West + East Libya Round 2

Feb 10-18
9 Days

East Libya and the region of Cyrene is finally open to travelers and given that tour 1 got sold out in a matter of weeks, here’s our Round 2.

From world-class Roman ruins to mystical caravan cities built in staggering, massive deserts, Libya is a real off-the-beaten-track country filled with wonderful sites that have been barely explored by travelers. 

In 2011, however, a series of peaceful protests against dictator Gaddafi escalated into a civil war that has been going on ever since, isolating the country even more from the rest of the world. 

Today, nevertheless, the situation is improving, a peace agreement has been signed between the parties involved and it looks like travelers are beginning to be welcomed again.


February 10th to 18th, 2025


9 days

Lead by Oriol López

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Note that we always keep the itinerary flexible, and it may be subject to change, depending on the political situation.

Day 1 – Arrival + Tripoli

Day 2 – Leptis Magna (overnight in Tripoli)

Day 3 – Fly to East Libya

Day 4 – Tolmeita, Gasser

Day 5 – Cyrene and fly to Tripoli

Day 6 – Tarmisah & Gasr Al-Hajj (overnight in Ghadames)

Day 7 – Ghadhames

Day 8 – Gharyan and back to Tripoli

Day 9 – Departure

Day 1 – Arrival in Tripoli

  • Meet early morning at Tunis Carthage International Airport
  • After going through a lengthy immigration process, check-in at the hotel and go for a hearty, Libyan meal.
  • Old city of Tripoli: The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, Gurgi Mosque, Al Nakah Mosque, the gold bazaar, the Martyr’s square, and Italian colonial buildings.
  • Overnight in Tripoli.

Day 2 – Leptis Magna (overnight in Tripoli)

  • Day trip to Leptis Magna.
  • Founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians and later expanded by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, the ruins of Leptis Magna are absolutely outstanding, first league Roman ruins built on the shore of the Mediterranean.
  • We will take our time to visit the site – around 3 hours – followed by a good Libyan meal.
  • Evening and overnight in Libya.

Day 3 – Fly East Libya

  • Morning flight from Tripoli to Al Baida
  • After lunch, visit the ruins of Apollonia in Susah
  • Evening and overnight in Al Baida

Day 4 – Tolmeita & Gasser

  • Drive to Tolmeita, the Libyan city home to the ruins of Ptolemais, founded in the 3rd century BC, and incredibly well-preserved
  • In the afternoon, we’ll visit Gasser, home to a museum containing Roman mosaics found across the region.
  • Evening and overnight in Al Baida

Day 5 – Cyrene and fly to Tripoli

  • The highlight of East Libya is the ancient Greek Colony of Cyrene, founded in the 631 BC.
  • The flight back to Tripoli departs around 4pm
  • Evening and overnight in Tripoli

Day 6 – Tarmisah & Gasr Al-Hajj (overnight in Ghadames)

  • Drive to Ghadames, a 600-kilometer ride, but we will break the journey by visiting several highlights along the way.
  • Berbers compose around 5% of the total Libyan population and Jebel Nafusa is their heartland. As you may know, Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group, in North Africa before the Arabs came.
  • Visit Qasr al-Hajj, one of the finest examples of Berber architecture, a giant granary from the 12th century.
  • Visit Tarmisah, an ancient village with stunning views of the valley.
  • After lunch, continue to Ghadames.

Day 7 – Ghadames

  • Visit the Old City of Ghadames, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a giant Saharan city composed of hundreds of entangled lanes, packed with mosques and historical houses.
  • Lunch in a traditional house and then, deep into the desert, climbing the sand dunes from where you can see the Algerian border.
  • A group of real Tuaregs will make us tea while waiting for the sunset.
  • Overnight in Ghadames.

Day 8 – Gharyan and back to Tripoli

  • There’s going to be a long ride ahead of us but we are going to stop in an area named Gharyan, famous for pottery and also for some very authentic troglodyte caves.
  • We will have some snacks along the way, but the main meal will be in Tripoli.
  • Overnight in Tripoli.

Day 9 – Sabratha and departure

  • After breakfast, transfer to the aiport.
  • End of the tour

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What’s Included

International flights Tunis to Tripoli (round-trip), with Libyan Wings or similar.

Domestic flights from Tripoli to Al Bayda

Letter of Invitation (needed for the visa)

8 nights of accommodation (twin shared) in hotels mentioned in FAQ

Private transportation and driver around Libya

Breakfast + main meal

English-speaking knowledgeable local guide

International tour leader

Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary

Airport transfers in Tripoli

Not Included

Flights from your home country to Tunis

Visa fees ($65)


Single supplement. Having your own private room costs 150€

Travel insurance


February 10th to 18th, 2025


9 days

Lead by Oriol López


Which hotels do we stay in?

These are the hotels where we always stay but note that once in a while, they might be subject to availability.

How does the room distribution work?

Price of the tour includes accommodation in a twin room.

If you are a solo traveler, you will be sharing the room with another like-minded traveler from the group. We always try to group people of same gender and age together but note that this won’t always be the case. Moreover, in the hypothetical case there weren’t perfect pairs, one of the rooms would be a triple room.

If you want to have your own single room, you will have to pay an additional €150.

How to get a visa?

Libya has finally introduced an e-visa system.

You can apply for your visa here.

Do I need to go to the embassy?

No, not anymore.

Which nationalities can join?

We can accept almost any nationality, including US citizens.

How to get to Libya?

International flights from Tunis to Tripoli are included in the price.

This means that you only need to worry about getting to Tunis.

There are daily flights to Tunis from many destinations in Europe, especially Paris, London, Madrid, and Frankfurt.

Is it safe?

We only run expeditions to areas we believe are safe but be aware that most Governments advise against all travel to Libya.

From a local perspective, the situation in Libya has improved a lot – that’s why we run tours there – but be aware that you will be traveling under your own responsibility.

How many people will attend this tour?

We limit our tours to a maximum of 12 people.

How does payment work?

In order to secure your spot on the tour, we require a deposit.

All details will be shared upon booking your spot.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, if you want to join any of our expeditions, you must purchase travel insurance, this is non-negotiable, and it must be with IATI

Why do we have to book it with IATI?

Against the Compass has been a partner with IATI for a very long time. We know their CEO, the marketing team and we do a lot of collaborations together so in the unlikely case something happened, we’d know what to do.

Moreover, IATI Insurance covers all the countries where the FCDO advises against all travel.

You may also benefit from a 5% discount if purchasing it from the below link.

Get a quote here to claim your discount

What about the cancellation policy?

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions.