Tunisia

A stone's throw from Italy, Tunisia is a North African country with Mediterranean sensibilities. From the sun-drenched beaches of the north to the unforgiving desert of the south, and with desolate, lunar landscapes in between, there is nowhere quite like Tunisia. With multifaceted, modern cities speckled with reminders of an ancient past, villages steeped in mysticism, medieval towns of tangled laneways and archaeological ruins to rival Rome, travelling through Tunisia is like slowly unravelling a tapestry from another time.

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Local woman, Tunisia

Tunisian Family Voyager

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USD $795.00
CAD $830.00
AUD $860.00
EUR €595.00
GBP £495.00
NZD $1,020.00
ZAR R7,830.00
CHF FR740.00

Travel to Tunisia and be witness to ancient civilisations, immense deserts, troglodyte caves the seaside city of Sousse...

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Camel showing teeth, Tunisia

Highlights of Tunisia

10 days from
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CAD $1,975.00
AUD $2,055.00
EUR €1,390.00
GBP £1,230.00
NZD $2,435.00
ZAR R18,705.00
CHF FR1,695.00

Embark on a circuit journey of Tunisia from the country's capital, Tunis. Visit the Roman ruins of Dougga, the Holy...

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Articles on Tunisia

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About Tunisia

At a glance

Trips Available: 2
Capital city: Tunis (population 887,800)
Population: 10.5 million
Language: Arabic, Italian, English
Currency: TND
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) West Central Africa
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
Dialing code: +218

Best time to visit Tunisia

Tunisia boasts a Mediterranean climate in the north and an arid, desert-like climate in the south. Tunisia typically receives most of its visitors in July and August, when the hot weather draws tourists to the beaches. The coldest and wettest months are January and February, although the rainfall average for this time is low and many interior Saharan regions of Tunisia do not see rainfall for years. March to May is a great time to travel as it is less crowded, the temperatures are cooler and the scenery is spectacular. November is considered the optimal time for trekking in the desert. Travelling during the holy month of Ramadan presents benefits and challenges as many restaurants close and business hours can be interrupted, although travelling during Ramadan often provides rare insight into a country and culture during this holy period.

Tunisia weather chart

Geography and environment

Todra Gorge Canyon in Tunisia
Sandwiched in between Libya and Algeria, Tunisia benefits from its location on the Mediterranean Coast. The south is characterised by arid plains and desert, which gives way to rolling hills and fertile areas prime for cultivation in the north. With a coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisia possesses many white sand beaches, popular with swimmers, surfers and scuba divers. Tunisia's largest city, Tunis, is largely modern in design with the exception of the Old Medina located in the heart of the city.

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Grand Mosque Bell Tower under blue skies in Tunisia

Top 5 Essential Experiences of Tunisia

1. Desert Dunes

The imposing, mysterious Sahara has captivated travellers for centuries. Heading into the desert is a must-do - whether on 4x4 or camel, you'll fall in love with the silence, the stars and the sandy dunes of desolation. There is nowhere on earth quite like the Sahara.

2. Hot Hamam

Like many other countries in the region, the age-old tradition of visiting a hamam for a steam and scrub is still alive and well. Tourists and locals alike can be seen indulging in this invigorating custom, popular with people of all ages and sexes. Don't leave Tunisia without experiencing it.

3. Magnificent Mosques

As a Muslim country, Tunisia is home to many fine examples of Islamic architecture, including a plethora of spectacular mosques. While the interiors are not open to non-Muslims, the exteriors are worthy of admiration. The Great Mosque of Kairouan is regarded as North Africa's holiest Islamic site, while the Zaytouna Mosque is one of Tunis's biggest attractions, be sure not to miss their brilliant beauty.

4. Roman Ruins

Tunisia is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins outside of Italy. From the statues, baths and mosaics of Carthage through the show-stopping amphitheatre of El Jem and to the lesser known, yet equally impressive, ruins of Dougga, Tunisia's archaeological sites are absolutely astounding.

5. Medina Markets

Tunisia's delightful medinas are not only a place of community and trade but also a link to the past, with many being built centuries ago. Sitting in a medina's coffeehouse and watching the world go by is a great tourist favourite, and the markets (souqs) are one of the best ways to get acquainted with local customs, language and traditions. Peruse handmade crafts and haggle for a memento (or two) to bring something uniquely Tunisian home.

