Classic Tunisia: Hit 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.
On this tour you will…
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
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.
El Jem Colosseum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the largest and best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. We’ll continue south to Matmata, 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,’ 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.
Sbeitla 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.
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 a well-known Tunis restaurant in the heart of the old-walled city.
The above tour is an all inclusive land package. The Starting day represents your arrival date in Tunis. Tour prices include transportation, lodging, most meals and entrance fees. Prices are based on double occupancy. Hotel single supplement is $450. Airport pickups and transfers within Tunisia will be arranged at no charge for clients arriving and departing on the scheduled days. International airfare to and from Tunisia is additional. Engaging Cultures Travel will be happy to assist in your air ticketing.
Above Photo from the Talented Tunisian @its.fathi used by permission.