and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Phoenicians and Romans previously used it as a seaport.
  • Visit the Sabratha Theatre – dating back to 175CE.
  • Explore the amphitheatre where duals took place in front of a crowd of up to 10,000 spectators.
  • Transfer to the airport
  • End of Libya tour.
What else?
Inclusions
Exclusions
  • Accommodation

    Secure standard hotels.

  • Guides

    An expert English speaking local guide, driver and foreign tour leader on group tours.

  • Transport

    All transport to complete the itinerary.

  • Some Meals

    All breakfasts and lunches outside of Tripoli are included.

  • Activities

    All activities & entrance fees unless otherwise stated.

  • Visa Invitation

    We will send you an invitation letter which allows you to apply at your local embassy before you travel.

  • Fights

    Flights to and from Libya.

  • Tips

    Tips are expected for your local guides and driver.

  • Travel Insurance

    A must for this trip.

  • Some meals

    Most dinners and some lunches are not included.

Tour Notes

You’ll be in the vastly experienced hands of our English-speaking local guides & fixer as well as your Rocky Road Travel guide. Given the unpredictable nature of travelling in Libya, the itinerary may change slightly, but we will always go above and beyond with added extras where possible.

Before the Libya tour tour we will add you to a dedicated WhatsApp group so you can chat about the tour & share photos easily with your travel mates. Just let us know is you want to opt out of this.

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May 6 - 11, 2024

Libya Tour

start & finish in Mitiga, Tripoli

Fly in and out of Mitiga Airport.

Secure standard hotels

5 nights in Libya

The price

€1950

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