Jewels of the Desert (15 days)

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This tour combines the magnificent Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabrata with the splendour and excitement of the Libyan Sahara. A must for desert lovers.

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

Day 1 On arrival in Tripoli, transfer to city centre hotel.
 
Day 2 Visit the centuries-old fortified grain stores of Qasr al-Haj and Nalut. Continue to Ghadames for two nights.
 
Day 4
Long drive south to Sabha. Overnight.

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Camping in the Libyan Sahara

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Rock formation in the Acacus
Days 5/6/7/8/9 Exploration of the Acacus with its spectacular scenery and rock art dating back thousands of years. We camp each night wherever our guide takes us on this exhilarating four-wheel drive adventure. We also visit the ancient temple site of Wadi Mathendoush, festooned with petroglyphs depicting animals that once roamed the area such as crocodile, elephant and giraffe. Wild camping with last night at Al-Awainat campsite.  

Day 10 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.   

 

Day 11 Continue exploration of the Ubari Sand Sea  and exit to Sabha for overnight.    

Day 12 Early start for the long drive to Misrata, Zliten or Khums depending on hotel availability.  
 
Day 13
Excursion to Leptis Magna, arguably the finest and best preserved Roman city in the world. Also visit Villa Sileen, home of a Roman nobleman. Continue to Tripoli for two nights.   
 

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Crossing the Ubari Sand Sea

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The Theatre at Sabrata

Day 14 Morning sightseeing tour of Tripoli including the superb National Museum, Green Square, the Arch of Marcus Aurelius and the old town where lunch will be taken. Afternoon excursion to the site of Roman Sabrata with its stunning Colonnaded Theatre, temples and mosaics.

Day 15 Transfer to airport for flight home. 

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