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Djerba: 1-Night Desert Tent Safari

1. Djerba: 1-Night Desert Tent Safari

Day 1: Your tour will begin as you depart from your hotel to Tataouine. You will then begin by crossing Roman Road, the structure that connects the island to continental Africa. You will then take a break at the salt lake of Chahbania to enjoy the view and to take photos. Following this, you will enjoy a 40-minute stroll in the streets of Tataouine's market to discover the Berber products and spices for sale. You will then head to the village of Chenini, where you will enjoy a walk to discover it with a local guide. At midday, you will taste the flavors of a local meal in a Berber restaurant. Following lunch, you will cross the Erg (or the desert of rocks) and head to Ksar Ghilane. Upon your arrival you can enjoy a swim in its natural water spray, in an area located between the greenery of the oasis and the yellow color of the sand dunes. Whilst at this location there will also be the possibility of taking a camel ride tour or a quad-bike tour of the dunes (not included). By the end of the day, you will go to your camp to enjoy one of the best sunsets of Southern Tunisia. At the camp, you will have a tent, be able to take a shower, and can also experience the preparation of "sand bread" just before dinner. Following dinner, you will enjoy free time to admire the starry sky in the silence of the desert. Day 2: Following breakfast, you will head to Matmata, the troglodyte village. Your first stop will be to the Berber village of Tamazret, where you can taste an "amandes" tea. Following the break, you will visit a Berber family at their underground house, where you will enjoy an authentic local lunch. Following lunch you will head to Sidi Idriss, a troglodyte hotel where some scenes of the Star Wars film had been shot, and where we can still find some film decor. The final visit of the day will be to the Berber village of Toujane, which is hidden between two mountains and famous for handmade carpets and honey. At the end of the day, you will be returned safely to your hotel with a head full of great memories.

Tataouine and Cheneni: Full-Day Visit from Djerba

2. Tataouine and Cheneni: Full-Day Visit from Djerba

Get picked up from your hotel at 7:00 AM and head toward Tataouine on the Roman road. Stop first in Khalfallah to visit an oil mill during the olive harvest season, or at the sand dunes of the Chahbania. Continue to Tataouine and take some time exploring the market and downtown. Proceed to Cenini, a village topped by a rocky ridge and home to an old mosque. Come mid-day, enjoy lunch at the Kenza Chenini or a similar restaurant before embarking on a guided tour of the Berber village. Depart to Ksar El Ferch or Ksar Hdadda for a fascinating tour of the grounds. Head back to Djerba via the Roman road, arriving at your hotel at around 5:30 PM. Throughout the full-day experience, pick up insights from your expert guide, who has been approved by the National Office of Tunisian Tourism.

From Djerba: Tataouine, Chenini and Berber Villages Day Trip

3. From Djerba: Tataouine, Chenini and Berber Villages Day Trip

Departure from the hotel by the Roman road towards Tataouine. Arrival at Chahbania and photo break in the famous salt lake. Arrival in Tataouine, made famous by the former French prison, visit of the market and the city center. Continuation towards Chenini, the village surmounted by a rocky ridge at the foot of which rises a very old mosque, passing by the Ksar Ouled Soltan "Collective granary considered the best preserved". Lunch in Chenini at the restaurant Kenza or similar. Guided tour of the Berber village of Chenini. Departure to Ksar Hadada; arrival and visit of the shooting place of some scenes of the famous movie "Star Wars"... . Departure to Djerba via the Roman road. Arrival at the hotel.

Djerba-Zarzis: Tataouine, Chenini and Ksar Hadada Day Tour

4. Djerba-Zarzis: Tataouine, Chenini and Ksar Hadada Day Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Djerba or Zarzis in a private jeep, then heads out across the old Roman roads towards Tatouine. As you travel, admire the remarkable changes in the landscape that range from luscious green fields of olives to dry salt deserts. Along the way, stop for a photo opportunity of the scenery and listen to your guide share stories about the locals before arriving at the first stop of the day, Tataouine market. At the market, wander around the bustling walkways and feel immersed in the vibrant atmosphere of the locals going about their day. Haggle for a bargain at a souvenir stall then continue the tour onto the next stop. Arrive at Chenini, and old Berber village that dominates the surrounding mountain region. Amble through Chenini’s labyrinth of lane ways and follow your guide on a cultural and historical adventure. Discover Chenini’s fascinating troglodyte dwellings, learning about the legends of the people who lived here and worshiped at the seven onsite mosques. After about an hour of exploring the site, enjoy a traditional local meal to recharge from the walk. Finally, visit the nearby Ksar Hadada, one of the best-preserved ksours of the city and the shooting location of scenes from the recent Star Wars movies.

