BARCLAY'S GROUP TRAVEL

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events, Product Launches, Special Interest Groups, Study Groups, Tailor Made, Excursions.
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

Signature Tunisia...

August 2014


1st Day: Tunis Airport / Sidi Bou Said / Gammarth = 35 Km

Arrival at the airport of Tunis-Carthage, welcome by our representative and 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.”

After, relax in Café Sidi Chabaane with a fantastic sea and marina view. Also called Café des Délices, it is well known from a famous song of Patrick Bruel, the French singer.

Departure to Villa Didon and Spa hotel 5-star: exclusive all-suite designer hotel perched on Byrsa Hill (the heart of ancient Carthage) with epic views out to sea.This is a Tunisian one-off. Designed by French architect Philippe Boisselier, it’s slickly stylish and coolly modern, with Philippe Starck and Ron Arad furniture in ten huge, minimalist suites. They make the most of the stunning position, with glass walls onto balconies overlooking the white villas of moneyed Carthage, ancient Punic ports, deep-blue sea and shadowy mountains.

Cutting-edge design includes electronic blinds, automatic doors, and an open-plan bedroom and bathroom. The grey marble jacuzzi stands like a monument on a platform facing the bed (apparently this continues an ancient Carthaginian tradition). Downstairs, the bar – with the same jaw-dropping view - attracts Tunis’ jetset. The sleek restaurant has Asian-Mediterranean cuisine, an open-plan kitchen and a long terrace overlooking the gulf. There’s also a lush but remarkably good-value spa with a hammam. And, with a maximum of 20 guests, there's a personal feel that’s often absent in designer hotels.
Dinner in the hotel and accommodation.

 

2nd Day: Gammarth / ThuburboMajus  / Dougga / Kairouan = 350 Km

After breakfast, check-out and departure to visit Thuburbo Majus, one of the best-preserved sites in Tunisia. It was occupied by the Berbers, Phoenicians, and (in 27 B.C.) the Romans, and was converted into one of many Roman garrisons in North Africa. The imperial remains are typical of a Roman city and include the towering Capitol, with its 30-foot tall columns, and Forum, built between A.D. 161 and 192.Continuation 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.

Lunch  in hotel Thugga Teboursouk.

Continuation to Kairouan, the Capital of the Muslim Maghreb, where stands as one of the most important features of Islam mainly: The Great Mosque, the Medina and other impressive monuments such as the Aghlabiden pools, The Sidi Sahbi Mausoleum and its magnificent ceramics. Kairouan is the main carpet-making centre in Tunisia. The nowadays Medina corresponding to a small part of the ancient town partly destroyed in the 11th century, and occupies a special place in Tunisia heritage. The mosque of UQBA named as his founder is one of the masterpieces of both architecture and Islamic art.

Visit of the old medina. Installation in hotel La Kashah 5-star (central traditional quarter), which lies at the heart of the holy city of Kairouan. This hotel, with a luxurious inside and a sober outlook, merges harmoniously into the Arab-Islamic architecture of the city of Kairouan. The hotel, of recent construction, incorporates certain ancient areas that have been restored, such as the Turkish Café and restaurant à la carte of rare beauty. Dinner and overnight.

 

3rd Day: Kairouan / Sbeitla / Gafsa / Tozeur = 350 Km

After breakfast, check out and visit of the Great Mosque Okba Ibn Nefaa. Departure to Sbeïtla, one of the few ancient Roman cities that is famous not only for its strategic role, politically and economically, it has played in antiquity but also to its dramatic end in the year 647 AD C. Here was the site of the first major battle between the Muslim armies from the south-east and those of the Byzantines who made the city their headquarters. Until then and since its founding in the second half of the first century, the city seems to have led a peaceful life that encouraged its growth and prosperity.

Visit of the archeological site and lunch in hotel Sufetulla 3-star.Continuation to Tozeur, one of the most famous oases in the world which is surrounded by 200 springs. It is sheltered by a palm grove of more than 1000 ha - about 400.000 palm trees.

