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Join a group of curious solo travelers 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 regular departure of this trip that is not specific to solo travelers.
We have two options for you:
(1) Shared room: You’ll be matched with another traveler of the same gender. The cost of this trip based on double occupancy is $3,660.
(2) Private room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $660. When booking, please select the single room package option.
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.
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.
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.
Citizens from 97 countries can visit Tunisia visa-free for up to 90 days, as long as the traveler's passport has 6 months validity after the date of arrival. See here for more details.
We design all Atlas Obscura trips for independent travelers, but these trips are ideal for solo travelers who want to meet other solo travelers. If you’re looking for an opportunity to travel with people who share your sense of curiosity, you’ll come away from these adventures with new travel buddies and lasting connections.
All departures have the same itinerary, regardless of the composition of the group. On regular departures, travelers have the option to join with a travel companion. Many of our travelers choose to join our trips without a companion, so some of our regular departures end up organically with solo-only groups. On solo-only departures, we guarantee you'll only be with other solo travelers.
We guarantee travelers on solo-only trips that all participants join solo. If you wish to travel with a companion, we invite you to join one of our regular departures. Departures of both regular and solo-only trips happen around the same time of year so that you can select the option that matches your travel preference.
Note: The majority of our travelers join trips solo, so you're likely to meet other independent travelers on our regular departures, too.