From Djerba: Night at the Desert camp Ksar Ghilane

5. From Djerba: Night at the Desert camp Ksar Ghilane

Day 1 Departure from your accommodation via the Roman road, direction Tataouine. Photo break at the famous salt lake of Chahbania and explanation of the program. Continuation towards the city of Tataouine, free time at the very colorful market then direction the mountainous village of Chenini. Passage by the Ksar Ouled Soltan or similar, collective granary used in the past for the storage of provisions Visit of the dwellings dug horizontally in the mountains in the village of Chenini; Berber village encrusted in the side of the mountain which goes back to the 11th century. Typical lunch at the local restaurant In the afternoon we fasten our belts in the 4x4 for a departure by the sandy tracks "the reg" to reach the oasis of Ksar Ghilane, an exotic oasis; magnificent with its camps and its water source. Possibility of a camel or quad ride (optional and payable on site) on the sand dunes "Erg" to watch the sunset and see the old Roman fort. On the way back, visit of the hot water spring with possibility of swimming (don't forget your bathing suit and towels) continuation in 4x4 to the camp located at the foot of the dunes . Arrival; to attend the sunset installation under tent, dinner and Saharan evening. Day 2 Wake up gently, breakfast, then departure for the mountainous Berber village of Tamezret. Small photo stop and continuation for the village of Matmata known for its houses dug under the ground. We admire its superb lunar landscape (Star Wars movie sets) and visit a family in a troglodytic house. Lunch In the afternoon we take the road back to the village of Toujane, from where we have a panoramic view. Return to the hotel

Djerba: 1-Day Tour to Ksar Ghilane and berber villages

6. Djerba: 1-Day Tour to Ksar Ghilane and berber villages

Following a pickup from your accommodation, start the day tour by leaving the island of Djerba through the historic Roman road. The first stop will be at the top of the Ain El Anba mountain that overlooks the plane of the Jeffara to enjoy the panoramic view. Next, travel across the stony tracks towards Ksar Ghilane, an oasis at the edge of the Sahara Desert. It is also a well known for its hot springs and ruins of a Roman fort. Here you can enjoy a 1-hour camel ride in the dunes or a quad ride (extra) then take time to relax and have a dip in the hot water springs. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in a restaurant opposite the dunes before departing for Guermassa, a completely deserted Berber village located at the top of a mountain. Walk with your guide who will share their local knowledge. Visit attractions including the hollow houses in the walls of the mountain, the village mosque, and the granaries. Then you’ll head to a berber Ksar, one of the best-preserved ksour (North African term for Berber castle) in Tataouine and the memorable location of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. End the day with a comfortable drop-off back at your accommodation.

