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Explore Tunisia From Past To Present Over A 10-Day Vacation From Tunis
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, Museum, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    10 Days

  • Activity Level

    Medium

  • Language

    English, French

Description

Embark on a 7-day tour of the famous Tunisian cities, starting from Tunis to Kairouan, Tozeur, and Sousse. Visit the ancient monuments and sites, including the Roman Amphitheatre of El Jem, check out the unique Great Okba Mosque and spend a night in the Sahara desert in Douz. Also, travel to the Star Wars filming location in Tozeur and unwind in nature on the Island of Djerba.

Highlights
  • Walk around the Sousse Medina
  • See the Roman Amphitheatre of El Jem
  • Visit the Great Okba Mosque
  • Check out the Star Wars filming location in Tozeur
  • Spend some relaxing time at the Djerba Island
  • Pass through traditional Berber villages
  • Explore the archaeological museum of El Djem
  • Day 1- Tunis Arrival expand_more
    • Upon your arrival in Tunis, you will be met at the airport. We will take you to Sidi Bou Said for lunch or dinner, depending on the arrival time. You will discover the Moorish village and enjoy a mint tea in one of the old Moorish cafes. 
    • We'll continue to the hotel for an overnight stay. (L/D)
  • Day 2- Tunis - Testour expand_more
    • Early this morning, we will depart Tunis for the northwest part of the country, with our first destination being Bulla Regia, this well-preserved site has numerous examples of underground architecture, as well as well-preserved mosaics in situ. 
    • After lunch in Teboursouk, we’ll explore Dougga, the best preserved and largest Roman site in Tunisia. 
    • Stopping on the way in Testour, the first Moorish town with a short visit. 

    Return to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B,L)

  • Day 3- Kairouan - Tozeur expand_more
    • This morning, we will head south to Kairouan. The city was founded during early Islamic times, with its 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, it is the capital of knotted carpets and Berber rugs. 
    • We will head after lunch southwest, with an early evening arrival in Tozeur.

    Overnight in Tozeur. (B,L,D)

  • Day 4- Tozeur expand_more
    • This morning, we will explore the surroundings of Tozeur. Some walking, hiking and climbing during the visit of the “ Limes Tripolitanus “name given to 3 old Berber villages very known for their beautiful sceneries and landscapes. 
    • In the afternoon, drive back to Tozeur to discover its oasis and learn about it. 

    Overnight in the same hotel. (B,D)

  • Day 5- Sahara Desert expand_more
    • Today, l will take you on a morning walk through Tozeur’s old town providing an opportunity to learn about this region’s unique architectural style and interact with locals.  
    • We will 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. 
    • We will change our car by a 4x4 vehicle for a 3-hour drive across the sandy desert “Sahara”. 

    Overnight in a desert camp to explore the beautiful sand dunes with an amazing sunset or/and sunrise. (B,L,D,)

  • Day 6- Duoz - Djerba expand_more
    • After breakfast, we will drive back to Douz and after 2 hours' drive across the desert, we arrive at the region of Matmata. 
    • We will discover a small Berber village named Tamezret known for the caves where still live some families. 
    • After lunch, we will drive half hour later to be in a region famous for the troglodyte dwellings. Its exotic settings provided one of the film locations for the movie, Star Wars. 
    • We will have an opportunity to explore one of these dwellings and the region and we continue to the coast of the island of Djerba. 

    Dinner and overnight in Djerba. (B,D)

  • Day 7- Jerba expand_more
    • We will start the day with an island tour of Jerba. The island has a special character. Included in your tour of the island is the Ghriba synagogue, one of the numerous synagogues on the island where the Jewish community dates itself to over 2,000 years. Our island tour eventually brings us to Houmt Souk, Jerba’s main market town which is the 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 the same hotel. (B,D)
  • Day 8- Sousse expand_more
    • Early this morning, we will take a ferry boat from Jerba to the mainland or use the Roman causeway to begin driving up the coast with a short break in Gabe's spice market. 
    • Late lunch in El Jem, known in Roman times as Thysdrus and noted for its amphitheatre the largest Roman monument in all Africa which is similar to the colosseum of Rome but better preserved. 
    • Following our exploration of El Jem and the nearby museum, we will drive northeast to Sousse. Dinner and overnight in Sousse. (B,L,D)
  • Day 9- Sousse - Tunis expand_more
    • This morning we will visit the historic section of Sousse; the Arab ribat, the Medina and the archaeological museum housing a great collection of artefacts.
    • After Lunch in Sousse, we’ll return to Tunis to visit the Medina, a great old town where you’ll discover the colourful souks and the narrow alleys bordered by many shops and artisans. 

