A wealth of history, ancient archaeology and pretty villages, Tunisia’s little landmass has seven UNESCO sites, from the ruins of Roman Africa to medieval medinas and the domes of Kairouan
Tunis - 2 nights
Tabarka - 1 night
Hammamet - 2 nights
Tozeur - 2 nights
Douz - 1 night
Sousse - 2 nights
Shaped by Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine and Berber influences, Tunisia spans centuries with fascinating relics of its past. The ruins of Roman Carthage are the third city to be built on the site; Dougga covers a 65-hectare hilltop with superbly preserved remains of a Roman town; Kerkouane reveals a Phoenician-Punic way of life; and El Djem is a hugely impressive, oval-shaped amphitheatre. Interspersed with these, we visit the beautiful town of Sidi Bou Said; Tabarka, its cobbled pavements and scents of shisha epitomising authentic Tunisia; Bulla Regia’s underground Roman villas; and the still inhabited troglodyte town of Matmata. Hammamet’s low-rise buildings are ‘never taller than a tree’; and Tozeur, an oasis city, is a charming and disarming place, and the launch pad for an optional 4x4 excursion to the Star Wars landscape of the Sahara sand dunes.
Culture & Countryside
Jules Verne Sightseeing
7 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Local Expert Guide
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Tunis. Transfer to the Tunisian 5-star El Mouradi Gammarth for two nights.
Day 2 Visit the ruins of ancient Carthage, on the eastern lake shore. Continue to the picture-postcard coastal town of Sidi Bou Said. Later visit the Military Museum and Tunis Medina. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Travel to the ruins of Dougga, with temples, baths, a theatre and colonnades. Continue to the very traditional port town of Tabarka. Overnight at the Tunisian 4-star Hotel El Mouradi Hammam Bourguiba. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Visit Bulla Regia, with Berber, Punic and Roman origins with semi-subterranean Roman Villas. Continue to Hammamet for two nights at the 5-star Radisson Blu Hammamet. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Tour the Cap Bon peninsula, where vineyards and citrus groves give way to sleepy towns and secluded beaches; later visit Hammamet medina. Continue to the coastal ruins of Kerkouane, thought to have been abandoned in the 3rd century BC and listed by UNESCO as the only example of a Phoenician, and Punic city to have survived. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Visit the Roman site of Thuborbo Majus. Continue to Tozeur (6 hrs), set within sight of the Sahara in Tunisia’s south-western reaches and sandwiched between a huge dry salt lake, and a large and lush palmeraie. Two nights at the Tunisian 4-star El Mouradi Tozeur. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Visit the Tozeur historic medina, a tightly packed maze of beautiful buildings and buzzing activity; and the Dar Cherait Museum of Tunisian art and artefacts, housed in a restored mansion. Optional excursion by 4x4 vehicle to the Sahara sand dunes, the oasis town of Nefta, and the rock formations of Onk Jemal, the Star Wars filming location (bookable locally, £30 approx). (B, L, D)
Day 8 Travel through the striking landscape of the dry Chott el Djerid salt lake to Douz, ‘the gateway to the Sahara’. Visit the town’s Sahara Museum, highlighting the history and culture of Saharan nomadic life. Overnight at the Tunisian 4-star Melia Mouradi Douz. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Travel to the Berber town of Matmata, to explore the troglodyte houses. Continue to El Djem (4 hrs), to visit the 3rd-century AD Roman amphitheatre. Continue to Sousse, for two nights at the 5-star Mövenpick Sousse Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Visit the ‘Holy City’ of Kairouan, the medina, Great Mosque of Sidi Oqba and the Sidi Sahbi Mausoleum. Return to Sousse to explore the medina and enjoy an afternoon lecture at the Ribat. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Transfer to Tunis airport for the return flight to Heathrow; or extend your stay in Sousse. (B)
Tunisian hotel ratings normally equate to one category lower by British standards.
On occasion alternative hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.
A Tunisian 5-star hotel located on the beach, close to Carthage. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 507 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A Tunisian 4-star mountain hotel in Ain Draham. Restaurant, bar, pools, spa and WiFi (free). 151 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and balcony.
A 5-star beachfront hotel, near Hammamet Beach. Restaurants, bars, pools, spa and WiFi (free). 274 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and balcony.
A Tunisian 4-star hotel located within 10-minute walk from Musée Dar Cheraït. Restaurants, bar, pools, spa and WiFi (free). 255 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and balcony.
A Tunisian 4-star hotel close to Sahara Museum. Restaurant, bar, pools, and WiFi (free - only in the lobby). 180 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and balcony.
A 5-star resort on the beachfront in the heart of city. Restaurants, bars, pools, sauna and WiFi (chargeable). 618 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and terrace or balcony.
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2023: all dates
Single supplement £185
Extra nights – Sousse
(per night) £45 (Sep/Oct £60)
Single supplement £20
Half board £15
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Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £35
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