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Tunisia: The Jewel of North Africa

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 12 people
Destination(s): Tunisia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2375 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2375 Euro (EUR)

Tunisia, the gem of North Africa, is an isle of tranquillity wedged between the turbulent countries of Algeria and Libya. Due to its strategic position, it has had its fair share of turmoil in times gone by. The Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans and French have all had their impact and contributed to a rich and varied culture. Tunisia is now one of Africa’s most wealthy and developed countries and the epitome of a progressive Arab nation. Upon arrival at Tunis, one is immediately struck by the verdance of the landscape, which teems with birds. Tunisia’s protected areas and agricultural fields support a large population of both resident species and wintering migrants.

On this tour we will visit several spectacular sites, ranging from towering mountains, desert oases and vast tidal saltpans. Some of the highlight species are the endangered White-headed and Marbled Duck, Yelkouan Shearwater, Bonelli’s Eagle, Cream-colored Courser, Greater Hoopoe-Lark and Desert Sparrow.

We will also get the opportunity to observe some really endangered North African mammals, including the spectacular Addax, Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dama and Dorcas Gazelle and the hamster-like Gundi.

We cannot ignore the archaeological treasures of Tunisia, and we will also visit several world-famous sites, from the Punic City of Carthage, the Roman Empire’s 3rd largest Coliseum and Muslim medinas (walled cities). With comfortable accommodations, great food, friendly people, impressive antiquities and abundant birds, time spent in Tunisia could not be more pleasurable!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates - 11th to 19th February (9 days)
Tour Price - €2,375 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in Euros, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - Limited to 12 participants and 2 leaders

THE ITINERARY
11th February - Arrival in Tunis and afternoon visit to Carthage
12th February - Day trip to Cap Bon
13th February - Tunis to Mahres via Zaghouan
14th February - Day visit to Bou Hedma National Park
15th February - Mahres to Jebil National Park via Douz
16th February - Jebil National Park to Douz
17th February - Douz to Mahres
18th February - Mahres to Hammamet via El Jem
19th February - Hammamet to Tunis and departure

CAN BE LINKED WITH
Bulgaria & Romania in Winter
(1st to 9th February ) - €1,575 person sharing
(Tour price fixed in Euros, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Tunisia – Birds and Antiquities tour is €2,375 per person sharing.

The single supplement for this tour is €375. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), South African Rand (ZAR), or US Dollar (US$), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

The tour price includes:
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 9;
•A soft drink at meals;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings as per the itinerary;
•Ground transportation;
•All entrance fees;
•All guiding services; and
•Tips for local guides and services.

…and excludes:

•Any airfares, taxes and visa fees;
•Beverages in excess of the terms above; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (Euros), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies with approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:
•It is important for you to be aware that it can get quite hot in the far south of the country, where temperatures could reach around 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit). Since we do not have any strenuous walks on this tour, it is however manageable. It can also get very cold at night and plummet to freezing.

•Most of the historic sites that we will visit on this tour are extremely popular tourist attractions and we will share the area with multitudes of other people and patience will be required at times.

•There may be times at historical sites when many tourist police will be clearly visible.

•While this is a tour with a duel focus on birds as well as antiquities, we may not be able to provide alternative activities as options for non-birders on some days when the focus is more on birding in remote areas. On other days the focus is very much on antiquities, with very little birding possible. Furthermore while we will have specialist bird tour leaders from the company on the tour we will rely on local leaders for the historical aspects of the tour.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include any airfares. Day 1: Participants should arrive no later than 11:00am as we will pay a visit to Carthage in the afternoon. The tour will conclude by midday on day 9 and return flights home should not be before 15:00. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €2,375 * £1,940 * USD3,120 * ZAR33,930
Single Supplement €375 * £310 * USD500 * ZAR5,360

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Excludes flight costs.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
Client Request Served: 294

M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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