Jewels of the Desert (15 days)
Fixed date group departure: dates to be announced

An exciting tour combining the magnificent Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabrata with the oasis of Ghadames and the spectacular Sahara.

Tripoli - Sabrata - Qasr al-Haj - Nalut - Ghadames - Sabha - Murzuk Sand Sea - Wadi Matkhandoush - Acacus - Germa - Ubari Sand Sea - Al-Khums - Leptis Magna - Tripoli 
 

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Day 1 Meet guide on arrival at Tripoli airport and transfer to city centre hotel for two nights. 

Day 2 Full day sightseeing tour of Tripoli including the National Museum, Arch of Marcus Aurelius, House of Karamanli and the souks.

Day 3 Visit the centuries-old grain store of Qasr al-Haj (chosen by Dan Cruickshank as one of the "World's 80 Greatest Treasures" in a BBC documentary) and the hilltop store/citadel at Nalut. Continue to Ghadames for two nights.  

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Theatre, Sabrata


Ghadames

Day 4 Sightseeing in the World Heritage Site of Ghadames on the edge of the Sahara desert.  Visit the old town with its labyrinthine passages and take lunch in a traditional house. Late afternoon excursion to see the sun set over the sand dunes.

Day 5 Day's drive to Sabha, capital of the Fezzan region.  
 
Days 6-10
Start the desert adventure as we drive via the great Murzuk Sand Sea to Wadi Matkhandoush with its ancient rock engravings dating back thousands of years. Continue to the World Heritage Site of the Acacus with its amazing vistas and superb rock paintings charting the evolution of human societies harking back 12000 years. Sleep under the stars with last night in campsite at Al-Awainat. 

 

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   Rock formation in the Acacus
 

Day 11 Visit the remains of the Garamantian warrior civilisation at Germa, following which we enter the vast Ubari Sand Sea for a thrilling drive over immense sand dunes towards the famous Dawada oases where a refreshing swim may be taken at Lake Gabraoun. Camp overnight among the dunes.   

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  Crossing the Ubari Sand Sea            Camping in the Acacus

Day 12 Continue visit to the Ubari Sand Sea before driving to Sabha for flight to Tripoli.

Day 13 Visit  the Janzour catacomb museum with its tomb paintings. Continue to Sabrata  with its stunning 2nd century Colonnaded Theatre, Mausoleum of Bes, Temples of Antoninus and Zeus, Court of Justice, great Roman Forum and Museum with its exquisite mosaics. Return to Tripoli.   

Day 14 Full day excursion to the magnificent Roman city of Leptis Magna where the sites include the triumphal Arch of Septimus Severus, the Hadrianic Baths, the huge Forum, the Basilica, the Theatre and the vast Amphitheatre. Return to Tripoli.

Day 15
At  leisure until transfer to airport for flight home.

 

       
 

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