This special value tour of Tunisia explores many regions of the country, from the archaeologically rich northwest, to the semi-arid and oasis regions of southern Tunisia and the island of Jerba. “Tunisia Revealed” provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and appreciate Tunisia at a modest price!
Friday, March 9 – Tunis arrival
Upon your arrival in Tunis, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the seaside suburbs of Tunis. The remainder of the afternoon is free for rest and relaxation from your flight. At 6:30PM, you rendezvous in the reception area of your hotel you’re your guide and enjoy an opening night dinner with your guide and traveling companions. Dinner and overnight in Tunis. (D)
Saturday, March 10 – Tunis environs
This morning, you start your day with a visit to the Bardo Museum, a former Ottoman palace housing one of the finest collections of Roman and Carthaginian mosaics in the world. This will help set the stage in learning about Tunisia’s history during Roman times. From the Bardo, you drive to the suburbs of Tunis where you will visit Carthage, the most famous (though by no means the largest) of the ancient sites in Tunisia. You will also have an opportunity to visit the US War Cemetery in Carthage, the only US war cemetery in North Africa and an opportunity to learn about World War II history in Tunisia, where many battles were fought. Following your visit to the ruins of this ancient Phoenician city, you continue to the nearby picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said, whose architecture was inspired by its Andalusian settlers.
There are numerous places within Sidi Bou Said for lunch, independently. Following Sidi Bou Said, you drive into the heart of old Tunis for a walking tour of the medina, Tunisia’s historic heart. We will provide suggestions for your dining options. Overnight in Tunis. (B)
Sunday, March 11 – Northwest Tunisia
This morning you depart Tunis for the northwest part of the country, taking scenic, rural roads, with your first main destination being Bulla Regia. This well-preserved site has numerous examples of underground architecture, as well as well-preserved mosaics, in situ.
From Bulla Regia, you drive north southeast to Dougga. Dougga is Tunisia’s largest Roman site. Covering some sixty acres, Dougga was known as the city of temples and its existence is thought to date back to the 4th century B.C. You will have ample time to walk among the ruins, which are expansive and amidst beautiful rural scenery. Following your visit to Dougga, you return to Tunis by early evening. Overnight in Tunis. (B, D)
Monday, March 12 – Sbeitla/oasis region
You depart Tunis region and head south along the western portion of Tunisia, a region which until today, still remains rather undeveloped and void of tourism development. You will have the opportunity to visit the ruins of Sbeitla. Known by its early Punic name, Sufetula, this impressive site seems to be in the middle of nowhere. During Roman times, olive trees were cultivated in this region and provided a flourishing olive oil export trade to Italy. You will have plenty of time to explore the site. From Sbeitla, you continue southwest, with an early evening arrival in Tozeur. Dinner and overnight in Tozeur. (B, D)
Today is a rather leisure day in the oasis. Your guide will take you on a morning tour of the oasis of Tozeur, helping you learn about life in an oasis. A short distance away, a walk through Tozeur’s old town will provide an opportunity to learn about this regions unique architectural style. The remainder of your day is at your leisure to visit the market in Tozeur and explore more of the old town, as well as enjoying the amenities of your hotel and this oasis desert town. Overnight in Tozeur. (B)
Wednesday, March 14 – Tozeur/Chott el Jerid/Douz/Matmata Jerba
This morning depart Tozeur going east via the Chott-el-Jerid, Tunisia’s salt lake and then a stop in Douz, a small town that appears to be plopped down amidst the dunes. Douz is often a jumping off point for desert treks going further south. In Douz, for those who wish, they can take an optional camel drive into the dunes.
There will also be an opportunity for lunch. From Douz, you drive a couple of hours into this region of semi-arid desert, eventually arriving to the region of Matmata. This region’s crater like topography is dotted with troglodyte dwellings. Its exotic settings provided one of the film locations for the movie, Star Wars. You will have an opportunity to explore some of these dwellings and the region, as well as have lunch in a troglodyte restaurant. From Matmata, you drive to the coast and take a ferry boat to the island of Jerba. Dinner and overnight in Jerba. (B, D)
Thursday, March 15 – Island of Jerba
You start the day with an island tour of Jerba. The island has a special character. Included in your touring of the island is the Ghriba synagogue, one of numerous synagogues on the island of Jerba, where the Jewish community dates itself to over 2,000 years.