Dinner and accommodation in charming Hotel Dar Hi, a design ecolodge whose charm and originality will bewitch you. Overhanging Nefta'soued in Tunisia, it offers magic views over the oasis, Nefta's medina, and at the horizon, theChott el-Djerid salty plain. The architecture, signed MataliCrasset, blends in with the sandy landscape, as if it were a mirage. This out of the ordinary hotel and its 17 rooms, at only 15 minutes from Tozeur' s airport, will fully satisfy travelers looking for a peaceful, spiritual, or family stay off the beaten tracks.

 

4th Day: Tozeur / Chebika / Tamerza / Midès / Tozeur = 140 Km

After, breakfast, departure in 4X4 to visit the mountain oasis of Chebika, Tamerza andMidès. Visit of Chebika, known as the castle of the sun, and visit of the old village and the palm grove. Continuation to Tamerza, the largest mountain oases of Tunisia, with a visit to the palm grove, the water-fall, and a stop in the old village, with a continuation to Midès the most attractive of the Tunisian’s mountain oases with a string of gorges stretching over 3 km, visit of the canyons. Return to the hotel and lunch.
After lunch, visit of Eden Palm Museum, which offers 150 different kinds of dates which are exported around the world. We will also visit the Zoo of Tozeur. Return to Hotel Dar Hi, dinner and overnight.

 

5th Day: Tozeur / Douz / KsarGhilane = 260 Km

After breakfast, check-out and departure to Douz via Chott El Jerid, a seasonal lake that is completely dry for most of the year. Its sunbaked surface, composed of a hard crust of sodium chloride, conceals sources of underground water and the area has a vivid red color due to the high iron content, stop for photo.Arrival in Douz a small town that appears to be plopped down amidst the dunes and is known as the "gateway to the Sahara". In ancient times it was an important stop on the trans-Saharan caravan routes.

Lunch in hotel El Mouradi Douz 4-star. Continuation in 4X4 to Ksar Ghilane, a green palm garden with a small lake in the middle and surrounded by the sand dunes, and Nafzaouza the border between sand and rocky desert. It offers you its calm and its shadow: the freshness of a pause.

Dinner and ovenight in Yadis Ksar Ghilane: this romantic tented camp at the oasis of Ksar Ghilane offers the ultimate in desert luxury.Built on the site of an old ksar (Berber castle) and surrounded by shady date palms, this is a unique opportunity for a romantic and luxurious stopover deep in the Sahara desert. Although it calls itself a camp, it’s really a hotel with tents instead of rooms - and a very stylish hotel at that. There's a smart restaurant serving French and Bedouin cuisine, a cool bar for chilling out, various boutiques selling local crafts, all built in Berber style around a central courtyard. And the height of indulgence: a gorgeous swimming pool fed by a natural spring, softening the arid desert landscape like a jade oasis.

From the restored watchtower there are magnificent views over the Great Eastern Erg: ripples of apricot sand stretching to the horizon like waves on a vast ocean. Explore them by camel or 4x4, and you will find billowing dunes, eerie salt plains and crumbling Roman forts - an other-worldly landscape which you might recognize from early Star Wars movies or The English Patient. Dinner, typical cuisine of the southern Tunisia (bricks, skewers of lamb cooked in stone oven, home pressed olive oil) and Mediterranean cuisine, and overnight.

 

6th Day: KsarGhilane / Chenini / Medenine / Matmata = 250 Km

After breakfast, check-out and departure to visit the berber village of Chenini. Continuation to Tataouine, one of the most picturesque towns in southeast Tunisia. Surrounded by mountains from which flow ksours, fortresses once used for shelter from invaders, the essential commodities like cereals, olive oil, pulses...  this town facilitates trade between the many villages that surround it.

Lunch  in hotel Sangho Tataouine and continuation to Matmata via Medenine.
From the splendor of the high citadel of Ksar Jouma which overlooks the entire region, follow the rocky trails down to the arid, sun baked region of Matmata where craters dug into the ground provided another type of shelter from invaders. Matmata was the setting for the film Star Wars. This village, named after the Berber tribe that inhabits the region is the largest of the troglodyte communities.

