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Fabulous Tunisia

  • Destination: Africa & Middle East
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Start: 11/13/2020
  • End: 11/23/2020

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  • THIS TOUR IS RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL & NOVEMBER 2021
  • Double Occupancy: $4295 | Single Occupancy: $5695
  • 10 days/8 nights, including Tunis, Bulla Reggia, Tabarka, Kairouan, Sousse,
  • Optional Brief Glimpse of Malta
  • Luxury (5★) accommodations
  • Activity level: Easy
  • ADDITIONAL: International Air Routing: USA – Tunis (TUN) – USA or return from Malta (MLA) if opting for the extension

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Itinerary

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Day 1

FRI NOV 13, 2020 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Tunis, Tunisia (TUN).
Day 2

SAT NOV 14 • Arrive in Tunis

Upon arrival in the beautiful city of Tunis, a car service will be waiting for a transfer to the Dar el Jeld Hotel.

Hotel: Dar el Jeld ★★★★★
Room: Junior Suite

Day 3

SUN NOV 15 • Bardo Museum | Medina of Tunis

After sightseeing in and around Tunis, visit the world famous Bardo Museum, an architectural landmark housing Roman mosaics and pieces from Tunisia’s history. A traditional lunch will be followed by a tour of the medina (old town). Awe at the life blood of the Arab city, the Mosque of the Olive Tree, as we compare the modern city against the ancient medina. Take time to peruse the many chic boutiques with various local treasures.

Hotel: Dar el Jeld ★★★★★
Room: Junior Suite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

MON NOV 16 • Carthage | Sidi Bou Said

Explore the ruins of Carthage which contain ancient baths, dwellings, temples, shrines, and port. Visit Byrsa Hill on which Carthage was founded, the port of Salammbo, and the ancient sanctuary of the goddess Tanit. Next, travel to the Moorish village of Sidi Bou Said, an artist’s haven where lush flowers cascade down every wall and doorway. End the day with a private tour and dinner* within the marvelous Baron D’Erlanger Palace.
*Pending availability.

Hotel: Dar el Jeld ★★★★★
Room: Junior Suite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

TUE NOV 17 • Kerkouane | Haouaria

Visit the Punic gem of Kerkouane, where tombs lay scattered throughout the coastal hills at the tip of Cape Bon. After lunch, enter the ancient caves of Haouaria before returning to Tunis for dinner.

Hotel: Dar el Jeld ★★★★★
Room: Junior Suite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

WED NOV 18 • Dougga | Bulla Regia

Venture to the evocative Roman site of Dougga. Walk in the footsteps of the ancients as we traverse the Roman theater, public bathhouses, and temples of the Capitol, Juno Caelestis, and Saturn. Next, visit the underground villas, Memmian Baths, and Treasure House of Bulla Regia.

Hotel: La Ciggle, Tabarka ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

THU NOV 19 • Tabarka

Today is free to enjoy the hodgepodge of Berber, Punic, Hellenistic, Roman, Islamic, Genoese, and Turkish culture that make up the town of Tabarka. Take time to enjoy the hotel’s spa services.

Hotel: La Ciggle, Tabarka ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

FRI NOV 20 • Tabarka | Kairouan

Journey through the countryside towards Kairouan where the Great Mosque dominates the skyline. Within the town, hundreds of shops present the finest Kairouan carpets of pure wool along with various traditional goods. Later, explore beyond the city as we discover the mausoleum at the Zaouia of Sidi Sahab, a prominent place of Islamic pilgrimage.

Hotel: La Kasbah, Kairouamn ★★★★★
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

SAT NOV 21 • El Jem

Today we drive through Tunisia’s countryside to the coast stopping en route to visit the ancient Roman amphitheater at El Jem, one of Tunisia’s most surprising sights. El Jem’s amphitheater was the third largest in the Roman Empire and was designed as a faithful copy of the Coliseum in Rome. It is not known if the building was ever fully completed, but had it been, it would have had a capacity of approximately 31,700 people. Hundreds of different festivals and jubilees were celebrated in the Roman calendar. The most important of these were marked by gladiatorial shows that could last for several days. These performances could include circus acts flights between gladiators, fights between gladiators and wild animals and the slaughter of common criminals by wild animals or by each other.

Hotel: La Kasbah, Kairouan ★★★★★
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

SUN NOV 22 • Kairouan | Tunis

Return to Tunis. Overnight in Tunis. We gather for a Farewell Dinner this evening.

Day 11

MON NOV 23 • Tunis | USA or Valletta, Malta for extension

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the USA or to Malta.

Meals: Breakfast


Optional Extension to Malta


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Day 11

MON NOV 23, 2020 • Tunis | Valletta, Malta

Fly from Tunis to Valletta. Upon arrival, drive to the capital city, Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with buildings dating from the 16h century. Enjoy an exceptional vista of the immense fortifications of the Grand Harbour from the fragrant Barraka Gardens. Next, a stroll along Triq Republikka to see the chief historic buildings built by the Knights of St. John, most notably the Auberges, and the Grand Masters Palace. We will stop at the St. John’s Cathedral, the principle church of the order and home to Caravaggio’s masterpiece ” Beheading of St. John.” After lunch on your own, check in to the hotel and spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Hotel: Phoenicia Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12

TUE NOV 24 • Mdina | Rabat

Visit the ancient, fortified city of Mdina and its neighbor, Rabat. Dating back to before 4000BC, Mdina was once the center of the Maltese royalty and religious authorities, yet, over the centuries, it lost its popularity and was referred to as the “Silent City”. Visiting this old capital, view the architecture as it still stands, attesting to its once great power and influence; Rabat (the Semitic word for suburb) was the sister-city to Mdina, and known not for its superb architecture. Of note are a ruined Roman-era house (Dormus Romana) with its inlaid flooring ranking among the finest of ancient mosaics of the western Mediterranean, St. Agatha’s Catacombs, and St. Paul’s Church and Grotto.

Hotel: Phoenicia Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

WED NOV 25 • Malta | Departure to USA

Depart to the USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Rates

Rates Per Person Tunisia Tour Malta Extension
Double Occupancy $4295 TBA based on participation
Single Occupancy $5695 TBA based on participation

Special Notes

Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler. If no share is available, the single rate will apply. Price is based on current rates of exchange at the time of publishing and is subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation which, if the minimum participation is not met, may need to be revised.

Inclusions
  • All accommodations as stated in the itinerary
  • Most meals, as stated in itinerary
  • Land transfers, as stated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing excursions and entry fees, as stated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Coda Tours Representative with minimum participation
  • Pre-departure assistance and Information Portfolio from Coda Tours
Not Included

International airfare and baggage fees; Passport or visa fees (no visa is required for American or Canadian passport holders); Trip cancellation and Interruption insurance (highly recommended); Gratuities for local guides, escorts, Coda Tour Manager, driver, etc.; Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls, drinks, etc.)

Travel Tips

Airfare

Air France & Alitalia (both SkyTeam partners) & Royal Air Maroc (OneWorld) are among airlines that can be used to book international airfare for this tour. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel. No visa is required for travel to Tunisia or Malta for US and Canadian passport holders.

Health

The Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Measles vaccination is especially important when traveling to this area.

Minimums

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation, if the minimum is not met, rates may need to be revised.

Pre-Departure Information

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.