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Tunisia Through the Sands of Time

history • 12 days, 11 nights

Tunisia Through the Sands of Time

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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  • Travel Style
    Road Trip
from $3,660 USD per person
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Trip Overview

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 millennia-old history.

Note: We also have a solo-only departure of this trip.

  • Ancient ruins and sacred sites
  • Meals and conversations shared with locals
  • Salt lakes and desert oases
  • Stargazing in the Sahara


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $680. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive by 3 p.m. on Day 1, and depart anytime on Day 12. Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN) connects to a range of flight hubs in Europe and the Middle East. Connecting airlines include Air France, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Emirates, and Qatar Airways. If you’d like help arranging flights, let us know and we'll connect you with our flight specialists.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles over the course of each day, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be spending a good amount of time outside and in rural areas, walking up and down stairs, and on dirt paths. We’ll also spend a night camping out in the desert.


With the exception of our night camping in the Sahara, we’ll be staying in a variety of comfortable three- and four-star hotels, all with Western-style private bathroom facilities. For our night out in the desert, we’ll be in nice, pre-set tents (one might even call it “glamping”).


Transportation throughout the trip will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. We’ll minimize driving as much as possible—no journey will last more than a few hours, and we’ll make sure to stop regularly.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip in a private coach.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Tunisia has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to and from Tunis.
  • Airport transfers (recommendations for travel between the airport and our accommodations will be provided).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Applying for a Tunisian visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

Tunisian food tends to be heavy on lamb and seafood (mainly fish). A vegetarian diet can be accommodated, but in certain places the choices will be very limited, and we’d recommend bringing some other options and snacks. You’ll also find the food often tends to be spicy.

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