Days
10
Price from
$2,495AUD

Be enchanted by the leisurely pace, atmospheric ruins and oasis-studded landscapes of Tunisia

Only a slim wedge in the expanse of North Africa, Tunisia packs a lot of punch. While it may be on the adventurous side of travel, the friendly locals make any time here unforgettable. Tunisia is simply sublime.


Start
Tunis, Tunisia
Finish
Tunis, Tunisia
Country
Tunisia
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure
Code
PGHT
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(2 reviews)
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Be guided though the ancient medina of Tunis, the largest in North Africa

  • Encounter a Tunisia of old at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carthage

  • Make a pilgrimage to Kairouan, the fourth holiest site in the Islam world

  • Traverse the desert scenery of Tozeur by camelback

  • Explore the unique underground dwellings of Matmata

  • Breathe in the fresh ocean air of seaside of Monastir and Kelibia

  • one night 'feature stay' at our hotel in Kairouan

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2015 - 30 April 2016

On arrival at Tunis Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Tunis at any time.
Please note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The rest of your day is free to explore the surroundings and your tour leader may make contact with you in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Gammarth or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast you will start your sightseeing tour with a visit to the medina (old quarter) of Tunis, which the largest in North Africa (larger than those in Fez, Algiers or Cairo).
After lunch you'll go to the outer suburbs of Tunis to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carthage, which was founded in 814 BC and was the oldest Phoenician settlement on the coast of North Africa. Many wars were waged against the other Mediterranean powers such as the Greeks and the Romans before the city was ultimately conquered by the Romans in 146 BC.
Although partially hidden due to ongoing development over ensuing years, monuments such as the Antonine baths, Roman amphitheatre and the Punic ports hark back to the glories of a bygone era, while some of the best relics can be found in the archaeological museum of Carthage.
You will continue to Sidi Bou Said Andalous village and stroll through narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses with blue shutters and doors. Here you can also check out the various art galleries or try a bambalouni (a light and crispy Tunisian style doughnut) in one of the cafés that offer superb views of the Gulf of Tunis.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Gammarth or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today we will visit the Bardo Museum, the finest museum in the country and one of the best archaeological museums in the Mediterranean region.
Housed in an old palace that once belonged to the Husseinite beys, who were former rulers of Tunisia, it is especially known for its beautiful and extensive collection of mosaics that date back to Roman times.
Before arriving to Dougga ruins, you go to Testour where you stop for a short visit of the Andalucian style Mosque and village square.
You will then proceed to the archaeological site of Dougga, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in Africa. Built on an elevated site overlooking a fertile plain, it was the capital of both the Punic and Roman states. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, Dougga was originally a Punic town that sided with the Romans against Carthage and was granted some degree of independence as a reward.
It became an influential agricultural centre, controlling important trade routes to Carthage, on the coast. Its important marble quarries and fresh water supplies contributed to making it a prosperous and successful town.
After an optional lunch at nearby Thugga, you will continue to the holy city of Kairouan.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Kasbah or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Kairouan is the fourth holiest site in Islam, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. It is said that seven pilgrimages to Kairouan equates to one pilgrimage to Mecca. On a sightseeing tour you will visit the 9th century Great Mosque of Oqba Ibn Nafi, an important example of Islamic architecture.
On a walk in the souks you will get to taste makroudh, traditional local pastry stuffed with dates, and learn about the traditional savoir-faire of the womenfolk, which is making rugs.
You will continue to the oasis town of Tozeur, which is lined by extensive palm groves. Here you will visit the Dar Charait Museum, which evokes images reminiscent of the classic fable, 'One Thousand and One Nights'. You will also visit the Eden Palm, a museum which describes all aspects of the Palm tree in a beautiful authentic building.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Ksar Rouge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today you will have the opportunity to ride a camel around the beautiful Oasis of Tozeur. After this the day is free to explore and enjoy the scenery around Tozeur.
The tour leader will discuss the options on arrival in Tozeur.
Tonight you will enjoy a local speciality - lamb cooked in a clay pot - at Kmar restaurant.
Optional Activities
  • Tozeur - Lezard Rouge train - USD42
  • Tozeur - Mountain Oasis 4WD tour - USD58
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast you will depart to Matmata, crossing the dry salt lake of Chott el Jerid en route.
Matmata is famous for its troglodytes, houses built underground to protect the Berbers from intense heat in the summer. These Berber villages are exciting places to explore and one of these, together with the surrounding lunar-type landscape, was the set for the mythical planet of Tatooine (which got its name from the nearby town of Tataouine) in George Lucas' landmark movie, 'Star Wars'. Scenes from Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' were also filmed here.
Before getting to your Hotel in Matmata, you will go for a short visit to the Berber village of Toujene nearby (32km from Matmata) with its outstanding sceneries. A guided visit will bring you to some troglodyte dwellings including a very old oil press, used for centuries to press olives.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Diar El Barbar or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today we travel to Sousse, Tunisia’s 3rd largest city. On the way we stop at El Jem to take in the World Heritage listed amphitheatre, a structure that dates from 238 AD and is the second largest of its kind in the world after the Colosseum in Rome. We visit the newly-opened small museum and investigate the excavations extending behind the museum where beautiful mosaics have been found.
We then continue to Monastir once a busy fishing town and now a relaxing seaside town. Take an optional excursion to check out the well preserved Ribat, once used to search the sea of possible attackers.
Before heading to the coastal town of Sousse, you explore the beautiful town of Monastir where you visit the mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, the founder of Modern Tunisia. You may explore The Ribat of Monastir, a 8th century medieval fort built by the arabs to protect the coast from marine incursions.
A short drive brings you to the coastal town of Sousse.

Day 8
You will have an entire day to appreciate the attractions of Sousse. In the morning, you go to explore the newly renovated archaeological museum, housed in the Kasbah of Sousse Medina, one of the best well preserved Kasbahs in Tunisia. You will then have a full day to explore the city. You may visit the Great Mosque dating back from the Aghlabid period (9th century), the fort of the Ribat, similar to the one in Monastir, with its beautiful high tower where you can have a panoramic view of the town.
In Sousse, you can also explore one of the best preserved Medina in Tunisia, nice long white sandy beaches and the beautiful Marina of Port El Kantaoui nearby.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Tej Marhaba or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Dinner (2)
On the way to Tunis you'll stop in the city of Nabeul, famous for its ceramic workshops in the Medina. You then continue to the small fishing town of Kelibia where you can explore the fort, dating back from the punic and roman time (optional).
Before heading to the village of Haouaria, you explore the Punic city of Kerkouane, a world heritage site, which is one of the unique preserved Punic remains in Tunisia.
Just after Kerkouane, you explore the mountain of Haouaria, overlooking the Cape Bon, with its beautiful landscape. Haouaria is famous for raptors and bat caves.
We then continue back to Tunis, where we spend the last night of our tour enjoying an evening out (optional) to commemorate our journey.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Gammarth or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip will come to an end today, after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12.00 noon and you will be free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time.
Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Tunis.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 9 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Camel, Private minibus

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotel (8 nights). Desert Camp (1 night)

Reviews

Our Highlights of Tunisia trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Highlights of Tunisia, October 2015

Heather Skeen

Highlights of Tunisia, September 2015

Sally-beatson Hedger

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information

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