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Tunisia Through the Sands of Time

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Adventure hosted by Rachel At Atlas Obscura

12 days
Moderate activity level
Includes food, drinks, transportation
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join us in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia and once the heart of Africa’s Roman Empire, as we journey into the Sahara desert and back. We'll loop through a myriad of unique landscapes, wander through winding medinas, relax by ancient oases, and cross a multicolored salt lake. Along the way, we'll explore relics of the many civilizations that once called this land home—from the ruins of Carthage to the remains of Roman amphitheaters. Bounded by endless desert sands and crisp Mediterranean waters, Tunisia’s architecture, culture, and cuisine are as diverse and dynamic as its millenia-old history.

This trip is offered by Atlas Obscura. Once you've reserved your spot, our team will be in touch to help you prepare for the trip. Please note that flights to and from Tunis are not included in the trip cost.

This trip is limited to 12 travelers.
Join us in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia and once the heart of Africa’s Roman Empire, as we journey into the Sahara desert and back. We'll loop through a myriad of unique landscapes, wander through winding medinas, relax by ancient oases, and cross a multicolored salt lake. Along the way, we'll explore relics of the many civilizations that once called this land home—from the ruins of Carthage to the remains of Roman amphitheaters. Bounded by endl…

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What's included

  • Accommodations
    5 nights in a hotel room, 3 nights in a house, 2 nights in a treehouse, 1 n...
  • Food
    11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Drinks
    Water, tea, coffee, wine, beer
  • Transportation
    1 bus ride

Your itinerary

  • Day 1
    Welcome to Tunis!
    After settling into our hotel, we'll explore the city, visit the Medina of Tunis, and enjoy our first dinner together.
  • Day 2
    Through the Ruins of Carthage
    Today, we’ll see the ancient city of Carthage up close and savor some fresh seafood in a nearby beachside town.
  • Day 3
    Mosaics & Mosques
    We'll visit the port city of Sousse before driving to Kairouan, one of the most important Islamic cities in the world.
  • Day 4
    Hidden Jem & The Island of Dreams
    Step inside an ancient amphitheater, visit 9th-century cisterns, and hop on a ferry to Djerba, the “Island of Dreams.”
  • Day 5
    Resort Ruins & Fresh Fish
    We'll spend the day immersed in the culture, history, and contemporary art of Djerba before heading to Tataouine.
  • Day 6
    Hilltop Homes & Cave Dwellings
    Explore Tataouine's hilltop caves and underground dugouts, then head to the cliffside village of Chenini.
  • Day 7
    Into the Sahara
    We'll drive deep into the desert and, upon arriving, set up camp and spend the night stargazing.
  • Day 8
    Salt Lakes & Desert Oases
    Discover hidden desert oases, from a vast, multicolored salt lake to hot mineral waters bubbling beneath the sand.
  • Day 9
    Saharan Spaceport
    Today, we’ll explore the Sahara’s intergalactic history with a visit to several abandoned Star Wars film sets.
  • Day 10
    Conquering Sbeitla
    Explore the ancient city of Sbeitla, visit its ancient Roman ruins, and feast on wild boar.
  • Day 11
    Relics of Rome
    Walk the ancient Roman streets of Dougga, then head back to Tunis for a farewell dinner.
  • Day 12
    Farewell & Departure
    Today it's onward to your next adventure, or arrange to stay a few extra nights in the area.
From $3,660
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Rachel At Atlas Obscura

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I'm your Atlas Obscura Trip Coordinator. Since 2016, Atlas Obscura has been offering unusual trips to the world’s most extraordinary places. Our itineraries are developed in close collaboration with the locals and insiders who host them—our global community of explorers, artists, researchers, and experts who grant us access to unique places and amazing experiences.

Nate Robert is an Australian travel writer and photographer. Since 2014, he's been leading tours through Iran, Tunisia, and various European countries, specializing in both classical and lesser-known sites. Locals and foreigners alike have recognized the creativity of his explorations, carving out new routes, and introducing new travelers to a country in a way that wasn’t previously possible.
I'm your Atlas Obscura Trip Coordinator. Since 2016, Atlas Obscura has been offering unusual trips to the world’s most extraordinary places. Our itineraries are developed in close collaboration with the locals and insiders who host them—our global community of explorers, artists, researchers, and experts who grant us access to unique places and amazing experiences.

Nate Robert is an Australian travel writer and photographer. Since 2014, he's been leading tours through Iran, Tunisia, a…
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In partnership with Atlas Obscura

An Atlas Obscura Adventure
This trip is hosted by Atlas Obscura, the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders.


Atlas Obscura’s mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the world we all share. Atlas Obscura chronicles hidden places, incredible histories, scientific marvels, and gastronomical wonders. It also creates and curates unusual trips and experiences across the globe.
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Every adventure is fully planned, from activities to accommodations.

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Explore places and communities you can't easily access on your own.

Where you'll be

The trip begins and ends in Tunis, the capital. In between, we'll visit the ruins of ancient Carthage, the holy city Kairouan, Jerba Island, Tataouine, the Saharan outpost Tozeur, and the ancient city of Sbeitla.

Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Once you've reserved your spot, Atlas Obscura's Trips team will be in touch to help you prepare for the trip.

What to bring

We’re so excited that you’ll be joining us on our adventure to Tunisia! A few months prior to the trip, we’ll be sending out a packing list, along with additional information and resources to help you prepare.