FAQs on Tunisia

Tipping is expected by most service workers in Tunisia. Drivers, waiters, porters and other hotel staff will generally expect a small tip for serving you at a restaurant, showing you to your room or carrying your bags. Set aside some dinars for this to avoid offence.
Internet access in Tunisia is growing, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots increasingly becoming more common in large cities, especially Tunis.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Tunisia, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas, especially if travelling through the desert. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Tunisia.
You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Tunisia. The standard toilet is of the squat variety and this may take some getting used to, although western-style toilets can be found in some tourist areas.
Cup of coffee in a coffeehouse = 1-2 TND
Street food snack = 2-3 TND
Basic lunch at a cafe = 6-10 TND
Dinner in a restaurant = 15-20 TND
Exercise caution when drinking water in Tunisia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available.
Major credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and shops in the cities and areas frequented by tourists, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option in Tunisia.
ATMs can be found in large cities like Tunis but are less common in rural areas and smaller towns. You're advised to be prepared for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 24 Birth of Prophet Muhammad
Mar 20 Independence Day
Mar 21 Youth Day
Apr 9 Martyr's Day
May 1 Labour Day
Jul 25 Republic Day
Aug 8 Eid al-Fitr (End of the Ramadan)
Aug 13 Women's Day
Oct 15 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Nov 4 Hegire (Islamic New Year)
Nov 7 New Era Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/tunisia/public-holidays
TUNISIA (NORTH AFRICAN DISCOVERY):
Australia: Yes - on arrival
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany: No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - on arrival
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required

At the time of writing all Western European countries, Americans, Canadians, Irish and Japanese can get a free 3 month visa at the Libyan/Tunisian border crossing of Ras El-Jedir. Australians can also get a 3 month visa at this border without any trouble but must pay a fee of $6 US. New Zealand citizens are required to apply for a visa before arriving into the country as visas aren't available at the border. They should check with their Tunisian embassy to ascertain the most recent requirements.

Please note that it won't be possible to enter Tunisia with Israeli stamps in your passport. TUNISIA:
Australia: Yes
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany: No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: Yes
South Africa: Yes
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required

Please note that visa requirements can and do change. It is essential that you confirm requirements with the nearest relevant embassy or check with your travel agent before you travel. At the time of writing, Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for Tunisia and this can be obtained on arrival. British, Canadian and American passport holders do not require a visa for stays of up to 3 months. All other nationalities should check with the Tunisian Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.
For Australian and New Zealand passport holders, the cost of the visa on arrival has increased considerably for arrivals after 1 April, 2013. For stays of from 7 days to 3 months the cost has increased to 400 Tunisian dinars (that’s approximately $260 as of 15 May, 2013). However, a visa for a stay of up to 7 days is only 100 dinars (approximately $66), and on departure you pay a penalty of 20 dinars for overstaying the 7 days. Our local operator assures us that there are no additional consequences other than having to pay the 20 dinars, so on arrival you should say that you are staying 7 days and pay 100 dinars.
Alternately, you can also obtain a visa prior to departure for $150 from the Tunisian embassy in Canberra.

Please note that it won't be possible to enter Tunisia with Israeli stamps in your passport.

A new tourism tax is being levied by the Tunisian Authorities.

From 01st October 2014 all customers departing Tunisia will have to pay 30 Dinar departure tax to exit the country.
This stamp can be bought either in resorts/hotels or at the airport, and is in the form of a stamp affixed to the passport.

This is approximately AUD20 per person, and includes adults, children and infants.


All passengers must also provide Intrepid or their travel agent arrival flight date, flight number and flight time into Tunisia at least 30 days prior to travel.

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Tunisia Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Tunisia

1. Be considerate of Tunisia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

11. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims visiting Tunisia aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Carthage Must Be DestroyedRichard Miles
The Tremor of ForgeryPatricia Highsmith
The Pillar of SaltAlbert Memmi
Behind Closed Doors: Women's Oral Narratives in TunisMonia Hejaiej