Treasures of Tunisia

Uncover the history of civilizations past in desert, mountain, and coastal sanctuaries
Overview

overview

Few countries on earth can match the historical, cultural, and natural splendor of Tunisia. On the Treasures of Tunisia trip, you will have the opportunity to visit a wide variety of museums, landmarks, and natural areas, to help develop an understanding of Tunisia’s important place in human history. Beginning in the capital city of Tunis, you will visit a variety of historical sites before traveling onward to the ancient city of Carthage – one of the most important cities in the ancient Roman Empire. Afterwards, head north to view the ruins of Utica, then west along the Mediterranean to Bizerta, before finally winding your way through the cork forests of the Atlas Mountains to Ain Draham. From there, you will continue to visit various sites of archaeological significance, all the while observing expansive deserts, utopian oases, and breathtaking canyons. Include a stop at Kairouan, one of the most sacred Islamic cities, before finally working your way back to Tunis. For the traveler interested in learning about a very unique way of life, past and present, the Treasures of Tunisia tour is the perfect combination of history, scenery, and culture.

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itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive tunis

    Upon arrival in Tunis, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Africa (or similar) for your overnight stay.

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  • Day 2: tunis/carthage

    Begin your day with a visit to the Bardo Museum, which is world renowned for its Roman and Byzantine mosaics. Continue to Carthage to visit another fine archaeological museum on the Byrsa Hill. After lunch, tour the circular harbor, Punic ship sheds, and burial ground, before visiting the picturesque 17th century village of Sidi Bou Said. Return to Tunis to explore the famous medina with its palaces and Moorish architecture, centuries-old mosques, and bazaars. Overnight at the Hotel Africa (or similar).

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    Breakfast
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  • Day 3: utica/bizerta/ain draham

    Depart Tunis and head north to the ruins of Utica, established by the Phoenicians and later built on by the Romans. Head west along the Mediterranean stopping for lunch at Bizerta. Visit the medina and harbor before continuing on towards Tabarka, the former lair of the pirate Barbarossa. Drive through the cork forests of the Atlas Mountains to the resort of Ain Draham. Overnight at the Hotel La Fôret (or similar).

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 4: bulla regia/chemtou

    This morning, head to the ruins of Bulla Regia, a site occupied since pre-Phoenician times but best known for its underground Roman villas and well preserved mosaics. After lunch, visit Chemtou on the Mejerda River to explore and learn about the important marble quarries in the well-displayed new museum site. Overnight at the Hotel La Fôret (or similar).

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    Breakfast
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  • Day 5: dougga/sufetula

    Historic archaeology dominates the day as you retrace your path via Bulla Regia to the ruins of Dougga, a foremost Roman site. After lunch, head south to the ruins of Sbeitla (ancient Sufetula), one of the largest Roman sites in Tunisia. Overnight in Sbeitla, at the Hotel Sufetula (or similar), which overlooks this archaeological treasure.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 6: tozeur/nefta

    Depart early morning to visit the oasis of Nefta, with some of the world’s finest dates and numerous shrines. Lunch at Tozeur, another date-palm oasis, with its reddish brown houses decorated in geometric patterns and the Dar Cherait Museum with many rooms filled with wonderful ethnographic material Hotel dar Cherait (or similar).

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 7: chebika/mides/tamerza

    Today you will explore the area surrounding Tamerza, Chebika and Mides. Board the 4x4 vehicles to head out into the desert to the Oasis and its canyon. Back into town where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 8: douz/ksar ghilane

    Head across the great salt flats of Lake Chott Al Djerid to the sand enclosed Noueil oasis, an ideal Saharan landscape with dramatic sand dunes. After lunch in Douz, continue southward following the pipeline until you reach Ksar Ghilane. This is a single oasis with natural springs hidden among the dunes. It is the perfect place for a camel ride and for watching the sunset over the desert. Enjoy a night camping in the desert at the Pansea Encampment (or similar).

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 9: ksours berber villages

    Journey east towards the Dahar Mountains to visit the Berber hamlets of Guermessa, Chenini, and Ksar Ouled Soltane. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Sangho Privilege (or similar) in Tataouine.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 10: toujane/matmata

    Progressing northwards, you continue to explore the area of the Ksours: the Berber granaries at Ksar Hadada and Ksar Khallouf and villages such as Toujane and Tamezrat. In the afternoon, drive to the region of Matmata. Here there are hundreds of giant wells, subterranean dwellings dug by Berbers ages ago to escape the desert heat. One of these “wells” was used in the filming of both Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Overnight at the Hotel Diar El Barbar (or similar) in Matmata.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 11: sfax

    Resume the journey north to Sfax to discover the city’s architecturally rich medina and exquisite Dar Jallouli Museum. After lunch, tour the well-preserved El Djem Roman Amphitheater. Drive to Sousse for dinner and overnight at Orient Palace Hotel (or similar).

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 12: kairouan/sousse

    Spend the morning in Kairouan, once the Arab capital for all of North Africa and still one of Islam’s most sacred sites. In the old city you will find the great mosque, the oldest religious monument still in use in North Africa, and the Barber’s mausoleum with superb Andalusian décor. Lunch in Kairouan, before returning to Sousse to visit the museum with its fine collection of mosaics. Overnight at the Hotel Orient Palace (or similar).

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    Breakfast
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  • Day 13: kerkouane/cap bon

    En route to Cape Bon, stop at the Ken Village to see Tunisian architecture used as a backdrop to various workshops of traditional crafts. Further north, hugging the coast of Cape Bon, stop at the ruins of Kerkouane, the only purely Punic town discovered thus far. Return this evening to Tunis for dinner and overnight at the Hotel Africa (or similar). Enjoy a special farewell dinner this evening.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 14: tunis/onward

    The morning is at your leisure for last minute shopping or packing. Later, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,825
*Prices may fluctuate up to 30 days prior to departure due to currency exchange rate fluctuations, fuel surcharges & other circumstances beyond our control.
Single Supplement:
$895
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
14 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
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comfortable & delightful hotels
Activity Level:
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walking
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. Custom trips and private departures require $800 per person deposit. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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