Sahara Explorer from Hammamet - 2 Days

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Chott El Jerid
El Jem
The amphitheatre of El Jem
Camel ride in Douz
Chott El Jerid
El Jem
The amphitheatre of El Jem
Camel ride in Douz

What To Expect

Explore the desert in 2 days! Get to see all the highlights in El Jem, Matmata, Douz, Chott El Jerid, Tozeur, and Kairouan.


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El Jem

Famous for its amphitheater tracing back to the 3rd century, El Jem has the most imposing Roman monument still standing in North Africa: the Coliseum. It has the 3rd largest amphitheater in the world and the most preserved, to the point that it's still in use today for international festivals of classical music and symphonies.

The local museum contains an extremely fine mosaic collection and the largest private home fully restored: the house of Africa.


A unique village with a lunar landscape, it features troglodyte architecture (the cave dwelling home), a special design chosen by the Berber tribe of Matmata to escape the summer heat, winter cold, and help hide from any possible invaders.

Matmata was a source of inspiration for George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise. In fact, the first film was shot in hotel Sidi Idriss in 1976.


Known for being the gateway to the Sahara in Tunisia, the village is getting more famous for its international Sahara festival which is held on the 3rd week of December each year during the season of the date harvest.

Douz has a camel market, and still holds a great weekly market each Thursday.

Chott El Jerid

It is the largest salt pan among the three existing in Tunisia. Chott El Jerid looks different each season and each year depending on the rainfall, but whether the water comes from the underground springs or the rain, it finishes by evaporating and leaving behind a thick layer of a very strong non-domestic salt used only remove snow in a few European countries.


The capital of the palm tree country or Bled El Jerid. Tozeur lies in the south of Tunisia and is easily reached by road or by plane thanks to its local airport.

The special bricks used for the buildings make the town look different and unique compared to all the other Tunisian cities. The second largest oasis of Tunisia is the source of life in the town.


Welcome to the city of 100 mosques! Kairouan is the first Muslim city built by Arab Muslims in the mid-7th century and is known for the Great Mosque, the mausoleum of Sidi Essahib, the Aghalabitan water reservoirs, the Medina, the best carpets weavers, the Makroudh cakes from semolina and date paste.


1st Day

06:30 Depart from Hammamet and head for El Jem

08:15 Arrive in El Jem. Guided tour of the Coliseum and free time (1 hour)

09:15 Depart from El Jem and head for Mahres

11:00 Arrive in Mahres. 20 mins coffee break

11:20 Depart for Gabes or Matmata

13:15 Arrive in Gabes or Matmata

  • Lunch in Gabes or Matmata (1 hour)

  • Guided tour of a troglodyte house (30 mins)

14:45 Depart for Douz via Tamezret

15:00 Photo opportunity in the village of Tamezret (15 mins)

15:15 Head for Douz

16:15 Arrive in Douz or in Zaafrane. Optional camel ride over the dunes (1 hour 15 mins, not included in price). Check into a 4* hotel in Douz or Kebili and have dinner

2nd Day

05:30 After breakfast, depart for Tozeur via Chott El Jerid. Photo stop on salt lake (15 mins)

07:30 Arrive in Tozeur. Guided tour of a Sahara Oasis. Optional coach and horse ride (1 hour, not included in price)

08:30 Depart in 4x4 on trip to Nafleyette lake and oasis 10 kms away from Tozeur. 6 people + driver per Land Rover (2 hours). Visit of the Sidi Bouhlel canyons with panoramic views.

10:30 Arrive in Tozeur and depart to Gafsa

12:00 Lunch in Gafsa or Metlaoui (1 hour)

13:30 Depart for Kairouan via Jelma

15:00 Arrive in Jelma with 20 mins. coffee break

16:45 Arrive in Kairouan. 25 mins. photo stop

18:00 Arrive in the first hotel


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Professional tour guide

  • Air-conditioned transport

  • 2 set lunches

  • Overnight stay in Douz in a 4* hotel with buffet dinner and breakfast

  • Entrance fees


  • Meals and drinks unless specified

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 2 years old are free of charge.

  • Please wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget to bring extra water and sun cream during the summer season.

  • When visiting the Medina, daily or weekly markets, please wear appropriate attire.

  • The itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.

  • Departure time is approximate and depends on the location of the hotel. Final departure time will be indicated on your voucher. Please call to reconfirm.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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