Join us on the Tunisia Cultural & Natural Tour!
9 Day, 8 Night
Explore the stunning region of southern Tunisia on this tour. Visit ancient Carthaginian ruins and other important archaeological sites that define the history of this country. Travel to unique desert oases and the Atlas Mountains to take in the breathtaking natural beauty. Along the way learn about date and palm production. A trip to this region of Tunisia would not be complete without a visit to two beautiful locations made famous by the Star Wars movies.
Welcome to Tunisia! After arriving at Tunisia-Carthage International Airport meet an Off Season Adventures representative who will lead you to your vehicle and introduce you to your driver and guide. You’ll then be transferred to the coastal city of Sidi Bou Said. The city is a great reproduction of a small Andalusian Arab village complete with blue damask portals, doors, and windows. The afternoon will be at your leisure to explore the city or relax at your hotel.
Today head out on a full day of exploring! Start at a 15th century Beylic Palace which now houses the Bardo Museum, one of the most important museums in the Mediterranean. Here you’ll find one of the largest collections of ancient mosaics among many other significant treasures. In the afternoon journey to the ancient city of Carthage. The city was once a major port of trade and influence in the western Mediterranen and was established in the 9th century B.C. by a maritime people known as the Phoenicians. While here you’ll see Punic ruins of Byrsa Hill and the former citadel. You’ll also see Thermal Baths of Antonin, a site created under Emperor Antonius and one of the largest ancient baths in Africa.
After breakfast journey to Hammamet, a one time guarded village inhabited by ascetics who sounded the alarm when under attack. The town is now a thriving destination that allows you to immerse yourself in local culture, history, and nature. In the afternoon, travel to Sousse. This is one of the oldest towns in Tunisia and its medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Sousse Architectural Museum before heading to the port city of Sfax for the night.
This morning travel to the quiet town of El Jem. Here you will visit the remarkable colosseum which was built between 230 and 238 A.D. It is almost as large as the one in Rome and is a dramatic and impressive site. Enjoy lunch back in Sfax and then you’ll have the afternoon at your leisure to wander around the city.
Today journey to two locations made famous by the Star Wars movies. First head to Tataouine and see the Ksour, also known as desert castles, an impressive collective fortified granary of the Saharan nomads as well as old Berber villages that are found all over this landscape. Enjoy lunch here before heading to the underground dwellings of Matmata, also known as troglodyte. This town like others in this part of Tunisia, are situated on a shelf of sandstone that is soft enough to work with simple hand tools, but sturdy enough to provide homes for centuries. The Berbers have been digging out homes, which offer a fine escape from the heat, in the ground this way for more than a thousand years. End your day in Douz known as the gateway to the Sahara.
Begin your day with stunning views of the Sahara on an early morning camel ride. After breakfast, travel to Tozeur. On your way you’ll stop at Chott el jerid an expansive endorheic salt lake. It is an incredible site and a filming location for the first Star Wars movie. In the afternoon take a trip to the Dar Chraiet Museum which is housed in a building that mimics a wealthy residence found in northern Tunisia. It is considered to be one of the most interesting museums in the country and contains incredible art from the 17th through the 20th centuries. End your day with a visit to the eclectic Chakwak avant garde amusement park.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Morning camel ride
- Transfer to Tozeur
- Visit to Chott el jerid lake
- Visit to the Chraiet Museum and Chakwak amusement park
- Dinner in the town of Tozeur
- Overnight at Dar Abu Habibi
Today get ready for an exciting adventure to the mountain oases of Tamerza, Chebika, and Mides. Each oasis is beautiful and unique from the others and the experience is truly breathtaking. Enjoy a local lunch at Chez Mounir before heading back to Tozeur. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the town or relax at your hotel.
This morning take a horse and carriage ride through the beautiful palm tree groves. Make stops along the way to learn about local date production. Next take a tour of the old city, or medina, of Tozeur and learn more about the traditional architecture that is common throughout the city. Sample local cuisine for lunch at a family home or authentic restaurant. The afternoon is free for you to experience the city.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Horse and carriage ride to learn about date production
- Lunch at a local restaurant or family home
- Relaxing afternoon at your leisure
- Dinner on the town
- Overnight at Dar Abou Habibi
Today marks the end of your Tunisia journey! After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tozeur airport for your flight home.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Transfer to Tozeur Airport
- Your local, experienced driver with many years of guiding tours in Tunisia
- Lodging in Tunisia on a full room and board basis
- All cultural activities and excursions on itinerary
- Contribution to the 501(c)(3) organization Second Look Worldwide
- Beverages while in transit, excluding while in the airports
- Driver transfers to and from airports
- Wire Transfer and other banking fees
What’s Not Included?
- International flights to & from Tunisia
- Tips for your drivers, tour guides, and lodges, highly encouraged
- Alcoholic beverages
- Traveler’s Insurance, highly encouraged
- Souvenirs and gifts
- Baggage weight overages, if applicable
- Any incidental expenses
- Anything from room service or the hotel minibar
Dar Said: 2 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis
Les Olivers: 2 nights, Full Room & Board Basis
Hotel Offra: 1 nights, Full Room & Board Basis
Dar Abu Habibi: 3 nights, Full Room & Board Basis
THIS 9 DAY, 8 NIGHT TOUR PACKAGE STARTS AT $2735 PER PERSON, DOUBLE CAPACITY, FULL ROOM AND BOARD.
Single Supplement is $505.
50% of the total package cost must be paid 90 days before travel to retain your reservation, and the balance must be paid 60 days prior to the date of arrival.