This special value tour of Tunisia explores many regions of the country, from the archaeologically rich northwest to the semi-arid and oasis regions of southern Tunisia and the island of Jerba. “Tunisia Revealed” provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and appreciate Tunisia at a modest price!
Meet The Specialists!
PROFESSOR WASSIM DAGHRIR
Wassim is a professor of English and U.S. politics and culture at Sousse University in Tunisia. He has also served as a professor in Saudi Arabia and as an assistant professor of American History and American Politics at Villanova University in Philadelphia, USA as part of a 2013-2014 Fulbright Exchange. In addition to being a prolific author whose writings have been in many prestigious journals, Wassim has been an honored Fellow at the Multinational Institute of American Studies, at New York University and an invited researcher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds graduate degrees from both the University of Paris and the University of Grenoble in France.
Wassim has led many tours over the years for Iconic Journeys Worldwide and brings together his knowledge and winning personality to make the tour a special Tunisia travel experience.
“Wassim, I am finally back home and have been thinking a lot about my time in Tunisia. A large part of my appreciation for your country and cultures comes from your expertise and insights. You gave us a wonderful introduction to an area I knew little about. Since I have returned home I have been able to describe to friends what a fascinating country Tunisia is. So thank you for all your hard work and infinite patience.” ~ Sherry, Ca., USA.
Aicha Boukhari has been leading clients of Iconic Journeys Worldwide for many years. Fluent in English, French, German and her native Arabic, there is nothing that Aicha shies away from. Her knowledge of history and Tunisia‘s wealth of historic sites is endless and as a working mother, she can shed light on women’s and family issues. Above all, Aicha is personable and a consummate professional.
Day 1- Arrive in Tunis
Upon your arrival in Tunis, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the seaside suburbs of Tunis. The remainder of the afternoon is free for relaxation from your flight. At 6:30 pm, you rendezvous in the reception area of your hotel with your guide and enjoy an opening night dinner with your guide and travel companions. Dinner and overnight in Tunis. (D)
Day 2- Tunis environs
This morning, you start your day with a visit to the Bardo Museum, a former Ottoman palace housing one of the finest collections of Roman and Carthaginian mosaics in the world. This will help set the stage in learning about Tunisia‘s history during Roman times. From the Bardo, you drive to the suburbs of Tunis where you will visit Carthage, the most famous (though by no means the largest) of the ancient sites in Tunisia.
There are numerous places within Sidi Bou Said for lunch, independently. Following Sidi Bou Said, you drive into the heart of old Tunis for a walking tour of the medina, Tunisia‘s historic heart. We will provide suggestions for your dining options. Overnight in Tunis. (B)
Day 3- Northwest Tunisia/Kairouan
This morning you depart Tunis for the northwest part of the country, taking scenic, rural roads, with your first main destination being Bulla Regia. This well-preserved site has numerous examples of underground architecture, as well as well-preserved mosaics, in situ.
From Bulla Regia, you drive north southeast to Dougga. Dougga is Tunisia‘s largest Roman site. Covering some sixty acres, Dougga was known as the city of temples and its existence is thought to date back to the 4th century B.C. You will have ample time to walk among the ruins, which are expansive and amidst beautiful rural scenery. Following your visit to Dougga, you drive to Kairouan, arriving early evening. Overnight in Kairouan. (B, L, D)
Day 4-Kairouan/Sbeitla/oasis region
This morning you tour Kairouan. Kairouan is a rather provincial town. However, the city was founded and subsequently developed during early Islamic times, with Kairouan’s Great Mosque, dating from the 7th century, reputed to be the oldest mosque in Africa. Kairouan’s location along the caravan routes also provided a base for a flourishing crafts industry.
From Kairouan, you head south along the western portion of Tunisia, a region which until today, still remains rather undeveloped and void of tourism development. You will have the opportunity to visit the ruins of Sbeitla. Known by its early Punic name, Sufetula, this impressive site seems to be in the middle of nowhere. During Roman times, olive trees were cultivated in this region and provided a flourishing olive oil export trade to Italy. You will have plenty of time to explore the site. From Sbeitla, you continue southwest, with an early evening arrival in Tozeur. Dinner and overnight in Tozeur. (B, D)
Day 5- Oasis region
Today is a rather leisure day in the oasis. Your guide will take you on a morning tour of the oasis of Tozeur, helping you learn about life in an oasis. A short distance away, a walk through Tozeur’s old town will provide an opportunity to learn about this region’s unique architectural style. The remainder of your day is at your leisure to visit the market in Tozeur and explore more of the old town, as well as enjoying the amenities of your hotel and this oasis desert town. Overnight in Tozeur. (B)
Day 6- Tozeur/Chott el Jerid/Douz/Matmata Jerba
This morning depart Tozeur going east via the Chott-el-Jerid, Tunisia‘s salt lake and then a stop in Douz, a small town that appears to be plopped down amidst the dunes. Douz is often a jumping-off point for desert treks going further south. In Douz, for those who wish, they can take an optional camel drive into the dunes.
