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TUA Overview

Tunisia & Algeria

HIGHLIGHTS

• Visit the National Bardo Museum 
• See ancient medinas and mosques 
• Discover underground Berber homes 
• Journey by jeep through the desert to the visit the filming location of Star Wars 
• Visit the Island of Dj
erba

• Explore the Roman  amphitheater at El Jem
• Discover Algeria's oasis towns 
• Explore colorful markets and medinas 
• Visit El Oued known as the City of a Thousand Domes 
• Explore the lush vineyards and olive plantations of Tlemcen 
• Enjoy the Red Oasis town of Timimoun by jeep

FACT FILE

• 24 land days 
• Maximum 16 travelers 
• Starts in Tunis, finish in Algiers 
• All meals included 
• 1 international flight included (Tunis to Algiers) 
• 2
 domestic flights included (in Algiers)
• Activity Level: 2

FROM: $7,995 USD
 

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

     

ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.

 

COMFORT NOTES
Some long drives. Uneven terrain at some sites.

Wind-swept landscapes, coastal beaches, immense Roman ruins and desert oases are nestled amongst the vast dunes of the Sahara, making Tunisia and Algeria perfect adventure destinations that offers something magical for every traveler.

Despite its small size, Tunisia is a country that has played a significant role in world history. Less than 100 miles from Italy, Tunisia's strategic location on the southern shore of the Mediterranean has inspired the Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Arabs, Ottomans and French to locate here. 

 

 

 



 

Tunisia Map 2025
Algeria Map 2025

The underground dwellings and sun-baked landscapes led movie director George Lucas to film his science fiction epic Star Wars here. Tunisia is home to the ancient Phoenician trading city of Carthage and the best collection of Roman ruins on the continent. Gazing at the desert sands beneath the Mediterranean sun, it is hard to believe that anyone could live here, yet humans have been inhabiting the Tozeur oasis for over 10,000 years. Nowhere else can one fully grasp a sense of the country's lengthy history than at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, home to some of the most significant artifacts from the Carthaginian, Roman, Christian and Arabic-Islamic eras.

 

A short flight takes us to Algeria where we discover the city of Algiers, beginning with the UNESCO listed casbah with its whitewashed buildings and winding, climbing streets. Enroute to Constantine with its dramatic location, we visit the incredible ancient Roman town of Djemila. Adjacent to vast sands of the Sahara Desert, we visit the ancient town of El Oued, known as the City of a Thousand Domes. 

 

The Red Oasis town of Timimoun serves as the perfect backdrop for further exploration of the regions many oases, cliffs and caves. The cooler mountain air of Tlemcen, known for its lush vineyards and olive plantations, has breathtaking views over the panoramic landscape. This 24 day in-depth journey into the Sahara regions of Tunisia and Algeria will be an unforgettable journey of a lifetime. 

TUA Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TUNIS

Upon arrival in Tunis, we will transfer to our hotel which is located in the coastal area of Hammamet, south of Tunis. We will meet our fellow travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Overnight in Tunis.

 

DAY 2: HAMMAMET - TUNIS BARDO CARTHAGE AND SIDI BOU SAID

After breakfast we depart for a guided visit to the old walled city of Tunis, including the Medina with it's maze of ancient narrow alleyways housing hundreds of varied and colorful shops. We will visit  the Bardo Museum, home to the world’s finest collection of Roman Mosaics as well as many works of art from the different periods that mark Tunisia’s history.

 

This afternoon we'll visit the ruins of the first South Mediterranean capital-Carthage to see the Antonin baths and the museum. The day ends with a visit to the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Saïd which is built on the hillside and overlooking the Bay of Tunis. The blue and white houses are Andalusian in architecture, and dotted with souvenir shops and small art galleries. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in the Hammamet area.
Overnight in Hammamet (Tunis).

 

DAY 3: TO KAIROUAN, SBEITLA & TOZEUR

After breakfast we drive to Kairouan, Tunisia's holy city. According to legend, the city was founded when general Uqba bin Nafi al-Fihri found a golden goblet on the ground which had disappeared from Mecca years before. The city's fortunes have fluctuated greatly over the centuries, but it has always remained Tunisia's religious center. 

 

We visit the Great Mosque. The mosque was built by Aghlabites in the 9th century on the ruins of the original mosque built when the city was first founded. The mosque's courtyard slopes slightly toward the center, allowing rainwater to collect in the ancient cisterns below. 

