TUNISIA (10 days)
Ours is a journey into the history, culture and traditions of Tunisia.
Tunisia's rich history tells of colonization and the presence of great civilizations. It was a province of the Ottoman Empire, absorbing Turkish influence, and in antiquity it was the centre of the Carthage empire, whose popular traditions remain to this day.
The influence of Arabic-Islamic civilization is visible in the presence of important historical monuments, such as the Ribat or the great mosques of Tunis and Kairouan.
The last colonization was French and following the Treaty of Two Countries, Tunisia's total independence was inaugurated in 1955 and the proclamation of the Republic in 1957.
Tunisia, like Morocco, Algeria and Libya, is one of the Maghreb states, the easternmost and smallest of the states along the Atlas mountain range.
Forty per cent of its surface area is occupied by the Sahara Desert, around 1,300 km of easily accessible coastline and much of the land is made up of particularly fertile soil.
On the coasts, the Mediterranean climate is subtropical, with crisp winters and hot, dry summers. Inland, it is of an arid tropical type with high temperatures (over 45-47 °C) and low rainfall. Along the coasts with sea breezes, temperatures are generally 35 °C, with winds blowing in from the desert, the temperature can become oppressive.
The majority of the population speaks Arabic. French, following colonization by France, is mainly spoken in the cities.
The main dishes of Tunisian gastronomy are couscous, tajine (stewed meat or fish), mulukhiyya, meshweyya, brik or makrout, ossame, chorba, mali, lablabi, mergez. The dishes can be accompanied by white or red wines produced in Tunisia.
Our itinerary among the legendary roads and wonders of a unique and mysterious land.
Appointment at the port of Genoa.
Completion of customs procedures for embarkation, accommodation on board and taking possession of the cabin.
Arrival at the port of La Goulette in Tunisi. After the customs formalities, departure for the 4/5-star hotel located on the seafront in Hammamet.
Departure at 8:00 a.m. to refuel the motorbikes. We will take internal roads through small villages until arriving just before lunchtime at the Roman amphitheater of El Jem.
After a visit (optional) to the Colosseum and lunch in a nearby restaurant, we will depart for Matmata to reach our hotel with swimming pool.
Visit to the troglodyte houses (classic Tunisian underground dwellings) of Matmata and visit to the Star Wars film set.
Departure around 10 a.m. in the direction of Tataouine, we will drive along the "Ksar" road and visit the famous "Ksar Ouled Soultane", then visit the Berber village of Chenini.
In the evening we arrive in Tataouine with an overnight stay in a hotel with a swimming pool.
We leave Tataouine and travel along beautiful roads through the mountains dotted with ancient stone and mud villages.
Shortly before lunchtime we will reach the beautiful oasis of Ksar Ghilane, which is located in the middle of the desert and has fortunately been connected to civilization by a magnificent asphalt road for the past few years.
A few kilometers from the oasis, in the middle of the dune desert, there is also an ancient Roman fort also occupied in recent times by the Foreign Legion to control the territory.
At your own discretion, there will be the possibility of taking a tour on quad bikes accompanied by local guides to visit this ancient fort, crossing countless cordons of fine sand dunes, a wonderful experience!
After lunch, we will depart for the town of Douz, also known as 'the gateway to the desert'.
In fact, behind the tourist area begins the Great Erg, the Tunisian desert which, together with the Libyan and Algerian deserts, creates the Great Eastern Erg.
We arrive in Douz in the evening and stay in a 4-star hotel with a swimming pool.
Dinner is planned in a typical and folklore restaurant in the centre of the town of Douz.
Departure at 08:00 in the direction of Tozeur.
During the stage we will pass through some villages and visit the 'Great Radiator' which is used to cool the water that gushes out at more than 100°C.
A mega radiator as high as a six-store building has been built to provide the population with drinking water, so that the water circulates from the top to the bottom through open cells so that it can be cooled and sent into the water network.
Our journey continues by crossing the immense salt lake of Chott El Jirid.
After leaving the Chott, we head towards the mountain oases of Tamerza and Chebica located a few hundred meters from the border with Algeria.
In the evening we will arrive at the town of Tozeur, where we will find our hotel with swimming pool.
Departure at 08:00 from the hotel and after refueling, we head for the centre of the Holy City of Kairouan.
Optional visits to the Great Mosque and one of the most renowned carpet factories.
After lunch we depart in the direction of Hammamet where we will arrive in time for a refreshing dip in the sea or in the swimming pool of our 5-star hotel.
Departure at 23:30 and after filling up with fuel, we head for the port of La Goulette where, having completed customs formalities, we board the ship that will take us back to Genoa.
Arrival at the port of Genoa and after disembarkation and customs formalities, we will say goodbye just outside the port.
Price (per person)
EURO 2'550.-- Driver
EURO 2'350.-- Passenger
- Two / Three guides with own motorbike
- Genoa/Tunis - Tunis/Genoa ferry in double cabin
- 6 overnight stays with breakfast in 4/5-star hotels
- 6 dinners
- 1 dinner in a characteristic restaurant in Douz
- 5 lunches
Services NOT included
- Meals and drinks on board the ship on O/R journeys
- Motorbike fuel
- Motorway tolls
- Entrance fees to historical sites or sites of interest
- All drinks
- Personal extras, tips and anything not mentioned under "Included services"
This property is in high demand!
Extra health & safety measures
Some of the FAQ
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Do not carry valuables (watches, jewellery, etc.) and only keep small amounts of money with you; deposit your documents in the hotel safe. Always carry a photocopy of your passport or identity card (including the page with the entry stamp).
Tunisia is a dream location: it is a hospitable country where life costs very little compared to the average Italian cost of living. In addition, there are dreamy beaches, a consistently mild and warm climate, and many opportunities both economically and environmentally.
Every natural person must declare to the customs authorities sums of cash or accompanying bearer securities amounting to 10,000 Euro or more.
The average Tunisian spends about 5,500 Tunisian dinars (about 1,600 euro) each year to live, of which about 1,650 dinars (less than 500 euro) is spent on food and 1,300 dinars on housing (about 400 euro).
Tunisian cuisine makes extensive use of vegetables, such as courgettes, turnips, carrots, aubergines, artichokes, fennel, onions, chillies and garlic. Popular seasonings include spices such as cumin and pepper, as well as parsley, coriander and olive oil.
Islam. The majority of Muslims in Tunisia are Sunni Malikites; there are also very small groups of Shiites, Ibadi and Sufis.
The typical Tunisian woman still manages to be completely self-sufficient by carrying out her tasks and achieving profitable careers. On the other hand, in rural areas, being more religious and less educated, women wear the veil more frequently.