This whistle-stop tour of Tunisia encompasses three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Tunis Medina, Kairouan and Dougga as well as fabulous ruins at Carthage, El Djem and Sbeitla. Its a good value for money trip packed with variety including camel riding in the Sahara, Berber villages near the Algerian boarder and many other delights.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The three Berber villages of Chebika, Mides and Tamerza plus Douz.
The extraordinary ruins at Dougga and the first class guide who had two archaeology degrees!
- What did you think of your group leader?
Amine felt like one of us yet was a proud ambassador for his country. He combined depth of knowledge with reliable courtesy and a terrific sense of humour. He was always friendly and made us feel in safe hands while show casing a vastly different culture. He's a competent leader who easily coped with all our different personalities and needs. It was appreciated that he was flexible and allowed us to opt out of the group meals if we wanted.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared for long stretches on the road. Some of the loos are basic and lacking in loo paper.
Its worth pointing out that if you plan on doing last minute shopping in the Medina in Tunis it closes at midday on Sundays.
Also the famous Bardo Museum in Tunis is only partly open as major refurbishments are taking place.
The casba at Le Kef was closed due to a strike by the workers who wanted permanent contracts.
Be very careful expressing any interest in carpets - its not true when they say there is no obligation to buy!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Tunisia appears to be a well ordered clean country with standards of behaviour.
Being a Muslim country I wasnt surprised as a woman to be served last after any men in fast food joints.
The Tunisians were friendly and smiled readily and responded to basic French. It seemed a tolerant country.
The only negative experience I had was to do with carpets.