 

After lunch we visit the Aghlabite basins and the mausoleum of Sidi Sahab. Fed by an aqueduct from the hills to the west, the basins, built at the same time as the Great Mosque, held the city's water supply and were a popular place for the ancient rulers to relax. The mausoleum is part of a larger complex containing an inn for pilgrims, a small mosque and other tombs. Sahab was a companion of the Prophet Mohammed and his tomb is an important holy site for Muslims. 

 

We'll visit a traditional carpet shop to see the typical craftwork of the region. Afterwards we'll visit the small town of Sbeitla which is the site of the ancient city of Sufetula and possesses some of the best preserved Roman temples anywhere

 

We continue on to Tozeur and will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight in Tozeur.

 

DAY 4: OLD TOWN TOZEUR & JEEP TRIP TO ONG JMAL (STAR WARS SET)

Today we visit the old town of Tozeur. We'll visit Nefta which is created around a valley that has the look of a basket. It's called La Corbeille de Nefta (The Basket of Nefta). Afterwards we'll enjoy lunch under a berber tent before continuing on to the museum of Tunisian traditions in the Dar Cheraïet. The museum houses an extensive collection of pottery, antiques and art, but what really makes it fascinating are the exhibits which recreate Tunisian life throughout history. 

 

Later we'll have a fun and lighthearted journey as we drive by jeep northwest of Tozeur, across the desert to Ong Jmal, where we can see parts of the movie set from the Star Wars film. 

Overnight in Tozeur.

 

DAY 5: TO DOUZ VIA CHOTT EL JERID SALT LAKE

This morning, we visit the oasis of Degache by caleche (horse carriage) to see a functioning oasis with a variety of crops. We then continue on to Douz, by way of the Chott El Jerid. This region has an immense salt lake which is part of a system of lakes that stretch from the Gulf of Gabes all the way into Algeria. A long causeway spans the lake and as we drive across, we are sure to see some strange optical illusions as the heat shimmers off the salt flats and the chemical rich water reflects unusual colors. 

 

After lunch in Douz, we have the option to head off on camelback to the Sahara to enjoy a desert sunset. 

Overnight in Douz.

DAY 6: TO GABES VIA MATMATA

This morning we leave the island for the town of Matmata on the mainland. We view the subterranean homes of the local Berbers with its lunar landscape. These buildings were used as locations for the film Star Wars. We'll enjoy lunch at typical under ground house.

 

We continue on to Gabes, the only coastal oasis in the Mediterranean, which is surrounded by fine sand beaches. Palm trees numbering in the hundreds of thousands and herons and pink flamingos frolic in multitudes. Dinner tonight will be at a local Tunisian restaurant. 

Overnight in Gabes.

 

DAY 7: JARA MARKET TO DJERBA

This morning we visit the the Jara Market in Gabes, which is the place where all the arts and crafts specialities of the region are sold. You will find all sorts of objects made from woven esparto grass, including baskets and sun hats. You can also find embroidered shoes and magnificent carpets from southern Tunisia, with geometric Berber motifs. 

 

Afterwards, we continue on to Djerba. Djerba has a long and bloody history dating back to the 8th century BC. It has been settled and conquered by a number of political and religious powers including the Romans, Arabs, Spanish, Ottoman Turks, Kharijites and Normans. 

 

Close to Djerba, we head south to see the synagogue at El Ghirba, the oldest synagogue in North Africa. 

Overnight in Djerba.

 

DAY 8: MEDNINE, TOUJANE TO SFAX

We depart Djerba and head to Sfax today. Enroute we'll stop at at the town of Mednine, which was once one of the many stops on the North African caravan route. We'll also stop at the Berber village of Toujane which is known for its well-preserved traditional architecture and historical significance, and it was also once an important stop on the trans-Saharan trade routes. 

 

We continue on to Sfax for dinner and overnight.

Overnight in Sfax.

 

DAY 9: SFAX TO MAHDIA, EL JEM AMPHITHEATER

This morning we tour Sfax, starting with the old medina. The medina is very well preserved and still serves as the marketplace for the residents of Sfax. It was also used as a location for the film The English Patient. Afterwards we journey to El Jem and explore the magnificent amphitheater. The ruins at El Jem are almost as big as the Coliseum in Rome. The three-tiered seating could hold 30,000 people in its day. In addition to being able to climb to the top of the bleachers, we can also explore the underground tunnels used to house the gladiators, animals and slaves that were sent into the arena to entertain the masses. 

 

Afterwards we visit the El Jem Museum, which house an extensive collection of Roman mosaics. We continue on to Mahdia, one of Tunisia's most picturesque cities. 

