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11 Days * 10 Nights

Best of Tunisia Tour

Best of Tunisia Tour

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  • Explore 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Guided tour of the Great Mosque of Kairouan
  • Visit troglodyte homes and ancient granaries in Southern Tunisia
  • Relax on the finest Tunisian beaches
  • Included
    All Entrance Fees
    Breakfasts
    Dinners
    English-Speaking Tour Guide
    Hotels
    Private Vehicle & Driver
  • Not Included
    Drinks
    Gratuities
    International Airfare
    Lunches
    Personal Spending
    Travel Insurance
    Visas

Tour Plan

1

Tunis – Arrival

Upon arrival at Tunis-Carthage International Airport, you will be met by your private driver/guide and taken to your hotel for check-in. Depending on your arrival time, you may begin with a tour of Tunis's old medina (ancient city). From the charming architecture to the picturesque souks (markets), the ancient medina is well worth a visit.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, 5-star or 5-star luxury hotels

2

Carthage / Sidi Bou Said / Bardo Museum

Cafe at Sidi Bou Said

After breakfast, you will visit the ancient archaeological site of Carthage, once the most significant ancient city in northern Africa. This site holds ruins from many eras of history: the Punics, Romans, Vandals, and Byzantines all made a claim to this area at some point. Your guide will take you to the Phoenician Cemetery, Antonin’s Bath, Punic Harbors, the Carthage Museum, and more. Depending on your time, you may want to drive up to the beautiful Sidi Bou Said, which overlooks the Gulf of Tunis. Return to Tunis and visit the Bardo Museum. This is a world-class museum featuring the largest collection of mosaics in the world. There are also numerous rooms in the museum featuring artifacts from the Punic to Islamic periods. Dinner will be at the hotel.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, 5-star or 5-star luxury hotels

3

Dougga / Makthar / Kairouan

After breakfast, travel to Dougga, which is considered one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Tunisia. This enormous Roman archaeological site is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. Overlooking the vast surrounding regions, it is not uncommon to see locals herding their sheep through the Roman ruins. Continue on to the Roman site of Makthar. There are several notable archaeological wonders including a Trajan forum, large baths, schola juvenum (Roman minor militia club), and other pre-Roman structures. There is also a small museum where you can find some mosaics and other artifacts excavated from this site. Afterward, you will travel to the important Islamic city of Kairouan. Dinner will be at the hotel.


HOTEL OPTION: 5-Star hotel only

4

Kairouan / Sbeitla / Tozeur

Ruin Temples in Sbietla


If you didn’t yesterday, this morning you will visit the Grand Mosque Okba Ibn Nafaa, established in 670 AD. You will also see the 9th-century Aghlabid Pools that provided the historic city with water. After that, your next visit will be to the archaeological site of Sbeitla. As you explore this site you will see numerous ancient church sites along with intricately designed baptisteries, temples, baths, and the Arch of Diocletian. Sbeitla also has a museum containing a variety of mosaics and other objects found at the site After exploring this historic city, you will start your journey into the Southern desert region. Travel to Tozeur for dinner and night.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, 5-star or 5-star luxury hotels

5

Tozeur / Chebika / Mides / Tamerza / Ong Jemel


After breakfast, you will spend your day exploring the region around Tozeur. Enjoy the Saharan charm of this area, its oasis date farms, and unique architecture. Take a trip into the mountains to see the impressive waterfalls of Tamerza. You will also visit the impressive gorge and canyon of Mides and Chebika. Return to Touzer and hop into a 4x4 land cruiser for a sandy desert tour.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, 5-star or 5-star luxury hotels

6

Chott El Jerid / Douz / Matmata or Tamezret

Luke Skywalker's home

Luke Skywalker's home


After breakfast, you will drive across the beautiful salt flats of Tunisia to Douz, the ‘gateway to the Sahara’. Explore the market, museum, and Tunisia’s largest date palmery. While you're so close to the Sahara, you might also be interested in adding a 1-hour camel excursion. Continue to Matmata where you may spend the night in one of the troglodyte dwellings. In fact, at one time there were over 800 homes underground in Matmata. If you are a Star Wars fan, you will not want to miss visiting Hotel Sidi Idriss, the film location of Luke Skywalker’s home.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, or 5-star guesthouses

7

Matmata / Chenini / Djerba

In the morning, you will get a chance to visit a troglodyte museum and home in Matmata. Next, make your way to Chenini and Wander through this historic Berber mountainside village. The mountaintop view is well worth the climb to the top. When you are ready, travel to the island of Djerba for dinner and an overnight stay.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, 5-star or 5-star luxury hotels

8

Djerba Island Tour

Cafe in Djerbahood

Cafe in Djerbahood


After breakfast, you will begin your island tour of Djerba. Explore the wonders of Djerba Island with stops at El Ghriba Synagogue (the oldest synagogue in North Africa), Djerbahood, and Guellala (pottery town). You may want to visit Houmet Souk to explore its markets and to have a fresh fish lunch. Once you have finished the island tour, return to your hotel for an afternoon of rest or extra time at the Mediterranean beach.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, 5-star or 5-star luxury hotels

9

Djerba / El Jem / Sousse

Today, you will have a morning departure for El Jem. The Roman Coliseum in this city is one of the best-preserved in the world. It was constructed between 230 and 238 AD and is believed to at one time have hosted between 30,000 to 45,000 spectators. Take time exploring this enormous structure and do not forget to go down to the rooms where gladiators awaited their upcoming battle. There is a museum in the town that hosts a plethora of mosaics. Travel to Sousse and if time remains in the day, perhaps you would like to see the archeological museum, kasbah, and medina. Dinner will be at the hotel.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, 5-star or 5-star luxury hotels

10

Thuburbo Majus / Zaghouan / Hammamet

Water temple in Zaghouan

Water temple in Zaghouan


After breakfast, you will depart for Thuburbo Majus. This Roman site has a small coliseum, baths, and various Roman houses allowing one to imagine life in a quintessential Roman African city. Continue to the mountainside Roman site of Zaghouan, where you will find a temple of the ‘water god’. You can still see the remains of the Roman aqueduct which once supplied water to the ancient city of Carthage. When you are ready, travel to the coastal city of Hammamet. If time permits, you can explore the Hammamet medina. Dinner will be at the hotel.


HOTEL OPTIONS: Choice of 3-star, 4-star, 5-star or 5-star luxury hotels

11

Depart Tunis

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for departure.
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