From Dougga to Marrakech – 14 Days
Including Ksar Oule Sultane
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Day 1: Tunisia – Daily arrival
Our local representative will meet you upon arrival at the Tunis Carthage International Airport. You’ll be assisted with the formalities and escorted your hotel. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur.
Day 2: Tunis (B)
Full day for your own activities or ask us for available optional tours.
Day 3: DOUGGA (BL)
After breakfast at the hotel we start our full day to Dougga: A Numidian city, mentioned in the 4th century B.C. by Diodorus the Sicilian as Tocai, tukka was from the 2nd to 1st century B.C. one of the residences of the Massyle Kings (MASSINISSA, MICIPSA,JUGURTHA).
In Roman times the municipal land was split into two parts; the Numidian city, and a pagus (rural area) under the authority of Carthage. Whole again, thugga was a municipium in 205 and honorary colonia in 261. With some 5,000 residents, thugga had a municipal bourgeoisie which endowed her with a number of rich monuments.
The monuments are incredibly well preserved, allowing us to imagine the infrastructure this small Proconsular town possessed: 12 temples, 3 of which were transformed into churches in the 4th Century, 3 Roman baths, numerous fountains, aqueducts and more. Thugga slowly lost its glory, though it still enjoyed brief periods of revival in the 3rd, the 4th and 6th centuries (Byzantine fortress).
Though it was never deserted, archaeological research required the removal of its residents to a new Dougga lying below classical thugga. We’ll enjoy lunch (included) at a local restaurant. Return early evening to our hotel in Tunis.
Day 4: SFAX, GABES, MATMATA (BL)
Our busy day starts with a drive to the coastal city of Gabes, a Roman outpost of old and a traditional market center where, for centuries, goods from across the sea and across the desert have changed hands. We’ll visit the oasis, where palm groves and gardens flourish. After a lunch stop (included) our route takes us through terrain of increasingly sparse grasses and shrubs, into the desert to Matmata. We’ll visit of the troglodya community of miniature underground houses, where the earliest settlers sheltered from the extremes of the desert above — as do the Berbers of today. We’ll settle in to comfortable lodgings at a four-star hotel. For those interested in the real experience of “Star War” ambiance, then you may spend the night at Sidi Driss hotel in Matmata, modest 2-3 star rating. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide.
Day 5: MATMATA Tatouine Matmata (BL)
Tataouine, Medenine Ksar Region:
Although Medenine is an important crossroads, it has little of interest to offer the visitor. It is, however, the canter of the Ksour area. A Ksar (plural Ksour) is a fortified village built in a distinctive style. Usually the Berbers built their Ksour on top of a hill from mud. One of the best preserved Ksour in Tunisia is at Ksar Ouled Soltane near Tataouine. Lucasfilm used Ksar Hadada for shooting some scenes in 1997. It was used as a Mos Espa background where Qui-Gon (Jedi Master) and Shmi (Anakin’s mother) speak of Anakin’s parentage. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide.
TUNISIA – Matmata/ Hotel Sidi Driss. Video by SetOfDrifters.
Day 6: Matmata, EL DJEM (B)
After breakfast, proceed in your private chauffeured car to Gabes & El Djem / El Jem, which boasts a Roman coliseum very similar to the famous one in Rome. Accommodation in the modest 3-star Ksar El Djem. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide.
Day 7: Sidi Bou Said (B)
After breakfast, drive back to to Sidi Bou Saidl Visit of the picturesque village on the hill and stroll in the narrow streets. After enjoying the traditional tea with mint at the cafe Sidi Chabaane overlooking the Mediterranean sea, transfer to the Hotel for the night. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide.
Day 8: Departure for Marrakech (B)
After breakfast, our local personnel will escort you to the international airport, where you’ll board flight onward to Marrakech. International air fare between Tunisia and Marrakech is included in our rates. Depending on your day of travel you may fly Tunis Casablanca Marrakech or via Paris.
You arrive in the Kingdom of Morocco, landing at Marrakech, our staff greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. Then take your first plunge into this wonderful, exotic city.
Day 9: MARRAKECH – Complimentary HOME HOSTED DINNER (BLD)
Full day tour in this great city which Winston Churchill called “the most beautiful place in the world at sunset.” Today we explore! The top sights include the stately Koutoubia Minaret, the hidden tombs of the Saadian dynasty, the Menara pavilion and gardens, the ruins of sprawling Badi Palace, the Bahia Palace Museum, the Ben Yousef medersa, and the Koubba (chapel) of el-Ba’adiyn.