Overnight in Mahdia.

DAY 10: DEPART TUNIS, FLY TO ALGERIA

After breakfast, we check out and drive to Tunis, where we will have an afternoon flight to Algeria.  Upon arrival at Algiers International Airport we will clear customs and immigration, collect our bags and meet our Algerian national guide before transferring to our hotel. 

Overnight in Algiers.

 

DAY 11: TIPAZA & CHERCHELL CITY TOUR

Today we begin our exploration of Algeria with a visit to some of the best archeological sites and museums in the country.  We will visit the amazing Roman ruins at Tipaza, located at the foot of the Chenoua Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Due to its history, Tipaza is today a fascinating mix of Phoenician, Roman, early Christian and Byzantine ruins. We will also visit the  Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania, built in the 3rd century BC, before our return drive to Algiers.

Overnight in Algiers.

 

DAY 12: SITE OF ALGIERS

Today we will explore Algiers, beginning with the UNESCO listed casbah with its whitewashed buildings and winding, climbing streets. Other stops include the museums of Fine Arts and Khedouj el Amia - formerly a palace built in 1570, and the clifftop basilica of Notre-Dame d’Afrique built in 1872.

Overnight in Algiers.

DAY 13: DJEMILA, CONSTANTINE

This morning we will depart Algiers and drive east to visit the incredible ancient Roman town of Djemila. Founded in the 1st century, Djemila offers some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa and is a UNESCO site. Afterward, we continue on to Constantine and check in to our hotel.  

Overnight in Constantine.

DAY 14: SITE OF CONSTANTINE

We begin our day with a walk through Constantine with its dramatic location perched on a steep gorge. Visit the National Museum of Cirta with its extensive collection of artifacts dating back to prehistory, as well as the Roman, Punic, Islamic and French periods. We will also visit the Emir Abdelkader Mosque, the second-largest mosque in Algeria before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Constantine.

 

DAY 15: TIMGAD

We begin our day driving to the incredibly well preserved Roman ruins of Timgad. Founded in 100 AD by Emperor Trajan, we will explore the carefully preserved Roman baths, triumphal arches and forums. We then continue on to Biskra via the canyon of Rhouffi before our final destination of Timgad.

Overnight in Timgad.

 

DAY 16: EL OUED

Today we drive to El Oued, stopping en route at Chott El Melghir, Algeria’s largest lake. El Oued, known as the City of a Thousand Domes, sits adjacent to vast sands of the Sahara Desert. We will explore the town, including the spice market. El Oued is a shoppers paradise with many items not found anywhere else in Algeria. The town is well known for its hand-made carpets with their unique designs.

Overnight in El Oued.

DAY 17: DRIVE TO GHARDAIA

Today is a long day of driving as we head down through the Mʾzab Valley to the oasis and town of Ghardaia, home to the Mozabite people (their culture is listed under UNESCO). We will stop enroute at the charming town of Ouargla, famous for its many markets. We will arrive in Ghardaia in the afternoon and check in to our hotel.

Overnight in Ghardaia.

 

DAY 18: SITES OF GHARDAIA

Our continued exploration of this scenic town will include the traditional market of Beni Isguen, as well as the complex irrigation and well-water systems to support the date and olive oil industries.  There are actually five towns in the Ghardaia oasis and we will visit some of the Ksars (fortified North African villages or towns). In the afternoon return to our hotel and dinner.

Overnight in Ghardaia.

DAY 19: DRIVE TO TIMIMOUN

Today we have a full day drive to the Red Oasis town of Timimoun, stopping en route at El Golea, considered the southern gateway to the Sahara Desert. Surrounded by hundreds of thousands of date palm trees, the oasis of El Golea offers us a visit to the 10th century Ksar as well as Bel Bachit church. Later check in to our hotel.

Overnight in Timimoun.

 

DAY 20: EXPLORE TIMIMOUN

Today we use 4 x 4 vehicles to explore the area around Timimoun. Enroute, we stop at the Ighzer Plateau with its majestic cliffs, caves and fortress. We continue to the local irrigation system known as “foggaras” before continuing to our final destination of Timimoun.

Overnight in Timimoun.

DAY 21: FLIGHT TO ORAN, TLEMCEN

Today we will fly to Oran, arriving in the early afternoon. Upon arrival transfer to Tlemcen. Due to its location in the mountains offering cooler weather, Tlemcen was a local retreat for the French and an area of lush vineyards and olive plantations. Check in to our hotel and dinner.

Overnight in Tlemcen.

