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Reviewed April 14, 2012

this was a 2 day trip from our hotel in Hammermet through part of the sahara and back again. We stopped off at a roman amphtheatre, and cave dwellings on the way, We saw the nomads and the different characteristics of the sahara in different locations. we had a 1 hour camel ride, stayed in a comfortable and well appointed hotel, and got up early the next morning to see the sunrise over the salt dessert, before continuing on to a 4x4 trip across the sands ( the children loved this!). we stopped at an oasis where we had a pony and carriage ride through the beautiful scenery and then continued our journey to the holy city where everyone was taken to a carpet shop (we sneaked off and went to look at the mosque which was well worth seeing). all in all it was a terrific trip. we had children with us (ages 7 to 11) and they were well looked after and really enjoyed it. The down side is 1200km in a coach, but our guide was fantastic and told us so much about the country, people, politics and geography that the time passed easily. The carpet shop is something to be missed though.

Date of experience: April 2012
4  Thank H M
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

If you get a chance to visit the beautiful country of Tunisia, do not miss the opportunity to take a tour into the Sahara Desert, it is well worth it! I went; experienced the blanket of stars at night and the amazing expanse of desert during the day; rode a camel; dressed like a local; tasted local cuisine and bartered at desert town souqs. Amazing!!

It can be hard to find a good local guide, but we loved the one we found:
http://alitouareg.weebly.com/index.html

Date of experience: November 2010
6  Thank PrincessBella67
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

me and my husband when to tunisian sahara what a great time we had it was just somethink .the whole trip did take all day theo but well woth the vistit .i would not recomened it for young children as it dose tack all day we left at 4 in the moring and arived at 4.30 that afternoon so it is a verry longe day for children .you get to see the where the starwars was made and troglodyte dwelling[ people live under ground ] you do stop over night and then leve at 4 in the morring to see the sunset and the salt lakes and more of the starwars settings there and back the do as i must strees make lots of stops for food and drins and the loo well worth the trip if you want to see any photos of our trip please feel free to have alook you can see on face book

1  Thank cliveswife
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Reviewed September 17, 2010

We recently returned from Tunisia where we stayed for 11 days, before I went I found it difficult to find information about excursions etc so thought I’d write this.

The Sahara explorer was booked through our Thomas cook guide at out hotel, it cost 170TD which is about £80, which does sound a lot, however includes all food for two days, and overnight hotel stay, plus all transport and ticket prices.

We set off at 7am headed down the El Jem to see the amphitheatre which was amazing; having been recently to Rome, I would say that this smaller amphitheatre is more awe inspiring, it’s so much better preserved and still used today for music events etc and also still has the under floor housing intact. After this we headed to Matmata, where the star wars films were filmed, there are some amazing views of the lunar landscape and then a visit to one of the Matmata cave homes and then a trip to the actual Matmata home they filmed star wars.

Later that 1st day we headed to the desert and had an utterly once in a lifetime amazing trip on camels for one hour, which was utterly unforgettable, although you struggle to walk for a bit after it was worth it. We then spent the night at the Sahara Douz which is a lovely hotel, very beautiful but the air con didn’t work which was a shame.

The 2nd day was a 4am start to catch the sunrise on the salt lakes, which again was an amazing sight. Later that day we went on 4x4 land cruisers across the desert to the star wars set, with some exciting off road driving en route.

Then came a trip to a huge oasis and rides on horse and carriages which again was great, and tasting the fruit is a must.

Later we went to see the great mosque in Kairouin which wasn’t great as we couldn’t go inside due to it closing at 2pm.

The trip all in all was utterly amazing and well worth the money, we had an amazing time and took some great pictures. Our tour guides were great and well worth a tip!

N.B. there is an additional charge of 25TD for the camel ride and horse and carriage in total (not each) which I did find a bit cheeky but well worth paying, well actually a must!!!

26  Thank alan_meyrick
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Reviewed April 26, 2020
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Date of experience: August 2019
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