The classical remains of Libya are among the finest and yet least well known in the world. Western Libya was originally colonized by the Phoenicians and later administered by the Romans, while Greeks settled in the East. The flourishing of an intensive trade transformed these areas into one of the most important of the ancient Mediterranean: slaves, grain, wild animals, ivory and the medicinal plant silphium were the main commodities that once flowed from the harbors of Libya and contributed to the great wealth of the local population.
Following the Punic wars, Libya came into contact with the Romans and was later incorporated in the Roman Empire under the name of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica. This region was home to several influential people in Classical antiquity: Callimachus the Hellenistic poet, Eratosthenes who calculated the circumference of the earth with remarkable accuracy, and Septimus Severus, who was born in Leptis Magna and became the first Roman emperor of African origins.
This Classical Libya itinerary will reveal to you the breathtaking and perfectly preserved sites dating to the Greek and Roman periods. You will be able to admire the highlights of Cyrenaica: Cyrene, Apollonia and Qasr Libya and compare and contrast these Greek settlements with the magnificent Roman cities of Tripolitana: Leptis Magna and Sabratha.
TunisUSA programs include other parts of Libya, as well.
Please note that security is of upmost importance. At the present time, our constant monitoring of the situation in Libya warrants that all programs are on hold in that country. We continue monitoring and look forward to resuming operations at the earliest opportunity. Registering with TunisUSA will bring you updates on this situation, via e-mail. We are tentatively hoping to resume by November 2012.
“TunisUSA provided a seamless, easy experience in Libya. We enjoyed our companions on the tour, and details from pickup at the airport to dropoff for our departure were handled without hassle. We had traveled in many Arab countries, had no idea what to expect in Libya, and found the country friendly and the experience of travel easy. In our conversations with our guides, our “security man” as our minder was called, with staff in the hotels and restaurants and hotels, and with people we met on the street, we never encountered an uncomfortable situation, were always made to feel welcome, and while some Libyans had strong memories and reactions to various American policies (particularly the American bombing in the 1980s) they were without exception friendly and welcoming to us as Americans.”
Heather and Ron Florence
Classical Antiquities of Libya (with optional extension to Ghadames) 2012: