Leisurely Cyrene

Founded as a colony by Greeks led by Battus from the ancient island of Thera in 630BC Cyrene was the oldest and most important of the five Greek cities in the region giving eastern Libya the classical name of “Cyrenaica” which is retained into modern times.

Birthplace to many of the Greek philosophers, Cyrene became part of the Empire controlled by the Ptolemies, rulers of Egypt, later passing into the hands of the Roman Empire.

Situated in a lush valley of the Green Mountains range the site covers approximately 1,300 square meters merging together with the modern village of Shahat and the surrounding agricultural fields.

Visit the temple of Apollo built in the 7th century BC. The water from the temple’s fountain was considered curing and seats where people sat while treated can still be seen today.

In the temple’s sanctuary view the Great Baths, parts of them in exceptional conditions. Inside the Grand Hall the pipes bringing water from the fountain are still visible.

Although Cyrene’s theatre is of Roman architecture its foundations are believed to be Greek. Set on a stunning location allowing uninterrupted views of the rolling hills behind its stage, it offers a dramatic picture over the landscape stretching out to sea.

View the tomb of Battus in the Agora, the site’s main square and the Forum of Proculus which is still in relatively good condition. Cyrene’s necropolis surrounds the site covering an estimated 10 square kilometres. Hundreds of tombs are cut into the surrounding hills and many have shapes of mausoleums and temples.

Visit the partly excavated temple of Zeus and admire the exquisite marble statues in the nearby small museum.

Enjoy a simple but tasty Libyan lunch in an authentic cave turned into a restaurant by an enterprising Libyan. The cave used to be the dwellings of his ancestors and have panoramic views of the valley below all the way to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.


Special Notes:
Tour is not suitable for people with limited walking or physically assisted. Not wheelchair accessible.

Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat and bottled water recommended.

Buses are a/c but not toilet equipped. Basic toilets available at the entrance of Cyrene site, upper and lower parts and at cave restaurant.

No camera or video fees at sites visited.


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 Derna Port

00hr00 -> 01hr15 Drive to Cyrene
01hr15 -> 01hr30 Comfort stop at site
01hr30 -> 02hr45 Visit upper part of Cyrene
02hr45 -> 02hr55 Drive to Zeus temple and museum
02hr55 -> 03hr55 Visit museum and temple
03hr55 -> 04hr10 Drive to restaurant
04hr10 -> 05hr30 Serving lunch at local restaurant
05hr30 -> 05hr45 Drive to lower part of Cyrene
05hr45 -> 07hr15 Visit lower part of Cyrene

07hr15 -> 08hr30 Drive to Derna

Tour Details

Tour Name:
Leisurely Cyrene

Sightseeing Shore Tours
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:

Approximately 8hr30

medium excursionmeal included with tour

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