Since the fall of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has for many years been completely off limits to tourists. Now that the country is finally experiencing some relative stability, we here at YPT are very excited to introduce our Libya Tour: Gaddafi’s Legacy.
Your tour with us begins in Tripoli, the iconic capital city of the State of Libya. Here you’ll explore the old city (Medina), where the old city’s labyrinthine streets are filled with old treasures such as the Banco di Roma building, Ottoman-era mansions, and an ancient Roman arch. We’ll drop by the Old British Consulate, Othman Clock Tower and also Martyrs’ Square – previously known as Independence Square under Gaddafi, where the Battle of Tripoli took place.
We’ll then use our 4x4s and head out to the former seaport of Sabratha. Here we’ll explore the Sabratha Theatre – one of the most important historical sites in Libya – dating back to 175CE and could hold up to 5,000 spectators.
Your journey continues onwards to Leptis Magna. During the reign of Libyan Emperor Septimius Severus, this 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 that you’ll explore with us.
We’ll visit Jebel Nafusa, this mountain rises abruptly from the desert of Jefara to a height of over 968 meters. This is the heartland of the Berber people who claim descendancy from the original inhabitants of Libya and maintain a strong cultural and linguistic identity in this rugged part of the country.
The country has been through a lot of changes, but this is your chance to experience the legacy of Gaddafi that very much still overshadows the nation.
Trips to Libya do create dangers all of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible, we must state that both the YPT and local guides have the final word with regards to changes to the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route YPT have chosen passes through areas that we consider to be stable; the situation can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice. Your flexibility and total understanding are expected at all times.
Tuesday 12th November – Tripoli
Wednesday 13th November – Tripoli – Sabratha – Tripoli City tour
Thursday 14th November – Tripoli – Jebel Nafusa – Gharyan – Tripoli
Friday 15th November – Tripoli – Leptis Magna – Tripoli
Saturday 16th November -Tripoli and departure
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