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The Magic of the Desert

The Magic of the Desert

1st day: Tunis/Hammamet /Sousse /El Djem/ Matmata/ Douz Sahara desert

After breakfast departure from Tunis or Hammamet or Sousse to the adventure and drive to El JEM to visit its ancient Roman Amphitheatre which was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus, around 238 and was probably mainly used for gladiator shows and chariot races. Its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Djem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan. The ruins of the amphitheatre were declared a World Heritage Site in 1979 .It is capable of seating 35,000 spectators. After that we continue to Matmata, Berber villages of Star Wars notoriety, but more importantly, centre of the most extensive number of traditional troglodyte pit homes in the region. The landscape is barren and marked with fissures, crags and small tabletop mountains. Lunch in Matmata at the Typical Hotel. Sidi Driss. After Lunch,we visit the cave dwelling house and a Berber family in Matmata .Then drive to Douz. It is a town in southern Tunisia, known as the “Gateway to the Sahara.” In previous times it was an important stop on the trans-Saharan caravan routes. Douz is a major palm oasis and as such a large producer of “Diglat Noor” dates. On arrival you can make an optional camel ride (13 Euros) to discover the sand dunes. Overnight in Douz in the Hotel Sun Palm Douz 4*, and Dinner.

2ND Day: Tozeur /4*4 Chevika Tamerza /Kairouan

After breakfast we will have an early departure to Tozeur crossing the salt lake of Chott El Jerid. Famous for the phenomenon of mirage. Short stop to make some pictures. Arrival to Tozeur, one of the largest southern settlements, this quarter is famous for the unique decorative architecture in brick. Visit of the medieval old town of Tozeur and

departure with 4x4 vehicles into the desert to Chevika and Tamerza and there is a possibility to organize an optional excursion (15 EUROS) to visit Ong Jmel the site where they make the Star Wars and the English patient.

Drive to Gafsa to have lunch in Yugurtha Palace 5*. After lunch we continue to Kairouan to make a panoramic visit of this Holy city .arrive back to your hotel. After breakfast departure from Tunis or Hammamet or Sousse to the adventure and drive to El JEM to visit its ancient Roman Amphitheatre which was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus, around 238 and was probably mainly used for gladiator shows and chariot races. Its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Djem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan. The ruins of the amphitheatre were declared a World Heritage Site in 1979 .It is capable of seating 35,000 spectators. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.

Duration: 2 days.

Start/opening time: At 6:15am in hammamet. From Kantaoui at 7:15am and from Monastir at 7:45am.

-End/closing time: Between 6:30pm and 7pm.

Opening days/period: Every Thursday.

Languages: French, English, Spanish and German.

Medical restrictions: Pregnant women and people with heart sickness can’t participate.

Min. Age: 5 years.

Max. Age: 70 years.

Others: Bring a little bag with the necessary clothes to spend 1 night far from the hotel.

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