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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Tunisia

Cities Visited

Djerba , Douz , Hammamet , Kairouan , Tozeur , Tunis

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Tunisia
Depart for Tunis, Tunisia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tunis
Welcome to Tunisia, a country steeped in history. Arrive in Tunis, the sprawling capital city and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM, followed by dinner. We recommend you to select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Tunis
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Carthage, Bardo National Museum
This morning, visit the ruins of Carthage to get a fascinating glimpse into the ancient city's rich history. Explore the remains of Antonine Baths, the largest public baths in the city, then proceed to Byrsa Hill, site of the ancient acropolis. Excavations on the hill have revealed a wealth of artifacts and structures from the Phoenician, Punic and Roman periods. View remains of the city walls, temples, and public buildings. Continue to La Malga cisterns, to learn about the intricate system of aqueducts, and cisterns that used to supply and store water for the city. Next, tour the 2nd century BC Roman theater. Proceed with a visit to the Bardo National Museum, housed in a stunning palace. Explore the exhibits, and admire the renowned collection of Roman mosaics, Gain insight into Tunisia's diverse heritage, from ancient civilizations to modern-day. From Kasbah Square, begin your walk through the medina with its souks and visit a chechia (traditional Tunisian hat) workshop. In the afternoon, visit the bustling Marché Central (local market)
Overnight: Tunis
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Sidi Bou Said, Flight to Djerba
This morning, head to the seaside Sidi Bou Said village with its distinctive blue and white architecture, a mix of Mediterranean, and Andalusian style. Free time to admire the stunning views of azure waters, and explore the narrow cobblestone streets, lined with flower-filled courtyards. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to the island of Djerba, located in the Gulf of Gabes. The island is known for its splendid sandy beaches, clear blue waters and historic sites. Arrive and transfer to your beautiful resort hotel. Spend free time before dinner tonight at a local restaurant. Savor delectable local cuisine, which is a mix of Tunisian, Berber and Mediterranean flavors
Overnight: Djerba
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Explore Djerba Island
Begin the exploration of the island with a drive to the town of Guellala, which is famous for its pottery and is located on the southern tip of the island. Visit the pottery workshops and watch artisans create beautiful pieces using traditional techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Afterward, head to the village of Hara Seghira to visit Ghriba Synagogue. During the tour, learn about its history and significance and admire the intricate mosaics and decorations. Conclude with a visit to the Heritage Museum, showcasing the history and culture of Djerba Island. The museum features exhibits that include traditional clothing, tools, and artifacts
Overnight: Djerba
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Tataouine, Chenini, Ksar Haddada, Matmata, Travel to Douz
Depart Djerba and travel along the ancient Roman road, passing by beathtaking natural landscapes to Tataouine in the heart of the Sahara desert. Stop at the local market and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere. Afterward, visit the Berber village of Chenini, located a short drive from the city center. Get a glimpse into the ancient way of life that has been preserved in this region for centuries. Proceed to the impressive Ksar Haddada granary, which was featured in the Star Wars film; a section of it has been converted into a hotel and restaurant. Have lunch here before continuing to Matmata, via Toujane village, known for its typical Berber rugs. Arrive in the Berber village of Matmata known for its unique underground dwellings. Visit a local family who lives in a troglodyte home and the famous troglodyte hotel Sidi Driss, which has been used as a filming location for several movies, including the Star Wars series. Travel to Douz, gateway to the Sahara desert for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Douz
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Vist Douz Market, Tozeur
The exploration of Douz begins at the local market. Here, you can find a wide range of goods for sale, including spices, textiles, jewelry and handicrafts. View locals selling fresh produce and other food items, such as dates, olives and honey. You may encounter Bedouins who come here from different parts of the desert to buy and sell various types of merchandise including livestock. Following lunch, travel to Tozeur via the road that crosses the dry salt lake Chott El Jerid, known for its minerals and mirage views. Make a brief stop to admire the largest salt flat of the Sahara desert and continue the drive, arriving at your hotel in time for dinner
Overnight: Tozeur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Villages of Chebika & Tamerza Mides, Tozeur
A wonderful adventure awaits, as you travel on 4x4 vehicles to the oasis villages of Chebika and Tamerza, passing towering sand dunes and rocky outcroppings. Arrive in the charming village of Chebika that is nestled in a lush green oasis. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls that tumble down the rocky cliffs. Next, visit Tamerza, known for its ancient ruins which date back to the Roman Empire. Later, make your way to Mides, located in the middle of a spectacular canyon. The village is famous for its unique architecture which is built into the rocky cliffs that encircling it. Afterward, return to Tozeur and visit Eden Palm museum, surrounded by a beautiful garden filled with palm trees, flowers and other plants native to the area. Learn about the history of date palm cultivation in the region and the importance of the palm groves to the local economy. Have lunch at the garden restaurant. In the afternoon, stroll through the Old Town of Tozeur with its unique local architecture made of ochre clay bricks and view the old quarter Ouled El Hadef (Medina). Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Tozeur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Sbeitla Ruins en route to Kairouan