Installation in hotel Diar El Berber 4-star, which sits strategically overlooking the Atlas Mountains. Dinner and overnight.

 

7th Day: Matmata / Djerba = 150 Km

After breakfast, check-out and departure to Djerba. Take a ferry boat to Djerba Island, a beautiful island located in the Gulf of Gabes, in southern Tunisia. In 2008, it has been announced by the American travel guide Trip Advisor as the best tourist destination. And in the same year, the New York Times also picked Tunisia as the third best place in the world to visit, just behind Lisbon and Laos – outranking Mauritius, Miami Beach and South Beach.

Installation in Hotel Dar Dhiafa, a charming hideaway in one of Djerba's forgotten villages, perfect for relaxing and exploring the island's ancient culture Tucked down a narrow lane behind thick walls, Hotel Dar Dhiafa is one of those real hidden gems - you could stroll past its studded wooden doors and miss it completely. But once you enter the bougainvillea-filled courtyards, you can't believe how much space unfolds. Once local houses, the 600-year-old buildings have been stylishly renovated but still ooze authenticity. Outside, they're whitewashed with shuttered windows; inside, a series of shady corridors link the cozy bedrooms. Candles flicker in alcoves and the smell of incense hangs in the air.

Head into the village Er Riadh and you'll feel like you're stepping back in time. Goats roam beneath olive trees, locals dress in long tunics and sandals, and donkey carts clatter along dusty roads. It's biblical stuff – and religion still plays an important part in village life. The synagogue of El Ghriba, which dates back to 586BC, is a major Jewish pilgrimage site; and you're surrounded by Islamic mosques and calls to prayer. Bring a partner and soak up the days-gone-by atmosphere, as you unwind at this exotic but unpretentious hotel. Dinner in restaurant Haroun

 

8th Day: Visit of Djerba

Breakfast in the hotel, then half day island tour excursion. With a visit to the southwest of the island, you will find Guellala, the village of potters. All of the local people of this village are engaged in this ancestral craft and you can see vases, jugs, pitchers displayed along the main street.

At the southern area of Houmt Souk, you can find Ghriba, a Jewish temple built in the 6th century BC. This is the second top place of Judaism in the world and you can see so many Jews gather here in May.  If Djerba’s history interests you, there are two museums you can visit including the SidiZitouni museum which offers many aspects of Djerba’s traditional life.

Return to hotel, dinner and accommodation.

 

9th Day: Djerba / Gabès / Sfax = 250 Km

After breakfast, check-out and departure to Gabès. Founded as a Phoenician harbor and with today’s jumble of nets, buoys, boats and ropes, it remains an important gathering point where baskets, hulls, netting and lines are mended in a salty north-easterly breeze. With its pleasant beaches, Gabès boasts a truly splendid oasis, split into two and fed by an ever-running stream that empties into itself into the sea amidst salt spray, dates and palms.

Lunch  in a restaurant.Continuation to Sfax, renowned for its honest, simple cooking and mouth-watering local dishes. Between its founding in AD 849 on the ruins of Taparura and Thaenae and its French colonisation in the late 19th century, Sfax fell under the rule of Roger of Sicily in 1148. It was briefly occupied by Spain and became an integral base of the Barbary piracy – all of which has help to shape Sfax’ colourfulculture, character and cuisine.

Visit of the old town and dinner and accommodation in charming hotel Olivier Palace 5-star. The hotel, formerly a jewel of the hotels of Sfax, has seen a true rebirth after more than one year of refurbishment work. The old building of Neo-Moorish inspiration, which is now protected as an inheritance of the city, was embellished and extended to give rise to a truly deluxe hotel. While the exterior architecture maintains continuity with tradition, the interior decor proves more contemporary. Panels of exotic wood line the corridors and the rooms with generous dimensions. Pieces of furniture, exquisitely made with refined materials including the noble and sensual presence of wood, create the perfect environment for guests and their loved ones. This charming city hotel consists of a total of 137 rooms and suites. Guests are welcomed in a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out service. Further facilities include a hotel safe, currency exchange, hairdressing salon, conference facilities, Internet access, and room and laundry services. Guests can wine and dine in the restaurant, cafe, bar or pub, whilst those arriving by car can leave their vehicle in the hotel car park or garage.

