Tunisia Cultural & Natural Tour

Description

Explore the stunning region of southern Tunisia on this 9 day 8 night 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.

Day 1

Welcome to Tunisia! Upon arrival, you will be met by an Off Season Adventures representative who will escort you to your vehicle and introduce you to your driver and guide. From here you will be transferred to the beautiful city of Sidi Bou Said. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing stroll around this beautiful village, a perfect reproduction of a small Andalusian Arab village full of splendid blue damask portals, doors and windows.

  • Arrive at Tunisia-Carthage International Airport (TUN) and meet a representative of the Off Season Adventures team
  • Transfer to Sidi Bou Said
  • Afternoon at your leisure
  • Overnight and dinner at Dar Said

Day 2

After breakfast, embark on a full day of exploring! This morning visit The Bardo Museum, a 15th century Beylic palace, in nearby Tunis which houses one of the After breakfast, embark on a full day of exploring! This morning visit The Bardo Museum, a 15th century Beylic palace, in nearby Tunis which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient mosaics, amongst many other treasures. This afternoon visit the iconic archeological and cultural sites of the ancient city of Carthage, a major center of trade and influence in the western Mediterranean founded in the 9th century B.C. by a seafaring people known as the Phoenicians. Here discover Punic ruins like the former citadel of this powerful city, Byrsa Hill, which was the military center of Carthage. Visit the Thermal Baths of Antonin, a site not to be missed. Completed under the reign of Emperor Antonius, in 165 AD these are considered to be amongst the largest baths of Roman Africa.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Visit the Bardo Museum 
  • Lunch in Tunis Medina 
  • Tour of ancient city of Carthage 
  • Dinner on the town
  • Overnight at Dar Said

Day 3

Today you will head to Hammamet. Once a fortified village, inhabited by a community of ascetics who watched the coast and sounded the alarm in the case of attack, now a popular coastal town with many opportunities to immerse in history, culture, and nature. After lunch, head to Sousse, one of the oldest cities in Tunisia  that features a Medina that is a UNESCO site. While here also visit the Sousse Architectural Museum. Spend the evening in the port city of Sfax.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Transfer to Hammamet and tour there
  • Lunch in Hammamet 
  • Visit the medina and Architectural museum of Sousse
  • Overnight and dinner at Les Olivers

Day 4

On this day you’ll head to the sleepy town of El Jem to visit the inspiring Coliseum, almost as big as the one in Rome and built between 230 and 238 A.D. Return to Sfax for lunch and have the afternoon to explore on your own.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Drive to El Jem and tour of  the Coliseum 
  • Lunch in Sfax 
  • Afternoon at your leisure
  • Overnight at Les Olivers

Day 5

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.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Visit Tataouine and Ksours 
  • Lunch
  • Tour Matmata and take some iconic Star Wars photos 
  • Transfer to Douz
  • Overnight and dinner at Hotel Offra

Day 6

Begin today with an unforgettable camel ride with stunning views of the Sahara. Then make your way to Tozeur. Along the way you’ll stop at Chott el jerid a massive endorheic salt lake. After lunch visit The Dar Chraiet Museum, considered one of the best and most interesting museums in Tunisia. A replica of the type of wealthy residence found in northern Tunisia, it houses an art collection dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Finish your day with a trip to the Chakwak avant garde amusement park.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Morning camel ride
  • Transfer to Tozeur
  • Visit to Chott el jerid lake
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the Chraiet Museum and Chakwak amusement park
  • Dinner in the town of Tozeur
  • Overnight at Dar Abu Habibi

Day 7

After breakfast, prepare for an adventure to the mountain oasis of Tamerza, Chebika, and Mides. Stop along the coast at Chez Mounir for lunch before heading back to Tozeur. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the town at your leisure.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Drive to Tamerza, Chebika, and Mides
  • Lunch at Chez Mounir
  • Afternoon at your leisure
  • Dinner on the town
  • Overnight at Dar Abu Habibi

Day 8

Start today with a horse and carriage ride through the palm tree groves of Tozeur and learn about the local date production. Then head to the medina, or old city, of Tozeur to marvel at the traditional architecture. For lunch enjoy local dishes at an authentic restaurant or family home. Afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy 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

Day 9

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

We are happy to customize additional day excursions before or after this tour if you want to get more out of your journey.

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What’s Included?

  • 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

Accommodations

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

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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.