    Overnight in Tunis. (B,L)

  • Day 10- Tunis expand_more
    • This morning, we will start our day with a visit to the archaeological site of Carthage and learn about its history by visiting its ancient ruins. 
    • In the afternoon, we will discover the Grand Synagogue, the biggest in Tunisia and the Avenue Habib Bourguiba. 
    • By the evening, Rendez-Vous at your hotel for your farewell dinner.

    Overnight in Tunis. (B,D)

    Trip ends.

What's Included
  • English-speaking professional tour guide
  • Comfortable vehicles and professional drivers
  • Accommodation (hotels, guesthouse, desert camp)
  • Meals indicated by B, L and D
  • Sites and museums fees
  • Hotel taxes
  • Airport transfers
What's Excluded
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tipping
  • Personal purchases
  • Any other visit not mentioned in the program
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Walking sticks (optional)
  • Small gifts for kids (optional)
  • Suitable plugs for device charging (optional)
  • Enough cash in case of a bank issue (small amount in recent small bank notes)
Know before you go
  • Tunisia is a Muslim country, however, people are not conservative in terms of clothing.
  • Ramadan is a holy month during which everything closes by noon like shops and banks but restaurants and cafes open only at the sunset.
  • The spoken language is a local dialect but Arabic, French and English are taught in schools and used by most of the people.
Meeting Point

Aéroport de Tunis-Carthage, Tunis, Tunisie

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 50% of the tour price.
Price Details
Adult
1 To 4 USD 3800 Per Person
5 To 15 USD 3200 Per Person
Child
1 To 4 USD 2800 Per Person

This is a private tour

Tour Reviews
  • Connor

    Solo touring for 9 days all around the country with Aicha is an experience I'll never forget! 

    Hands down the best guide you'll find for any Tunisian journey. Seemed like every village we stopped in there was something to see and for Aicha, another friend to make! It was very hard to exhaust her knowledge on any item, be it towers that were designed to appease every religion/race present or the meaning behind Labib and the cultural influences it brings. 

    I'm truly blessed to have had Aicha as my guide. 

  • Melissa

    Aicha is not only one of the best guides, if not the best in her Native Country, she is one of the best guides in Tourism. She is caring, thoughtful and kind to others. She doesn't skip a beat to try to show you everything. She knows the best spots for the little things. She gives 100% of her time to explain EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW, she never tires and is always smiling.                                                                                                      

  • AMAURI

    Aicha Boukari is the best guide ever!

    She´s a very very nice person, that answers promptly everything you ask about Tunisia, its history, uses, people, economy, culture, monuments, sites. She´s a quite educated lady that could be teatching at any University. And besides that, with her useful and agreable comments, every tour becames an agreable experience: in the ruins os Carthage, in Al Jem and Sousse, in the medinas of the country, in Dougga, in Said Bou Said, in Matmata, in Tunes, in the berbere villages, in the places where Star Wars was filmed and so one. My family and I had, in her company and her driver, an unforgetable 8 days in that wonderful country. I strongly recommend her services!!!

  • Jan

    One of our best private tours ever.  Aicha and her driver made our day a really memorable one. Bardo Museum, Tunis Medina, Carthage and Sidi Bou Saïd would have each been worth a longer visit, but Aicha made the most of our limited time. This tour is highly recommended who  wants to get a taste of Tunisia's capital and its surroundings - great places sadly almost unknown to Europeans and Americans.

