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LIST: UK TOUR OPERATORS TO LIBYA

These are UK-based tour operators and specialist travel agencies who organise holidays, tours and travel to Libya, including visits to Tripoli, Benghazi, Tobruk, Ghadhames, the Sahara, and archaeological sites such as Leptis Magna and the ancient Greek cities of Cyrenaica (Cyrene & Appollonia in particular).

NB. Libya is off limits at the moment (Summer 2013). These are companies who were taking British travellers to Libya in the past, and may do again once the Foreign Office lifts its travel warnings.
Amoun Travel 020 7402 3100 Middle East specialist offering tailor-made travel & tours in Libya.
Ancient World Tours 020 7917 9494 Specialist tours to archaeological & cultural sites worldwide accompanied by experts.
Andante Travels 01722 713800 Archaeology & ancient history specialists exploring the historical sites of Libya.
Bales Worldwide 0870 752 0780 5-day escorted tours to cultural and archaeological sites.
Caravanserai Tours n/a UK operator now refering all Libya enquiries directly to ground agents in Libya (Arkno Tours)
Dragoman 0870 499 4470 Some of Dragoman's overland adventure tours in north Africa pass through Libya.
Exodus 0870 240 5550 Discovery/adventure tour specialists, Exodus, have desert tours to southern Libya and a sightseeing tour of the north.
Explore! 01252 883 527 Escorted small group tours.
Hands Up Holidays 0800 783 3554 A 'responsible tourism' operator that combines sightseeing tours with enriching volunteering experiences. They have a programme of fixed tour dates, or tailor-made.
Kirker Holidays 0870 112 3333 Kirker's Cultural Tours programme includes tours to Libya with the emphasis on archaeological sites like Leptis Magna and Cyrenaica.
Oriental Caravan, The 020 7582 0716 Small group escorted tours through Libya.
Real World Travel 0870 736 4757 Real World have a 9-day Highlights of Libya escorted tour.
Silk Road and Beyond 020 7371 3131 A selection of private tour itineraries for independent travellers.
Simoon Travel 020 7622 6263 starClaims to be the "UK's only tour operator specialising in Libya"...perhaps the only single-destination specialist operator going to Libya and nowhere else. A wide range of small group and tailor-made tours throughout the country.
Steppes Travel 01285 880 980 Classic 9-day culture tour itinerary or a long weekend break option.
Traveller & Palanquin, The 020 7436 9343 Independent specialist operator with a worldwide programme of historical & archaeological tours led by experts, including scheduled tours to historical sites in Libya. They also have a year-round programme of independent 3-day short-breaks to exotic capitals including Tripoli with a full-day tour of the Roman coastal sites of Sabratha and Leptis Magna
Voyage Jules Verne 020 7616 1000 VJV have a two week tour combining the key sites of Tunisia with those in Libya.
Wild Frontiers 020 7736 3968 WF run two trips a year to Libya visiting key sites like Leptis Magna and others off the beaten tourist track.
Worlds Apart 01242 226578 Travel agency specialising in small group tours and tailor made travel to off-the-beaten-track destinations including Libya.

Notes

  • There are three carriers now operating services between London and Tripoli: British Airways, Libyan Arab Airlines (no website), and a new start-up carrier launched by the Libyan government called Afriqiyah, which has been flying from Gatwick since Sept 04.
  • Fliegel Jezerniczky Expeditions is run by a Hungarian couple who operate 4-wheel drive archaeological & exploratory expeditions into the Libyan (& Egyptian) desert visiting prehistoric rock art sites and other places of interest.
  • Corinthia Hotels group have one of the only luxury hotels in Tripoli.
  • Jasmin Tours has been a brand of pilgimage specialists, McCabe Travel for many years, pioneering trips to Arabic countries that other operators might have avoided (eg.Iran, Syria & Libya). These days occasional 'Jasmin' tours expertly led by Frances Brown depart to destinations that have recently included Libya, and may again.

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