 

10th Day: Sfax / El Jem / Monastir / Sousse = 200 Km

After breakfast, check-out and departure to 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. Continuation to Monastir, visit the Ribat and make a stop in front of the Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba. Lunch in a local restaurant.

Continuation to Sousse, it is the third city which is a modern, thriving commercial port and holiday resort which stills retains its impressive history. The magnificent Medina, containing the Ribat, the Great Mosque and a fascinating museum is witness to the town’s historical importance.Visit of Port El Kantaoui, installation in Movenpick 5-starhotel  in Sousse city centre.

 

11th Day: Sousse / Hammamet / Kerkouane / Kelibia / Gammarth = 350 Km

After breakfast, check-out and departure to Hammamet, a large seaside resort known for its orange trees and fine sand beaches. We begin the visit with the Medina and its Spanish fortress with its famous Spanish stairs, from there you can take a stroll around the old Medina, a market that is famous for its array of colours, aromas and special locally made souvenirs from the jasmine plant. You'll also have the possibility to visit a private museum of traditional wedding outfits from all the cities of the region. Free time in café Sidi Bou Hadid.

Continuation to Kelibia, with a visit of a charming fishing port close to a historic vestige and beautiful beaches, this lively fishing port is noteworthy for its 12th century fort overlooking a magnificent panorama of the sea from the top of a hill.

Visit of Kerkouane, an archaeological site on the seafront with the best preserved remains of the Carthaginian civilization, including the ruins of a small city, with houses, a temple and ramparts. Lunch in local restaurant.

Departure to El Haouaria. Situated at the tip of the Cap Bon peninsula, this pretty blue and white village is adjacent to imposing mines dating from antiquity, the Grottes. Falconry, a local tradition, is celebrated each year with the hawk festival. Departure to Tunis, return to the Hotel Villa Didon and Spa 5-star, dinner and accommodation.

 

12th Day: Visit of Carthage & Bardo museum = 50 Km

After breakfast, departure to Carthage and visit of the archeological site. It is an extensive archaeological site, located on a hill dominating the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plain. The 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. Visit of the Carthage museum, the Tophet and the archeological ruins. Lunch in local restaurant.

Departure to Tunis and visit of the Bardo Museum. This museum holds an extensive collection of ancient Roman mosaics, considered one of the largest and most 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.

Then, departure to the Tunis Medina and we will discover the old Tunisia which is made up of the Medina (its historic heart), the ‘European’ quarter built at the beginning of the 20th century, and the new modern suburbs. For more than 500 years the Medina has been the historic heart of Tunis and UNESCO has classed it as a World Heritage Site with its fascinating and exotic maze of streets. We will discover the Zaitouna mosque then the mosque of Sidi Mehrez and the mausoleum of the Husainides princes. Return to hotel and free time.

Transfers for farewell dinner in luxury at the best Tunisian restaurant, Dar El Jeld, in the Medina of Tunis. This restaurant is "special" and you know it from the moment you see the "grand bee-yellow" door, which leads to an "elaborate 18th century mansion". The decor is a bit like a "lavishly decorated jewellery box" and the dining room is "magnificent". The "alcove" tables are arranged around a "secluded" courtyard. The Tunisian dishes are "delicious" and the "twanging tones" of an "elderly" musician accompany your meal. After dinner return to the hotel and accommodation.

 

13th Day: Visit of Tunis / Tunis Airport = 35 Km

Breakfast, then check-out and we take the road to the airport of Tunis-Carthage for the final departure.

 

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Sidi Bou Said

Villa Didon

Thurburbo Majus

Kairouan

Kairouan

Sebitla

Dougga

Mides

Chebika

Sahara

Yadis Ksar Gilane

Matmata

Tataouine

Djerba

Djerba

Ghriba

Gabès

Les Oliviers Palace

El Jem

Monastir

Sousse

Hammamet

Kerkouane

Carthage

Bardo Museum