Libya tour operator and travel adventure specialist Libya Expeditions has added two Libya desert adventure tours to its holiday package line-up for spring and fall 2010 ― the 12-day “Libya Desert Explorer ― Ubari Lakes” tour and the 14-day Sahara adventure, “Libya Odyssey ― Into the Desert”.
The North African country of Libya, shrouded in mystery throughout much of Muammar Qadafi’s time in power, has earned a cult reputation in recent years among adventure enthusiasts and cultural travelers looking for more than the usual “sun, sea, and sand” destination, according to Libya Expeditions.
Long a crossroads of ancient civilizations, Libya is a land of majestic classical ruins and stunning desert landscapes and is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Roman ruins of Leptis Magna and Sabratha; the Hellenic ruins of Cyrene; the desert town of Ghadames; and the rock-art sites of the freakish Tadrart Akakus.
“Libya Desert Explorer ― Ubari Lakes” takes travelers into the heart of the Sahara and into landscapes of outstanding beauty in a land that Libya Expeditions says is often described as “touched by the Gods”. Places visited include Germa, desert capital of the mysterious Garamantian Empire; the tranquil, gorgeous Ubari Lakes; the Metkhandoush Valley and its gallery of Neolithic rock art; and the magnificent, foreboding Tadrart Akakus, which has bizarre rock formations, wadis, and cave art. The tour costs from $2,230 per person, double occupancy; the price is only for the by-land portion of the trip and does not include airfare.
“Libya Odyssey ― Into the Desert” ventures into one of the most amazing and remote places on Earth ― Waw Al-Namus, an extinct volcano that rises out of the desert sands and is awe-inspiring in its solitary splendor. The tour costs from $2,570 per person, double occupancy, a price that again does not include airfare.
The North African nation recently announced an ambitious strategy to attract 1.5 million tourists annually by 2012, accoridng to Libya Expeditions. To that effect, it has loosened tourist visa procedures so that visas for most nationalities can be obtained on arrival. Top countries sending tourists to Libya are Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Canada, and the UK.
Libya Expeditions is a full-service Libya tour operator that provides comprehensive Libya travel services, focusing on escorted Libya cultural, archaeological, and desert adventure tours and holidays. The company says it has become the leading operator of escorted tours to Libya and is committed to promoting responsible tourism by supporting the local Libyan economy whilst retaining respect for traditional customs and ways of life.
A 100 per cent- Libyan-owned company, Libya Expeditions employs local drivers and guides who are part of their traditional communities, thus providing Libyans with a sustainable income whilst protecting an established way of life.
For more information on Libya Expeditions’ Libya tour packages and itineraries, or to make a reservation, visit www.libyaexpeditions.com.