Tripoli & Sabratha

Tripoli, the capital city of Libya on the northwest Mediterranean coast is the nation's largest city and chief seaport. Also known as Oea in ancient times, was one of the original cities along with Sabratha and Leptis Magna forming the African Tripolitania.

Green Square in the city’s centre houses Tripoli’s museum where exquisite statues, mosaics and reconstructed miniature cities of antiquity in Libya’s rich historical past are on display.

Visit the museum and continue on a panoramic city drive westwards to Sabratha passing through urban and rural villages.

Arriving in Sabratha, a traditional Libyan lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit Sabratha’s small but very interesting museum as well as the site.

Founded by the Canaanites in the 6th century BC on the Mediterranean coast, Sabratha begun as a settlement to service the coastal trade of the Carthaginians, developing into a permanent site in the 4th century BC and acting as a terminal for the trans Saharan trade due to its natural harbour. Sabratha prospered in the 3rd century AD trading in ivory from central Africa. Invading Vandals from Europe destroyed and abandoned Sabratha and in 533AD the Byzantines took over beginning its reconstruction.

Most noticeable is the church of Justinian with its decorated floor mosaics. From the Roman times, the public arenas, the temples of Liber Pater, Serapis, Isis, and Hercules as well as the Forum, Theatre and public baths can be seen.

Sabratha’s Amphitheatre is used today for theatre performances and concerts. An impressive display of mosaics in the museum on site, exemplify Sabratha’s revival after the Vandal invasion. Return to Tripoli at the conclusion of the visit.


Special Notes:
Tour is suitable for elderly people with limited walking. Not wheelchair accessible.

Several stairs at Tripoli museum. Uneven ground with loose sandy gravel at Sabratha.

Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat and bottled water recommended Busses are a/c but not toilet equipped.

Toilets available at Tripoli museum, local restaurant in Sabratha and at Sabratha site.

No fees for cameras and videos.


Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:
00hr00 -> Depart from Tripoli Port
00hr00 -> 00hr10 Drive to the museum
00hr10 -> 02hr10 Visit Tripoli museum
02hr10 -> 03hr40 Drive to Sabratha
03hr40 -> 04hr40 Serving lunch at local restaurant
04hr40 -> 05hr00 Drive to Sabratha site
05hr00 -> 05hr30 Visit Sabratha museum
05hr30 -> 07hr00 Visit site
07hr00 -> 08hr30 Drive to Tripoli


Tour Details

Tour Name:
Tripoli & Sabratha

Sightseeing Shore Tours
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:

Approximately 8hr30

medium excursionmeal included with tour

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