Step Back in Time at the Signature Tunisia
With its desert oasis, cosmic landscapes & ancient Berber architecture made famous in the Star Wars movie series, this otherworldly African country makes for a blockbuster of an adventure.
So exotic is our take on Tunisia that National Geographic Traveler just awarded our customizable trip to this North African country as one of their Tours of a Lifetime! Discover Tunisia's vast mosaic of wonders as you tour Tunis, El Kef, Kairouan, Tozeur, Ksar Ghilane, Tataouine, Sfax & Sousse with the luxury of private guide & driver.
Swim at an oasis, see Roman ruins half as old as time, haggle like a local for jewelry at the souks, the journey to the Gateway of the Sahara, overnight at a Berber camp, visit an island paradise & stumble across abandoned Star Wars sets. Featuring stylish camps, kasbahs & hotels, this private guided adventure promises to truly be a ‘Tour of a Lifetime.’
Kensington Tours offer local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to the airport.
Accommodation: Sheraton Tunis Hotel & Towers
Ideally located in the central business and diplomatic district, the Sheraton Tunis Hotel & Towers overlooks the entire city of Tunis. Inside, the knowledgeable concierge service will put guests at ease, making restaurant reservations or recommending local attractions. All of the 285 guest rooms feature balconies with city views. The Towers rooms include evening cocktail service and hors d'oeuvres in the private Towers Lounge.
Keep in touch with the full-service business center, providing 24-hour Internet and e-mail access through WIFI. The hotel also offers thoughtful services like complimentary parking and a car-rental desk right on the premises. Re-energize at the state-of-the-art SPA and fitness center, take a plunge in the outdoor swimming pool, or utilize the indoor whirlpool with aqua gym. SPA services include everything from balneotherapy, hydrotherapy to massages and beauty treatments.
Enjoy this day of touring beginning with a visit to the National Museum of Bardo. This museum holds an extensive collection of ancient Roman mosaic, considered one of the largest, complete collections in the world. Next, visit the Medina of Tunis, exploring the narrow souk lined streets before heading to lunch. Next, head out to visit the ancient city of Carthage.
Explore the ruins which surround this once prosperous Roman city including stops at the Tophet, the Phoenician cemetery, the Punic Harbours, Antonin's Bath, the Carthage Museum and the Saint Louis Cathedral. Continue from here to the village of Sidi Bou Said, boasting spectacular breathtaking views of the Gulf of Tunis.
Depart from Tunis and travel to one of the best preserved Roman historical sites in all of Tunisia, Dougga. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Dougga is an outstanding example of ancient Roman architecture, with numerous well preserved columns and structures spread across this 65 hectare site. Next, head out to explore the archaeological site of Bulla Regia, known for its semi-subterranean housing, and outstanding collection of Roman mosaics. Upon completion of the tour a transfer to El Kef is provided.
- Accommodation: Dar Chennoufi
The charming Dar Chennoufi lies in the heart of a region once known as the kingdom of Jugurtha, amidst a six hectare olive grove, only a few kilometres from the medina of Le Kef. This hotel welcomes its guests with its truly convivial and authentic atmosphere. Surrounded by nature and exquisite quietness, Dar Chennoufi is an excellent starting point to visit the numerous historic and geological sites of the region and a perfect place to relax, discover or refresh oneself.
Enjoy breakfast, bright and early in the morning before departing toward the city of Makthar. Formerly known as Mactaris during the reign of the Roman Empire, this ancient location is littered with ruins of Roman architecture. Explore the many arches, amphitheatres and temples of this once occupied city, before traveling to the holy city of Kairouan.
Set out to Kairouan for a walk through this holy Islamic city, founded in 671 by Okba Ibn Nafâa. It centralized location, proved beneficiary in adding to its renowned reputation for unique, elegant carpet manufacturing, which feature across a wide range of mosques.
Visit the impressive Mosque Sidi Okba, founded in the 7th century; this marvel reflects the greatness of the Islam Empire during this era. Visit the Aghlabiden pool, the city's main water reservoir, followed by a stop at Saint Abou Zemaa El Balaoui, also known as the "prophet Berber". Explore the old town (Medina) and enjoy walking through its characteristic markets (the souks).
- Accommodation: La Kasbah
La Kasbah is seated in Kairouan, the focal point for many Muslim pilgrims traveling from around the world. This hotel, with a luxurious inside and a sober outlook, merges harmoniously into the Arab-Islamic architecture of the city of Kairouan. The hotel was recently constructed to incorporate certain ancient areas that have been restored, such as the Turkish Café and restaurant à la carte of rare beauty. With a simple, Arab-influenced layout and design, each guest room promises all the amenities of home as well as international phones. Pass the time lounging by the pool or sipping Turkish coffee at the cafe.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to Sbeitla for some exploration around the ruins of this once flourishing, Roman city. Similar to the monuments at Dougga, Sbeitla is renowned as one of the best preserved Roman, archaeological sites in all of Tunisia.
The history of this once bustling city is unknown, but the presence of such megalithic structures led researcher and historians to believe this area was quite undeveloped until the Roman occupation. Next, travel to Tozeur, home to one of the most famous oasis in the world, surrounded by 200 springs, and sheltered by an estimated 400000 palm trees.
- Accommodation: Dar Cherait
Get into the wonderful world of the Dar Cherait Hotel, a legendary palace situated in the heart of the Tozer palm forest that has so enchantingly grown from the desert. The beauty and refinement of this palace discreetly fits this unforgettable paradise.
