Tunisia sits north of the vast Sahara Desert in North Africa on the shores of the Mediterranean and is a great option for a short haul winter sun break. There are desert adventures for groups and families, city tours and escorted cultural group tours.
Before the Roman Empire encompassed Tunisia, it was ruled by the Berbers, Phoenicians and Greeks. After they left there have been a mix of Byzantine, Norman and Ottoman rulers. Explore an incredible blend of ancient ruins with stylish 19th century French architecture and enjoy tasty French Arab cuisine. Tunisia is a fabulous destination for historians.
The capital city Tunis sits to the north east on the Mediterranean and has new and old parts to it. The new city feels modern and European, but the old city has been unchanged for centuries. The Tunis medina is a 12th century old town and has been a world heritage site since 1979, full of busy souks and a maze of streets. Have fun haggling for bargains, local crafts and products such as leather goods, slippers, spices and carpets are popular. There are around 700 monuments here including mosques, palaces and fountains. Three hours from Tunis is the ruined city of Bulla Regia with underground houses remarkably preserved.
Escorted tours to Tunisia can include things like a half day city tour of Tunis including walking the Medina. A full day tour would also take in the fine collection of Roman Mosaics at the Bardo Museum and the Roman archaeological site of Carthage. Alternatively, book a full day tour at Dougga, an amazing ruined city. Many experienced guides in history and archaeology can show you round this fascinating country.
The ancient city of Carthage was a key part of the Roman Empire and one of the most successful trading ports in North Africa. It’s just 15 minutes from Tunis and the ancient city was destroyed after the Punic war ended in 146BC. The pretty blue and white village of Sidi Bou Said nearby is popular with writers and artists. Further south in Tunisia is Kairouan, known as the ‘city of 50 mosques’ which flourished in the ninth century under the Aghlabid dynasty.
Desert adventures usually operate from Djerba and there are plenty of options from one day to a week to experience life with the Berbers in the Sahara. Learn how to bake bread in the sand and experience the stunning landscapes of the shifting dunes, accompanied by camel trains and sleeping in Berber tents or under the stars.
Ask me to tailor make a holiday to Tunisia for you. There are a range of escorted tours and group adventures, some with solo departures and private tours can also be booked.