Ghadames

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12 DAYS CLASSICAL TOUR WITH EXTENTION TO THE DESERT

 

DAY 1: Europe - Tripoli - Sabha

Arrival at Tripoli airport and welcome by your English speaking guide.
Evening flight to Sabha.
Transfer to hotel Waha (3*) at Sabha, dinner and overnight stay.


DAY 2: Sabha - Erg Ubari

After breakfast you meet your drivers and continue your way with the 4WD vehicle through the beautiful landscapes of Fezzan to the oasis of GERMA, the first capital of the Garamantes. You visit the old town where you find the only ruin of the rich civilization of the Garamantes. Picnic under the acacias.
In the afternoon, you cross the dunes of ERG UBARI and continue your way to the desert lake of UMM AL-MAA, a real blue pearl surrounded by green palms amid the golden sand.
Dinner and bivouac near the lake.


DAY 3: Erg Ubari - Sabha  

Today you discover the incredibly beautiful landscapes around the lake of MAFHOU and GABROUN. Here you have the possibility to swim. The existence of the lakes in the middle of ERG UBARI explains the presence of an amazing people in this region, the Daouadas. They survived by arid agriculture and fishing on small shellfish in the lake. You visit also the "dry" lake of MANDARA. Lunch en route. At the end of the day you return to Sabha. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.


DAY 4: Sabha - Ghadames

After breakfast, you leave Sabha for a long trip through the desert to Ghadames, where you arrive
in the late afternoon.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel  Dar Ghadames (4*).


DAY 5: Ghadames  

Today you have a walk in the beautiful desert town GHADAMES and get acquainted with the way of living in this oasis. The originality of its architecture en its beautiful decorated houses make that Ghadames is classified by the UNESCO world heritage. A visit you will never forget.
Typical lunch in a traditional house in the Medina.
After lunch, free time. In the late afternoon you take the 4 x 4's and drive to the dunes where you can taste the traditional green tea and in sand baked bread. You enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.


DAY 6: Ghadames - Kabaw - Gharyan - Tripoli

Today you leave Ghadames to return to Tripoli. On your way back you visit the ruins and fortified granary of the old Berber settlement KABAW. In GHARYAN you visit the troglodytes and a market of potteries. You continue your way to Tripoli, where you arrive in the evening.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel El Kabir (4*), Bab Al Bhar (4*) or similar.


DAY 7: Tripoli - Sabratha - Tripoli - Benghazi  

After breakfast you visit SABRATHA, 70 km west of Tripoli. This archaeological site, classified by the UNESCO and situated near the sea, is really a must to visit during your stay. You discover a mix of Punic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations and you remark clearly the evolution in the Roman architecture between the first and third century. The Punic mausoleum, the Roman Forum, the temples, the basilica of Justinian and the famous theatre, you will surely enjoy! In the small museum you can admire the beautiful mosaics and statues which were found in the town. After lunch return to Tripoli for flight to Benghazi.
Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.


DAY 8: Benghazi - Ptolémaïs - Apollonia  

After breakfast you visit PTOLEMAÏS, one of the two ancient cities of Cyrenaïca.  Ptolémaïs and Apollonia were respectively the seaport towns of Barca and Cyrene, situated more in the interior of the country. The ruins of Ptolémaïs give you a good idea of the way of living in a Greek town during the Hellenistic period. This town, founded in the 7th century BC, owes his name to Ptolémée III.
After lunch, you continue your way to Apollonia.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel El Manara (4*) or similar.


DAY 9: Apollonia - Cyrene - Apollonia  

After breakfast, visit of CYRENE. Founded in the 7th century BC, this is one of the best examples of an ancient Greek town. The visit is a highlight of this tour, not only because of the beautiful surrounding landscape, but especially because of the original monuments. You find two big concentrations of monuments: one in the southern part around the Market and another in the northern part, near the temple of Apollo. Lunch during the visit. In the afternoon visit of the site of Apollonia. The town knew his first prosperity during the Hellenistic period and during the Roman Domination it enriched itself and became a popular, free town. The current excavations date from the Byzantine period. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.


DAY 10: Apollonia - Qsar Lybia - Benghazi - Tripoli  

After breakfast you leave for QSAR LIBYA. In its small museum you have a look at the mosaics coming from a small church. Lunch in a local restaurant. You continue your way to BENGHAZI, where you make a city tour. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tripoli.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel El Kabir (4*), Bab Al Bhar (4*) or similar.


DAY 11: Tripoli - Leptis Magna - Tripoli  

Today you visit LEPTIS MAGNA, the best preserved ancient Roman site of Africa and the whole region of the Mediterranean.  During the government of Septimus Severus, who was born in Leptis and who encouraged the development of this town, a lot of monumental buildings were raised. The beautiful conserved ruins give you a realistic idea of the luxury during that time. You start your visit beneath the beautiful arch of Septimus Severus. You can also admire the baths of Hadrianus, the Forum, the Basilica, the Market and Theatre.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Return to Tripoli for dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.


DAY 12: Tripoli - Europe

Early departure to the airport to return to Europe.

Included in the program:

- Visa fees
- Hotel accommodation
- Full board
- Transport with car or minibus / national flights
- English speaking guide
- Sites and museums entry fees

Information about the bivouac:
Included:
- Canadian tent (1 or 2 persons per tent),mattress and blanket,
- breakfast with coffee or tea
- around 10:30 snack
- lunch-picnic
- dinner
- traditional tea around the campfire
- mineral water for personal use
- limited water for toilet

Personal equipment:
sunglasses, binocular, cap or hat, high protection sun-cream , miners lamp
Warm pullover and jacket during winter time


Not included in the program:

- International flight
- Drinks at lunch and dinner, (other than water)
- Personal expenses
- Tips local guide, drivers,…


This is a standard program and can be adapted all time.
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