Tunisia Explored

Tunisia Explored

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Tunisia Explored

12 Days Starting in Tunis, Tunisia and ending in Tunis

Visiting: Tunis, Bardo National Museum, Sidi Bou Said, Dougga, Bulla Regia - Archaeological Site, El Kef, Subaytilah, Gafsa, Tozeur, Chebika Oasis, Tamaghza, Ong Jmal, Naftah, Douz, Matmata, Djerba, Houmt Souk, El Jem, Kairouan, Sousse, CAP BON Formation, Carthage

Tour operator:

Crooked Compass

Tour code:

9222

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 12

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Hiking

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Tour Overview

Visit Tozeur with its medina full of unique brick-patterned architecture and sprawling palm groveInspect the unique underground homes of MatmataHike in the Caves of HaouariaExplore the Roman ruins of El Djem and DouggaDiscover Djerba - home of the last Tunisian JewsCome and explore Tunisia - wedged into the top of North Africa. Marvel at the stunning Mediterranean coastline, hidden beaches and mouthwatering seafood. Dive head first into imperial Rome as you uncover some of the world's best preserved Roman ruins.

Mingle with fascinating cultures and experience a time frozen way of life as you spend time with locals who still live in caves dug deep into the ground. The vast contrasts of natural wonders is extreme yet incredibly beautiful. From rolling Saharan sand dunes, crumbled Berber villages and lush oases to forested bays, natural hot springs and tangles of medinas, you will lose yourself entirely. Haggle in souks whilst sipping on mint tea, float in the aroma of a scented shisha or get scrubbed and steamed clean on the marble slab of a traditional hammam whilst the call to prayer rings overhead. Embrace age old traditions as they intertwine with the chic modern world.

Highlights

  • Visit Tozeur with its medina full of unique brick-patterned architecture and sprawling palm grove

  • Inspect the unique underground homes of Matmata

  • Hike in the Caves of Haouaria

  • Explore the Roman ruins of El Djem and Dougga

  • Discover Djerba – home of the last Tunisian Jews

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival

Location: Tunis

Accommodation Name: Dar El Jeld, Medina of Tunis or similar

Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Tunisia! On arrival into Tunis airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tunis has always been a resilient and forward-looking settlement, one that makes an excellent starting point for any exploration of Tunisia. Now littered with artsy cafes and boutique hotels, the old is entwined with the new making this a buzzing city to explore.

Day 2 : Medina Of Tunis, The Bardo Museum And Sidi Bousaid

Location: Tunis, Bardo National Museum, Sidi Bou Said

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dar Said or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you will visit the Medina of Tunis. This tangle of history and character is a great introduction to the cities infrastructure decorated with ancient palaces, mosques and Arab style houses. A visit to the notorious Kasbah Square and the Al-Zaytouna mosque will also be made, with a presentation of the surrounding political institutions. Enjoy lunch at Dar El Jeld, an ancient Tunisian Palace which has been restored into one of the best restaurants in the capital. From here, you will visit the National Museum of Bardo, originally a 15-century Hafsid Palace, and today one of the largest museums in North Africa containing one of the finest collections of Mosaics. Transfer to the cliff top town of Sidi Bousaid. The view from this blue and white town is phenomenal as it peers over the Mediterranean. The entire town is simply beautiful and has inspired many artists to take up residence here. Enjoy exploring the picturesque streets.

Day 3 : Dougga, Bulla Regia And El Kef

Location: Dougga, Bulla Regia - Archaeological Site, El Kef

Accommodation: Homestay

Accommodation Name: Dar Chennoufi or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you will visit Dougga, a 65-hectare archaeological Roman site, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The site contained a large number of elaborate mosaic floors – some are in situ but most are housed in the Bardo Museum in Tunis. Most notable of all, however, are the twenty temples found, a truly disproportionate number of temples for the size of the population. At first it was thought that Dougga was a major religious site but it has since been decided that the temples were erected by wealthy residents as tribute for their good fortune. Continue on to visit Bulla Regia, another Roman archaeological site featuring unique domestic roman architecture.



El Kef is your destination for the day and is the most elevated city of Tunisia, standing at 2560 ft above the sea. Tucked away in the Atlas Mountains and the plains of the ‘hauts plateau’, you’ll find Le Kef, a charming little town with a tumultuous past. Natural beauty is not the only thing this region has to offer. The town has held on to countless memories of its vibrant history, including its Ottoman fortress.