Tunisia: 4-Day Private Discovery Tour

7. Tunisia: 4-Day Private Discovery Tour

Day 1: Kairouan to Tozeur.  Be collected from your accommodation in any city in Tunisia to visit Kairouan and the 9th century Aghlabid basins. Next, visit the grand mosque, which is the oldest in North Africa. Continue to the nearby Sidi Sahbi, a companion of prophet Mohamed, with an introduction to some Tunisian traditions. Have lunch in Kairouan Medina. Continue to Tozeur and check-in to your accommodation in Tozeur where you will have dinner.  Day 2: Tozeur to Douz.  Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then head out to visit Chebika Waterfalls and Tamerza Waterfalls. Then, explore the Mides canyons. Continue to Tozeur for lunch then Visit the Ong Jemel Star Wars desert set. Depart Tozeur and head to Douz in a 4WD vehicle. Make a stop at the Salt Lake of Chott el Djerid. Your adventure begins with an amazing view of lands of green palms and dunes of golden sand. Continue through the huge charming dunes then arrive at the camp site. Have a delicious dinner and enjoy the night drumming around the campfire. Stay at the SaharanSky luxury desert camp in Douz. Day 3: Douz to Matmata to Tataouine. Have breakfast at the campsite then head to Matmata. Visit the Underground Troglodyte. Then, have lunch in a berber underground house. Continue to Ksar Hadada to visit the old castle on top of a hill. Head to Chenini to visit the 7th asleep mosque and museum. Check-in for the night at your accommodation in Tataouine and enjoy dinner at the hotel.  Day 4: Tataouine to Gabes to El Jem to Tunis.  Have breakfast at the hotel then depart Tataouine for Gabes. Visit Jara Souk, where you can purchase souvenirs and explore the city. Have lunch in Gabes. Continue to El Jem (Thysdrus) to visit the Roman amphitheater, which is the third biggest and the best-preserved one in the Roman world. Take your transfer to your drop-off location to complete your tour. 

From Djerba Midun: 2-Day Desert and Ancient Cottage Tour

8. From Djerba Midun: 2-Day Desert and Ancient Cottage Tour

DAY 1 : Matmata Ksar Ghilane and the night at the cottage At 7 Am our team will pick you up from your location Head to Matmata troglodyte village and start your immersion in the local life Visit Sidi Idriss hotel (Star wars shooting location) Visit a berber family at their local house dug underground Enjoy a mid-day lunch with the locals Visit Tamazret berber village Head to Ksar Ghilane and enjoy a swim in the hot water spray Possibility of camel ride or quad bike in the sand dunes Head to Ksar Jouamaa and settle in your room Dinner and overnight at Ksar Jouamaa Day 2 : Berber villages Breackfast and departure to Tataouine Visit Ksar El Ferch Visit Chenini the berber village with a local guide and discover its different components (mosque / houses dug horizontally in the mountain...etc) Visit the 7 dormant mosque Mid-day lunch at a local restaurant Visit Ksar Ouled Soltane (Star wars Shooting location) Visit the local market of tataouine and taste its local pastry (Cornes de Gazelle) Head to Djerba with a last stop at the salt lake of Chahbania Back to Djerba through the Roman road and end of our services

From Djerba excursion 2 days to ksar Ghilain Chenini Matmata

9. From Djerba excursion 2 days to ksar Ghilain Chenini Matmata

Nous viendrons vous chercher à votre hôtel de Djerba, tôt le matin et nous partirons en direction de ksar Ghilane par la voie romaine. Vous verrez le long du trajet les très beaux paysages semi désertiques de la région Berbère, vous pourrez vous arrêter où bon vous semble pour prendre des photos, des pauses sont prévues. Nous commencerons par le lac salé de Zarzis, un lieu très étonnant aux couleurs changeantes. Puis nous visiterons Chenini, un ancien village Berbère, ensuite Guermassa, ou nous déjeunerons. Ensuite direction Ksar Ghilane ou le désert de pierre fait place au désert de sable ocre. A ksar Ghilane, vous pourrez faire une balade à dos de dromadaire ou en quad, (En option). On arrive au campement tout confort est organisé autour du restaurant – bar, avec des tentes sahariennes, les sanitaires et la cuisine sont dignes d'un hôtel 3 étoiles. Vous assisterez à la cérémonie de la cuisson du pain dans le sable, puis après un bon dîner, vous pourrez vous promener dans les dunes, dans le silence du désert et admirer le ciel étoilé si le temps est clair, puis nuit dans votre tente privative. Le lendemain, après le petit déjeuner et temps libre dans le désert, nous partirons en direction Matmata ou ont été tournées des scènes du film Star Wars. Nous déjeunerons dans le village de Tamezret. Après ces 2 jours bien remplis, retour à Djerba et dépose à votre Hôtel PROGRAMME Jour 1 Départ de votre lieu de séjour à Djerba OU à Zarzis en 4x4 direction Tataouine. Visite du marché aux épices de Tataouine. Visite guidée du village berbère de Chenini. Déjeuner. Route vers Ksar Ghilane, oasis entourées d’immenses dunes de sable. Possibilité de balade à dos de dromadaire ou en quad (En Option). Baignade dans la source d'eau chaude, Installation au campement à Ksar Gilaine Dîner et nuit sous tentes privatives. Jour 2 Petit déjeuner et temps libre dans les dunes. Départ pour Matmata via village berbère de Tamezret Visite d’une maison troglodyte et découverte du paysage lunaire qu’offre la région Déjeuner à Toujene. Retour à votre lieu de séjour à Djerba ou à Zarzis

