Tripoli, Libya

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Arkno Tours
38 Sharia Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakabi, Garden City, Tripoli, Libya
T: +218 (21) 444 4044
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"Just a quick email to say how much we enjoyed our week in Libya. All the arrangements worked perfectly, Shukri was an efficient, interesting and knowledgeable guide (and negotiated the Tripoli traffic expertly!), Sabratha and Leptis were amazing, Ghadames a gem of a place and the desert just wonderful. In fact, the whole tour more than lived up to our expectations. However, I think the most memorable part of the trip was the friendliness and welcome of the people: I've travelled extensively in many parts of the world and can honestly say that Libya is probably the friendliest country that I've had the fortune to visit. We're already wondering if we can manage a return visit ...!" (HS, UK)

"We had a wonderful time in Libya. We were very impressed not only with beautiful sites but also the efficient way the holiday was organised. Mahmud was an excellent guide & he did manage to get us into the Villa Sileen! We also enjoyed the hotel & the restaurants we visited. Thanks to everyone involved in organising the holiday." (EN, UK)  

"We had an excellent time , and everything from the hotel to the guide went really well.  It was a great trip and we can’t recommend Audley or Arkno highly enough , so many thanks again." (HH, UK)


"I just wanted you to know that our trip to Libya from 2nd-6th December was really superb. We had an excellent tour guide- Mahmoud. The trip was extremely well planned, and every day was filled with exciting trips. The restaurants chosen for the 4 dinners out were good, we especially
enjoyed the first and last dinners. We stayed at the Arkno Guest House. It was very comfortable, helpful staff, use of the dining room for tea and cold drinks at any time, BBC 24 TV, aircon, and internet. I would certainly recommend your company to friends." (SC, UK)

"Dear Craig, Just a word of thanks to you and Arkno Libya for a thoroughly enjoyable and successful trip. We were most impressed by the planning of so much within such a short space of time, whilst never feeling we were being rushed from one attraction to another. In this we feel especially lucky to have had Ali Homeida as our guide, mentor, and general wet-nurse for the trip. His wit, urbanity, local savvy and unfailing good humour elevated a pleasant experience into a delight." (MK, UK)


"I have been delighted with such a professional and courteous service (I can see why Conde Nast gave you the award). (BW, Ireland)


"The visit to Libya was a great success. The main reasons were the places recommended, the quality of the transport, the skill of the driver Joseph, the knowledge and management skills of the guide Shukri Fteis. I consider the programme you produced on my behalf to be first class. I will certainly be recommending your Company to the audiences I address featuring my visit to Libya." (JP, UK)


"All the travellers have now returned from Libya and I have had nothing but praise and plaudits for such a wonderful tour. Everybody, to a man, enjoyed the country and were totally enthralled with the sites they visited. They thought that their guide (Shukri) was just fantastic and could not have been more helpful at all times. There were some memorable moments (all very different) for everyone to remember and bring home with them. Thank you very much for your organisation and your patience with us when we did not understand the way the Libyans do business. It was a pleasure to deal with you – and meet you in London – and I am very grateful for your part in making this such a tremendous success." (GB, Australia)


"What can we say but a big thank you to you and your staff for making our return trip to Tripoli both very special and memorable .I don't think we will ever forget it . I am sure we shall be returning in the near future. Our guide Othman was perfect in every way and very patient. Of all the countries I have been to, I have never been shown the welcoming  hospitality we received from the Libyan people." (SB, UK)


"Fantastic sites, a great crew, plenty of food and an unforgettable and amazing desert experience. In all, one of our best trips." (AW, UK)


"Dear Craig, Having recently returned from our 9-day tour of the Libyan coast I had to write to thank you for your part in making our trip such a wonderful experience. Many thanks also go to Arkno staff in Libya, staff at the villa especially Charles and to our wonderful guide Ali. Despite several hick-ups such as cancelled and late flights and unexpected changes of opening hours, Ali ensured that we missed nothing by re-organising our itinerary accordingly. He ensured that we wanted for nothing and was always at hand if we needed him He was an ambassador for his culture, his country and the company.

