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

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea...

November 2015


Tunisia has been always distinguished by the intensity of its cultural activities and its contribution to universal civilization. As descendants of indigenous Berbers and a colorful mix of umpteen civilizations, modern Tunisians are a blend of ethnicities that have invaded, migrated to, and been absorbed into the population over three millennia.

Recently having the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for “its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in the country in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011”, Tunisians believe that aiming for a democratic and peaceful country is possible and, by winning this prize it shows that humankind can reach solutions through dialogue.

In a cultural tour from North to South, a group of Brazilians have recently lived and experienced every single detail that once were only able to be found in history books. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean and leaving behind the country of carnival, samba and soccer, 14 Brazilians finally arrived in Tunisia to testify a prestigious past found on Tunisia’s archaeological sites, museums and the magnificent Mediterranean Sea.

The journey included a visit to the archaeological site of Dougga. It is the best-preserved Roman city in North Africa. It was originally the seat of the NumidianKing Massinissa, but was under Roman administration from the second century AD. It was awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1997. The group was also fascinated by the great salt desert Chott El Jerid which is the largest salt pan of the Sahara with a surface area over 7,000 km². Due to the extreme climate with annual rainfall of only 100 mm and temperature reaching 50° C, the water evaporates from the lake. During summer time, Chott El Jerid is almost completely dried up. The salt desert was also used as a filming location for the Star Wars series.

The Brazilians couldn’t get enough of the Mountain Oasis (Chebika, Tamerza, Midés). Chebika is really pretty with a narrow gorge with waterfalls and a spring having a fantastic view across the oasis. The old walled town of Tamerza in the Mountains has a great rugged setting and is one of the most photographed in Tunisia. Midés is known for its stunning gorges through the mountains and has been used as a movie set for various movies including the English Patient. You can walk through the canyon but the climb down would be a challenge.

But they never thought that being in Matmata, they were about to have a unique and unforgettable experience. Matmata is a well-known Berber village famed for its Ghorfas, a fascinating dwelling once used by the nomad tribes.
Matmata was created by digging into the stone hillside and hollowing caves out of the rock. Each house in the village was created by scraping away shavings or rock, bit by bit, until the houses were formed. Each pit, with its multiple rooms, became an individual house, with the houses themselves gathered together ina secluded community.
Visiting a typical family living in a rustic troglodyte house was a moment of reflection for the group because they never thought that they would ever meet a family that still carries on its traditions throughout generations. The best part was dressing up like them and eating some of their typical food.

The group had the opportunity to explore the Tunisian side of the Sahara Desert by visiting a large Tunisian town called Douz. Every step they took was a chance to photograph the colorful markets in the town square, admire the dunes and ride a camel. In Tozeur spotting the palm trees and tasting the different kind of dates were two of the things that the group enjoyed the most.

Visiting El Jem was an incredible and unique experience for the Brazilians because they could see what it was like to be inside what was once a place where lions and people met their fate. Although much of the amphitheater has crumbled, its essence still remains. The ruins of the amphitheater were declared a world heritage site in 1979 and it currently hosts the annual “Festival International de musique symphonique d’El Jem”.

Last but not least, the visit to the Bardo Museum was a must. The Bardo Museum is one of the most important museums of the Mediterranean basin and the second on the African continent. It traces the history of Tunisia over several millennia and many other civilizations through a wide variety of archaeological pieces. The museum also brings together one of the finest and largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world, thanks to the excavations undertaken from the beginning of the 20th century on the archaeological sites in the country including Carthage, Hadrumetum, Dougga and Utica.
The group also saw a rich collection of marble statues that represents the Gods and Roman emperors found in various sites including those of Carthage and Thuburbo Majus.

Another aspect that the group was surprised by is that Tunisian people really escape from the traditional Arab stereotype. Somehow the Brazilians felt themselves comfortable in Tunisia and to see people on the streets wearing modern clothes, greeting each other with a smile and admired to know that there is a Tunisian woman airplane pilot and to see women working as police officers, metro/bus drivers and “walking freely on the streets”. Despite the mix between the religion, culture and modernity, Tunisian’s joyful way of life and incredible hospitality are in fact a remarkable characteristic found from the North to the South of the country.

In their own words: “There are much more to be explored and learnt. Tunisia’s people, tradition and culture are completely different from the other Arab countries that we’ve visited before but still unique. One visit is not enough. We never thought that a small country like TUNISIA would have so much to offer to our minds and our soul. This tour was an enchanting experience indeed.”

 

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

Tunisia

Dougga

Chebika

Group in Chebika

Mides

Matmata

Douz

El Jem

Bardo Museum

Happy Group