After breakfast, a private vehicle with driver will provide the travel means required for touring through the Sahara canyons and oases. Begin with a visit to the old mountain perched town of Chebika which hosts a natural spring that supplies water to the oasis. Next, travel to Tamerza, a once lively town but was abandoned after severe flooding in 1969. Take a chance to admire the local waterfall before visiting the canyons of Mides, located near the Algerian border. Upon completion of the days touring a return transfer to Tozeur is provided.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, depart towards Ksar Ghilane Oasis. The warm water spring provides an excellent water temperature, perfect for a soothing bath. After checking into camp, where a lunch will be provided it off across the dunes to visit the Ksar Ouled Soltane, an ancient Roman fort, seemingly abandoned as if to have been drowned by the sand of the dunes.
- Accommodation: Capement Yadis Ksar Ghilane
A shimmering mirage awaits you in the Tunisian Sahara - nestled at its own oasis in the midst of the desert, offering its charm and shade, its spring and the whispering waters of its seguias: Capement Yadis Ksar Ghilane welcomes you to this hospitable land of colours and contrasts, spices and scents. Located southeast of Zaafrane, in the southern part of Tunisia, accessible by 4x4 from Djerba (3 hours), Douz and Tozeur (4 hours), the Capement Yadis Ksar Ghilane is a refreshing stop after the first waves of the Erg, a place to wonder at the softness of the dunes, the majesty of the mountains, the transparency of the desert nights, the vivacity of that which is deceptively barren.
After an early breakfast, depart towards Tataouine for some touring. Upon your arrival into Tataouine, visit the old hilltop Berber village Chenini, one of the remaining Tunisian villages where the Berber dialect is still spoken. After checking into the hotel, and lunch, hit the road to visit the various surrounding area Ksar, which were ancient Berber granaries used to stockpile crops.
- Accommodation: Sangho Privilege
The Sangho Privilege is a haven for adventurers touring the fortified granaries of the Ksour. The four-star Sangho Tataouine is an architectural gem. A complex of 62 stone bungalows of the local rough red brown stone follow the contours of the hill side on which they are built. The lush gardens along the winding stone paths attract rare desert birds. There is a side courtyard with a fireplace and traditional goat hair tent for evenings under the piercing stars which penetrate the black desert sky.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
- Accommodation: Golden Yasmine Olivier Palace
Freshly renovated, Les Oliviers Palace in Sfax, Tunisia, is a sleek choice of accommodations for visitors to North Africa. Each of the 137 rooms promise carefully chosen themes as decided by international designers. Some rooms feature kitchenettes, while all have heating and air conditioning that guest can personalize.
Dine at any of the two restaurants on site, which serve a variety of European and local cuisine. Its downtown location gives guest the perfect opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and cultures of this marvellous Tunisian city and it surroundings. This property can be described as a blend of classical architecture combined with the most modern amenities.
Hit the road for El Jem, a once thriving Roman agricultural region, boasting its grandiose Colosseum, second only in size to that of Rome, attests to the area's great wealth during the Roman reign. The sight of this amphitheatre rising in the distance like a Colossus is both wondrous and slightly strange as the present surroundings give no hint of its former importance.
It was the scene of games and circuses during the ancient Roman times, with a capacity of holding 35000 viewers. Hit the road to visit Mahdia, the first capital of Fatimid dynasty, situated on a rocky peninsula, 1500m in length and less than 500m in width. Next, continue to Monastir, a modern resort and harbour town, located along the Dkhila coast. Visit the area Ribat or fortress, this defensive structure was built along the southern coast of the Mediterranean, forming a defensive wall stretching as far as Morocco and Egypt. These walls were aimed at protecting the Muslim empire from sea invasions. Next, visit the Bourguiba’s Mausoleum before continuing to Sousse. With such a mild climate, calm and beautiful coastline it is no wonder why Sousse has long captivated audiences as ancient as the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs, who later all settled in this lovely town.
- Accommodation: El Mouradi Palace
El Mouradi Palace is a hotel in an Arabian style, at the same time a high standing leisure spot with up to date facilities. El Mouradi Palace is located in the heart of the resort of Port El Kantaoui, alongside a superb beach and facing a 36-hole golf course while the town of Sousse is 10 kilometres away.
After breakfast, the tour begins with a visit to Zaghouan. This quaint town is famed for its roses, which were originally cultivated by Muslim refugees whom departed Spain in the 17th century. Zaghouan is also known as the source location of water used to feed the city of Carthage, via aqueduct, during Roman times. Next, depart to Tuburbo Majus, or Colonia Julia Aurelia Commoda, as it was referred to during the Roman era, which was originally a Punic town converted into a Roman veteran's colony. Continue to Tunis, stopping along the way to take photos of some ancient Roman aqueducts.
- Accommodation: Dar El Medina
This Dar El Medina is a 12 room hotel is a converted traditional house located right in the Tunis Medina. It features whitewashed and tiled surroundings, with latticed windows. The many-levelled mansion is a surprise after the narrow street, with inner courtyards providing light, space and shade. Interiors mix Eastern richness and modern geometry. There’s also a terrace with city views over medina rooftops – a wonderful place to be at the time of the call to prayer.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to the airport.
Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)
Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.
12 days from $4995*
- Step back in time at the Colosseum of El Jem.
- Explore the Ksar Ouled Soltane, seemingly drowned by sand dunes.
- Visit the breathtaking Sahara canyons and oases.
- Embark on a private guided tour of the highlights of Tunis.
- Featuring expertly selected hotels.
Trip Terms & Conditions
- Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
- Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
- Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
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* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.
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