Depart Tozeur and travel towards Kairouan. Along the way, visit the Roman ruins of Sbeitla, that date back to the 2nd century AD. The ruins are surrounded by olive groves and mountains which create a stunning backdrop. Learn about the history of the ancient city and marvel at the impressive engineering and architectural feats of the Roman era. After lunch, continue your drive to Kairouan. Upon arrival, take a walking tour of the Old Town and soak in the atmosphere. View the bustling souk where you can find a wide range of goods, including ceramics, jewelry and leather goods. Make your way to Bir Baruta which is a historic well just outside the Old Town and an important source of water for the city. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Kairouan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Grand Mosque Okba, Sidi Sahbi Mausoleum, El Jem, Travel to Hammamet
Embark on a morning tour to the Islamic monuments of Kairouan. First, visit the Grand Mosque Okba, one of the oldest and most significant of mosques in the Islamic world. Admire the impressive architecture, intricate design and decorations of the mosque. Next, tour the lavishly decorated Sidi Sahbi mausoleum, burial place of Sidi Sahabi, who was a companion of the Prophet Mohammed. Finally, visit the Aghlabid pools which were built in the 9th century, to supply the city with water and are an engineering marvel. The pools are fed by underground springs and are surrounded by lush greenery. Afterward, travel to El Jem, known for its well preserved Roman amphitheater. Explore the various levels of the Colosseum, which once held up to 35,000 spectators and visit the nearby ancient city of Thysdrus with its impressive Roman villas and beautiful mosaics. Following lunch, travel to the resort town of Hammamet. On arrival, check into the hotel
Overnight: Hammamet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Sunday - Cap Bon Peninsula, Home Hosted Lunch, Explore Hammamet
Today, head to Cap Bon Peninsula*, a beautiful region filled with historic sites and stunning natural landscapes. Stop in the coastal town of Kelibia to visit the ancient fortress, dating back to the Byzantine era. Continue to the Punic settlement of Kerkouane, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a fascinating glimpse into Tunisia's rich history. Explore the ruins and learn about the culture of the ancient Phoenicians that lived here, before returning to Hammamet. Savor a special lunch hosted by a local family and learn about Tunisian life and traditions. In the afternoon, explore the old Medina of Hammamet, a labyrinth of narrow alleys and traditional houses. Afterward, visit the 15th century fortress, also known as Kasbah. Next, travel to the nearby town of Nabeul, famous for its handicrafts. Here, visit workshops where you can observe local artisans at work, creating traditional ceramics and other crafts*The order of sightseeing may vary
Overnight: Hammamet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Testour, Dougga
Today, depart from Hammamet and travel back to Tunis toward the ancient Roman city of Dougga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the 2nd century BC. Explore the highlights, including the Capitol, Forum, the baths, theater, and the Temples of Saturn and Juno. After lunch, head to the small town of Testour, famous for its Andalusian architecture. Visit the historic 17th century Great Mosque with its unique blend of Moorish, Mudejar and local architecture. View the distinctive minaret featuring inscriptions and intricate geometric patterns along with a clock, with numbers that are placed backwards. Tonight, bid farewell to your Tour Manager during dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Tunis
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart Tunisia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight**Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of day 13 and will require a transfer on day 12. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 5 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Tunis, Tunis-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight: Tunis-Djerba
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Tunis
  • 2 nights Djerba
  • 1 night Douz
  • 2 nights Tozeur
  • 1 night Kairouan
  • 2 nights Hammamet
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Visit the ruins of Carthage and get a fascinating glimpse into the ancient city's rich history
  • Explore the seaside Sidi Bou Said village with its distinctive mix of Mediterranean and Andalusian style architecture
  • Take a tour of the beautiful island of Djerba, known for its historic sites, and splendid sandy beaches
  • Tour the Berber village of Chenini, to gain insight into the ancient way of life
  • Visit the impressive Ksar Haddada granary, which was featured in the Star Wars film
  • Embark on an exciting adventure as you travel on 4x4 vehicles to the oasis villages of Chebika and Tamerza
  • View the Roman ruins of Sbeitla, that date back to the 2nd century AD
  • Admire the well preserved Roman amphitheater in El Jem
  • Explore the Punic settlement of Kerkouane, offering a fascinating glimpse into Tunisia's rich history
  • Savor a special lunch hosted by a local family and learn about Tunisian life and traditions
  • Discover the ancient Roman city of Dougga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Tunis-Djerba.

    Luggage restrictions for intra-Tunisia flights differ from international flights, please refer to Trip Preparation for more information.

    During Ramadan (Mar 10 - Apr 9, 2024), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

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    El Mouradi Douz
    This superior tourist class hotel is located outside the town of Douz, on the edge of the Tunisian Sahara.

    Palm Beach Palace
    This first class hotel is located in the center of the city of Tozeur and is surrounded by lush gardens.

    Hotel La Kasbah Kairouan
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the holy city of Kairouan.

    Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Hammamet
    This first class hotel is located in Hammamet, near the beach along the Mediterranean Sea.

    Laico Tunis Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of downtown Tunis, across from Human Rights Square.

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