Treasure of Tunisia

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Treasure of Tunisia

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Length of trip:

14 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 4525

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

Tunisia is a country rich in historical sites and endowed with natural beauty. Visit spectacular oases and unique Berber villages, as you travel through incredible landscapes ranging from cork forests in the mountains to sand dunes and salt lakes in the desert.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Tunis

    Hotel

    Upon arrival in Tunis, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Africa (or similar) for your overnight stay.

  • Day 2 - Tunis

    Tunis/Carthage/Tunis.
    Museums

    Begin your day with a visit to the Bardo Museum, which is world renowned for its Roman and Byzantine mosaics. Continue to Carthage to visit another fine archaeological museum on the Byrsa Hill.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch, tour the circular harbor, Punic ship sheds, and burial ground, before visiting the picturesque 17th century village of Sidi Bou Said.

    Sightseeing

    Return to Tunis to explore the famous medina with its palaces and Moorish architecture, centuries-old mosques, and bazaars.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Hotel Africa (or similar).
    Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 3 - Tunisia

    Utica/Bizerta/Ain Draham.
    Sightseeing

    Depart Tunis and head north to the ruins of Utica, established by the Phoenicians and later built on by the Romans. Head west along the Mediterranean stopping for lunch at Bizerta.

    Sightseeing

    Visit the medina and harbor before continuing on towards Tabarka, the former lair of the pirate Barbarossa.

    Private Car Service

    Drive through the cork forests of the Atlas Mountains to the resort of Ain Draham.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Hotel La Fôret (or similar).
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 4 - Tunisia

    Bulla Regia/Chemtou.
    Sightseeing

    This morning, head to the ruins of Bulla Regia, a site occupied since pre-Phoenician times but best known for its underground Roman villas and well preserved mosaics.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch, visit Chemtou on the Mejerda River to explore and learn about the important marble quarries in the well-displayed new museum site.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Hotel La Fôret (or similar).
    Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 5 - Tunisia

    Dougga/Sufetula.
    Historical and Educational Tours

    Historic archaeology dominates the day as you retrace your path via Bulla Regia to the ruins of Dougga, a foremost Roman site.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch, head south to the ruins of Sbeitla (ancient Sufetula), one of the largest Roman sites in Tunisia.

    Hotel

    Overnight in Sbeitla, at the Hotel Sufetula (or similar), which overlooks this archaeological treasure.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 6 - Tozeur

    Tozeur/Nefta/Tozeur.
    Sightseeing

    Depart early morning to visit the oasis of Nefta, with some of the world’s finest dates and numerous shrines.

    Hotel

    Lunch at Tozeur, another date-palm oasis, with its reddish brown houses decorated in geometric patterns and the Dar Cherait Museum with many rooms filled with wonderful ethnographic material Hotel dar Cherait (or similar).
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 7 - Tunisia

    Chebika/Mides/Tamerza.
    Sightseeing

    Today you will explore the area surrounding Tamerza, Chebika and Mides.

    Private Car Service

    Board the 4x4 vehicles to head out into the desert to the Oasis and its canyon.

    Relaxation

    Back into town where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

    Vacation Rental

    Overnight at the hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 8 - Tunisia

    Douz/Ksar Ghilane.
    Sightseeing

    Head across the great salt flats of Lake Chott Al Djerid to the sand enclosed Noueil oasis, an ideal Saharan landscape with dramatic sand dunes.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch in Douz, continue southward following the pipeline until you reach Ksar Ghilane. This is a single oasis with natural springs hidden among the dunes. It is the perfect place for a camel ride and for watching the sunset over the desert.

    Camping

    Enjoy a night camping in the desert at the Pansea Encampment (or similar).
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 9 - Tunisia

    Ksours/Tataouine.
    Sightseeing

    Journey east towards the Dahar Mountains to visit the Berber hamlets of Guermessa, Chenini, and Ksar Ouled Soltane.

    Hotel

    Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Sangho Privilege (or similar) in Tataouine.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 10 - Tunisia

    Toujane/Matmata.
    Sightseeing

    Progressing northwards, you continue to explore the area of the Ksours: the Berber granaries at Ksar Hadada and Ksar Khallouf and villages such as Toujane and Tamezrat.

    Sightseeing

    n the afternoon, drive to the region of Matmata. Here there are hundreds of giant wells, subterranean dwellings dug by Berbers ages ago to escape the desert heat. One of these “wells” was used in the filming of both Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Hotel Diar El Barbar (or similar) in Matmata.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 11 - Sfax

    Sfax/Sousse.
    Museums

    Resume the journey north to Sfax to discover the city’s architecturally rich medina and exquisite Dar Jallouli Museum.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch, tour the well-preserved El Djem Roman Amphitheater.

    Hotel

    Drive to Sousse for dinner and overnight at Orient Palace Hotel (or similar).
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 12 - Tunisia

    Kairouan/Sousse.
    Sightseeing

    Spend the morning in Kairouan, once the Arab capital for all of North Africa and still one of Islam’s most sacred sites. In the old city you will find the great mosque, the oldest religious monument still in use in North Africa, and the Barber’s mausoleum with superb Andalusian décor.

    Museums

    Lunch in Kairouan, before returning to Sousse to visit the museum with its fine collection of mosaics.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Hotel Orient Palace (or similar).
    Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 13 - Tunis

    Kerkouane/Cap Bon/Tunis.
    Sightseeing

    En route to Cape Bon, stop at the Ken Village to see Tunisian architecture used as a backdrop to various workshops of traditional crafts. Further north, hugging the coast of Cape Bon, stop at the ruins of Kerkouane, the only purely Punic town discovered thus far.

    Hotel

    Return this evening to Tunis for dinner and overnight at the Hotel Africa (or similar).

    Food and Dining

    Enjoy a special farewell dinner this evening.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 14 - Tunis

    Tunis/Onward.
    Shopping

    The morning is at your leisure for last minute shopping or packing.

    Later, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
    Meals: Breakfast.

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