Day 1: Arrival in Tunis.
Arrive in Tunis. Upon arrival at the Tunis airport assistance and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free. Dinner and overnight in Tunis.
Day 2: Tunis - Carthage – Bardo - Sidi Bou Saîd - Hammamet.
Depart to the ancient city of Carthage founded by a Phoenician princess, visit of the Byrsa Hill with its vestiges of Carthaginian and Roman buildings, and the Antonine Baths, a huge Roman bath complex on the edge of the Mediterranean. Continue to Sidi Bou Said; Andalous village; for a stroll through narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses with blue shutters and doors. Next visit of the Bardo Tunisia’s National Museum with it’s archaeological collections including the world’s largest collection of Roman polychrome mosaics. It is housed in a 19th century Beylical palace, and was the first museum to be founded in Africa National Museum, then free time at the Médina (old town). At the end of the day, departure for Hammamet dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Hammamet – Kairaoun - Sbeitla - Gafsa.
Depart to Kairouan. This city remains a purely Arab city filled with outstanding examples of the finest Islamic architecture in Tunisia: visit the Great Mosque, the oldest place of worship in North Africa, and the zaouia, or tomb complex, of Sidi Sahab, a companion of the Prophet. We will see the impressive pools at Aghlabid Basins, built in the 9th century to collect and store winter rainwater. Then free time to stroll into the medina(old town), the ancient marketplace encircled by 11th-century walls.
Continue to Sbeitla to view its remnants of the Roman Empire. The small town of Sbeitla is the site of the ancient city of Sufetula and possesses some of the best preserved Roman temples anywhere. In addition to temples dedicated to the Roman gods Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, the site also has 2 early Christian basilicas and an extensive bath complex with a remarkably sophisticated system for heating the floors.Continue to Gafsa, dinner and accommodation at your hotel.
Day 4: Gafsa - Chébika - Tamerza Midès - Tozeur.
Morning at leisure or you can take an optional 4WD excursion: It’s a discovery extra ($) tour to the mountain oases, where many of the scenes of "The English Patient” were filmed. You’ll drive south into some of the country’s most spectacular mountain scenery, visit the mountain oasis of Tamerza, along with Mides and Chebika, In ancient days the village of Heike was called Ad speculum after the Roman troops who communicated by mirror. The towns were flooded in 1969 in freak torrential rains and were later abandoned.
The original villages are now “ghost’ towns. These villages continue with the old tiered oasis-style of cultivation of crops – vegetables are grown under pomegranate and orange trees which in turn are grown under date palms. Arrive in Tozeur, visit the old town little changed since the 14th century when it was built. This quarter is famous for the unique decorative architecture in brick with exuberant towering facades patterned in bas-relief zigzags. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel. After dinner you can enjoy an optional ($) visit to the museum of Tunisian traditions in the Dar Cherait complex.
Day 5: Tozeur - Nefta - Chott El Djerid - Douz – Medenine - Djerba.
After breakfast we’ll travel to the small, remote town of Nefta. This peaceful oasis, with a crater-like depression planted with palm trees in its centre, is crowned with the white domes of numerous Zaouias (holy sanctuaries). We'll visit the old quarter with its distinctive architecture and observe, through ancient doorways, the looms and rugs that provide a living for most of the people. Continue to cross the Chott El Jerid.This chott (flat, dry salt lake) is the largest in Tunisia, this region is also well-known for its “Desert Roses”. As we arrive in Douz; a typical desert village, the gate of the Shara, here you have the opportunity (optional $) to have a camel ride passing through deserted landscape and picturesque sand dunes.
Departure for the troglodyte village of Matmata where dwellings are built like craters in the middle of the desert. The primitive looking homes were designed to maintain moderate temperatures throughout the year, cool in summer and warm in winter and were an ingenious hideaway from the enemy. Proceed to Medenine to visit the ghorfas, ancient wheat granaries built in the rocks. Departure by the roman road to Djerba, Island with the typical architecture of the white menzels, visit of the most pleasant facets of this adored island in Guellala and Houmt Souk, the island's capital, experience the ancient tradition of pottery making. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.
Day 6: Djerba - Gabès - El Jem - Monastir - Sousse - Port El Kantaoui.
After breakfast, departure from Djerba by ferry, arrive to Gabès, the main attraction in the city centre is the souk (Souk Jara) area where locals sell fruit and vegetables, spices, dried fish and mounds of green henna for which the city is renowned, visit of the souks and market spices. Continue via El Mahres, a small fishing town, short stop. At El Jem (ancient Thysdrus) visit the largest and most spectacular Roman amphitheatre in North Africa and the best preserved in the world.
This colossal edifice (classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which seems to rise out of nowhere, was designed with seating for 30,000 people and is similar to Rome’s Coliseum. In the small archaeological museum, see the gorgeous collection of mosaics. Visit the remains of Roman villas behind the museum. From El Jem, we drive to Monastir where you will admire the Bourguiba Mausoleum.Continue along the coast to Sousse. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.
Day 7: Sousse - Port El Kantaoui. Enjoy this day at your leisure. You may explore on your own pace the city of Sousse or the modern seaside resort (Marina) of Port El Kantaoui.
Day 8: Departure. Transfer to the airport in Tunis for your departure flight.
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