Deserts and Romans
18 days

The Big One! Cross the mighty Sahara from Ghadames to Ghat, explore the stunning scenery of the Acacus and the Wadi Matkhendoush, and traverse the giant dunes of the Ubari Sand Sea. Visit also the great Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabrata.  

Tripoli - Qasr al-Haj - Nalut - Ghadames - Ghat - Acacus - Wadi Matkhendoush - Murzuk Sand Sea - Germa - Ubari Sand Sea - Sabha - Gharyan - Leptis Magna - Sabrata- Tripoli 

 

Day 1 Meet guide on arrival at Tripoli airport and transfer to Al-Kabir Hotel overlooking the Mediterranean.  

Day 2 Full day sightseeing in Tripoli, capital city of Libya, including the superb National Museum, Green Square, Arch of Marcus Aurelius and the mosques and souks of the old town where lunch will be taken at an old restaurant.  

Day 3
Visit the centuries-old grain store of Qasr al-Haj and the hilltop grain store/citadel of Nalut.  Continue to Ghadames for two nights.  

Day 4
Sightseeing in the enchanting oasis town of Ghadames with its labyrinthine passages and unique architecture. Lunch will be taken in a richly decorated traditional house.
 

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Camping in the Libyan Sahara

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Rock formation in the Acacus
 

Days 5/6/7 Start of the desert adventure, travelling off-road alongside the Algerian border to Al-Awainat and on to Ghat. Wild camping except last night at campsite in Ghat. 

Days 8/9/10/11/12 Exploration of the magnificent Acacus with its spectacular scenery and millennia-old rock art. Also visit Wadi Mathendoush with its ancient petroglyphs, and the fringes of the immense Murzuk Sand Sea. Wild camping with last night at hotel in Germa.

 

Day 13 In Germa, visit the museum and the remains of the ancient Garamantian warrior civilisation. Enter the Ubari Sand Sea to experience the great dunes and visit the desert lakes.  Time to rest and enjoy a  cooling swim at Lake Gabraoun. Wild camping among the dunes.

Day 14
Continue exploration of the Ubari Sand Sea and exit to Sabha. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 15 Full day's drive north to Misrata.  

Day 16 Excursion to the magnificent Roman city of Leptis Magna and to Villa Celine, home of a Roman nobleman. Continue to Tripoli for two nights.  

Day 17 Excursion to the Roman site of Sabrata with its marvellous Colonnaded Theatre. 

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Crossing the Ubari Sand Sea

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The Theatre at Sabrata

 Day 18 Transfer to Tripoli airport for flight home.
 

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