Not to forget Marrakech’s fabulous medieval souk (bazaar). Penetrating the labyrinthine souk, you’ll see some of the age-old guilds at work, including the dyers and tanners. Save an hour–and bring your camera–for the famous Djemaa el-Fna square with its circus atmosphere of itinerant dancers, jugglers, acrobats, storytellers, soothsayers, snake charmers, medicine men and public scribes. Lunch is included in a charming local restaurant.
This evening we’ll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread… right into the homes of some of the people of Istanbul! You’ll be invited to a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties, you’ll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your new friends, they’re sure to have questions about your own background. Once the ice is broken, you’ll enjoy a lively evening, and find that you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may enjoy a quiet evening by letting us know your preferences.
Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide.
DAY 10: MARRAKECH TO VOLUBILIS (BL)
We’ll set out in the morning for the site of Volubilis, (private car & driver) once the capital of the Roman province of Mauritania Tingitania. We’ll have lunch included en route. In Volubilis we’ll spend the night at the modest Hotel Volubilis. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide.
DAY 11: FEZ (B)
After a breakfast at leisure, we’ll spend another half day in Volubilis then it is on to Fez.
DAY 12: FEZ (BL)
Put on your walking shoes this afternoon for a trip back in time to the ninth century as you explore the old city of Fez. Its Medina and labyrinth of souks have been declared a world cultural treasure. Explore as you wish on your own. Oldest of Morocco’s four Imperial Cities, Fez is endlessly fascinating, and today it’s yours. Top sights include the medina (old city), the 15-century Borj Nord Arms Museum, the gateway of the royal palace, the fortifications of the Kasbah, the 9th-century Karaouine Mosque and University, the medersas (theological seminaries) of Bou Inania and Attarine, the shrine of the city’s founder Moulay Idris II, the Nejjarine Fountain, the monumental gateway of Bab Boujelloud, the old harem gardens, Dar Batha Museum, and the artisans’ guilds in the souks. Lunch is included at a charming local restaurant. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide.
DAY 13: Chefchaouen (BL)
We’ll pick you up in the morning and proceed to Chefchaouen. Accommodations will be in the Parador hotel or similar. (Chaouen means the peaks and Chef means look, Chefchaouen is look at the peaks).
Chefchaouen: This delightful town in the Rif Mountains is a favourite with travelers for obvious reasons, the air is cool and clear, the people are noticeably more relaxed than in Tangier and Tetouen. Founded by Moulay Ali Ben Rachid in 1471 as a base from which to attack the Portuguese in Ceuta, the town prospered and grew considerably with the arrival of Muslims refugees from Spain.
Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide. Visit the Market near Mohamed V th square, the Medina, la Plaza Uta el-Hammam & Kasbah. Lunch is included at a charming local restaurant.
DAY 14: DEPARTURE (B)
Our staff escorts you to the Casablanca airport. For you or the guests taking the ferry, we will escort you to the pier in Tangiers. Ferry ticket to Spain or Gibraltar is included in our cost. Bon Voyage.
|Rates per person|
You may begin your tour on any day of the week. For Christmas and New Year’s weeks, please add a 15% supplement to the rate.
Your Friends Abroadsm tour includes:
- Hotel accommodation at a carefully-selected hotel in the class of your choice (Deluxe, First Class, Tourist Class), including tax, breakfast daily and service charges.
- Transportation between cities in Tunisia, by an air conditioned van/car as per itinerary.
- International air fare Tunisia/ Marrakech
- Tours , entrance fees, local guides as per itinerary.
- Train transportation in Morocco, first class tickets as listed
- Consultation and referral services of our local Friends Abroadsm representative in each city on your tour.
- Complimentary Panoramic tour of Casablanca. Including entrance fees to the Grand Mosque (except on Fridays no tours of the mosque on Fridays).
- Complimentary Home hosted dinner in Marrakech.
What’s not included:
- International airfare to or from Morocco
- Lunch or dinner except where/when listed
- In Morocco we did not include tours and local guides (except when/where listed), which are always available at extra cost if you would like them
- Travel Insurance, we’ll be glad to mail you the flyer
Tunisia Sample Hotels
For deluxe & First Class we’ll use El Hanna International or 5-star beach property: Khamsa Corinthia Hotel in Tunis.
|Sample Hotels Morocco||Five Stars||First class
|Casablanca||Royal Mansour||Palace D’Anfa|
|Marrakech||Imperial Borj or Kenzi Farah||Tichka, Holiday or Diwan|
|Fes||Les Merinides||Wassim, Menzah Zalagh|