TUNISIA / REGULAR SMALL GROUP / 2021

TUNISIA

REGULAR SMALL GROUP

2021

Discover North Africa’s Ancient Empire

OCTOBER 19th – 25th, 2021

Discover
North Africa’s
Ancient Empire

OCTOBER 19th – 25th, 2021

Tunis, Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, Kairouan, El Jem, Sousse & Tozeur

Just on the other side of Mediterranean sea, awaits a land dotted with impressive monuments dating from Roman times, culinary delights and eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tunisia breathes history. During your stay you will stroll through alleyways, markets, squares, meet the sun at the top of the dunes, wander through the old medina and feel the amazing energy of the authentic villages: welcome to a journey from 1100 BC to the 17th Century. Tunisia famous for its exquisite leather goods, painted tiles and plates, hand-woven silk and linen, discover an art revealing ancestral know-how.
This is Tunisia, just a bit different. 

Tunis, Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, Kairouan, El Jem, Sousse & Tozeur

Just on the other side of Mediterranean sea, awaits a land dotted with impressive monuments dating from Roman times, culinary delights and eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tunisia breathes history. During your stay you will stroll through alleyways, markets, squares, meet the sun at the top of the dunes, wander through the old medina and feel the amazing energy of the authentic villages: welcome to a journey from 1100 BC to the 17th Century. Tunisia famous for its exquisite leather goods, painted tiles and plates, hand-woven silk and linen, discover an art revealing ancestral know-how.
This is Tunisia, just a bit different. 

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About Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator

CARLOS MELIA / OUR HOST 
Northern Africa has always captured my attention. Coming to Tunisia for the first time, I was expecting to find a new alternative to Morocco, to which I have been many times. Now what I discovered, was far more fascinaitng and yet unexpected. Tunisia, with its Mediterranean and ancient Imperial influence, stands on its own as a destination to be explored from Tunis onwards to the Sahara Dessert. Join me on this journey to Tunisia. – Carlos Melia

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DATES
OCTOBER 19th – 25th, 2021
GROUP SIZE
Minimum 6 ppl / Maximum 10 ppl
HOST
Carlos Melia
ITINERARY OUTLINE
OCTOBER 19 – Arrive to Tunis
OCTOBER 20 – Tunis
OCTOBER 21 – Tunis / El Jem / Sousse
OCTOBER 22 – Sousse / Tozeur
OCTOBER 23 – Tozeur
OCTOBER 24 – Tozeur / Tunis
OCTOBER 25 – Tunis
ACCOMMODATION
Tunis / Medina – Dar El Jeld
Sousse – Dar Antonia
Tozeur – Dar Tozeur
Tunis / Medina – Dar El Jeld
SUGGESTED INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
(*) Contact us for assistance & information
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
Tozeur > Tunis – OCTOBER 24th @ 07PM
(*) Included in the itinerary
OPTIONAL PRE & POST ADD-ONS
> Extended Stay in Tunis
> Connecting to Sicily
> Connecting to Paris
> Marrakesh & Des, Morocco
(*) To be offered upon individual request. More information to be found below.

OUR PRICING
Double based – from EUR 3190 p/person
Single based – from EUR 3810 p/person
(*) Introductory rate, based on double and single occupancy. Prices are subject to change.
(**) Need a roommate? we may be able to assist you with, at no additional charge.
Included:
> Services as mentioned on the itinerary
> Meals as mentioned on the itinerary
> Hotels in Tunis, Sousse & Tozeur
> Local English Speaking Guides
> Entrance Tickets
> One Way Domestic Flight Tozeur / Tunis
Not Included:
> International & Regional Flights to/from Tunisia
> 19% VAT
> Tips
> Personal expenses nor Services not specified
> Visas
> Travel & Medical Insurance. Contact us for assistance
> Alcoholic Beberages

IMPORTANT
Passports: All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Tunisia. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. Most destinations, including Tunisia, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.
Visas: Tunisia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States of America for a stay up to 120 days. Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Tunisia. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa.
While we will assist when needed, please note that passport, visa, and vaccination requirements vary from country to country and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. If you are a US resident, you may visit Travel.State.Gov for more information on passport, visa, and vaccination requirements for various countries.
Medical & Travel Insurance: Unfortunately, sometimes things happen in life which means your plans may have to change. That is why we strongly recommend taking out Travel & Medical Insurance to cover all eventualities. Contact us if you may need our assistance.

