12 Day Tunisia Adventure

Small Groups: Max 12

Trip price: $3390

Deposit $1200

Travelling independently to Tunisa can be great – if you have, time, patience, and a big helping of local knowledge. If not, you’ll miss some of the best secrets. How do you find great authentic restaurants, and see those places that don’t appear on the “tourist trail”? How do you get around? Wouldn’t you like your transport to stop just to take a photo, check out a market, or take in the scenery?

Our Untour concept is simple – a small gang of like-minded women seeing the sights, cities, villages, deserts, and mountains worth seeing – and avoiding the tourist traps. We make time to stop and just take it all in, and you’ll enjoy the freedom to enjoy things your way.

Highlights

A galaxy not that far away: you will feel like you’re on another planet, surrounded by the natural grandeur used as spectacular backdrops and set locations for many movies

From blue seas to sandy deserts: seaside cities and fishing villages, jagged hilltops and canyons, salt lakes, lush oases, and the world's greatest desert

Clash of civilizations: explore the ruins of Carthage, Roman amphitheatres, Berber villages, holy Islamic sites, and taste the unique influences that have created the cuisine of modern Tunis

Enjoy a Sahara campfire under the stars, a visit to the massive amphitheatre of Jem, explore the beautiful Djerba Island and Dougga, a UNESCO heritage roman town

Enjoy delicious Tunisian cuisine, shop for handmade rugs in Kairouan and enjoy a home cooked lunch with villagers!

Small groups, maximum 12 spots

Trip Details

Price

$3,390 AUD

$1200 AUD deposit. Airfare & Tips not included. Twin share – we’ll match you with a traveller if you’re solo!

Single supplement: $940. (Two available.)

Tip Kitty of 80 EUR.


Trip length

12 days, 11 nights


Dates

Starts: 21 April 2023

Ends: 02 May 2023


Meeting point

Hotel Carlton, Tunis


Ending point

Hotel Carlton, Tunis


Group size

Maximum 12 — guaranteed departure


Participation requirements

Please see our “Is this trip right for you?” section to see the participation requirements


Included

  • Transport: Private vehicle.
  • Leader/Guide: 1 English speaking tour leader throughout. Local guides as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Entrance/Admission: Fees, where applicable with included activities.
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis .Note: Flight Details are required 60 days in advance of your departure date.
  • Our bus is connected to the Internet whenever you need it (where available). Coffee, cake, snacks and drinks are included. We’ll help you out with customs, culture, and currency exchange. We will help you with whatever we can think of to provide the best possible experience – introductions to our local friends, photography tips or pointers to alternative food options. We won’t skimp on inclusions, there really are no “added extras” or “optional activities” on our trip – we offer the best value and quality adventure in Tunisia.

Not included

  • Tip Kitty, 80 EUR or Equivalent.
  • Visa (Australian passport holders do not require a visa.)
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Personal Expenditure
  • Personal Insurance

Why Choose This Tour?

Visit a country that offers everything yet isn’t jammed with tourists - the vibrancy of the medina of Tunis, some of the best Roman historical monuments to be found anywhere, rich Islamic culture and history, green oases in the Sahara Desert

Our trip leader is one of a kind, with a passion for Tunisian history and culture.. Plus perhaps the most important bit: he knows exactly where the great food is hidden

The accommodation is perfectly located and handpicked – we’re chasing an amazing time during the day plus a good night’s rest

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Itinerary

DAY 1: HELLO TUNISIA

Welcome to Tunis! Check in to our historical (and fancy) hotel and we’ll meet as a group for our first activity – a gentle welcome walk through Tunis. Our accommodation is located in the midst of the best part of the city, so we’ll take a slow stroll through the labyrinth and check out the hidden nooks that make the local medina so special. Save some room for a very special dinner – in our humble opinion, it’s the best restaurant in Tunis!

Accommodation:Hotel Carlton (or similar)
Included:Dinner

DAY 2: CARTHAGE AND TUNIS

Head out of the medina today towards the oldest part of Tunis: the ruins of Carthage (a UNESCO Heritage site) was THE arch-rival of Rome. Known for child sacrifice rituals, Carthage was crushed into history by a brutal Roman siege. La Goulette is nearby – a beachside town popular with locals, where we’ll get the chance to pick out some recently caught fish and bask in the atmosphere as it grills, before exploring Tunis itself a bit further to wind up the day.