 

DAY 22: TLEMCEN CITY TOUR

We will spend the entire day exploring Tlemcen and the area surrounding the town. Sites include a visit to the City Square and a visit to El Mechouar Palace. The Lalla Setti Plateau, located on the outskirts of the city at 3000 feet, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. We end our exploration of the Tlemcen area with stops at the Beni Add Ain Fezza Caves and the El-Ourit Waterfalls. Drive back to Oran and check in to our hotel.

Overnight in Oran.

DAY 23: SITES OF ORAN, FLY TO ALGIERS

Today we will explore Oran with visits to the Fort of Santa Cruz, Zabana Museum, Palace of the Bey, the souk of Medina Jedida and the Theater of Oran. We have a later afternoon transfer to the airport for our flight to Algiers. Upon arrival in Algiers we transfer to our hotel and check in. This our final night in this fascinating North African country and we will enjoy a traditional meal for our farewell dinner.  

Overnight in Algiers.

 

DAY 24: DEPART ALGIERS, ALGERIA

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flights.

TUA FAQs

F.A.Q's

HOW BIG ARE THE GROUPS? 

Each group is limited to 16 participants. Small groups are an important ingredient in adventure travel. They allow for more interaction and more personalized service throughout the itinerary.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

All accommodations throughout; all meals, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); bottled drinking water throughout the trip; all internal transportation; airport transfers on day 1 and departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); all day trips and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary; tips for hotels (porterage), bus driver, restaurants, national guides, and spot guides; services of a trip leader.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

International flights, tips to ElderTreks tour leader, alcoholic drinks, visa’s and travel insurance.

ARE THESE “EDUCATIONAL” TOURS?

Yes, in the broadest sense of the word, "educational". We visit museums, National Parks and Reserves and have talks and discussions on many aspects of history, culture and nature. But this is only a portion of the educational experience. We believe that it is equally educational to meet local people on a non-commercial basis, visit their homes and even try to learn a few words in the native language. Sometimes the most "educational" moments are spent sipping a cold drink in a street market. 

HOW DO WE TRAVEL DURING THE TOUR?

All local transport is included in the land price of the trip. We travel by mini-van, safari vehicles, ferries, boat and on foot.

WHAT ARE OUR ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?

We always stay in good accommodations - hotels, lodges and safari camps have a private bath or shower. Single supplement not guaranteed for all nights. De Wildt Cheetah Centre has 8 rooms, singles may have to share for one night. 

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

We are visiting all three countries during their spring and fall seasons. This adventure covers a great deal of ground, therefore the weather varies greatly. In general, expect sunny days and cool nights in South Africa and The Kingdom of Lesotho and a warmer tropical climate in The Kingdom of Swaziland. Temperature highs range from 69 to 95°F (20 - 35°C) during the day during Feb/March with lows from 59°F to 80°F (15 - 27°C). During October the highs range from 69 to 78 °F (20 - 26°C) and the lows range from 50°F to 74°F (10 - 23°C).

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD (plus insurance if you require it) is due at time of booking and will reserve your place on the tour. Payment of the full land cost is due 120 days before departure. Cancellation charges are applicable and are outlined in the “Terms and Conditions” section of our brochure.

IS MEDICAL INSURANCE REQUIRED?

Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your trip. Please note that medical insurance is not required for this adventure but is recommended. ElderTreks offers comprehensive travel insurance with Manulife for Canadian guests, and John Hancock for American guests.  Please CLICK HERE to view and purchase your insurance policy today. If you are purchasing insurance elsewhere, please ensure you provide the details to ElderTreks as soon as possible. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I TAKE ON THE TOUR?

There is a detailed “What to Take” list in our Trip Kit, which we will send to you after you have booked the trip.

WHAT MEALS ARE INCLUDED?

All meals during the itinerary are included, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on departure day. We eat a variety of local and international foods prepared in a wide range of settings. In many cases, we simply order a number of dishes and share, allowing you to sample new foods and decide what you enjoy best. 

CAN YOU ARRANGE MY FLIGHTS?

We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. ElderTreks offers personalized flight itineraries — not group flights. Stop over en route, come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Call us for a customized itinerary.

WHAT IF I WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION?

If you have any further questions about the adventure, please call our office for more details. A Trip Specialist will be happy to answer your questions. A Trip Kit containing further details on the destination will be sent to you once you have booked the trip.

TUA Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

All prices are currently listed in USD

*Single Supplement is the additional amount applied to the cost of the trip to those who are travelling solo and do not wish to share.

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