There will also be an opportunity for lunch. From Douz, you drive a couple of hours into this region of semi-arid desert, eventually arriving at the region of Matmata. This region’s crater-like topography is dotted with troglodyte dwellings. Its exotic settings provided one of the film locations for the movie, Star Wars. You will have an opportunity to explore some of these dwellings and the region, as well as have lunch in a troglodyte restaurant. From Matmata, you drive to the coast and take a ferry boat to the island of Jerba. Dinner and overnight in Jerba. (B, D)
Day 7- Island of Jerba
You start the day with an island tour of Jerba. The island has a special character. Included in your touring of the island is the Ghriba synagogue, one of the numerous synagogues on the island of Jerba, where the Jewish community dates itself to over 2,000 years. Your island tour eventually brings you to Houmt Souk, Jerba’s main market town which is Mediterranean in feel, small in scale and a great place for those who had been waiting to go shopping. The remainder of the afternoon is unstructured. Dinner and Overnight in Jerba. (B, D)
Day 8- El Jem / Sousse
This morning you take a ferry boat from Jerba to the mainland and begin driving up the coast. You eventually arrive at El Jem, with brief stops en route. Known in Roman times as Thysdrus and noted for its amphitheater, which is similar to the coliseum of Rome. Following your exploration of El Jem and the nearby El Jem Museum, you drive northeast to Sousse. Dinner and overnight in Sousse. (B, D)
Day 9- Sousse/Tunis
This morning you visit the historic section of Sousse; the ribat and the Sousse Museum.
You then return to Tunis, arriving mid-afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is independent for you to enjoy Tunis. Your hotel is less than fifteen minutes’ walk to the medina, for those who wish to explore more of this historic heart of Tunis. Evening rendezvous at your hotel for your “farewell dinner”. Overnight in Tunis. (B, D)
Day 10- Departure from Tunis
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in Tunis for your departure flight.
Upcoming Dates in 2019
November 8 – 17, 2019
December 6 – 15, 2019
Upcoming Dates in 2020
January 10 – 19, 2020
March 13 – 22, 2020
April 10 – 19, 2020
Tunis: Golden Tulip ★★★★★
Located in the seaside area of Gammarth, less than ten minutes from Carthage, Sidi Bou Said and La Marsa, some 20 minutes from the heart of the city, the Golden Tulip is a deluxe hotel with beautiful interiors, spacious rooms, several restaurants, very nice spa and fitness club and architecturally, very attractive. Not on the ocean, but near the ocean and many nice suburban dining areas, on a hill overlooking the sea, five minutes from the ocean. The hotel also has an excellent fitness center on-site, as well as two outdoor swimming pools. Service is nice, but not worthy of being classified as 5* service.
Tozeur: Eldorador Ksar Rouge ★★★★
Owned by the same French company that owns the Sangho Hotel in Tatouine, the Ksar Rouge provides comfort in a well-designed setting incorporating architectural styles indigenous to the oasis region. Very hospitable staff and setting.
Jerba: Hasdrubal Thalasso & Spa ★★★★★
One of Tunisia’s best-managed hotels, the Hasdrubal Thalassa is also a nice change of pace from Jerba’s many very large hotels. The Hasdrubal Thalassa is architecturally very attractive, with very nice landscaping. Nice rooms and a very nice restaurant. Highly recommended for stays in Jerba.
Kairouan: Le Kasbah ★★★★★
Beautiful interiors both in the common areas and within the spacious guest rooms, utilizing Tunisian tile work and native handicrafts. Located within the heart of Kairouan with architecture that borrows one of the historic walls of the city. For dinner, there is a buffet restaurant, an “al la carte” restaurant, as well as a very nice coffee house. The service standards and the infrastructure are not that of a 5* hotel. Le Kasbah is the only hotel in Kairouan even approaching the standard of a nice hotel. However, our honest appraisal, constantly updated by client feedback is that the advertised “wi-fi” rarely works and is located in the lobby, clients have commented about the lack of place for shower hose, etc. This having been said, it is the best of Kairouan.
Sousse: Iberostar Diar al Andalous ★★★★★
A seaside resort that recently went under total renovation and new management under the Spanish chain, Iberostar. The hotel as all the expected amenities from tennis courts, fitness club, bowling, discotheque and buffet, and a la carte restaurants. A short walk to the Port of Kantaoui, where evenings offer a range of restaurant options and a view of the yachts in the port
Tel: 011 216 (73) 246 200
2019 TOUR COST
$2,895 per person. No single supplements!
2020 TOUR COST
$3,395 per person. No single supplements!
WHAT IS INCLUDED
All hotels with breakfast and meals included, as indicated by B, L, D
Entrance fees at sites noted on the itinerary
Water with group sit-down lunches and breakfasts
English speaking guide
Private vehicle and driver
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Gratuities to guide and driver
Alcohol, additional beverages and any items of a personal nature.
NOTE: Hotel star ratings reflect the Tunisia Ministry of Tourism ratings and may not be commensurate with international ratings.
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