Jasmine of Tunisia 9 Days - USA Departure


Tunis, Dougga, Hammamet, Kairouan, Tozeur, Chott el Jerid, Douz, Ksar Ghilane, Matmata, Sousse

Small GroupIn-Depth Travel

price starts at:
U$13,099.00+ U$14,299.00

  • Tour Code: USJT09
  • Days: 9 Day(s)
  • Departing From: Fort Lauderdale Orlando San Jose Sacramento Milwaukee Oklahoma City Memphis Charlotte Austin Portland Oregon San Antonio San Diego Miami Philadelphia Phoenix Dallas Denver Detroit Washington, D.C. Houston Seattle Chicago Boston Land Only Montreal Toronto San Francisco Las Vegas Los Angeles Vancouver New York (all airports)
  • Highlights:

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    ☆ Immerse in the unique Tunisian cultural with influences from the Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Crusaders, Ottomans and Arabs

    ☆ Unlock the historical grandeur of ancient Carthage Empire in the archaeological site of Tunis
    ☆ Include a home visit to learn the traditional lifestyle and underground dwellings of the Berbers in Matmata
    ☆ Explore the luxuriant date palm forests in a chain of oases in the Sahara Desert
    ☆ Visit the second largest ancient  Roman style amphitheater in El Djem
    ☆ Take a glimpse of the azure Mediterranean in the Blue and White Sidi Bou Said
    ☆ Small group of no more than 24 passengers
    ☆ Visit 6 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites   


  • Service Language: English
  • Better to Book Before: 30 Day(s)
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ALL PRICES ARE IN USD

DEPOSIT POLICY:

Full Payment is Required at the Time of Booking

Optional program and Upgrades:

Since the seats are limited, we recommend you to choose optional and extension programs at the time of booking.

Group Size:

 No more than 16 passengers for each departure.

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Telephone:1 855.526.1286

ITINERARY

Day 1: Depart from USA/Canada

Onboard international flight

Day 2: Tunis Arrival

Upon arrival, meet & greet and transfer to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day 3: Tunis-Dougga-Hammamet(BD)

After breakfast in the hotel, follow our guide to visit the Bardo National Museum, the second biggest one in North Africa just after Cairo Museum of Egypt featuring the largest collections of Roman mosaics of the whole world.Used to be the site of Beylical Palace, the museum also houses ancient sculptures and rare artifacts from many excavation sites in the country. Take a stroll in the UNESCO listed Medina full of historic palaces, mosques, madrassas and alleyways, souqs, cafes, workshops. Head to the Bab EI Bhar, also known as the Porte De France, connecting the ancient town with the Avenue Habib Bourguiba-Tunisia version of  “Avenue des Champs Elysées”. Drive to Dougga (68mi/110km), a typical Maghreb city from Numidian-Berber, Greek, Roman and Punic period of time with remains of temples, theaters,bathhouses and mausoleum. Considered as “the best preserved Roman small town in North Africa”, Dougga was awarded UNESCO status in 1997.Continue to the coastal city of Hammamet(100mi/160km) famous for majestic beaches and various water sports that attract many Europeans every year.


 Optional Tour: Hammamet by night with dinner@ U$99/person


Come and enjoy the vibrant Arabian night accompanied by singing, dancing and delicious dinner. The local performers and choreographers will offer you a cultural experience like traveling through time and space to the magical world inspired by the 1001 nights tales. You will be entertained by African folklore groups of belly dancers, tribal singers and Berber drummers who come together to deliver this spectacular extravaganza which is a real moment of evasion for you to enrich your entire journey.


Overnight in Hammamet

Day 4: Hammamet-Kairouan-Tozeur(BD)

Morning bus ride to Kairouan(68mi/110km)and roam with our guide to visit this UNESCO former capital. Nicknamed “City with 300 mosques”,Kairouan has a large number of ancient religious monuments which make the city to be the fourth most important holy city in the Arabic world. Step in the Great Mosque de Kairouan, one of the oldest and biggest mosques in North Africa, and marvel at this worshiping place which is almost 1400 years old. Being the prototype for all the minarets of the western Islamic countries, the 35-meter high minaret is the tallest building in the city and it is also the oldest one still standing in the world. Next is Sidi Sahbe Tomb, a lavishly tiled 17-century complex consisting of a mosque, madrasa and mausoleum. Head to the 1100-year-old Aghlabid Pools built for the city of water supply. Today,only two of the fifteen reservoirs are left from ancient times. Continue driving to Tozeur(180mi/290km).


Overnight in Tozeur

Day 5: Tozeur(BD)

Today is free for you to relax or you may join us for an optional day trip with lunch.


