Cairo to Tripoli Trip Notes

Cairo to Tripoli

Last Modified: 22 Jul 2012
Cairo to Tripoli
Trip code: XDVG
Validity: 01 Jan 2011 to 31 Dec 2011
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Cairo to Tripoli
Day 1 Cairo
Salaam Aleikum. Welcome to Egypt!
This morning there will be a pre departure meeting at 10am. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport and insurance details at this meeting.
We then head out in the truck for a guided tour of the Pyramids, Saqqara and Memphis. The trip will finish at approx 4pm today.
We will stay in a comfortable hotel in down town Cairo close to the Egyptian Museum.
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, and Memphis
Optional Activities
  • Entrance to the mummy room at the Egyptian Museum - EGP100
  • Guided tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo - Free
  • Sound and Light Show at Pyramids & Sphinx - EGP60
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 2-3 Alexandria
We head north towards the coast to Alexandria.
Alexandria is spread along the Mediterranean Sea and is wonderfully evocative, with its trams, cafes and slight air of decay. The second largest city and the main port of Egypt, Alexandria was built by the Greek architect Dinocrates in 331BC under the orders of Alexander the Great. The city, immortalising Alexander's name, quickly flourished into a prominent cultural, intellectual, political and economic metropolis. It was the renowned capital of the Ptolemies and was the site of the Pharos (lighthouse). One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it acted as a beacon, guiding sailors away from this notoriously treacherous stretch of coast-land. It was along these shores that history took a tragic turn at the time of Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Octavian.
We spend our 2 nights here in a hotel.
Included Activities
  • War cemeteries and museum
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 4-5 Siwa
Our journey brings us to the Siwa located in the heart of Egypt's Western Desert. With its extraordinarily lush vegetation and relaxed atmosphere, Siwa seems a world away from the bustle of the cities, and is one of the most isolated towns in the world. The area is famous for its dates and olives, and is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Egypt. The buildings here, made with a mixture of salt and clay, were in full use until early last century, when three days of torrential rain washed most of the structures away.
Included Activities
  • Entrance to Knightsbridge war cemetary at Tobruk
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 6 Bush Camp
We have a full journey day through the desert. Tonight we will most likely bush camp.
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 7-8 Shahat
Continuing along the coast we reach Shahat where we base ourselves for 2 nights as we make our visit to Cyrene and Apollonia.
Founded in the 7th century BC by immigrants from the island of Thera in the Aegean Sea, Cyrene was taken over by the Greeks until, in 115 AD there was a Jewish revolt that destroyed most of the city. After rebuilding by Emperor Hadrian, Cyrene prospered until the earthquake of 365 AD and yet again, the city was rebuilt. Today, Cyrene is a Unesco World Heritage site.
Apollonia, 'The City of Churches', was established in the 7th century BC and was the port for the ancient city of Cyrene, remaining so for more than a millennium. Its importance was such that it remained autonomous of Cyrene during the Roman period and even surpassed it as the major city of the region in the 6th century AD.
We have a guided tour of both sites, taking in the temples, palaces, baths, fora and acropolis.
We will stay in hostel accommodation whilst in Shahat.
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Apollonia and Cyrene
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 9-10 Bush Camp
We have 2 full days journey through the desert and bush camping.
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Days 11-14 Tekerkiba/Desert Camp
Our 4-day/3-night desert excursion starts in the truck where we head first to Tekerkiba enter the Ubari Sand Sea and visit the lakes. The jeeps will meet us at our camp in Tekerkiba to take us into the Acacus. During our time in the desert we will be bushcamping.
Included Activities
  • 4day/3 night desert Landcruiser tour
Camping (with facilities) (3 nts), Hotel (1 nt)
Day 15 Sebha
Our journey continues until we reach Sebha. Tonight we will overnight at our campsite and prepare for our desert excursion.
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Day 16 Bush Camp
We have a full journey day through the desert and bush camp.
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 17-18 Ghadames
We continue our journey to the town of Ghadames where we will spend 2 nights.
The oasis city of Ghadames is known as 'The Jewel of the Sahara' and the old city is a Unesco World Heritage site. We take a guided tour of the old city and its houses, mosques, gardens and covered alleyways. We also visit the House Museum; a preserved mud-brick home showing how the people of Ghadames lived in the early part of the 20th century.
We will stay at a campsite whilst in Ghadames.
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of old city and museum in Ghadames
Camping (with facilities) (2 nts)
Day 19 Leptis Magna
We have a full journey today to the coast where we will camp on the beach at Tajura
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Leptis Magna
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Days 20-21 Tripoli
Enroute to Tripoli we visit the site of Leptis Magna, the archaeological highlight of a visit to Libya.
Possibly the most extensive and best preserved ancient Roman city in the world, Leptis Magna was founded as a Phoenician settlement before becoming a thriving Roman metropolis in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, when its population reached 100,000. After being conquered by the Arabs in the 7th century AD, the city fell into decline and was rediscovered, buried in sand, by Italian and Libyan archaeologists in the 1920s. We have most of the day to explore the site, including a guided tour. One of the highlights of a visit to Leptis Magna is the Hadrianic Baths - the largest of their kind outside of Rome
For thousands of years Tripoli was considered one of the most important commercial centres in the region because it is set in one of North Africa's best harbours. Tripoli was founded in approximately 500 BC by the Phoenicians, but since then the Romans, Turks, Italians, Spanish and Arabs all have left their mark on the city. Today, it is the capital of Libya and is also a modern, cosmopolitan city known as the 'White Bride of the Mediterranean'.
On Day 21 we will visit the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Sabratha. An ancient Phoenician trading post, Sabratha flourished in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD before falling into decline and eventually being abandoned in about the 8th century AD. Sabratha was rediscovered by Italian archaeologists in the 20th century and although smaller and less well-known than Leptis Magna, its spectacular position overlooking the Mediterranean makes it more picturesque. The most impressive part of Sabratha is undoubtedly its theatre. Once one of the most beautiful in the Roman Empire, today its three tiers of columns tower over the stage and can be seen from miles around.
Our trip will finish at approx 4pm today. Please note that accommodation is not included tonight however you can book post trip accommodation before hand.
Included Activities
  • Sabratha site in Tripoli
Optional Activities
  • Castle Museum, Tripoli - Free
Hotel (1 nt)
      Culture shock rating

      Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
      Physical rating

      This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
      A trip kitty of USD760.00 CASH will be required.
      Group size
      Maximum of 21 travellers per group.
      Camping (with facilities) (11 nts), Hotel (9 nts)
      No meals included
      Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
      USD 630.00
      Overland vehicle, 4x4
      Joining point
      Sun Hotel
      2 Talaat Harb Street
      Tahrir Square
      Finish point
      Dar Arkno Villas
      38 Abdul Rahman al-Kawakabi Street
      Garden City
      Carbon offset
      Carbon Offset C02-e 571.00 kgs per pax.