Emerging from years of international isolation, Libya's beauty and diversity are still relatively unknown and, as a result, the country remains largely unspoilt by tourism.

Tripoli's old walled city is a picturesque African jumble of narrow alleyways leading to traditional mosques, houses and khans (public houses). Worth seeing is the ancient Marcus Aurelian Arch, the Al Nagha and Ahmed Pash mosques, and some of the many vibrant souks in the heart of Medina (Tripoli's centre).

To the west of Tripoli are the Roman ruins of Sabratha with its magnificent ampitheatre whilst to the east of the city, overlooking the Mediterranean, is Leptis Magna. This incredible archaeological site was originally a port, built by the Phoenicians in the first millennium BC. Later it became a Roman settlement and today many of the ruins from that time remain preserved.

Further east lies Benghazi, Libya's second-largest, lying in close proximity to a number of beautiful beaches. Amongst them Ras Alteen which has recently been the location of an archaeological discovery where Greek and Byzantine graves from a colossal underwater city were recovered.

Guests will be interested in the battlefield of Tobruk, 140 kms east of Ras Alteen, and the town of Cyrene, where Greek remains of the temple of Apollo and the partially unexcevated temple of Zeus lie not far from its ancient port of Appolonia.

To the west Ghadames, known as the 'Pearl of the Desert', is a unique desert oasis town 800 kms southwest of Tripoli. The old town's unique architecture consists of white-washed mud walls and covered labyrinthine walkways that are only lit by overhead skylights and open squares. Marvel at palm-fringed lakes surrounded by sand dunes in the desert's heart. Be bewitched by extinct volcanoes, such as Waw al-Namus, where black sand encircles multicoloured lakes. Go deeper into the desert and experience Jebel Acacus, one of the world's finest open-air galleries of prehistoric rock art.