Young Pioneer Tours

Libya Tours – 2022 – 2023

Guided tours to the former Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Young Pioneer Tours are now offering fully guided and security-conscious Libya tours for 2022 and 2023 at regular intervals.

Tours to Libya have been a particular interest of YPT for years and as the situation has slightly stabilised since the fall of Gaddafi and the Second Libyan Civil War our travel partners in Tripoli have deemed it relatively safe for tours to resume to the State of Libya, formerly known as the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya during the Colonel Gaddafi era.

Libya Tours – Group Tours to Libya

For safety and security reasons, our group tours to Libya are led by a local expert guide and we accept no more than 4 group members per tour.

We are in constant communication with our local partners in Tripoli and deem whether the group tour or private group tour is safe to go ahead or not depending on the local security situation on the ground.

NOTE – We cannot accept Russian, or American passports for Libya Tours

Libya Tour Itinerary – 5 nights, 6 days

Day 1 – Tripoli

Morning

  • Board your scheduled flight from Tunis to Tripoli on Libyan Wings/TunisAir – the capital city of Libya.
  • Arrive at 3:20pm (TunisAir) and transfer from the airport to a three-star hotel centrally located in the city where will right away grab a late lunch
  • Travelers arriving later flights will be picked up and transferred directly to the hotel and will meet the group for dinner.
  • Short walking tour near our hotel before heading for dinner
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Tripoli

Day 2 – Tripoli

Morning

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Museum of Libya – this museum was former King Idris’ palace in Tripoli, which after Gaddafi became known as the People’s Palace. The museum was made in the Royal Palace, constructed in 1939. Most of the exhibits are virtual and not real.
  • Visit the Othman Clock Tower – this 19th century Ottoman Clock Tower which shares a resemblance of to the Dolmabahce Clock Tower in Istanbul
  • Drop by the Karamanli house – built in the second half of the 18th century, during the reign of Ali Pasha Karamanli, and was used by Yousuf Pasha until his death. The house was restored during the early 1990s and became known as Tripoli Historical Exhibition.

Afternoon

  • Lunch in the city
  • Visit the Old British Consulate – originally built in 1744 as a residence for Ahmad al Karamanli, the ruler of Tripoli. He donated it to the British Consulate, and it continued to serve that function until 1940. Since the 1990s it has housed a scientific library.
  • Arch of Marcus Aurelius – built in 163 AD, the triumphal arch of Marcus Aurelius is Tripoli’s most impressive ancient monument. It stands at the intersection of the Cardo and Decumanus and marks the exact centre of the Roman city.
  • Explore many of the souqs that are hidden in old town – these souqs were previously a connection between the trans-Sahara trading routes within Tripoli vilayet and southern European Merchants ships.
  • Stop by the Tripoli International Fair – founded in 1927 and is considered to be the oldest trade fair in Africa. The so-called Fiera Internazionale di Tripoli was one of the main international fairs in the colonial world and in the 1930s was internationally promoted alongside the Tripoli Grand Prix as a showcase of Italian Libya.
  • Wander around Martyrs’ Square – previously known as Independence Square under Gaddafi, built by the Italians during the colonial rule, on the evening of the 21st August the Libyan rebel groups took control of the area during the 2011 Battle of Tripoli and started referring to it as Martyrs’ Square to dissociate the square from the Gaddafi government.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Tripoli

Day 3 – Leptis Magna

Morning

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Board our 4×4 and head two hours east to Leptis Magna – it was originally a Phoenician trading port and prospered for over 1000 years before the Vandal invasions and sandstorms brought its downfall. During the reign of Libyan Emperor Septimius Severus, it was second only to Rome with a population of over 100,000. The city remained buried for some 1300 years and it was not until the 1920s when a major excavation by Italian and Libyan archaeologists revealed the limestone and marble traces we’ll explore.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at a nearby restaurant
  • Return to Tripoli stopping at Villa Sileen which belonged to an ancient wealthy Roman family.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in the city
  • Overnight in Tripoli

Day 4 – Jebel Nafusa – Gharyan

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive 2 and a half hours southwest of Tripoli to Jebel Nafusa – this mountain rises abruptly from the desert of Jefara to a height of over 968 meters.
  • Visit the 12th century fortified granary of Qasr al-Haj 
  • Continue driving an hour to Yefren – the locals here protested strongly against Gaddafi where they suffered heavy bombardment by the Gaddafi forces. As of May 2011, the Gaddafi’s forces had shut down the water system and blocked food supply to the town. Up to 500 rebels stood their ground and continued fighting against any resistance which finally led them to victory against countless tanks, artillery guns and snipers.

Afternoon

  • Lunch in Yefren
  • Continue driving an hour and arrive in Gharyan directly south of Tripoli – in early 2011, the city became involved in the nationwide anti-Gaddafi uprising. The government forces eventually retook it which led to a standoff where the rebel forces reclaimed it within 2 days.
  • Dinner and overnight in a Troglodyte

Day 5 – Sabratha – Tripoli

Morning

  • Breakfast and begin making our way towards 2 hours northwest to Sabratha – one of the most important historical sites in Libya. The city dates back to 500BC and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Phoenicians and Romans previously used Sabratha as a seaport.
  • Visit the Sabratha Theatre – dated back to 175CE and could hold up to 5,000 spectators.
  • Explore the amphitheater where duals took place in front of a crowd of up to 10,000 spectators.

Afternoon

  • Lunch in Sabratha
  • Begin making our way back to Tripoli on a 2 hour drive to further explore old town or anything we previously missed on our day tour.
  • Further explore the confusing streets of the old town and take a break at a local café.
  • On return to Tripoli we check back into our hotel, before again hitting the town.
  • You will explore the old city (Medina), where the old city’s labyrinthine streets are filled with treasures such as the Banco di Roma building, among other more contemporary Tripoli attractions.
  • We head out for dinner of traditional Libyan food.
  • Overnight in Tripoli

Day 6Tripoli and Departure

Morning

  • Breakfast in the hotel, before we head out for a last little look around the capital
  • This will be your chance to buy some unique souvenirs, such as local handicrafts, as well as things related to the former Gaddafi regime, such as the Green Book and various propaganda.
  • Last lunch in the city
  • Check out of hotel and head to Tripoli International Airport for the 4:25pm TunisAir flight, which lands at 4:40pm in the capital of Tunisia – For guests taking other airlines alternative transfers will be arranged.

Independent Tours to Libya

While there are no independent tours to Libya as such and all groups are capped at four people, independently-minded travellers to Libya can arrange bespoke Libyan travel through us. Groups are still capped at four people maximum, but we can arrange groups for solo travellers and smaller groups.

For independent Libya travellers, we can also arrange to see places not on the set itinerary, again within reason. Safety is paramount on all of our Libyan tours, so local advice always takes precedence over preference.

Libya Tours – How to get a Libyan Visa

Young Pioneer Tours provide full visa support to arrange your visa to Libya. For tourists that have a Libyan embassy in their home country, we are able to arrange your invitation letter as long as you’re able to visit the embassy and pay the embassy directly. Not all embassies are able to provide visas for Libya tours.

For tourists living outside of their home country or if your country does not have a Libyan embassy, we can arrange your visa through another route which requires mailing your passport via registered post. For all other questions regarding your visa to Libya please let us know.

Note – Libya Tours are not scheduled to take place during the election. We do not envisage the elections having a negative impact on Libya tours, but this is something we will be constantly monitoring.

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