Tunisia is a great Place to go for a holiday, my self; I have been going to Sousse year after year, for over 10 years.
Once you get used to the Tunisian way of life, im sure you will really enjoy it.
My mother worked over there as a tour rep for 4 years, so through her and going myself I generally can give a good idea of most of the sousse hotels as that is where we always stay.
Shopping - yes the bartering can be a grind, yes they will get you to buy something, but if you are firm usually they will take the hint. After all they are only trying to earn a living. Or if bartering is not for you, there are many shops that do have fixed prices if you prefer. (The Soula Center in Sousse)
Trips, usually can be arranged by your tour rep, don’t forget to go to your rep meeting, as they can advise you when, how much and where they are to.
Night life, the best I have heard about is Borabora an open air nightclub in Kazama (between sousse and PEK) - next to it is also Escape.
They generally run between March and September till the early hours of the morning.
(Though they may close early if Ramadan falls within those months)
Most of the hotels do have the stray cats, the kittens are cute - but unfortunately they are strays and can carry illness.
The town of Sousse is very clean in general, and the people of Sousse are very friendly.
Weather - usually very warm, don't forget the suntan cream, you don't want to be a lobster on the first day - the sun in Tunisia is very strong as there is little pollution.
Also, don’t forget your two pin plugs!
Children - The Tunisians love children, some hotels do cater for children, some do not - check with your operator
Money - The Tunisian Dinar is a closed currency - you can change at the airport/hotel/bank - all the rates should be the same. Please be aware not to change too much at a time later in your holiday, as the airport will charge you to change it back.
If you do not change it back you will have to declare it to customs before you get to departures and you will loose it.
There are plenty of ATM's about that can be used in most tourist towns..
Food/drink - good selection - just about everything is catered for, all I will say is - like at home, if you’re not sure don't eat it. Don’t drink the tap water - bottled water is very cheap. Local sprits/beers are available ours maybe but can be expensive.
When you get your bill for anything while eating/drinking out, please ask to see it, I have had occasions to help tourists while out, where the local waiters have been overcharging! Not on at all..
One place I would highly recommend to eat at night, is a place opposite El Hanna Hotel in Sousse, "The Albatross" Their peppered steak is to die for and their fresh fish is also very nice. You will not have to worry about the price either, i have never heard of any reports of overcharging there and the staff have been the same for many years and are very friendly.
Look out for the "English Standard" On the beach in Sousse, the best part of the beach to get a tan!
Hope this gives you a hint of what to expect, as with any country, it has its good points and its bad points - but I’m sure if you go with the right frame of mind you will want to go back again! - I know i did!
Tunisian Transport: http://www.seat61.com/Tunisia2.htm
Tunisian Weather: holiday-weather.com/country/…index.html
If you have anything that i can help you with please send me a message.