 Optional Tour: Full day excursion to Oases and Star Wars Film Sets with lunch@ U$129/person


Let us start with a horse carriage ride to tour the old Medina. Afterwards, get ready to venture into a chain of oases on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Chebika(30mi/50km) which means “Place of the sun” in Arabic language is a well-known oasis where “The English Patient” was shot. Tamerza(25mi/40km) is the largest mountain oasis famous for the steep gorge and spring water falls. Mides(12mi/20km) is the smallest and yet the most impressive oasis amidst the dry and arid desert area.The water has carved its way through the high cliffs, leaving fascinating shapes and colors.Proceed towards Ong Jmal(25mi/40km) by 4X4 cruisers which was named after a rock formation shaped as camel’s neck.Visit the filming locations of “Star Wars” before heading back to the hotel for a restful evening.


Overnight in Tozeur

Day 6: Tozeur-Chott el Jerid-Douz-Ksar Ghilane-Matmata(BD)

Bid farewell to Tozeur and move ahead to Douz(75mi/120km), the “gateway to the Sahara”. Make a stop enroute at Chott el Jerid to take a picture of the 3rd biggest salt pan in the whole world. Mirages are often seen here in the summertime. Used to be a key station along the trans-Saharan trade routes, Douz is now a hub for international tourists to enjoy the desert landscape, rock formations and camel ride(U$50/pp optional).Continue to the vigorous and lush Ksar Ghilane(50mi/80km) noted for hot springs, date palm trees and red sand dunes. Arrive in Matmata(60mi/95km) and check in the hotel.


 Camel ride@ U$50/person


Overnight in Matmata

Day 7: Matmata-El Djem-Sousse(BD)

Start the day by visiting the traditional Troglodyte which is a type of underground cave for the Berber residents. In order to avoid the intense summer heat and direct sunlight, the locals have lived in this artificial pit structure for hundreds of years. Next, sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on the bus to El Djem(175mi/280km). Upon arrival, go straight to the UNESCO site of the Amphitheatre of El Djem, the second largest of its kind just next to the one in Rome. It is one of the best preserved Roman stone ruins around the world built in 238 AD which can hold up to 35000 people. Modeled on the Coliseum of Rome but built on the flat ground, the Amphitheatre of El Djem bears outstanding witness to the prosperity of the city at the time of the Roman Empire in Africa. Keep going to Sousse(44mi/70km),the third largest city in the country and shop till drop at the old Medina well protected by UNESCO. Wander around at Port El Kantaoui and learn why Sousse is nicknamed”The Garden Harbor of the Mediterranean Sea” Check in the hotel for a relaxing evening or you might want to discover the dynamic nightlife by the well-known Karawan Beach.


Overnight in Sousse

Day 8: Sousse-Carthage-Sidi Bou Said-Tunis(BD)

After breakfast in the hotel, you are on the road again to the 3000 years old Ancient City Site of Carthage(100mi/160km). Founded by the Phoenicians, Carthage was once the second most powerful and affluent metropolis by the Mediterranean Sea just after Rome during the Roman period. After the Punic Wars, the Romans came and later on the Vandals, Byzantines, Crusaders, Ottomans and Arabs have occupied the territory one after another and have left their cultural and economic influences in Carthage, making it one of the most brilliant centers of Afro-Roman civilization. This UNESCO awarded site comprises the acropolis of Byrsa, the Punic ports, the necropolises, amphitheater, residences, basilica, Antonine baths and Malaga cisterns which all showcase the old glory of this ancient Punic colony. After a short bus ride, you will be arriving at an amazing Andalusian village-Sidi Bou Said which is so-called one of the three world-renowned Blue and White Romantic towns.Overlooking the Mediterranean on a promontory, this charming “Tunisian Santorini” is never short of picturesque scenes of cobbled alleyways, breathtaking ocean views, Arabic shisha and African music cafes.


Overnight in Tunis


Day 9: Depart for USA/Canada(B)

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home (transfer is not included if you booked the land only package).


*Please note: Depending on the air scheduling and availability, your flight back to USA/Canada may depart very early in the morning the next day (00:00 am-03:00 am). For your final day, you may explore the city on your own and transfer to the airport in the evening. Hotel check-out is before noontime. (Late check-out may be available for a fee subject to the hotel policy).


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Included:

1. Round-trip international flight from New York (All Airports) to Tunis for NO additional charge

The following departure cities are available for additional charge:

Additional U$500/person Miami / Fort Lauderdale / Boston / Washington, D.C. / Orlando
Additional U$600/person
Las Vegas / Austin / Oklahoma / Chicago / Detroit / Memphis / Milwaukee
Additional U$700/person
Dallas / Philadelphia / Charlotte / Houston / Denver / Phoenix / Sacramento / San Antonio / Seattle / Portland / Los Angeles / San Diego / San Francisco / Toronto / Vancouver/ Montreal

Land only package without round-trip international flight ticket: minus U$500/person

2. Hand-picked 4/5-star hotel accommodations

3. Transfer from airport to hotel and hotel to airport (except for land only package)

4. Sightseeing admission fees as listed on the agenda

5. Food as specified on the itinerary

6. Special cultural programs as specified in the schedule

7. Professional English speaking local tour expert

8. All tax and fuel surcharge


Excluded:

1. Travel insurance

2. Any personal expenses

3. Tour extensions and optional programs

4. A Mandatory Service Charge & Tipping U$180/person is required and payable by Credit Card Before Your Final Payment Due Date.

