Highlights of Tunisia Overview

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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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Highlights of Tunisia.

Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Discover the spectacular sights and intriguing culture of Tunisia

Journey through Tunisia, an incredibly diverse wedge of northern Africa. Combining Arabic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and French influences into every aspect of local life, Tunisia gives you the opportunity to explore modern cities and ancient ruins while tasting mouth-watering food and sipping tooth-tingling sweet mint tea. Experience unique cultures, stunning sights and warm local hospitality while exploring the far corners of this underrated nation.

  • Explore the souqs of Tunis
  • Discover the ancient relics of Carthage
  • Chill out in the oasis of Douz
  • Explore the Roman amphitheatre in El-Jem

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Tunis, Tunisia
  • Finish:

    Tunis, Tunisia
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Desert camp (1 nt), Hotel (8 nts)
  • Transport:

    Minibus
  • Carbon emissions offset:

    541kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel. 3. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights. 4. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.

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Highlights of Tunisia Summary

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Days 1-2 Tunis

Set the senses on fire with a journey to the medina of Tunis before strolling through the lively souqs to bargain for souvenirs. Afterwards, head to Carthage, a waterside city where the ruins of Antonine baths, Roman amphitheatre and Punic ports are waiting to be explored. Journey to the village of Sidi Bou Said Andalous for a stroll through narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses and decorative blue shutters and doors.

Day 3 Dougga/Kairouan

Better understand this bubbly slice of Africa with a visit to the Bardo Museum, where archaeological finds reign supreme. Arguably the best Roman ruins in Africa, explore the archaeological site of Dougga where the remains of an ancient city lie. Walk among incredibly well preserved temples, political centres, baths and markets to fully experience this bygone Roman civilisation.

Days 4-5 Kairouan/Tozeur

Wake in the holiest city in Tunisia and head out on a walking tour. 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). With full bellies, head 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 climbing on one of these friendly beasts and taking an amble 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 when you get there. 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.

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, breathe in the refreshing 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.

Day 9 El Jem - Tunis

Prepare to be wowed by the incredible Roman amphitheatre in El-Jem. Dating back to AD 238, this site 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 before enjoying a final group meal of merguez sausage, fragrant couscous and spicy Ojja stew.

Day 10 Tunis

Bid Tunisia farewell and perhaps head off on your next adventure in incredible northern Africa.
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