Your island tour eventually brings you to Houmt Souk, Jerba’s main market town which is Mediterranean in feel, small in scale and a great place for those who had been waiting to go shopping. The remainder of the afternoon is unstructured. Dinner and Overnight in Jerba. (B, D)
Friday, March 16 – El Jem / Kairouan
This morning you take a ferry boat from Jerba to the mainland and begin driving up the coast. You eventually arrive to El Jem, with brief stops en route. Known in Roman times as Thysdrus and noted for its amphitheater, which is similar to the coliseum of Rome. Following your exploration of El Jem and the nearby El Jem Museum, you drive northwest to Kairouan. Dinner and overnight in Kairouan. (B, D)
Saturday, March 17 – Kairouan/Tunis
Kairouan is a rather provincial town. However, the city was founded and subsequently developed during early Islamic times, with Kairouan’s Great Mosque, dating from -the 7th century, reputed to be the oldest mosque in Africa. Kairouan’s location along the caravan routes also provided a base for a flourishing crafts industry.
From Kairouan, you return to Tunis, arriving mid-afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is independent for you to enjoy Tunis. Your hotel is less than fifteen minutes walk to the medina, for those who wish to explore more of this historic heart of Tunis. Evening rendezvous at your hotel for your “farewell dinner”. Overnight in Tunis. (B, D)
Sunday, March 18 – departure from Tunis
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in Tunis for your departure flight.
Tunis: Golden Tulip ★★★★★
Located in the seaside area of Gammarth, less than ten minutes from Carthage, Sidi Bou Said and La Marsa, some 20 minutes from the heart of the city, the Golden Tulip is a deluxe hotel with beautiful interiors, spacious rooms, several restaurants, very nice spa and fitness club and architecturally, very attractive. Not on the ocean, but near the ocean and many nice suburban dining areas, on a hill overlooking the sea, five minutes from the ocean. The hotel also has an excellent fitness center on site, as well as two outdoor swimming pools. Service is nice, but not worthy of being classified as 5* service.
Tozeur: Eldorador Ksar Rouge ★★★★
Owned by the same French company that owns the Sangho Hotel in Tatouine, the Ksar Rouge provides comfort in a well designed setting incorporating architectural styles indigenous to the oasis region. Very hospitable staff and setting.
Jerba: Hasdrubal Thalasso & Spa ★★★★★
One of Tunisia’s best managed hotels, the Hasdrubal Thalassa is also a nice change of pace from Jerba’s many very large hotels. The Hasdrubal Thalassa is architecturally very attractive, with very nice landscaping. Nice rooms and a very nice restaurant. Highly recommended for stays in Jerba.
Kairouan: Le Kasbah ★★★★★
Beautiful interiors both in the common areas and within the spacious guest rooms, utilizing Tunisian tile work and native handicrafts. Located within the heart of Kairouan with architecture that borrows one of the historic walls of the city. For dinner, there is a buffet restaurants, an “al la carte” restaurant, as well as a very nice coffee house. The service standards and the infrastructure are not that of a 5* hotel. Le Kasbah is the only hotel in Kairouan even approaching the standard of a nice hotel. However, our honest appraisal, constantly updated by client feedback is that the advertised “wi-fi” rarely works and is located in the lobby, clients have commented about the lack of place for shower hose, etc. This having been said, it is the best of Kairouan.
Tunis: Mouradi L’Africa Tunis ★★★★★
Located in the heart of Tunis on Avenue Bourguiba, a ten minute walk to the medina, L’Africa is a highrise hotel, the tallest building in Tunisia. Formerly the Meridien L’Africa, the Mouradi chain took over the hotel several years ago and closed it for a complete renovation. Very nice common areas and equally nice rooms. You cannot beat the location which is in the heart of the city and within a short walk to the medina, as well as many nice restaurants and shops. Great location! Wi-fi available in rooms.
Cost per person: $2,895.
NOTE: Price is Per Person. There are no single supplements!
What is included:
• All hotels with breakfast and meals included, as indicated by B, L, D, entrance fees at sites noted on itinerary, water with group sit-down lunches and breakfasts, English speaking guide and private vehicle and driver.
What is NOT included:
* International airfare to Tunisia
* Gratuities to guide and driver
* Alcohol, additional beverages and any items of a personal nature.
• Hotel star ratings reflect Tunisia Ministry of Tourism ratings and may not be commensurate with international ratings.
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