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Lying at the heart of Africa’s once infamous Barbary Coast, sandwiched between the palm fringed shores of the Mediterranean and the sands of the Sahara Desert, Tunisia is a land of quite startling contrasts. Blessed with a mix of cultural traditions that can trace their origins back to the Berbers, the Phoenicians and the armies of Rome, it is home to an incredible natural diversity and a historical pedigree for its diminutive size.
Beginning in Tunis, the country’s bustling capital, we’ll have some time to enjoy the UNESCO grandeur of its medina and the impressive contents of the Bardo Museum, before paying a visit to the ancient ruins of once great Carthage. The World Heritage Sites of Dougga and Kairouan and the oasis town of Tozeur then provide Roman and Umayyad treasures in abundance, before we head into the deserts of the Sahara.
Camping (or rather glamping Tunisian-style) amongst the dunes around Douz then provides a chance to experience something of nomadic life amongst the sands of the Sahara, before we head back through the Berber settlements that lie amongst the hills around Tataouine. The magnificent amphitheatre of El Jem, the captivating medina at Sousse and inviting Mediterranean coast then provides a stunning climax to this quite superlative journey.
DAY 1: TOUR START IN TUNIS
DAY 2: TUNIS
DAY 3: TUNIS - TESTOUR - DOUGGA - BULLA REGIA - LE KEF
DAY 4: LE KEF - ELLES - MAKTHAR - KESRA - KAIROUAN
DAY 5: KAIROUAN - RAQQADA - TOZEUR
DAY 6: TOZEUR
DAY 7: TOZEUR - CHOTT EL JERID - DOUZ - DESERT CAMP
DAY 8: DESERT CAMP – DOUZ - TATAOUINE
DAY 9: TATAOUINE
DAY 10: TATAOUINE - EL JEM - MONASTIR
DAY 11: MONASTIR & SOUSSE
DAY 12: MONASTIR - TUNIS