Day 4 : El Kef, Sbeitla, Gafsa And Tozeur

Location: El Kef, Subaytilah, Gafsa, Tozeur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Diar Abu Habibi or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

El Kef is known for Roman and Byzantine landmarks and also for its traditional Arabic residential quarters, such as the mausoleum of Sidi Makhlouf. Visit Sbeitla, also named Sufetula, famous for its best preserved Roman Forum temples in Tunisia, inhabited by the Byzantines before becoming the significant geographical point in the Muslim conquest of North Africa. Transfer to Tozeur through the enormous landscape of Gafsa. Tozeur is a perfect desert oasis which enchants all who visit. Tozeur is a world apart from coastal Tunisian resorts and houses a medina full of unique brick-patterned architecture and a lush sprawling palm grove that makes for a refreshing sea of green through the desert sand.

Day 5 : Chebika, Tamerza, Ong Jmel And Nefta

Location: Chebika Oasis, Tamaghza, Ong Jmal, Naftah

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Diar Abu Habibi or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning enjoy a private visit of the oasis of Tozeur aboard a horse & carriage, followed by a visit to the Medina of Tozeur to discover the local life of the people of the Jerid. Visit the museum of dates where you will learn all about the different types of dates and how they are harvested and processed from the oasis of palm trees in this area.

Day 6 : Douz And Matmata

Location: Douz, Matmata

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Au Trait D’union, Tijma or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you will set off to visit Douz, also referred to in Arabic as ‘The Gate of The Sahara’. Spend time in Matmata, a small Berber village known for its troglodyte habitations and also home to the second most popular star wars site in Tunisia. Many Berbers still live in these cave houses. The homes in Matmata are not built on the side of the mountains. Instead, they are created by digging a large pit in the ground, and then around the sides of the pit, caves are dug to be used as rooms. The open pit functions as a courtyard, and are sometimes connected to other ‘pit’ courtyards nearby through trench-like passageways forming a large underground maze.

Day 7 : Djerba

Location: Djerba

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dar Dhiafa or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Following breakfast, set off to visit Guellala, the capital of pottery in Djerba, an activity dating back centuries since before the Roman era. This small island, is the home of the last Tunisian Jews, with one of the largest and most vibrant Jewish populations in the Arab world – and the oldest synagogue in Africa which you will visit.

Day 8 : Houmt Souk, El Djem And Kairouan

Location: Houmt Souk, El Jem, Kairouan

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dar Hassine Allani or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the downtown area of Djerba, Houmt Souk, meaning in Arabic ‘the market Neighbourhood’. Previously referred to in the Roman era, as the ‘Girba’ which is also the birth place of two Roman Emperors, Djerba is home to whitewashed buildings, sandy beaches rimmed with turquoise water, and colourful souks.



Heading up back north, you will stop at El Djem, a small city built by the Carthaginians and later colonised by the Romans. It was once the centre of the production of olive oil, with age old techniques still used today by a few hundred inhabitants as a source of life and income. The highlight though, is the roman amphitheatre, which is located at the centre of the city, from the top of which the scenery is just magnificent. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome.

Day 9 : Kairouan And Sousse

Location: Kairouan, Sousse

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dar Antonia or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore Kairouan, the Capital of Islam and the home to the Mosque of Uqba Ibn Nafi, the main leader of the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. Kairouan’s heritage also includes the two monumental Aghlabid Basins, which has supplied the population with drinking water since the 8th century. Overnight in Sousse, or Hadrumetum, as called by the Phoenicians who founded it in the 11th century.

Day 10 : Tunisian Cap Bon

Location: CAP BON Formation

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dar El Gaied in Nabeul or similiar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the local pottery market and Dar Chaabane stone sculpture workshops in Nabeul to see how the artisans turn clay and rocks into colourful kitchenware and various house decorations.



Take in the outstanding view on the way towards the Tunisian Peninsula along the coast of Kerkouane.



Enjoy lunch at Haouaria where lunch will be served at a restaurant located right at the crystal coloured beach! You will then enjoy a small hike in the Caves of Haouaria. It is then time to head to a coastal town on the Cap Bon peninsula known for its sandy beaches and hosting a 16th century citadel, 150 metres above sea level.

Day 11 : Carthage

Location: Carthage

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dar Said or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, enjoy a visit of Carthage, the central capital city of the Carthaginian civilisation. Carthage was founded in the 9th century B.C. on the Gulf of Tunis. From the 6th century onwards, it developed into a great trading empire covering much of the Mediterranean and was home to a brilliant civilization. In the course of the long Punic wars, Carthage occupied territories belonging to Rome, which finally destroyed its rival in 146 B.C. A second – Roman – Carthage was then established on the ruins of the first. The highlights of this visit are the Theatre of Carthage, nowadays hosting the Annual International Music Festival of Carthage, as well as the Antoninus Baths and the Punic Ports, once called ‘The Empire of the Sea’ for its strategic location on the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 12 : Departure

Location: Tunis

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward departure.

