Culinary tour of Tunisia

Join us for a Tunisia Culinary Tour!

10 day, 9 nights

This culinary adventure takes you through the beautiful country of Tunisia! The diversity of cultures in this nation has led to delicious local cuisine that will delight the senses. Sample harissa, Brik, couscous, and local wine. Enjoy meals in well-known restaurants and local farms. Participate in immersive activities including a traditional cooking class.

In addition to these culinary experiences you will also visit the historical sites that make Tunisia unique. The archaeological ruins found here are some of the best preserved in the world and provide a glimpse into ancient life. You will also visit bustling medinas where contemporary life interacts with the traditional. 

This excursion is perfect for families, couples, and small groups. This trip is guaranteed to be full of immersive experiences, beautiful scenery, historical activities, and plenty of delectable local food!

Day 1

Welcome to Tunisia! You’ll be greeted at Tunisia-Carthage International Airport by an Off Season Adventure’s representative and transferred to your accommodations in the city of Sidi Bou Said. The afternoon will be at your leisure to explore this beautiful little town. It is almost a perfect replica of an Andalusian Arab village complete with blue doors, windows, and damask portals. Your culinary journey begins this evening at the award winning restaurant, El Ali, in nearby Tunis.

  • 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 Hotel Dar Said

Day 2

Begin today with a visit to the Bardo Museum in nearby Tunis. Located in a 15th-century Beylic palace, the museum holds a massive collection of Roman mosaics. Take some time to wander around the charming Medina of Tunis before enjoying lunch at a local favorite, Le Baroque. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet the chef! This afternoon journey back in time to the ancient town of Carthage. Founded in the 9th century B.C. by the Phoenicians, this was once an important center for trade in the Western Mediterranean. Wander around the ruins and marvel at the Thermal Baths of Antonin and the former citadel. You will then head back to Sidi You Said to either Café Sidi Chabaane or Café des Nattes. These cafes provide stunning views of the ocean and will allow you to relax after your sightseeing. Tonight have dinner at Le Punique in Carthage. Enjoy a local meal and then have a conversation with the chef.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Visit the Bardo Museum 
  • Lunch at Le Baroque
  • Tour of ancient city of Carthage 
  • Dinner at Le Punique
  • Overnight at Hotel Dar Said

Day 3

After breakfast travel to the famous archaeological site of Dougga. The ruins located here are largely untouched and provide a picture of what ancient Roman life was like. The UNESCO World Heritage site is located on a hill with stunning views of the Wadi Khaled Valley. For lunch you will head to the quaint Verge des Montagnes Farm in Testour for a delicious local lunch made from food grown on site. After your meal you’ll have time to explore the unique town of Medina and marvel at the Andalusian architecture. This afternoon you will journey to Zaghouan. An ancient town located at the base of Tunisia’s most beautiful mountain, the city maintains much of its unique and traditional charm. Spend the night at the boutique Dar Zagouan Guest House. You’ll have a delicious local meal and meet the owner and chef of this delightful establishment.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Visit to Dougga
  • Lunch at Verge des Montagnes
  • Visit of Zaghouan and dinner at your guest house
  • Overnight at Dar Zagouan

Day 4

This morning journey to the coastal town of Hammamet. This village was once inhabited by ascetics who monitored the coast and would sound an alarm if there was an attack. The destination is now a center of culture, history, and natural beauty. You’ll have a chance to explore before visiting a vineyard to taste some local wine. Next, you will participate in a cooking class at the tours training center of Kerkouane. You’ll learn to make traditional Tunisian cuisine and then indulge in your efforts for lunch. This afternoon you will head to one of the oldest towns in the country, Sousse. The Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site and rich in history. The rest of the day is yours to explore before enjoying dinner at L’Escargot.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Visit to Hammamet and local vineyard
  • Cooking class and lunch
  • Transfer to Sousse
  • Dinner at L’Escargot
  • Overnight at Dar Antonia

Day 5

Today journey to the peaceful town of El Jem. The most iconic site located here is the impressive colosseum. It was built between 230 and 238 A.D. and is nearly as large as the one in Rome. It is extremely well preserved and it is to visualize what the location was like when it was first established. After lunch you’ll head to Sfax. This port city has modernized without losing its ancient charm. The afternoon is at your leisure to wander around the impressive Medina or visit the olive groves located south of the city. For dinner you will enjoy many local delicacies at a family-run restaurant.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Drive to El Jem and tour of  the Coliseum
  • Lunch 
  • Transfer to Sfax
  • Dinner at a local family-run restaurant
  • Overnight at Hotel Les Oliviers

Day 6

This day will take you to destinations made famous by the Star Wars movies. Begin with a visit to Tataouine and the Ksour. These structures, known as desert castles, were once guarded granaries and are prevalent throughout the region. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit many Berber and Arab villages that are found in this area.  Enjoy lunch at a local family-owned establishment before traveling to Matmata. Here you will visit the troglodytes. These dwellings are carved out of sandstone and have provided the Berber’s with homes for generations. You will spend your evening in Douz, commonly known as the gateway to the Sahara.

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

Day 7

Get an early start today and take a camel ride near the town of Douz. The experience will provide stunning views of the Sahara and is guaranteed to be one you will not soon forget. You’ll make your way back to the hotel for breakfast before proceeding to Tozeur. Your journey will first take you to the immense Chott el jerid. This endorheic lake is the largest in Africa and another filming location for the Star Wars movies. Once you arrive in Tozeur you’ll head to a local restaurant for lunch. This afternoon you will explore the Dar Chraiet Museum. It is housed in a palace that resembles other wealthy residences of Tunisia and has some of the most interesting exhibits in the country. You’ll finish your day at the Chakwak avant-garde amusement park located in a local palm grove. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Tozeur.

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

Day 8

After breakfast, head out on a day of adventure and stunning beauty. You’ll journey to the mountain oases of Tamerza, Chebika, and Mides. They are all unique from one another and you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the lush landscapes, waterfalls, and spectacular mountain views. For lunch you’ll visit the local favorite Chez Mounir. The menu rotates daily but it is bound to be delicious and a unique experience. This afternoon is at your leisure to wander around Tozeur or relax at the hotel.

  • 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 9

Begin your day with a horse and carriage ride through the palm tree groves on the outskirts of Tozeur. You’ll take in the beautiful scenery and learn about the importance of date production in Tunisia. It is one of the country’s most important exports and contributes greatly to the local economy. You’ll probably have plenty of options for some samples as well! You’ll then head to the Medina of Tozeur to observe the amazing architecture and daily lives of the local people. You’ll have an authentic meal at a local family home for lunch. The afternoon is yours to continue to explore 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 Abu Habibi

Day 10

This morning marks the end of your Tunisian culinary journey! After enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. If you feel you want more time in Tunisia ask us about additional excursions and extensions!

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Transfer to Tozeur Airport (TOE)

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

Accommodations

Hotel Dar Said: 1 night, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Dar Zagouan: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis

Dar Antonia: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis

Hotel Les Oliviers: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis

Hotel Offra: 1 night, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Dar Abu Habibi: 3 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Next Steps

THIS 10 DAY, 9 NIGHT TOUR PACKAGE IS ONLY $2995 PER PERSON, FULL ROOM AND BOARD.

Single Supplement is $550. 

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.