Accommodation:Hotel Carlton (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 3: KAIROUAN

The road beckons us today and Sousse is our first stop. It’s a busy coastal town that has seen millennia of history and Roman mosaics are one of the highlights that you’ll see as we wander the streets before lunch. Then on to Kairouan – a revered UNESCO Heritage centre of Islamic history (and also famous for its rugs!) Our accommodation, the Kasbah, is a highlight in itself.

Accommodation: La Kasbah (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 4: EL JEM

The amphitheatre of El Jem is incredible: imagine the Colosseum without the hordes and you’re getting an idea! Then, a real treat – the Aghlabid Basins, an ingenious hydraulic system that kept Kairouan supplied with water for over 1000 years. The human creativity on display here will change your perceptions. 

We’ve also got a surprise for you before we climb aboard a ferry to Djerba, a ridiculously beautiful island (yes, even by Australian standards!) Once there, check out the awesome local street art in the old Jewish town, or just relax.

Accommodation: Guesthouse Dar Dhiafa (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: DJERBA

Google Djerba and you’ll find beautiful beaches and package tourism. Yet, beneath this layer lies something much more fascinating: an abandoned 6 star resort that is emblematic of the Jasmine Revolution of 2010. Learn about this recent history amongst eerie yet beautiful surroundings – the beach here is stunning. After lunch, we’ll get back onto the mainland and head towards the edge of the Sahara. A poolside sunset barbecue awaits.

Accommodation: Hotel Sangho Privilege (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 6: TATAOUINE

The edge of the desert contains surprises. Tataouine – made famous by the Star Wars films is a fascinating town with hilltop caves and below ground dugouts built by the local Berber population. We’ll have some tea in the quaint cave of some friends of ours, and then head up to a nearby Berber village wedged on top of some cliffs. You’ll be amazed – how does a place like this even come to exist? Then we will relax back at the hotel and prepare ourselves. The great Sahara desert awaits!

Accommodation: Hotel Sangho Privilege (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 7: THE SAHARA

Welcome to the one and only Sahara desert. The stuff of legends, it lives up to the hype! Jump into our off-road equipped vehicles for an exploration including a very unique lunch visit. Save your appetite, that’s all we’re telling you. Then, further exploration, finished off with a sunset campfire. The sky will darken, and then, the magic: turn your eyes heavenward for the most spectacular view of the day.

Being 2 hours away from the nearest light source, the Milky Way will blow you away. Accommodation for tonight is a comfy desert camp.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Campement Zmela Labrissa (or similar)

DAY 8: TOZEUR

We’ll bid farewell to the Sahara in style today as we cross a series of multi-coloured salt lakes. A post-lunch highlight is a visit to the Les Refroidisseurs d’Eau – so far off the tourist trail that you cannot find it in any other itinerary (it pays to know the locals!). It’s a local favourite that collects all the hot mineral water bubbling out of the desert and cools it down for use. Our accommodation for tonight is located right in the middle of a gorgeous oasis. You’re going to love it.

Accommodation: Diar Abou Habibi (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 9: SIGHTS OF THE SANDS

Desert sands, salt lakes, oases, date farms and picturesque views – the backdrop today is magnificent as we visit the surreal town of Mos Espa. Decaying slowly, it was built as a set for the Star Wars movie franchise, a worthwhile visit even for non-fans. After a brief stop wandering the mudbrick laneways of Tozeur, we’ll be back relaxing at our wonderful oasis accommodation. (If you are a big Star Wars fan, tell our guide – he’s got one more trick hidden up his sleeve.)

Accommodation: Diar Abou Habibi (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 10: SBEITLA

Today, we start to close the loop with a 5 hour drive back north. Have you ever heard of the city of Sbeitla? This is where the Islamic conquest of Africa began – totally changing the course of history. You can feel it in the air here and we’ll get some time to check out some Roman ruins and other points of interest before enjoying a wild boar lunch – a favoured meal tradition stretching back millennia. Tomorrow is our last full day (already!?) so we’ll have the chance to explore the town and collect new memories.

Accommodation: Hotel Thugga (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 11: DOUGGA

If Dougga were in Italy, it’d be on the bucket list of every traveller worldwide. A remarkably preserved Roman town – the best of its kind in Africa. Close your eyes: for one brief second you’ll hear the echoes of the hubbub of daily life of centuries past. The massive theatre and temple are memorable, but it’s the human touches they left behind – such as the mosaics in living rooms that will stay with you.

