Day 1: Tunis or Hammamet-El Jem-Gabes-Matmata-Douz
After breakfast, you’ll depart with you professional guide for El Jem, where you’ll visit one of the largest amphitheaters built by the Romans. Continue to Gabes via Skhira.In Gabes you’ll marvel at the oases by the gulf of Syrta, overlooking the sea. Take time to visit Souk Jara, and consider an optional carriage ride (for an additional fee).Matmata is the next stop. This is a Berber village that’s actually built into a mountain. The pitted lunar landscape was used by Spielberg in filming Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. See the famous troglodyte houses that were carved into the rock surface .Entrance is through giant craters.After lunch at a local restaurant you’ll continue on to Douz, the Gate of the Desert. You’ll stop at the 4-star Mouradi Douz hotel for drinks before heading out on a camel ride to the magnificent dunes. Other options (for an additional fee) include Go-karting or flying in a ULM plane. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Douz-Tozeur-Ong Jemel
You’ll rise early, in time to admire the sun rising over the sand dunes. After breakfast, you’ll visit Douz and the oases of Zaâfrane, Nouiel, and Blidet.The tour continues on to Tozeur via Chott El Jerid, known for its palm trees and dates. When you arrive in Tozeur, you’ll stop at the hotel to enjoy a buffet lunch.In the afternoon, you’ll head to the desert to see Ong Jemel, where Star Wars and The English Patient were filmed. On your return to Tozeur, you can visit Dar Cherait Museum (entrance fee not included in the tour price). Enjoy dinner under a tent in Planet Oasis, with drinks including wine, soft drinks, and water, and be entertained by a folklore show. Overnight at El Mouradi Tozeur hotel.
Day 3: Tozeur-Chebika-Tamerza-Mides-Gafsa-Sbeitla-Kairouan-Hammamet
After breakfast you’ll visit an oasis in the mountains. See the old village of Chebika and the palm grove. In Tamerza, you’ll stop in the old village and at the waterfall. Continue on to Mides, where you’ll visit the canyons. After lunch in Gabes, you’ll depart for Sbeitla for a visit to an archaeological site. See the holy Islamic city of Kairouan, founded in 671 by Okba Ibn Nafâa. The town, located in the very center of Tunisia, is famous for its carpets and numerous mosques. Sidi Okba, founded in the 7th century, reflects the greatness of the Islamic empire of the time. Visit the old town and enjoy some free time in the souk. Afterwards, you’ll travel back to Hammamet or Tunis.