SMALL TRAVEL GROUPS

PERU / JUNE 2021
A GILDED JOURNEY INTO THE
INCA EMPIRE

Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley. June 29th – July 04th 2019

TERMS & CONDITIONS

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY / OVERVIEW 
DAY 01
OCTOBER 19TH – ARRIVAL TO TUNIS
Welcome to Beautiful Tunisia and its capital, Tunis.!!!
Arrival to Tunis Carthage Airport, fast-track and VIP assistance, transfer to the hotel in the center of the Medina of Tunis. Depending your time of arrival we will assist you planing activities for the day, lunch and dinner. After your flight, I strongly recommend a Hammam and Gommage treatment at the Spa of our home in the Medina of Tunis. Our evening in Tunis, will kick off over a welcome cocktail, hosted at the rooftop of our Dar, followed by an (optional) dinner at my favorite restaurant in the Medina. Overnight in Tunis.
Meals to be included: Group Lunch
Tunis / Capital and the largest city of Tunisia. Situated on a large Mediterranean Sea gulf, behind the Lake of Tunis and the port of La Goulette. At its core lies its ancient medina, a World Heritage Site. Further east by the sea lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.  
DAY 02
OCTOBER 20TH – EXPLORING TUNIS
Today start your morning wandering exclusively The National Bardo Museum is home to the largest mosaic collection worldwide. Enjoy a private visit to this former Arab Palace, to get a sense of what life was like in Ancient Tunisia.
Loose yourself in the Medina, through the expert eyes of our guide, around the tiny streets of the Medina and the Souks (local themed markets). Learn about the landmarks and be surprised by secret stops only known by our guide. Our lunch will be hosted in the center of the Medina, over local cuisine.
Our afternoon will be spent discovering the land of Hannibal. Carthage will have no secrets for you after this walk down history lane: Roman Baths, St Louis Cathedral, The Punic Port. Visit the most famous Punic and Roman sites along with an archeologist who will tell you about their secrets.
Group dinner will be at the charming village of Sidi Bou Said, perched on a hill.

Meals to be included: Breakfast
DAY 03
OCTOBER 21TH – TUNIS TO SOUSSE WITH STOP IN EL JEM
Our first stop today will be El Jem, where we will discover our own Coliseum. El Jem was once the Roman city of Thysdrus, one of the most important ancient cities in North Africa after Carthage. The amphitheater overlooking the modern city was built around the middle of the 3rd century and was thought to accommodate up to 35,000 spectators. El Jem coliseum is today home to its own music festival, with artist from all over the world coming to perform in this mythical place!. Route to Sousse. Distance: 75 km. Free time for lunch and free afternoon.
Meals to be included: Breakfast
El Jem / It is home to some of the most impressive Roman remains in Africa particularly the world-famous “Amphitheater of El Jem”.
Sousse / Sousse is in the central-east of the country on the Gulf of Hammamet which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. Sousse is an important tourist resort. The fine sandy beaches are backed by orchardsand olive groves.
DAY 04
OCTOBER 22ND – SOUSSE TO TOZEUR WITH STOP IN KAIROUAN
Departure to Tozeur with a stop at Kairouan. Learn about the Muslin heritage in Kariouan. An important religious pilgrimage site, and for history lovers, it is the fourth holiest city of Islam. The Great Mosque of Kairouan is one of the oldest shrines in the Western Muslim world. It is full of archaeological remains, its prayer hall is decorated with ancient tiles and a monumental sundial that indicates prayers times. Considered the ancestor of all mosques in the Maghreb, it is a universal masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
After our visit and lunch, we will head to our next and final stop of the day will be Tozeur, an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia.
Evening and Dinner will be free to relax after and intense day of exploration.
Meals to be included: Breakfast, Group Lunch
Kariouan / UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was founded by the Umayyads around 670. Important centre for Sunni Islamic scholarship and Quranic learning and thus attracting a large number of Muslims from various parts of the world next only to Mecca and Medina. The holy Mosque of Uqba is situated in the city.  
Tozeur / An oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. Famously known as a filming location to the StarWars Saga.
DAY 05
OCTOBER 23RD – DISCOVER  TOZEUR
Ride your own carriage this morning. Based around a large oasis, Tozeur was historically a stopping point for caravans crossing the Sahara. As centuries went by, it was rules by a succession of tribes, mostly Roman and Berber, whose influence is nowadays notable on the city’s unique blend of architectural styles. Climb into your carriage and wander through the town, from the alleyways of the old medina to the shadows of the oasis palm trees.
Luke is that You ? Route to Ong Jmal. Hop on the 4x4s and enjoy the ride through the desert up until Ong Jmal most famously known as a filming location to the StarWars Saga.After a tour of the premises get ready for a one of a kind experience: a sunset camel ride on the dunes of the Sahara.
Route back to Tozeur. Free time for dinner.
Meals to be included: Breakfast
DAY 06
OCTOBER 24TH –  TOZEUR BACK TO TUNIS
A morning Journey in the Desert. One of the most not to be missed trips from Tozeur is a journey to the three upland oasis of Tamerza, Chebika & Midès. Drive through the stunning hill of Djebel el Negueb to arrive to Tamerza, the old village dating back to WWII. Explore the nearby oasis and waterfalls. Then, head to Chebika, a small Berber village build on the site of what was once a Roman military post. Walk along the river until you reach the source springing from the mountain. End your journey in Midès, witness the greatness of the canyon and explore this abandoned village, a ghost town, far away from the far west!
Our BBQ lunch in Chebika Oasis in the middle of the desert.
Free time in back in Tozeur and early evening flight back to Tunis.
For those of you looking to enjoy your last gourmet experience in Tunis, we highly recommend a late dinner at La Villa Bleu. Overnight  in Sidi Bou Said

