Desert Gate – 8 Days

DAY 1: TUNIS / ARRIVAL
Upon arrival in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, you will be met and transferred by bus to your hotel. After check in, enjoy dinner and rest for the night.

DAY 2: TUNIS / CARTHAGE / SIDI BOU SAID
After breakfast, the group will depart for a visit to the Bardo Museum. This museum is well known for its large collection of intricate mosaics and vestiges of the greatest civilizations known in Tunisian history. After the museum visit, we continue to the médina, (the old walled city), where we explore the .souk., or traditional market. This market is colored by many products of skilled North African craftsmen, such as copper, leather, wool, and beautifully woven carpets. After lunch in the mid-afternoon, we visit the ancient archaeological site of Carthage, once the largest city in northern Africa. This site holds ruins from many eras of history, such as the Punic, Roman, Vandal and Byzantine eras. We then continue to the quaint village of Sidi Bou Said located on several hills overlooking the Mediterranean sea. We explore its beautifully paved lanes and many breathtaking sea views.

DAY 3: SOUSSE / PORT EL KANTAOUI / MONASTIR / EL DJEM / SFAX (280 KM)
After an early breakfast, we depart for the seaside touristic cities of Sousse and Port El Kantaoui. The ancient medina of Sousse is well known for its historic fortress and high look-out tower, as well as its amazing souks. Port El Kantaoui hosts a beautiful marina. After lunch, we will depart for Monastir for a visit to the Bourguiba Mausoleum and from there, continue to El Djem to explore an amazingly well preserved Roman Coliseum. Our tour continues towards the south to Sfax, the second largest economic city in Tunisia surrounded by an expansive agricultural area populated by olive trees. Here we have our dinner and rest for the night.

DAY 4: GABES / DJERBA ISLAND / TATAOUINE (350 KM)
After breakfast, our tour departs from Sfax to Djerba via Gabes (a maritime oases) with a visit to the Jara souks. We continue to Djerba Island and there visit a Jewish Synagogue, the Guellala pottery station, and the city of Houmt Souk in the center of the island. After lunch we continue to the southern city of Tataouine where we will rest for the night.

DAY 5: CHENINI / MATMATA / DOUZ / TOZEUR (380 KM)
After breakfast our tour departs to visit the Berber village of Chenini, built in the colorful red and yellow hills of this desert area. We will then cross the stone desert of Le Reg and continue to the Berber village of Matmata, where we will visit one of the intriguing underground dwellings of the.troglodyte. people. Our tour continues to the desert city of Douz. After lunch our tour has an optional activity of either a walk or camel ride over the sand dunes into the Sahara. Upon return we continue on to cross the dry salt lake Chott El Djerid, with its impressive natural salt creations, arriving in Tozeur for dinner and rest for the night.

DAY 6: TOZEUR / NEFTA / GAFSA (150 KM)
After breakfast, the group will have a free morning for resting or an optional activity by 4×4. For whoever chooses, the optional activity is to visit Ong Gamel, a large camel shaped mountain ridge among the sand dunes of the Sahara. Along with this, there will be a visit to the desert site of one of the Star Wars films. After lunch our tour will continue to the surprising green lush oasis of Nefta, the largest oasis in southern Tunisia. Later in the afternoon we depart for Gafsa where we will have dinner and rest for the night.

DAY 7: SBEITLA / KAIROUAN / TUNIS (420 KM)
After breakfast, our tour departs for the archaeological site of Sbeitla. This site prese nts well preserved ruins such as temples, beautiful baptistries, a thermal complex, a triumphal arch and forts dating back to the Byzantine period. Sbeitla also hosts an original antiquities museum to display their many beautiful excavated objects. Our tour continues to Kairouan, a city known for its mosques and world famous carpet making craft industry. The grand mosque Okba Ibn Nafaa, and the mausoleum of the barber companion of the prophet Mohammed, are two
of the city’s religious sites. After lunch we will visit a carpet making workshop observing the detailed handskills of the carpet makers and how the designs are created. Later we will return to Tunis for dinner and rest for the night.

DAY 8: TUNIS / DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will be transferred by bus to the airport for departure.

Tour includes:
Hotel accommodation
Full board meals (from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 8)
English speaking tour guide
Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
Driver and guide fees
Entrance fee to historical and archaeological sites

Tour does not include:
Airfare / Drinks / Personal spending / Tips / Travel insurance

Optional Activities
There will be an additional charge for the 4X4 optional activity to be paid in advance.
There is also an additional charge for the optional camel ride to be paid on site.

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