Accommodation: Hotel Carlton (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 12: FAREWELL

The most difficult part of the journey awaits us today – farewells! After 12 days exploring this miraculous country, it will be hard to tear yourself away from your new friends. Alas, it must be so: we’ll breakfast together, swap emails, and then head on to new destinations. Perhaps take one last chance to explore the Tunis medina and if you haven’t already, we recommend that you pick up a rug to take home to fondly recall your new memories.

Included: Breakfast

The Essential Info

Brace yourself – our guide for this trip is a… Man!!

Ghazi Limem was born and lives near Hammamet, Tunisia. He’s led countless visitors throughout the most famous, and infamous, sites all over his country. An avid researcher with unique insight into the history and archaeology of Tunisia, Ghazi will happily chat about the many questions you are sure to have whilst exploring his homeland.

With seventeen years of experience, Ghazi is recognized as one of the leading guides and mentors in Tunisia. He’s a lot of fun to be around – and always knows where the best local cafe or restaurant is.

We trialled various guides, both men and women, and Ghazi was by some distance the best. The choice was easy! You’ll love him just as much as we do.

WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD?

We absolutely love Tunisian food! This trip includes breakfast and lunch every single day. Order whatever you like, it’s all included. Usually, we’ll be sitting down at a restaurant (we know the best local joints in each city), but we don’t mind the occasional picnic or tasty street-food snacks. Hearty, local, fresh, plenty of variety, and we’ll take care of your dietary requirements.

Note: we include tea, coffee, desserts (and deserts), juices, water, ice-cream, and more. By nights you’ll have flexibility – some dinners are included, and some nights are more relaxed – you’re always welcome to join us, or go it alone if you have a specific craving. Just ask for recommendations!

We’ll enjoy a traditional meal around a campfire under the stars in the Sahara. We’ll also munch down some delicious street food in Tunis. Either way, the goal is for your stomach to be content.

Frequently Asked Questions

Reserve your place at Patch Adventures.com.au or email contact@patchadventures.com.au. There is a maximum group size of 12.

A deposit of $600 is required to hold your spot. Payment can be made by credit card (fees apply) or bank deposit. 

Due to Covid, we have introduced a ‘change your mind’ guarantee: the deposit is refundable until 31 March 2022.

A second installment of $1100 is needed by April 1, 2022. This is a condition unique to Mongolia; as deposits need to be sent in advance to secure limited accommodations.

From there, the final balance of the trip is required 95 days in advance of the departure date. Our suppliers require upfront payment well in advance to guarantee availability.

Note: prior to the payment of your full balance, the final price may change if there is significant variation in the AUD:EUR exchange rate; this trip pricing is based on an exchange rate of 1 AUD: 0.64 EUR. Please refer to the full terms and conditions for further information.

Please refer to the full terms and conditions.

This tour doesn’t have any dedicated exercise component. So long as you’re capable of walking for several hours with breaks around a town, you’ll be fine. This trip is sadly not appropriate for those who need to use walking aids. In reserving your trip, you confirm that you have the basic fitness level required to do a 2-3 hour walking tour.

 

Airfares are not included. We have a travel agent partner that can help arrange your flights.

Yes. It is $900 AUD and there are two available. This is a condition placed by our accommodation providers and is being charged strictly at cost.

Yes, unless you reserve the single supplement option. Everyone is here to have a great time and we’ll do our best to match like with like. Of course, if there’s a need to rotate things around, we’ll do that too.

Our guide will assist you to change money while on the ground. In most towns there are ATMs where you can easily take money out.

You will have private transport with the same driver and the same bus 100% of the time. The vehicle is modern, spacious, comfortable and air-conditioned. Our hand-picked local drivers are safe, experienced, and friendly. Reliable private transportation is the key to seeing Tunisia.

Tunisia has a level of safety comparable with Europe. Tunisians are friendly, hospitable, and welcoming. They will chat with you on the streets, and tourists are treated with respect – by the locals and the authorities.

There’s no need to wear a hijab, as  Tunisia is a relatively moderate country. That being said, the countryside is a bit more conservative in general. In these areas, we recommend covering your shoulders and knees.

Feel free to bring your bathers though – there’s a beach you can swim at, and a bunch of pools along the way.

Actually, no. The climate at the end of March is quite temperate and pleasant – expect high teens to low 20s.

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