  • Steve and Elaine

    Aicha is a miracle worker with both the knowledge and work ethic to make everything go well.  She hired a great driver,  Lassad, who spent hours every day driving us around, even though it was Ramadan.  We had a problem with our hotel and both Aicha and Lassad worked hard to get us into a much better hotel and they helped us to get a refund from our original hotel.

    An example of how much they went out of their way for us was on our last day, when we had a Ramadan dinner with some family friends that lived in a town over two hours away.  Lassad wound up driving us back late in the night, which isn't a safe time to be on the road in Tunisia.  He did great and he avoided some hairy situations due to his skill and knowledge.  We were well taken care of.

    This kind of service is far above the norm for Tunisia, which I'm sorry to have to state.  You can't go wrong with Aicha or Lassad.

    I do recommend tipping the driver each day, no matter who you hire.  What you give them goes a long way.

  • Helen

    I did 2 half day tours in Tunis/Carthage and one full day trip to Testour and Dougga with Aicha.  She was fun to spend time with and took lots of photos for me.  She organised car hire with a good driver and made sure I always had water and snacks.  She knows a lot about the ancient history of Tunisia and I really enjoyed the whole experience.

  • Susan

    My husband and I had a wonderful experience hiring Aicha Boukari as our tour guide during our stay in Tunis in July, 2016. Aicha is knowledgeable, flexible, resourceful, and fun to spend time with.

    We had stayed with extended family near the beach and toured some sites, including some in Carthage on our own, but wanted to have the experience of a guide to more fully understand what we were seeing. At that point we only had two days left on our trip. Our plan was for further touring of Carthage and to see the Tunis medina on the first day and to see the ruins of Dougga on the second. Aicha did a terrific job: she arranged transportation for us by taxi around all the Carthage ruins, explained the historical and political background of the various sites and pointed out many things we had missed in our earlier tour of the Carthage Museum. We followed our Carthage tour with a taxi ride to the Tunis medina, which we had not seen before. Aicha showed us all the facets of the medina beyond the tourist area, explained Tunisian customs behind the various items for sale, found a wonderful restaurant in the medina for lunch, even pursuaded a construction worker to allow us inside a renovation they were doing to one of the old houses in the medina. When taxis were scare, she accompanied us on a bus back to our hotel.

    The next day, she gamely met us at 6:30 a.m. at our hotel for a day trip to Dougga. At her suggestion, we stopped by the small town of Testour, which turned out to be one of the highlights of our day -- with its beautiful and historic mosque, round loaves of bread fresh from the oven and interesting scenes of life on the main street of the small town. Dougga was fascinating (and hot!). Thanks to our well informed guide, Aicha, we saw all the highlights of the ruins -- enough to satisfy my history buff husband, which is a tall order. Aicha's crowning accomplishment though was assisting us in getting to an obscure WWII battlefield (Longstop Hill) that my husband wanted very badly to see near Medjez El Bab. Aicha communicated with the police and local folks in a nearby village – and found us the dirt road to the top of the mountain, then helped the driver scout the difficult path back down to the valley. If we are able to visit Tunisia again some day, we will certainly look for her as a guide. Susan and Wayne Purdom

  • Donna

    My husband and I traveled in Tunisia for 12 days in March with Aicha. The breath and depth of her knowledge of Tunisian history and culture is astounding. My husband was in the Peace Corp in Tunisia during the 1960s. Aicha found a former colleague and friend and made arrangements for us to visit with them. She arranged visits to the schools where he used to teach. This made the trip even more meaningful for us. In addition to Aicha's extensive knowledge of her country she has a wonderful sense of humor, and is a lot of fun to be with. Aicha knew so many people where we traveled and because of her relationship with them she was able to access places that were closed. She was tireless in her efforts to accommodate our every need and want. She also knows where all the good Tunisian food is located and has a sweet tooth! As my husband said when we returned home, "Our trip would have been nothing without Aicha." Not only did we have the very best tour guide, Aicha became a new friend with whom I remain in contact. I highly recommend Aicha as a guide and strongly encourage travel in Tunisia. 

  • Stephanie

    Aicha is a wonderful guide. Not only did she have great insight into the history and culture of Tunisia, she is also a fun, warm person who you want to spend time with! The tour with her was so exceptional that I worry every other guide will fall far short. 

