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TUNISIAN DESERT ROUTE
Whether you stand in awe at the sheer size of the well-preserved coliseum in El Jem or spend the day gazing at breath-taking mosaics from the Punic, Roman and Islamic eras at the world class Bardo museum, know that these are just a few of Tunisia’s incredible sites. Come with an attitude and spirit of adventure. Tunisia is a small country and in just one day you can visit a Roman site and ancient medina, swim in the Mediterranean in the morning and ride a camel in the afternoon in the Sahara.
Tunisia The geographical position of Tunisia south of the Mediterranean basin, with 1,300 kilometres of mainly sandy coasts, a warm Mediterranean climate in summer and mild winter, a rich civilisational heritage (eight sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List), and, above all, a low cost of tourism make this country one of the main destinations for European tourists in Africa and the Arab world.
Itinerary 2 desert route
DAY 1: TUNES
Regular flight out to Tunis. Arrival, assistance at the airport and transport to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 2: TUNIS / KAIROUAN / TOZEUR
Breakfast. Out to Kairouan. Visit to the Great Mosque of Sidi Oqba Ibnu Naffa, founded in 671 A.D. and the mausoleum of the barber, called Sidi Sahbi. Tour of the city. Visit to the local handicraft shops of Kairouan. Lunch at local restaurant. Continuation to Tozeur, passing by Bir El Hafey and Gafsa. Arrival at Tozeur. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 3: TOZEUR / MOUNTAIN OASIS / TOZEUR
In the morning, a walk through the palm grove and the old town of Tozeur. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit to the magnificent mountain oasis. In Chebika we will discover the most unexpected landscape in the south of Tunisia. Then, in Tamerza, opportunity to enjoy the waterfall fed by the springs that emerge from the mountains. Panoramic view of the old city, currently destroyed. We return to Tozeur, crossing the desert, passing by Aariguette and Oung Jemel, dunes and lake where the movies "The Star Wars" and "The English Patient" were shot. If the weather allows us to enjoy the fantastic sunset on the dunes. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 4: TOZEUR / DOUZ (Via Chott El Jerid) / KSAR GUILANE
departure to Sidi Bou Hallel to admire a unique panoramic view of the Del Jeriad region. Crossing the salty lake Chott El Djerid where we will observe the change of color suffered by the springs, if the sun allows it. Continuation to Douz. Free time - optional tour (not included) of dromedary. After lunch at the Touareg de Douz hotel, we will continue to Ksar Ghilane, where the dunes of Grand Erg begin. Dinner and accommodation at the Berber Camp Le PARADIS, surrounded by dunes.
DAY 5: KSAR GUILANE / CHENINI-TATAOUINE / DJERBA
Departure towards Chenini-Tataouine, Berber village where the stone and clay houses are located on the mountain. Continue to Djerba passing the Roman bridge that joins the island to the mainland. After lunch at the hotel, we will tour the island visiting the pottery of Guellala, the beautiful synagogue of Ghriba and Houmt Souk, the capital, known for its handicrafts. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 6: DJERBA / METAMEUR / TOUJENE / MATMATA / SFAX
Departure to Metameur to admire the old ghorfas, (fortified barns built on overlapping plants). Then, visit to the Berber people of Toujene. Continue to Matmata and visit the troglodyte houses (rooms excavated in clay soil, with a central patio open to the open air where you communicate with the rooms) After lunch at the hotel Sidi Driss de Matmata, visit to the Souk Jara (spice market and the maritime oasis of Gabes. Continue to Sfax for a visit to the medina. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 7: SFAX / EL JEM / TUNES
Breakfast and departure to El Jem to admire the Roman amphitheatre of the 3rd century AD. Continuation to Tunis to visit its Medina. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon visit to Carthage (Roman ruins) and Sidi Bou Said (Andalusian village). Return to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 8: TUNIS
Free time until the time of transport to the airport, to catch a plane back. Arrival and end of our services.
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