5. Single supplement fee: U$599 (*Our tour price is based on double occupancy and if a single passenger is traveling solo and not sharing room with any roommate for the entire trip, a single supplement fee is charged. If a passenger shares a room with travel partner(s) on the tour, such fee is waived.)

Optional Features

FLIGHT CHOICE:

☆ Regular Flight: We are trying to put you on a direct flight. If this is not possible, you will take flights with moderate layover time: + U$0

☆ Express Flight: We are trying to put you on a direct flight. If this is not possible, you will take flights with limited layover time of less than 6 hours each way

     Price: U$499/person

☆ Swift Flight: You will take a direct flight with no layover guaranteed (if there is (a) direct flight(s) service already existing between your departure gateway and the arrival gateway of your destination country)

     Price: U$899/person

☆ Business Class Upgrade (exclusively available for US departures): Elevate your journey with a luxurious international long-haul flight that defines sophistication and comfort.

     Price: U$6,000/person

 OPTIONAL PROGRAMS (CHOOSE BEFORE THE TRIP STARTS)

 Day 3: Hammamet by night with dinner@ U$99/person

 Day 5: Full day excursion to Oases and Star Wars Film Sets with lunch@ U$129/person

☆ Day 6: Camel ride@ U$50/person

VALUE PACK: Click here to view itinerary
      Price: U$250/person (with extra 10% off)

 RETURN FLIGHT DEVIATION SERVICE:  

1) Return Flight Deviation Service - 3 days (Airport drop-off service not included)

                 Price: U$1,299/person

                 Early Bird Price: U$1,099 

                 Included:

                 *Air Ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary

2) Return Flight Deviation Service - 5 days (Airport drop-off service not included)

                 Price: U$1,399/person

                 Early Bird Price: U$1,199

                 Included:

                 *Air Ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary

3) Return Flight Deviation Service - 6-20 days (Airport drop-off service not included)

                 Price: U$1,499/person

                 Early Bird Price: U$1,299

                 Included:

                 *Air Ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary

*Please note the exact departure date may be selected at a later point prior to final payment or you may specify your preferred return date in the "Remark" Column.


 PRE & POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION SERVICE:

Please contact us for details and pricing whenever you need 

Visa

TUNISIA DOES NOT REQUIRE A VISA FOR USA & CANADA PASSPORT HOLDERS.


Visit the "IATA Travel Centre" for detailed information on country-specific passport, visa and health requirements:

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/passport-visa-health-travel-document-requirements.htm


More about Travel Documents

*It is your responsibility to ensure that you- and any child travelling with you- have all the valid travel documents necessary to enter in, exit from or transit through, each country/region on your itinerary. Note that the documents required for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required for the return.

*Your passport should be valid for six months beyond your date of return. Passport must be in good condition: passport damaged beyond normal wear and tear will not be accepted.

*Consult with the appropriate embassy, high commission or consulate about the travel document requirement for any country that you plan to enter in, exit from or transit through.

*Some country no longer issue paper visas but rather electronic visas. E-Visa holders must present the printed e-Visa and valid passport at the checkpoint.

*International travel with infants and children may be required to show documentary evidence of your relationship and a Letter Consent or permission for the child’s travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present.

*Americans holding dual citizenship must travel to the United States with a valid U.S. passport. American permanent residents returning to the United States from abroad must carry a valid passport and a valid U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

*Canadians holding dual citizenship must travel to Canada with a valid Canadian passport. Canadian permanent residents returning Canada from abroad must carry a valid passport and a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).

Hotels & Flights

HAND-PICKED 4/5 STARS HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:

☆ Tunis: El Mouradi Gammarth Tunis or similar

  (5-star hotel)


☆ Hammamet: Blue Marine or similar

  (5-star hotel)


☆ Tozeur: Hôtel Ras El Ain or similar

  (4-star hotel)


☆ Matmata: Diar El Berber or similar

  (4-star hotel)


☆ Sousse: Mouradi palm marina or similar

  (5-star hotel)


International Air:(*UTOvacation reserves the right to confirm the airlines below)

☆ United Airline:

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☆ Delta Airline:

☆ Air Canada:

☆ Lufthansa Airlines

☆ Jet Airways

☆ Lot Polish Airlines

 Tap Air Portugal

☆ Austrian Airlines

☆ KLM Airlines

 Alitalia

 Air France

 French Bee Airline

 Virgin Atlantic

 Vueling Airlines   

 Air Caraibes   

 Level Airline

 Norwegian Air Shuttle

 Iberia

 Air Italy

 Aeroflot

 Aer Lingus

 Finnair

 Swiss International Air Lines

 Scandinavian Airlines

 Brussels Airlines

 British Airways

 Turkish Airlines

 Ukraine Intl Airlines

 Royal Air Maroc

 Etihad Airways

 Egyptair

 Italia Trasporto Aereo

 Qatar Airways

 Royal Jordanian

 Emirates Airline