Omar Mukhtar - The Lion of the Desert
“We win or we Die” – Omar Mukhtar 1931 Follow in the footsteps of Omar Al Mukhtar, a teacher by profession, resistance fighter by obligation. Inspirational leader of the Libyan resistance 1911 – 1931. Following the 1911 Italian invasion of Libya Omar Al Mukhtar led resistance groups of Arabs, Berbers and Sanussi in a twenty year struggle for freedom, despite the most inhuman measures undertaken by the Italians. Despite using aircraft and tanks in the desert for the first time, and thousands troops, the Italians were continually embarrassed by these “mere Bedouins” who fought with fanatical bravery, so much so, that they would bind one of their legs so that they could not run away. A master strategist in desert warfare Muhktar would attack Italian troops where-ever he could find them and then disappear back into the desert. Mussolini then sent General “Butcher” Graziani to Libya for a final and bloody confrontation with Omar Al Muhktar and the Libyan resistance. Eventually in 1931 Sidi Omar as he was known to his followers was captured in battle, tried, and executed in front of his own people at Solluch. The Italians had hoped that the resistance would die with Muhktar, but Omar Al Mukhtar lived on in the hearts of his people, and remains a true symbol of defiance to oppression to this day. This little known Libyan folk hero and martyr, never forgotten in Libya, was brought to the world in the 1981 film “Lion of the Desert”. Join us as we visit the places and battlefields associated with Omar Al Muhktar - Solluch, Benghazi, Tripoli, Wadi el Kuf, Al Bayda, The Green Mountains, Derna and more. Mohamed the only son of Omar Al Muhktar will be joining us for a short time on this tour.
Day 1  Midday flight from the UK to Tripoli, followed by our flight to Benghazi. Greeted and escorted to our hotel for one night. (D) Day 2 Transfer to our hotel by the sea at Sousa. Rest of the day at leisure. Day includes a tour of the ancient city of Apollonia. (B>L>D) Day 3  Morning visit to the Cars battlefield above Sousa, then onto the village named Omar Muktar and the site where the “Lion” was captured in 1931. Returning to Sousa we visit the Italian built Town Hall where he was held prisoner until sent to Benghazi. (B>L>D)
Day 4  Drive to Benghazi through the Green Mountains to Cyrene and the Wadi Kuf, site of Omar Muktars greatest battle with the Italians. Transfer to our hotel in Benghazi. During the day we will meet Mohamed Omar el Mukhtar. (B>L>D) Day 5 Drive to Solluch site of the enormous Italian concentration camp and where Omar Mukhtar was executed and is now buried. (B>L>D) Day 6  Morning flight to Tripoli. Rest of the day at leisure. (B>L>D) Day 7  Tour of Tripoli, including the Red Castle which houses artefacts belonging to Omar Mukhtar including the gallows on which he was hanged. (B>L>D) Day 8  Return flight to the UK or other destination. (B) Tour Dates: 1st to 7th September Tour Price: £ 1.750 Insurance: £   21 if required Single Supplement: £   153 Deposit per person: £ 300 Group Price: On Request Bespoke Price: On Request Price includes all flights, all 4/5 Star hotels, all meals and all entrance fees, and Battlefield Guide (no hidden costs).