Tunisia Tours & Holidays
Straddling Africa and the Middle East, this once-overlooked Mediterranean gem is well and truly back on the map.
From the sun-drenched beaches of the north to the unforgiving desert of the south, and with desolate, lunar landscapes in between, Tunisia has quite the unique allure. And as the fog continues to lift after the jarring events of 2015, there’s never been a better time to experience it. It’s not often you can clock Roman ruins this grand, seaside living this perfect, and medieval towns this well preserved, in such quietude. Morocco may be what’s hot, but Tunisia is where to find that next-level slice of North Africa, with a fraction of the tourists.
Tunisia at a glance
Tunisian dinar (TND)
Arabic, Italian, English
(GMT+01:00) West Africa / Central European time
Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
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Tunisia travel FAQs
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.
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.
Internet access in Tunisia is growing, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots increasingly 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 tour leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available.
ATMs can be found in large cities like Tunis but are less common in rural areas and smaller towns. It’s best to carry plenty of cash with you if you’re travelling out of the city.
- 1 Jan New Year’s Day
- 20 Mar Independence Day
- 21 Mar Youth Day
- 9 Apr Martyrs' Day
- 1 May Labour Day
- 16 May Start of Ramadan
- 14 June End of Ramadan
- 25 Jul Republic Day
- 13 Aug Women's Day
- 21–23 Aug Aid El-Kabir / Feast of Sacrifice
- 21 Sep Islamic New Year
- 7 Nov New Era Day
- 30 Nov The Prophet's Birthday
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/tunisia/public-holidays
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.
Before making travel plans, LGBTQI travellers should be aware that homosexuality is illegal in Tunisia, punishable by imprisonment for up to three years. In recent years there has been a groundswell of LGBTQI activism, and in 2018 the president of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, publicly announced plans to decriminalise homosexuality. LGBTQI travellers should nonetheless exercise caution.
Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partners Eden Reforestation Projects and World Bicycle Relief. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.
Eden Reforestation Projects
Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe.
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World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief provides people in low-income communities with bicycles to mobilise school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas – giving them access to vital education, healthcare, and income. Donations help provide Buffalo Bicycles – specifically designed to withstand the rugged terrain and harsh environment of rural regions – to those who need them most.
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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:
Go to: Smart Traveller
Go to: Canada Travel Information
From the UK?
Go to: UK Foreign Travel Advice
From New Zealand?
Go to: Safe Travel
From the US?
Go to: US Department of State
The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.
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