Tour Description

Classic Tunisia; hitting the best spots with Engaging Cultures’ signature cultural authenticity.  Not only will you be able to explore Tunisia’s rich history through the various UNESCO World Heritage sites, you will experience the heart of Arab culture in Tunisia.

 

  • Star Wars film locations
  • Sunset camel ride in the Sahara Desert
  • Explore the ruins of ancient Carthage & El Jem
  • Five UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Duration:  9 days / 8 nights Check with us for availability

Day 1 – Tunisia Arrival

Arrival at Tunis/Carthage International airport.  We will begin with a walking tour of downtown Tunis (a UNESCO World Heritage site), followed by a welcome reception at hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Tunis at El Mouradi Gammarth Hotel (5 Star hotel)

Day 2 – Tunis and Surrounding Areas

Experience the rich history of Carthage, one of the most important ancient cities of the Mediterranean basin.  Carthage is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  We will explore the best of Carthage’s rich history including the Roman baths, the ruins of the ancient citadel on Byrsa Hill, the Phoenician Tophet, and a 4th century Christian basilica.

Spend the afternoon discovering the charm of one of Tunisia’s  most picturesque villages, Sidi bou Said, with its colorful shops and bustling cafes. We will pause for an authentic North African mint tea at a favorite spot overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Dinner and overnight at El Mouradi Gammarth Hotel (5 star hotel)

Day 3 – Sousse

Free day, with optional medina walk (UNESCO World Heritage site), Mediterranean beach or shopping.

Dinner and overnight at Movenpick Hotel (5 star hotel)

Day 4 – Sousse and Kairouan

Day trip to Kairouan, considered by many the heart of Arab culture in Tunisia, boasting the oldest mosque in Africa and a classic 9th century medina (both UNESCO World Heritage sites).

Dinner and overnight at Movenpick Hotel (5 star hotel)

Day 5 – El Jem, Mathmatha, and Douz

El Jem Amphitheater, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the largest and best-preserved Roman amphitheater s in the world.  Mathmatha, where we will visit a Berber underground home, called a Troglodyte dwelling.  Here we’ll experience the Berber culture up close.  A local resident will serve traditional bread with homemade honey and tea.  This region is perhaps best known as Luke Skywalker’s home in the Star Wars movies. Douz – Called ‘The Gateway to the Sahara,’ Douz is a true desert oasis town where we will take an optional one-hour camel ride through the dunes at sunset.

Dinner and overnight at Sahara Douz Hotel (4 star hotel)

Day 6 – Douz and Tozeur

Find exotic items in the weekly town square market at Douz before crossing Tunisia’s largest salt flat, the Chott el Jerid, on our way to Tozeur.  Tozeur is the grandest of all oases in the country containing over 400,000 date palms.  Optional afternoon excursions in 4×4 vehicle to Star Wars film site or stunning Chebika mountain oasis.

Dinner and overnight in Tozeur at Dar Cherait (5 star hotel)

Day 7 – Speitla, Sidi bou Zid, and Sousse

Speitla is the best-preserved Roman city in southern Tunisia.  Highlights include standing in ancient temples near the Roman Senate and Christian basilicas famous for their mosaic baptismals.  Short visit to Sidi bou Zid, the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Dinner and overnight at Movenpick Hotel (5 star hotel)

Day 8 – Tunis

Return to Tunis from Sousse to prepare for departure and to purchase last-minute items.  Celebrate the completion of your classic tour with a memorable meal at well-known Tunis restaurant in heart of the old-walled city.

Overnight at El Mouradi Gammarth Hotel (5 star hotel)

Day 9 – Tunis

Airport transfers and departure.

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