Tunisian Adventure with Hammamet (6764) - 2016 / 2015

11 Day Tour from Tunis to Tunis

Tunisian Adventure with Hammamet
Chott el Jerid is a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia
Chott el Jerid is a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia
Tunis is the capital of the Tunisian Republic
Monastir, Tunisia is a city nestled in the shade of its walls
Admire the detail on the minaret of the Zitouna Mosque in Tunis
The ancient Carthage city ruins
Grand Mosque in Kairouan

Vacation Overview

From Berber villages and awe-inspiring historical architecture to spectacular rocky gorges, Tunisia’s enchanting blend of European sophistication and Arabian exoticism awaits you. Visit the best-preserved Roman remains at Dougga, see the Andalusian-looking port village of Sidi-Dou-Said, and ancient Carthage. From Tunis, continue on to the old town of Monastir, impressive El Djem with its Roman Colosseum, and Sfax on the Gulf of Gabes. At Matmata, see the incredible underground troglodyte village used in the original Star Wars movie, then via Tamezret, and the salt lake of Chott el Jerid to Tozeur. Be enthralled as you travel on the Red Lizard train through the spectacular gorges of Selja, affording plenty of photo opportunities. After the Grand Mosque at Kairouan, return to Tunis for the night before transferring to the “garden resort” of Hammamet for the next three overnights.

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Visits Tunis, Dougga, Sidi-Bou-Said, Carthage, Monastir, El Djem, Sfax, Matmata, Tamezret, Douz, Chott el Jerid, Gafsa, Kairouan

Scenic Highlights:
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Local Guide for Eden Palm Museum in Tozeur. Professional Tour Director while touring


  • December 20 Departure – Christmas week

Day 1Arrive in Tunis, Tunisia

Welcome to the capital city of Tunisia! Check into your hotel, then the rest of the day is free to acquaint yourself with Tunis. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2Tunis. Excursion to Dougga, Sidi-Bou-Said & Carthage

A delightful blend of ancient and modern, Tunis has a colorful medina (Old Town) and a contemporary city center. Enjoy the included excursion to DOUGGA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, hailed as the best-preserved ruins of a small Roman town in North Africa. Also visit the Andalusian-looking port village of Sidi-Bou-Said and the ancient CARTHAGE CITY RUINS. (B,L,D)

Day 3Tunis–Monastir–El Djem–Sfax

This morning, head to Monastir, a city nestled in the shade of its walls. Visit the opulent BOURGUIBA MAUSOLEUM, final resting place of the founder and first president of Tunisia. Then, on to EL DJEM, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the continent’s most impressive Roman ruins. Capable of seating 35,000 spectators, the imposing 3rd-century Roman amphitheater was supported by a complex system of arches and rivals the Colosseum in Rome. Continue to the ancient city of Sfax on the Gulf of Gabes, a former Barbary pirate stronghold and now Tunisia’s secondlargest city. (B,D)

Day 4Sfax–Matmata–Chot El Jerid–Tozeur

After a visit to the medina of Sfax, journey to Matmata, renowned for its underground troglodyte village that was inhabited until the 1960s and served as the setting for the original Star Wars film. Follow the twisting road to Tamezret with its stone houses and streets lined with high walls—a complete contrast to Matmata! Travel westward via Kebili and Chot El Jerid salt flats, Tunisia’s largest salt lake where it is possible to see mirages and buy mineral samples. Arrive in Tozeur for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 5Tozeur

Tozeur is an important oasis on the ancient caravan route between Algeria and Tunisia. Today we start the day with a visit to the Eden Palm Museum, situated in an oasis. Your guide will explain the history and traditions of life on the oasis, and there is a chance to taste some local products, like chocolate, jam, or syrup made with dates. The afternoon is free for you to relax and to enjoy life in the oasis. In the evening, enjoy an included dinner and folklore show in Tozeur or dinner in hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 6Tozeur–Red Lizard Train–Gafsa–Kairouan

After breakfast, drive to Metlaoui to board the historic RED LIZARD TRAIN for a spectacular 2-hour journey. Built by the French at the end of the 19th century to transport mined phosphates, in 1940 the train was given as a gift to the Bey of Tunis. Today, it runs along the old mining tracks through the breathtaking Selja Gorges, affording plenty of opportunities to take stunning photographs. Stop for lunch in Gafsa, then travel on to the sacred city of Kairouan for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)

Day 7Kairouan–Tunis

This morning, visit the GREAT MOSQUE with its 414 marble, granite, and porphyry columns, one of the oldest places of worship in the Islamic world. Next, head north and return to Tunis for a final overnight. Visit the MEDINA and the famous BARDO MUSEUM, housing the finest Roman mosaics in the world. (B,D)

Day 8Tunis–Hammamet

Transfer to Hammamet for a 3-night stay at the first-class Sindbad, Hammamet hotel. (B,D)

Days 9-10At Leisure in Hammamet

Relax and enjoy Tunisia’s “garden resort,” spend time on the beach, or maybe go to the Old Town to discover the medina. (B,D)

Day 11Hammamet–Tunis

Transfer to the Tunis airport, where your vacation ends. (B)

Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Tunis if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Red Lizard train ride

TUNIS Sheraton (F)
SFAX Golden Tulip Sfax (F)
TOZEUR Ksar Rouge (F)
KAIROUAN La Kasbah (F)
HAMMAMET Sindbad (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 4 lunches; 8 dinners

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Tunisian Adventure with Hammamet:

  • Medina of Tunis
  • Dougga

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