Highlights of Tunisia Itinerary

Embark on a circuit journey of Tunisia from the country's capital, Tunis. Visit the Roman ruins of Dougga, the Holy City of Kairouan, the mountain oasis villages around Tozeur and El Jem's World Heritage-listed amphitheatre.

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      USD $1,970
      CAD $2,035
      AUD $1,995
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      GBP £1,155
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Camel showing teeth, Tunisia

Local woman trays, Tunisia

Grand mosque bell tower, Tunisia

Days 1-2 Tunis/Carthage

Set the senses on fire with a journey to the medina of Tunis, before strolling through the lively souqs to bargain for souvenirs. Head to Carthage, a World Heritage site where ancient monuments including the Antonine baths, a Roman amphitheatre and the Punic ports are waiting to be explored. Journey to the village of Sidi Bou Said for a stroll through narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses and decorative blue doors.

Days 3-4 Kairouan

Better understand this bubbly slice of Africa with a visit to the Bardo Museum, where archaeological finds reign supreme. Leave the city behind and proceed to the archaeological site of Dougga, arguably the best Roman ruins in Africa. Walk among incredibly well-preserved temples, political centres, baths and markets to fully experience this bygone civilisation. Continue on to Kairouan, the holiest city in Tunisia. Head out on a walking tour and visit the Great Mosque of Oqba Ibn Nafi to appreciate the impressive ninth-century Islamic architecture, then refuel with a bite of makroudh (pastry stuffed with dates).

Day 5 Tozeur

Travel to the oasis town of Tozeur and catch some shade beneath one of the 200,000 palm trees popping out of this unique desert landscape.

Day 6 Douz/Ksar Ghilane

Be wowed by the dry salt lake of Chott el-Jerid on the drive towards Douz. Watch punters at the daily camel market before jumping on one of these friendly beasts and taking a cruise to a few oases. It will be a bouncy ride, so be sure to take a relaxing soak in the hot springs at Ksar Ghilane. Later, enjoy some desert stargazing from the foot of your tent. The silence and vastness of the surrounds makes for a magical and unforgettable night.
ACCOM: Desert camp - 1

Days 7-8 Matmata/Mahdia

It can be very hot in the middle of the desert (surprise, surprise!) so head to Matmata where troglodytes - underground houses - are built to protect the Berber locals from the heat. The moon-like landscape is totally surreal, and has been used as a set in Starwars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Then, suck in the sea breeze in the fishing village of Mahdia and visit the 16th-century fortress, Borg el-Kebir. Chill out on the beaches, evade the heat in a museum or chow down on some fresh seafood in an oceanside restaurant.

Days 9-10 Tunis

Charge the camera batteries and prepare to be wowed by the incredible Roman amphitheatre in El-Jem. Dating back to AD238, this sight staged gladiator shows, chariot races and was even used in scenes of Monty Python’s The Life of Brian. On the drive back to Tunis, take one last glance at the epic surrounding scenery, then enjoy a final group meal of merguez sausage, fragrant couscous and spicy Ojja stew.