What's Included

  • Return airport transfers

  • 11 nights accommodation including breakfast and dinner

  • Transportation by a private minivan with driver

  • Professional English Speaking Guide

  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International & domestic flights

  • Visas

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • All services, meals other than those indicated above

  • Personal porters

  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program

  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, Entrance fees as per the itinerary are included.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, The local guides on the tour is English speaking

  • What is the minimum group size?

    The min group size is 2 people.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International & domestic flights are not included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single Supplement will be chargeable at AUD$ 1,597.00.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Return airport transfers are included.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes. Focusing on providing authentic experiences where ever you are in the world, Crooked Compass has access to a vast array of accommodation styles. From boutique properties in larger cities to local guest houses and home stays within small villages. Crooked Compass ensures that local authenticity flows through your accommodation throughout your tour without compromising standard.

  • What sort of transportation is used for your tours?

    Transportation utilised on a Crooked Compass escorted small group tour is a combination of a private air conditioned vehicle and local transport where appropriate. This may include a local bus ride, use of the cities metro system, a domestic flight to another city or overnight train ride.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Crooked Compass strives to be a leader in sustainable tourism. Crooked Compass is firmly committed to the principles of ethical travel. Our comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Practices policy summarises our commitments and actions. Although the very basis of our ground operations lends itself to the ethos of sustainable tourism, this policy re-iterates our commitment to: Use locally owned hotels Use locally owned ground agents Use local guides and drivers Promote community tourism projects from homestays to craft shops Support charities that work within the destinations that we travel to Carbon offset our travels

  • Who runs your tours and are they experts in their fields?

    Crooked Compass works with the worlds best operators who are specialists in their country, region and cities providing you with in depth local knowledge. We use local guides who live and breathe the areas they work in, making sure you experience their region, their way. We believe it is far better to have a local guide who knows a lot about a little than a text book trained Western tour guide who knows a little about a lot. Using local guides also ensures that money stays within local communities and supports the regions we visit.

  • What can I expect from a Crooked Compass tour that I wouldn't get from travelling with an alternative company?

    Crooked Compass provides a sensory way to understand the world – we help you live like a local, eat like a local, do what the locals do and seek the faces behind the places whilst discovering untouched lands and natural beauty. Crooked Compass tours delve deep into the heart and soul of a destination ensuring you get out of your journey all you intended and much, much more. Our intriguing itineraries have been created by travellers for travellers. Steering travellers to follow a different path, Crooked Compass’ itineraries allow you to experience the world’s most fascinating destinations in ways you never dreamed possible. It brings to life those ‘bucket list’ experiences you have yearned to do and separates the travellers from the tourists. Crooked Compass tours are culturally rich, reward travellers with unexpected encounters and uncommon rendezvous, creating truly unique, authentic travel experiences.

  • Who do your tours cater for?

    Crooked Compass escorted small group tours cater for those who are well travelled seeking the what’s next and what’s new. Our travellers are curious minded soft adventurers who want to uncover something more than the mainstream tourist trail. Crooked Compass tours draw travellers with an interest in sustainable tourism and conservation for the areas they visit. A Crooked Compass traveller is someone who is seeking something fresh and unique, who has a yearning for authenticity and discovery, with an appreciation for cultures, tradition and the natural world. We call them Cultural Purists.

  • I am concerned about my impact on travelling through untouched regions. Can I offset?

    Yes. All travellers on Crooked Compass tours have the option to offset their part of their tour’s carbon footprint by donating $4AUD (tax-deductible) at time of booking. 100% of these funds are donated to Greenfleet, an environmental non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting our climate by restoring our forests. By partnering with Greenfleet, we are confident that our carbon offset program provides genuine and lasting environmental benefits. Your offset donation funds plant trees and restore permanent native forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, these forests provide many community and environmental benefits by absorbing carbon emissions, protecting our unique biodiversity, restoring habitat for native wildlife, preventing soil salinity and erosion, improving water quality and much more. If you’d like to find out more and offset the rest of your carbon emissions, visit www.greenfleet.org.au

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A wonderful trip to Saudi Arabia organised by Crooked Compass. Considering the country is just opening up to tourism everything went very well - flights, trips, transfers, guides and accommodation - thank you CC - highly recommended

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We were kept safe at all times.

09-May-2022

We were kept safe at all times. When unexpected hurdles appeared they were handled without fuss. Our tour was informative, picturesque and comfortable.

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01-Aug-2022

We booked a family holiday to Vietnam with Crooked Compass and it was perfect. The booking process was easy and Lisa took all of our requests on board so that the trip was exactly what we wanted. All flights, transfers, accommodations, guides and activities were fantastic, with great communication throughout the whole trip. Would highly recommend, we will be booking again soon!

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