We shall certainly be returning next year and would recommend Arkno Tours to anyone considering a trip to Libya." (HL, UK)


"Just writing to thank you for organising such a wonderful tour for us. Our guide, Ali, was the best we have ever had - he was so professional and efficient and nothing was too much trouble for him.  He took us to some great restaurants in Tripoli - the fish soup and fresh giant prawns at the Fish Market restaurant were particularly memorable.   The weather was fantastic - the sun shone all day every day and the temperature, in the low 20s, was perfect for exploring the archaeological sites. It's hard to choose a highlight - Sabratha and Leptis Magna were magnificent, but the Berber granaries were stunning too and the old medina at Ghadames is a simply magical place: our hotel was very close to the entrance and we enjoyed pottering about there on our own soaking up the atmosphere in the tranquility of the early evening. As for the sunset over the dunes - we still can't decide which of the eight photos we took captures it best and have kept them all." (RB, UK)

"This is to thank you sincerely for helping to make our recent trip to Libya so memorable. We had the most marvellous time and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the trip. Our only regret is that we didn’t have a little more time. We were most impressed with the professionalism of the tour organisation and greatly appreciated the many kindnesses shown to us throughout the trip. We are particularly grateful to Mahmud, our guide throughout the trip, not just for his professional expertise, but more particularly for his thoughtfulness, kindness and good company. Melaed, who organised our desert trip, also did an outstanding job." (AC, Australia)   


"Craig, we had a wonderful holiday in Libya and many thanks to you and Arkno. Leptis Magna and Cyrene are spectacular. It was great to have a helpful guide, Othman, to take us around who did a very good job. We were also impressed by Arkno who sorted out most efficiently the muddle which happened when BA cancelled at very short notice the return flight.  Many thanks." (RF, UK)  


"We had a brilliant time in Libya.  Othman was an exemplary guide and we enjoyed his company.  He took us to great local restaurants, found us lattes and delicious pastries,  and was very generous with his time.  Of  course the Roman sites were spectacular and we more or less had them to ourselves, which was a treat.  Villa Arkno is a major asset for you and a real home from home.  But I have to say, that what really makes a trip, is the quality of the guide and in this case you gave us the best! Many thanks to you and Othman!" (JL, UK)


"We all had such a great time in Libya. Please thank everyone for us. We are so glad we changed our plans to go to Libya. In, fact after the friendliness 
and openness of the Libyans, Tunis is a real shock. Thanks again." (RL, Australia)


"I wish to thank you for arranging our holiday. We had a wonderful time and the sights were spectacular, especially Leptis Magna. All the arrangements worked perfectly and we are very grateful to you. Please pass on our thanks to Craig at Arkno Tours and all the staff in Libya for organising the sightseeing. Our guide Salem was superb - he took us exactly where we wanted to go. We will certainly travel with you again." (KP, UK - letter to Classic Traveller UK for whom Arkno Tours acts as the Libyan agent)


"To Talal - our guide. Thank you, my friend, for giving us such a great tour. You are a friend for life." (SH, UK)


"Many thanks for putting together a truly fantastic tour to Libya .  The overall tour organisation and the high standard / professionalism of our tour guide(s) went well beyond our expectations – please pass on our appreciation to all concerned." (SJ, South Africa) 


"Fabulous trip ... thank you.  It was amazing ... a privilege to be there. I want to go back!" (JD, UK) 


"I just wanted to thank you for arranging our recent Libya trip. We had a wonderful time, for which Ahmed takes a lot of credit - he was very energetic and enthusiastic, and cheerfully rearranged trips to suit us." (VS, UK)


"I think the one thing which really impressed me and the group was just how friendly everyone was.  I cannot think of a single country I have been to where I was made to feel so welcome by the 'ordinary' people.  The historical sites were more amazing than I expected." (SR, UK)


"Just to say what a fantastic time we had in Libya. The people were friendly, the hotel and restaurants we went to were excellent and the places we saw were amazing. And being driven round Libya was an experience we will never forget!!!! A special vote of thanks to our guide, Othman Ashareef Al-Greeb. His English was impeccable, his sense of humour just right for the job and his knowledge of the places we went to was excellent. 
And many thanks to yourself for giving us all the advice before we 'set sail'." (PR, UK) 


