2011 Standard Itinerary
- 19 nights Standard Hotel
- 1 night Simple Hotel
Approx 16 -
Explore Tour Leader, drivers, local escort in Libya and some local guides.
Cultural Discovery Tour In Egypt, Libya & Tunisia
Tunisia; Ancient Sites & Berber Villages
From the bustling capital of Tunis we visit the ancient seaport of Carthage before heading inland to explore the Roman cities of Dougga, Bulla Regia, with its underground villas and exquisite mosaics, and Sbeitla. We continue to Kairouan - Tunisia's holiest city - and spend a night in a Troglodyte cave at Matmata. Finally, we explore the hill-crest villages of Tataouine where the Berber tribes fortified their villages and stores against attackers.
Libya; Leptis Magna & Greek Cities
Crossing into Libya we pause at the impressive complex of Sabratha, founded by the Phoenicians as a trading port with Carthage. Next to Tripoli to visit the excellent museum housed in the great fortress that was once the HQ for Arabs, Ottomans and Italians. At Leptis Magna we have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of this amazing ruined city, founded 3,000 years ago by the Phoenicians and conquered and embellished by the Romans. Then to the 'Green Mountains' where we'll take our time to visit Ptolemais and the mosaics of Qasr Libya and from our base at Susa, wander among the fantastic temples of the Greek city at Cyrene, and her port Apollonia, that once traded in gold and wild animals.
Egypt; Land of the Pharaohs
A visit to the WWII cemeteries at Tobruk provides us with a stark reminder of Libya's more recent history, before we cross in to Egypt. Continuing along the coast we visit the battlefield of El Alamein and the poignant war cemeteries, where 11,000 men lie buried. We tour Alexandria before visiting the Coptic churches of Wadi Natrun en route to Cairo. Our journey ends in Egypt's capital, exploring the excellent Egyptian Museum and the mighty pyramids and Sphinx on the Giza plateau.
Tunis - Tour Carthage and Sidi Bou Said.
Bulla Regia & Dougga - Visit underground villas and Roman cities.
Kairouan - Visit the Great Mosque.
El Djem - Visit magnificent amphitheatre.
Matmata - Visit troglodyte caves.
Leptis Magna - Guided tour of Africa’s most extensive Roman city and Gladiators Circus.
Ptolemais - Ancient site & huge cisterns.
Cyrene & Apollonia - Eastern Libya’s most impressive ancient site and harbour city.
El Alamein - World War II battlefield.
Alexandria - Visit to the Catacombs, Amphitheatre and Fortress of Qait Bey.
Cairo - Tour of the Giza Pyramids and Cairo Museum.
Itinerary [+] Detailed Itinerary
Join to Tunis
In Tunis; visit Carthage
Visit the Bardo museum then drive to Le Kef via Dougga
In Le Kef; visit Bulla Regia
Drive to Kairouan via Sbeitla; afternoon tour of city
Visit Great Mosque of Kairouan; Drive to Sfax via El Djem
Drive to Matmata; visit to the local market at Gabes; visit troglodyte dwellings
Drive to Tataouine; explore villages
Drive to Tripoli via Sabratha
In Tripoli; city tour and museum visit
Drive to Al-Khoms; visit Leptis Magna
AM free in Leptis; PM drive to Sirt
Drive to Benghazi via the ‘Marble Arch’
Drive to Susa via Ptolemais and Qasr Libya
In Susa; visit Cyrene and Apollonia
Drive to Mersa Matruh via Tobruk
Drive to Alexandria via El Alamein
In Alexandria; city tour
Drive to Cairo via Wadi Natrum
Tour Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum
Tour ends Cairo