BARCLAY'S GROUP TRAVEL

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Built on a foundation of seventeen years of solid experience in high-end tourism and event organization, Barclay’s Group Travel has the resources to reveal all the facets of Tunisia. We organize à la carte stays, incentives, events, conferences/seminars, fairs, golf holidays, tours, circuits and specific tournaments as well as thalassotherapy and wellness holidays. Barclay’s Group Travel stands today as one of the leading DMCs in Tunisia. Our main objective is to meet our client’s needs, expectations and to produce the right product for every request. We do so by providing our clients with a qualified staff able to support them with comprehensive information and assist them during their stay. During the past few years, we have built and solidified a reputation for reliability, creativity and honesty that is vital for earning and maintaining our partners' and customers' confidence.

BARCLAY'S GROUP TRAVEL

In the footsteps of Saint Augustin...

March 2014


As descendants of indigenous Berbers and a colorful mix of umpteen civilizations, modern Tunisians are a mix of ethnicities that have invaded, migrated to, and been absorbed into the population over three millennia. As a result, Tunisians are truly Mediterranean, being a "bridge" of peoples between Africa, Europe and the Levant for over 3,000 years.

Recorded history commences with the arrival of Phoenicians, who founded Carthage and other North African settlements in the 8th century B.C. Over time, the Romans, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and French realized its strategic importance, claiming it as a hub for regional control and gain. As a major power, Carthage was at the heart of Mediterranean sea-trade, situated close to vital shipping routes. The Roman decline and fall in the 5th century and the capture of Carthage by Vandals in 439 prompted a Berber uprising but the Byzantines defeated both groups in 533. The Muslim conquest in the 7th century dramatically transformed Tunisia’s ethnic make-up, sparking migration from around the Arab world.

 

1st Day: Tunis Airport / Tunis

Arrival to the airport, welcome by our professional guide. Departure to Sidi Bou Said: its gleaming houses and stunning location above the Gulf of Tunis make for a wonderful stroll through its maze of lanes and alleys. For centuries, Sidi Bou Said has attracted generations of European artists and writers, and today can be called a “living museum.” Arrival to hotel El Mouradi Gammarth 5-star or similar, dinner and accommodation.

 

2nd Day:  Carthage / Bardo Museum

After breakfast, we will visit Carthage the “ancient Kart Haddachet”, which is an extensive archaeological site, located on a hill dominating the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plain. A metropolis of Punic civilization in Africa and capital of the province of Africa in Roman times, Carthage has exercised considerable influence on the development of the arts, architecture and town planning in the Mediterranean. Our visit will include numerous sections of Carthage, including the Carthage museum, basilica, baptistery, amphitheater, Gargillus term and the theater of Carthage.
Lunch in a local restaurant.

Departure to Tunis to visit the Bardo Museum. This museum holds an extensive collection of ancient Roman mosaic, considered one of the largest, complete collections in the world thanks to the excavations from the early twentieth century on the different archaeological sites in the country of Carthage, Hadrumetum, Dougga and Utica. Housed in a former palace of the Bey since 1888, it offers a prestigious and beautiful setting with exposure to many major works discovered since the beginning of archaeological research in the country.
Return to the same hotel, dinner and overnight.

 

3rd Day: Tunis / Dougga / Bulla Reggia / Haydra / Sbeitla

After breakfast, check-out and departure to visit the archaeological site of Dougga (ancient Thugga). Covering some 60 acres and laid out on a steep slope some 2,000 feet above the plain, Dougga was known as the “city of temples.” Visit the theater, which today is used for the Dougga Drama festival and accommodates almost 3,500 people; the Temple of Saturn, under which was found evidence of a pre-Roman sanctuary dedicated to the Carthaginian god Gal; and the Temples of Augustan Piety and Mercury. The grandest structure is the Capitol that was dedicated to the gods Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva, and to the glory of co-emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucus Verus.
Then continuation to Bulla Reggia: The city was first mentioned by Latin classical sources when the pursuing Roman armies caught up with the Numidian king Hiarbas at Bulla where he had sought refuge (in 81 BC). It also appeared, much  later, (end of 4th century AD) in one of Saint Augustine’s sermons when he reproached  the inhabitants of  the city for continuing to go to such places of debauch as the theatre.  We will see houses, these are the site's distinctive feature. These underground houses are unique in Tunisia. Bulla remains the only city to have two-story dwellings with one floor under-ground; this feature can probably be explained by the need for protection against excessive heat in summer and the cold in winter. We'll also visit the Baths of Julia Memmia, House of the Hunt, Theater, Southern Baths (Alexander Church), Basilicas, Forum, House of the Treasure and the Temple of Apollo

Departure to Haidra, a frontier village that dates from the end of the Second World War but features an archeological site that is under excavation (if the time permits).

Continuation to Sbeitla, arrival to hotel Sufetella, dinner and overnight.

 

4th Day: Sbeitla / Gafsa / Tozeur

After breakfast, visit of Sufetula currently Sbeïtla, one of the few ancient Roman cities that is famous not only for the strategic role, politically and economically it has played in antiquity but also to its dramatic end in the year 647 ADC. It was the site of the first major battle between the Muslim armies from the southeast and those of the Byzantines who made the city their headquarters. Until then and since its founding in the 2nd half of the first century, the city seems to have led a peaceful life that encouraged its growth and prosperity.
Continuation to Gafsa, lunch in hotel Gafsa Palace 4-star and then visit of the city. Departure to Tozeur, installation in hotel El Mouradi 4-star or similar, dinner and accommodation.

 

5th Day: Tozeur / Lezard rouge / Ong El Jemel / Tozeur

After breakfast, departure to Metlaoui and tour in Lezard Rouge, where there is an old beyical train that leaves Metlaoui every day except Monday. It travels across the flat rocky desert that surrounds this southern Tunisian town up through the Selja Gorge and on to the phosphate mining areas in the mountains. Many big cinematographic productions have used this magical setting for their movies, like the famous Indiana Jones.

After the tour, departure in 4X4 to visit the mountain oasis of Chebika / Tamerza & Midès. Lunch in the oasis of Chebika. Continuation to Ong El Jemel, site of the famous movie "Star Wars". Free time in the dunes , possibility of camel ride. Return to Tozeur, dinner and overnight in hotel El Mouradi 4-star or similar.

 

6th Day: Day at Leisure

Half board in the hotel in Tozeur (breakfast + dinner)

 

7th Day: Kairouan / El Jem / Kairouan

Departure to Kairouan, the capital of the Muslim Maghreb, which stands as one of the most important features of Islam mainly. Visit of the Great Mosque. Installation in hotel La Kasbah 5-star in Kairouan and lunch.
 
Then we will take direction to visit El Jem one of the most extraordinary sites in Tunisia thanks to the marvelous ancient amphitheater located in the heart of the town. The theater was built in A.D. 230 and accommodated 30,000 spectators. Nearby is the museum of El Jem, which houses some lovely mosaics and the remains of some recently-excavated luxury villas. Return to Kairouan, dinner and overnight in hotel La Kasbah 5-star or similar.

 

8th Day: Kairouan / Tunis Airport

Breakfast and then we take the road to the airport for the final departure.

 

For more information, requests and/or rates, please kindly contact Mrs. Moufida Ameur at tunisia@euromic.com

Tunis

Carthage

Bardo Museum

Dougga

Haidra

Tozeur

Lézard rouge

Ong Jemel

Kairouan