"I just wanted to send a brief message to say how excellent my brief tour in Libya was last week. I was astonished both by the amount we got done, and by our excellent guide, Ahmed El Kanuni, who went above and beyond the call of duty, impressing us with his excellent hospitality and perfect English. I would happily recommend Arkno Tours and Ahmed specifically to anyone. A first rate service all round." (JB, UK)


"It was really the trip of a lifetime. The country is amazing, the Libyans hospitable and respectful, and the whole desert experience was unforgettable. 
The Libyan tour organiser was outstanding. Will never forget Libya." (CG, UK)


"Everyone wishes to thank the 3 of you (guides) for all your hard work throughout the 10 and 15 day trips. They also say that the people of Libya were by far the friendliest they have ever met anywhere in their travels. The 3 of you have worked wonders on this trip and we have learned many lessons about life from you all. As wonderful an event as the eclipse was, it has taken second place to Libya and its peoples." (BS, Ireland)


"I have such fond memories of the country and its people and I've told my friends such tales of my experience. Although the eclipse was central to the trip, there was so much else to tell - a birthday spent on the sand sea dancing with Toyotas, swimming in salt oases, the extraordinary sites at Leptis Magna and the unusually relaxed yet vibrant souqs of the medina. I've travelled in Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia and nowhere were the people so helpful and straightforward as those in your country." (NF, UK)


"Thank you so much for a Total Solar Eclipse with tastes of songs and dance as well as an unforgettable incursion into the desert. Never dreamed it could be so vast and alive, filled with colours and silence. Such wonders for the heart and soul. Please receive my deepest thanks." (CP, Canada)


"All the places we visited were wonderful - the Roman ruins and desert sights. Ghadames was great. Gharyan was certainly worth the visit to see the underground dwellings. I'm also glad you included Tormisa on the itinerary - fantastic! And so many people we spoke to had never heard of it. A very memorable holiday and one I am recommending to many. Thank you so much for organising it all." (AH, UK)


"We had a really great time in Libya, so thank you for organising it. Our guide, Adam Aref, was a real star and made the trip. The Greek and Roman stuff was beyond our expectations and the last few days to Ghadames and back was great. The Libyans themselves are a delight - a real pleasure to deal with compared to the pestering you get in Morocco or Egypt. Thanks again for organising a wonderful trip." (MC, UK)


"We had a fantastic time. We loved the scenery, the dunes, the emptiness and the camaraderie of sitting round the fire at night under the stars. All in all it was a memorable adventure and we each have some wonderful photos and souvenirs. Thank you for your help in the pre-trip organisation." (CD, UK)


"I should like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful service provided by you to ensure that this trip became a memorable one. I would like to extend my thanks also to your great tour guides, in particular Ali and Talal, but also to everyone involved in the organisation and undertaking of such a large group tour!" (LC, UK)


"Thanks for a great trip. We had a fantastic time and appreciate all the planning and effort that went into making it happen. Once again, thanks a million." (MH, UK)


"I had a really great trip and enjoyed every bit of it! It was all very well organised and my guide/driver Salem was really nice, knowledgeable and accommodating." (SC, UK)


"My guide was brilliant. Sharif was his name and he could not have been more helpful or accommodating. He was superb. I think he enjoyed the trip as much as I did and I always felt he was on hand to help. I was blown over by Leptis Magna and Qasr al-Haj. I had a BALL! Thank you so much for helping me with this trip." (DF, UK)


"We would commend the driver/guide Talal Bariun for his driving skills, kindness, patience, helpfulness and general consideration of our needs. Our thanks again for your part in making our trip so successful." (RR, UK)


"We wanted to let you know how good our guide Walid Oraibi had been. From the moment we met Walid, he made us feel at ease. He was enthusiastic, had a lovely sense of humour and his English was excellent. He made our trip to Libya a most memorable one and I know that Walid was more than a guide. He became our friend in the short time we were there with him. He took us to the most wonderful restaurants and his knowledge of the areas was second to none. We hope to return in the near future to a land that has so much to offer and the people are most friendly." (TT, UK)