From Djerba: 3-Day Tunisian Desert Tour

10. From Djerba: 3-Day Tunisian Desert Tour

Day 1: Depart the island of Djerba via ferry and travel for about 20 minutes until you reach the mainland. Continue to Matmata and visit a Berber family who will open their doors for you to visit their house. Be welcomed with home-made bread, olive oil and honey, typical of Berber hospitality. Continue to Tozeur crossing the largest salt lake in northern Africa, the famous Chott Djerid. This salt lake covers an area of more than 5000 square kilometers and is known for its phenomenon of mirages. Enjoy a photo stop to capture the vastness of the area. Stop at the mountain oasis of Chebika. A popular destination for many filmmakers, Chebika has a unique charm with its ancient village, palm groves, and its source of water that springs from the side of the mountain. Take a walk for about 40 minutes with a local guide who will help you discover the village and learn of its stories. Travel to Tamerza, enjoy a hearty meal, and visit the famous waterfalls.  In the afternoon, get ready for adventure and adrenaline, as your driver will take you through the old Dakar Rally track, crossing the sand dunes and salt lake of Chott El Gharsa. Visit some of a filming location of the Star Wars original trilogy, the village of Mos Espa on Tattoine. Enjoy a colorful sunset before travelling to the village of Tozeur, where you will spend your first evening. Enjoy tea and dinner, before settling in at the four-star hotel for the night. Day 2: After breakfast, head to the old medina of Tozeur. With your guide, stroll in its alleys and discover its architectural and historical characteristics with some free time to enjoy the palm groves. Depart from Tozeur and travel towards Douz. Enjoy free time to visit its local market and lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, head towards Ksar Ghilane, an oasis where green palm trees grow amongst the dry desert offering a unique setting. Bask in the hot spring and enjoy a 1-hour camel ride in the dunes, if option selected. Head to your overnight camp and enjoy another spectacular desert sunset. Enjoy a typical Berber dinner and a free evening to relax and sleep under the stars. Day 3: Enjoy breakfast at the camp and then travel to the city of Tataouine. Visit the famous Berber village of Chenini, which you will explore with your guide for about 40 minutes. Discover the various landmarks of the village including the mosque, oil mill, granaries, and houses dug in the walls of the mountains. Enjoy some couscous for lunch in a local restaurant. After the meal, visit Ksar Hadada, a shooting location for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. After this, return to Djerba to complete your three-day excursion.

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based on 61 reviews

Dalel was very nice and the driver Mounir as well. Dalel gave us a lot of historical explanations about Tunisia and the daily lives of Tunisians. Very nice day worth having! For my part, stopping at the tataouine souk is really not obligatory, the souk is not great... Chenini is really magnificent on the other hand! A bit of a shame to have to give more money to the guide once there... the price of the excursion is already quite substantial... the meal is included (the couscous is not incredible, tourist site it's a shame ) but otherwise overall it's a beautiful day! I recommend !

Unforgettable, perfect, a must do! Trek in 4x4 in the south of Tunisia for a day meeting very welcoming locals, a good local couscous for lunch, Explanation during the journey, we drive in the sand dunes, several stops to take photos, THANKS to Yoyo who is the best guide and Tom the best driver, who allowed us to discover their country in the best possible way! Long live Tunisia 🇹🇳❤️

This tour was awesome! Our guide Youssef was attentive and knowledgeable. He speaks several languages and was happy to accommodate any question or request. Lots of good coffee and picture breaks. Highly recommend this tour.

Excellent tour! Well organized with very good hotels. The Ashref & Iskander team was extremely friendly and serious. Greetings Dirk

Our guide and driver were fantastic! We were a bit disappointed by the visit at Tataouine but we loves Chenini and the trip itself.