Meals to be included: Breakfast, Group BBQ Lunch
DAY 07
OCTOBER 25TH –  TUNIS GROUP DEPARTURE
Subject to individual departure flights.!!! Wander in the White & Blue Village of Sidi Bou Said. Surrounded by agaves, palm, olive and prickly pear trees, Sidi Bou Said stands on the top of a hill with a breathtaking view of the gulf. Stroll along the narrow streets and enjoy the unique architecture with its white houses and blue doors and windows. Stop to taste the delicious mint tea at either Café des Nattes or Café des Délices.
It is time to say GOODBYE.

Meals to be included: Breakfast
FAREWELL
THIS MARKS THE END OF OUR JOURNEY
For those of you heading back home, we will assist you coordinate the best connections for your International flights.For those of you interested on extending your stay in Tunisia and/or beyond, we have lots of options and recommendations, and we will assist you planning your Pre & Post Add-On experiences. Find below, some of our top recommendations.

ITINERARY MAP / THE FLOW OF OUR EXPLORATION 
TRAVEL NOTES: Tunis > El Jem by land, estimated driving time 2 hours 20 minutes. El Jem > Sousse by land, estimated driving time 54 minutes. Sousse > Kairouan by land, estimated driving time 1 hour 4 minutes. Kairouan > Tozeur by land, estimated driving time 4 hours 10 minutes. Tozeur > Tunis by air., estimated flight time 1 hour

REQUEST FULL ITINERARY, INFORMATION & BOOKINGS

CONTACT US > Phone +1 917 754 5515 / Email. info@carlosmelia.com

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY / OVERVIEW 
DAY 01
OCTOBER 19TH – ARRIVAL TO TUNIS
Welcome to Beautiful Tunisia and its capital, Tunis.!!!
Arrival to Tunis Carthage Airport, fast-track and VIP assistance, transfer to the hotel in the center of the Medina of Tunis. Depending your time of arrival we will assist you planing activities for the day, lunch and dinner. After your flight, I strongly recommend a Hammam and Gommage treatment at the Spa of our home in the Medina of Tunis. Our evening in Tunis, will kick off over a welcome cocktail, hosted at the rooftop of our Dar, followed by an (optional) dinner at my favorite restaurant in the Medina. Overnight in Tunis.
Meals to be included: Group Lunch
Tunis / Capital and the largest city of Tunisia. Situated on a large Mediterranean Sea gulf, behind the Lake of Tunis and the port of La Goulette. At its core lies its ancient medina, a World Heritage Site. Further east by the sea lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.  
DAY 02
OCTOBER 20TH – EXPLORING TUNIS
Today start your morning wandering exclusively The National Bardo Museum is home to the largest mosaic collection worldwide. Enjoy a private visit to this former Arab Palace, to get a sense of what life was like in Ancient Tunisia.
Loose yourself in the Medina, through the expert eyes of our guide, around the tiny streets of the Medina and the Souks (local themed markets). Learn about the landmarks and be surprised by secret stops only known by our guide. Our lunch will be hosted in the center of the Medina, over local cuisine.
Our afternoon will be spent discovering the land of Hannibal. Carthage will have no secrets for you after this walk down history lane: Roman Baths, St Louis Cathedral, The Punic Port. Visit the most famous Punic and Roman sites along with an archeologist who will tell you about their secrets.
Group dinner will be at the charming village of Sidi Bou Said, perched on a hill.