  • Steven
    We traveled with Aicha for 11 days in December/January 14-15. You can tell she's been doing this for years -- everywhere you go, people smile and wave. She's one of the few female tour guides in the country. She can tell you as much (or as little) as you want to know about ruins but really knows her stuff when it comes to culture, politics, food, shopping, and getting around. One of my favorite times is when a local weaver was trying to add to the price of something and she scolded him about trying to take advantage of a tourist. She is uber patient too and takes you to places not in any guide book.
  • Eugenia
    toured with Aicha with OAT in 2009 just before the up rising. Her knowledge of history was amazing; especially of the role of women in its establishment over the ages. She took us to off the beaten path places and even arranged a Turkey dinner for us on our Thanksgiving day. It was a big surprise for us. We had wild turkey, potatoes, vegetables and dessert. Her knowledge of Americans was delightful. Of special interest ,was a trip to the hammum bath in Hammamet . She arranged for the women to go for the cultural yet common place, life experience of all Tunisian women. It was an opportunity to see the real life, of local women, and to experience it with them. We found it to be relaxing and invigorating. In the Sahara we got to ride over the desert in an ultra lite air craft, and of course ride the camels in the dunes. Additionally, we met her family, and Mother cooked a traditional Tunisian meal for us at her home. We hiked camped, toured, swam, ate, and generally enjoyed 3 wonderful weeks with Aicha. I would gladly travel with her again.
  • Mary Lou
    Aicha introduced us to all facets of Tunisia... When we were visiting ruins, I learned about the long ago... Aicha is a scholar and taught us much about that ancient world. She helped me look around, use my imagination, and bring those ruins to life. Fast forward to the present... She introduced us to life in modern Tunisia, the people and their everyday lives and I felt privileged to be able to share it. Aicha made this visit a trip to remember!
  • Robert
    Bonjour, 7 ans que nous parcourons toute la TUNISIE avec AICHA BOUKARI comme guide indépendante en commençant par un voyage organisé puis des séjours prolongés (3 mois environ, 2 fois par an) et nous faisons toujours appelle à elle pour son professionnalisme et notre plus grand plaisir. AICHA est une personne très dynamique qui se met à la portée de tous ses touristes et qui a une connaissance approfondie de son pays la TUNISIE, polyglotte et surtout un anglais parfait, sans oublier le français, elle prend le temps nécessaire de demander à tous s'ils vont bien et si ses explications ont convenu à tous, elle n'hésite pas à les compléter le cas échéant,merci Aicha et merci a toute la famille qui nous as toujours reçu a bras ouvert.
  • Suzanne
    My husband and I, in our 60's, had a fabulous tour with Aicha. Many times I said, "we would never have this experience, see this, do that" on our own. She is incredibly knowledgeable, sincere, and educated about her culture. 3 years later, I often say, that is the best trip we ever took..and we are well travelled. The reason it was the best trip is because of Aicha and the fascinating culture of Tunisia that Aicha brought alive for us. Suzanne and Bill Lyons Boston, MA
  • Ronna
    Aicha was our trip leader when we toured Tunisia in 2011 with Overseas Adventure Travel. She was wonderful in every way ... charming, friendly, thoughtful and very knowledgeable about the culture, history and politics of Tunisia. It was obvious that she loves her country and she made us love it too. We could not possibly have had a better guide. OAT is known for providing their travelers with the best trip leaders that a country has to offer and Aicha ranked as one of the best that we've had on our many trips with O.A.T. ( 16 trips so far ... and counting). She was attentive and took note of things that we mentioned. She found out that most of our group loved ice cream, especially banana splits ,which is not a common dish in Tunisia. She managed to have the chef at our farewell dinner serve us banana splits for dessert. It was a great surprise that we all enjoyed ... a small thing but an example of her attention to detail. We had the opportunity to visit Aicha's family in their apartment. She and her mother taught us how to make Brik and we cooked and ate and laughed together. This was the kind of warm and personal experience that makes a trip to a foreign country special. Thank you Aicha! We LOVED Tiunisia and YOU!
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