Southern Tunisia (2n/3d)

Mermaids Statue in Hammamet

Mermaids Statue in Hammamet

Day 1:  HAMMAMET – KAIROUAN – CHEBIKA – TTAMERZA – TOZEUR
Continental breakfast at hotel and departure to Kairouan, a purely Arab city filled with outstanding examples of the finest Islamic architecture in Tunisia:  the Great Mosque of OKBA, the oldest place of worship in North Africa, and the mausoleum of Sidi Sahab, a companion and a disciple of of the Prophet Mohamed. We will see the impressive pools, built in the 9th century to collect and store winter rainwater. Then into the Medina (old town), the ancient marketplace encircled by 11th-century walls. Then a walking guided tour.through workshops bakeries magnificent houses and religious monument Stop in Kairouan and panoramic visit to Islam Holy City. Continuation to Gafsa, Lunch and departure to Tozeur, we take a walk to see the medieval town.of Tozeur, accomodation at a 4**** Hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 2:  TOZEUR- CHOTT EL DJERID – DOUZ
Continental breakfast at hotel, we drive across the Chott el Jerid,  the great Salt Lake, the barrier between the Sahara and fertile North. If we are lucky, we may see some mirages on the horizon, To town of Douz, the “Gateway of the Sahara”, Accomodation in our Hotel 4**** and free afternoon.    Here you have the opportunity (optional $) to have a camel ride passing through deserted landscape and picturesque sand dunes. Ultra- light airplane or motor glider, Car cross or buggy trip in the Sahara, Spend a night under the stars in a tented camp, Return to hotel Dinner and overnight.

Day 3:  DOUZ – MATMATA– MAHRES – El DJEM- HAMMAMET
Continental breakfast at hotel, departure to Matmata of Star Wars notoriety, but more importantly, center of the most extensive number of traditional troglodyte pit homes in the region. The Berber people built these simple underground dwellings to escape the extremes of weather and any unwelcome invaders, to get a feel for troglodyte living. We will visit one of these dwelling caves, then visit the hotel Sidi Driss, where scenes from the Lars homestead in Star Wars were filmed. Then drive To Mahres for lunch and continuation to El Jem to visit the largest and most spectacular Roman amphitheatre in North Africa. Back to Hammamet Transfer to your hotel of stay.

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