Meals to be included: Breakfast
DAY 03
OCTOBER 21TH – TUNIS TO SOUSSE WITH STOP IN EL JEM
Our first stop today will be El Jem, where we will discover our own Coliseum. El Jem was once the Roman city of Thysdrus, one of the most important ancient cities in North Africa after Carthage. The amphitheater overlooking the modern city was built around the middle of the 3rd century and was thought to accommodate up to 35,000 spectators. El Jem coliseum is today home to its own music festival, with artist from all over the world coming to perform in this mythical place!. Route to Sousse. Distance: 75 km. Free time for lunch and free afternoon.
Meals to be included: Breakfast
El Jem / It is home to some of the most impressive Roman remains in Africa particularly the world-famous “Amphitheater of El Jem”.
Sousse / Sousse is in the central-east of the country on the Gulf of Hammamet which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. Sousse is an important tourist resort. The fine sandy beaches are backed by orchardsand olive groves.
DAY 04
OCTOBER 22ND – SOUSSE TO TOZEUR WITH STOP IN KAIROUAN
Departure to Tozeur with a stop at Kairouan. Learn about the Muslin heritage in Kariouan. An important religious pilgrimage site, and for history lovers, it is the fourth holiest city of Islam. The Great Mosque of Kairouan is one of the oldest shrines in the Western Muslim world. It is full of archaeological remains, its prayer hall is decorated with ancient tiles and a monumental sundial that indicates prayers times. Considered the ancestor of all mosques in the Maghreb, it is a universal masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
After our visit and lunch, we will head to our next and final stop of the day will be Tozeur, an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia.
Evening and Dinner will be free to relax after and intense day of exploration.
Meals to be included: Breakfast, Group Lunch
Kariouan / UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was founded by the Umayyads around 670. Important centre for Sunni Islamic scholarship and Quranic learning and thus attracting a large number of Muslims from various parts of the world next only to Mecca and Medina. The holy Mosque of Uqba is situated in the city.  
Tozeur / An oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. Famously known as a filming location to the StarWars Saga.
DAY 05
OCTOBER 23RD – DISCOVER  TOZEUR
Ride your own carriage this morning. Based around a large oasis, Tozeur was historically a stopping point for caravans crossing the Sahara. As centuries went by, it was rules by a succession of tribes, mostly Roman and Berber, whose influence is nowadays notable on the city’s unique blend of architectural styles. Climb into your carriage and wander through the town, from the alleyways of the old medina to the shadows of the oasis palm trees.
Luke is that You ? Route to Ong Jmal. Hop on the 4x4s and enjoy the ride through the desert up until Ong Jmal most famously known as a filming location to the StarWars Saga.After a tour of the premises get ready for a one of a kind experience: a sunset camel ride on the dunes of the Sahara.
Route back to Tozeur. Free time for dinner.
Meals to be included: Breakfast
DAY 06
OCTOBER 24TH –  TOZEUR BACK TO TUNIS
A morning Journey in the Desert. One of the most not to be missed trips from Tozeur is a journey to the three upland oasis of Tamerza, Chebika & Midès. Drive through the stunning hill of Djebel el Negueb to arrive to Tamerza, the old village dating back to WWII. Explore the nearby oasis and waterfalls. Then, head to Chebika, a small Berber village build on the site of what was once a Roman military post. Walk along the river until you reach the source springing from the mountain. End your journey in Midès, witness the greatness of the canyon and explore this abandoned village, a ghost town, far away from the far west!
Our BBQ lunch in Chebika Oasis in the middle of the desert.
Free time in back in Tozeur and early evening flight back to Tunis.
For those of you looking to enjoy your last gourmet experience in Tunis, we highly recommend a late dinner at La Villa Bleu. Overnight  in Sidi Bou Said

Meals to be included: Breakfast, Group BBQ Lunch
DAY 07
OCTOBER 25TH –  TUNIS GROUP DEPARTURE
Subject to individual departure flights.!!! Wander in the White & Blue Village of Sidi Bou Said. Surrounded by agaves, palm, olive and prickly pear trees, Sidi Bou Said stands on the top of a hill with a breathtaking view of the gulf. Stroll along the narrow streets and enjoy the unique architecture with its white houses and blue doors and windows. Stop to taste the delicious mint tea at either Café des Nattes or Café des Délices.
It is time to say GOODBYE.

Meals to be included: Breakfast
FAREWELL
THIS MARKS THE END OF OUR JOURNEY
For those of you heading back home, we will assist you coordinate the best connections for your International flights.For those of you interested on extending your stay in Tunisia and/or beyond, we have lots of options and recommendations, and we will assist you planning your Pre & Post Add-On experiences. Find below, some of our top recommendations.

