Monday, 13 December 2010


ANCIENT royal palaces and underground villas built by wealthy Romans, great mosques and a cliff village whose "streets" are simply ledges too narrow for two people to pass, desert oases and a 30,000-seat  "colosseum" rivalling that of Rome… these and much more are highlights of a surprise-filled 18-night tour of Tunisia that will appeal to archaeology and history buffs in April  2011.

The fully-escorted tour with International Destinations departs on April 10 2011 and will be led by Australian expert on the region, Joanna Quinn. It's priced from $6550pp including return air and taxes from Sydney, 18-nights twin-share in first class and deluxe accommodations, breakfasts and dinners daily, and English-speaking local guides throughout.

For a fully-detailed itinerary and inclusions phone (02) 9519 1380, toll-free 1800 044 519 or  visit

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS include Haidra that's one of the oldest Roman cities in North Africa, 4th century Dougga that's also known as "The City of Temples," a man-made artificial desert oasis, and a 4WD to a salt lake whose parched surface was planted with palm trees to guide ancient trading caravans.

There's also a visit to rare Troglodyte houses carved into sandstone cliffs and including one in which some scenes from a "Star Wars" movie were filmed, the island of Djerba believed to be part of Ulysses' "lotus drinkers land," and a port once used as a base by Hannibal.

UPDATE: Jan 2011. Read DFAT Travel Advisory

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