ITINERARY MAP
/ THE FLOW OF OUR EXPLORATION 
TRAVEL NOTES: Tunis > El Jem by land, estimated driving time 2 hours 20 minutes. El Jem > Sousse by land, estimated driving time 54 minutes. Sousse > Kairouan by land, estimated driving time 1 hour 4 minutes. Kairouan > Tozeur by land, estimated driving time 4 hours 10 minutes. Tozeur > Tunis by air., estimated flight time 1 hour

REQUEST FULL ITINERARY, INFORMATION & BOOKINGS

CONTACT US > Phone +1 917 754 5515 / Email. info@carlosmelia.com
About Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator

CARLOS MELIA / OUR HOST 
Northern Africa has always captured my attention. Coming to Tunisia for the first time, I was expecting to find a new alternative to Morocco, to which I have been many times. Now what I discovered, was far more fascinaitng and yet unexpected. Tunisia, with its Mediterranean and ancient Imperial influence, stands on its own as a destination to be explored from Tunis onwards to the Sahara Dessert. Join me on this journey to Tunisia. – Carlos Melia

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DATES
OCTOBER 19th – 25th, 2021
GROUP SIZE
Minimum 6 ppl / Maximum 10 ppl
HOST
Carlos Melia
ITINERARY OUTLINE
OCTOBER 19 – Arrive to Tunis
OCTOBER 20 – Tunis
OCTOBER 21 – Tunis / El Jem / Sousse
OCTOBER 22 – Sousse / Tozeur
OCTOBER 23 – Tozeur
OCTOBER 24 – Tozeur / Tunis
OCTOBER 25 – Tunis
ACCOMMODATION
Tunis / Medina – Dar El Jeld
Sousse – Dar Antonia
Tozeur – Dar Tozeur
Tunis / Medina – Dar El Jeld
SUGGESTED INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
(*) Contact us for assistance & information
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
Tozeur > Tunis – OCTOBER 24th @ 07PM
(*) Included in the itinerary
OPTIONAL PRE & POST ADD-ONS
> Extended Stay in Tunis
> Connecting to Sicily
> Connecting to Paris
> Marrakesh & Des, Morocco
(*) To be offered upon individual request. More information to be found below.

OUR PRICING
Double based – from EUR 3190 p/person
Single based – from EUR 3810 p/person
(*) Introductory rate, based on double and single occupancy. Prices are subject to change.
(**) Need a roommate? we may be able to assist you with, at no additional charge.
Included:
> Services as mentioned on the itinerary
> Meals as mentioned on the itinerary
> Hotels in Tunis, Sousse & Tozeur
> Local English Speaking Guides
> Entrance Tickets
> One Way Domestic Flight Tozeur / Tunis
Not Included:
> International & Regional Flights to/from Tunisia
> 19% VAT
> Tips
> Personal expenses nor Services not specified
> Visas
> Travel & Medical Insurance. Contact us for assistance
> Alcoholic Beberages

IMPORTANT
Passports: All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Tunisia. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. Most destinations, including Tunisia, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.
Visas: Tunisia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States of America for a stay up to 120 days. Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Tunisia. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa.
While we will assist when needed, please note that passport, visa, and vaccination requirements vary from country to country and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. If you are a US resident, you may visit Travel.State.Gov for more information on passport, visa, and vaccination requirements for various countries.
Medical & Travel Insurance: Unfortunately, sometimes things happen in life which means your plans may have to change. That is why we strongly recommend taking out Travel & Medical Insurance to cover all eventualities. Contact us if you may need our assistance.

SMALL TRAVEL GROUPS

PERU / JUNE 2021
A GILDED JOURNEY INTO THE
INCA EMPIRE

Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley. June 29th – July 04th 2019

TERMS & CONDITIONS

SUGGESTED / PRE & POST ADD-ONS 

EXTEND YOUR TUNISIAN AFFAIR
KERKENNAH & DJERBA ISLAND AND MORE
Continue your discovery of Tunisia beyond our group. . We have plenty more to show you of this beautiful country. 

MOROCCO
MARRAKESH, FES & MORE
Only a quick flight away into Morocco, continue your North Africa exploration, into, Marrakesh, Fes and beyond…

EXTEND YOUR STAY TO SICILY
SICILY
Extend your Mediterranean mood into Italy. Sicily is the perfect combination to your week in Tunisia.

SUGGESTED
/ PRE & POST ADD-ONS 

EXTEND YOUR TUNISIAN AFFAIR
KERKENNAH & DJERBA ISLAND AND MORE
Continue your discovery of Tunisia beyond our group. . We have plenty more to show you of this beautiful country. 

MOROCCO
MARRAKESH, FES & MORE
Only a quick flight away into Morocco, continue your North Africa exploration, into, Marrakesh, Fes and beyond…