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									Tunisia Itinerary
                                    Tunis
One hour from Hammamet, Tunis takes you by surprise with its modern
conference halls, hotels and banks, bright yellow taxis rushing passengers to a
business lunch, all the hustle and bustle of a modern Mediterranean city. Steel
and glass blend with the baroque, palm trees look down on chic boutiques,
gardens                                 and                              cafés.

Begin at the monument of November 7, which marks Tunisia's
turn towards the future, stroll down shady tree lined Avenue
Habib Bourguiba, with its flower stands, passing bookstores and
galleries. Beyond the Cathedral and the statue of Ibn Khaldoun,
looms      the    gateway      to   the     ancient    Medina.

As you enter the narrow streets, centuries slip away and, like Alice, step into
the looking glass to another world. Small shops, their treasures of brass, olive
wood, leather and brightly colored garments spill out into the street. Souvenirs,
antiques, berber jewelry, carpets and pottery vie for your attention. Continue, if
you can resist their lures, upwards towards the Mosque of the Olive Tree, Ez
                         Zitouna, as old as the town itself and the heart of the
                         Medina.

                        Rebuilt in the 9th century, the Ez Zitouna was for
                        centuries the focal point of life in the Arab city as
                        urban planning decreed the order in which the different
                        trades were placed, and the most noble, booksellers,
                        perfumeries, dried fruits sellers and cloth merchants
                        held the privilege of proximity to the Mosque. Today
                        one can still see traces of this tradition -the Souk of the
                        Perfumes, traditional clothing shops, and almond and
                        spice sellers are still located alongside its walls.

                       The medina, or city, is a wealth of ancient palaces,
mosques and centers of trade and learning, a living museum. Dar Ben
Abdullah, Dar Hussein, Dar El Bey,Dar El Jeld, Dar El Haddad, Dar Othman,
once residences of wealthy traders or ministers now house cultural centers,
restaurants or government agencies.
                                    Carthage
Docking

Sidi Bou Said Marina: is a convenient base from which to explore the ruins at
Carthage. This marina has 360 berths. It has water, electricity, telephones, a fuel
berth a 26 ton lift and "technical assistance". Close by there are hotels, shops and
restaurants

Who has not heard of Hannibal and this city who dared brave
the might of Rome? Now the ruins of both these great
empires lay open to the sun and wildflowers. Declared a
national monument the town of Carthage and nearby
Salammbo abound in vestiges of the Punic and Roman
empires, baths, dwellings, temples, shrines and the fabulous
naval port of the Carthaginians.
The hill of Byrsa, where in the 8th century BC, Carthage was
founded by the legendary Princess Elissa-Dido, is a
storehouse of history .Newly restored, the former cathedral
                                of Saint Louis, which crowns the hill is now a
                                cultural center and the nearby national museum
                                of Carthage holds an impressive collection of
                                Punic statues, steles and urns. How strange that
                                this breathtakingly beautiful site should have
                                been the theater of such violence, as a Roman
                                historian wrote of the
                                fall of Carthage "the
city was then razed and burnt to the ground and the
accursed land covered with salt to ensure its
barrenness."

The Romans returned to Carthage and built on its ruins
a new Carthage resplendent with great buildings,
theaters, villas and baths. Carthage became the
administrative capital for Africa and its importance
can be seen in the Antoinine Thermal baths, one of the
largest built under the Roman empire with the "cool
room" an amazing 47 meters long and 15 meters high.
The Roman Theater is still used today for the summer
festival of Carthage
                                  Hammamet
Docking

Yasmine Hammamet is a new marina about 40 NM to the north of Cap Monastir.
Dinghy and berthing assistance is provided. There is a chandlery and fuel dock as
well as clean ablution facilities. The marina has a large travel lift and there is an
extensive hard stand where it is possible to leave a yacht in long term dry storage.

Marina Yasmine Sud: a new marina complex with 740 berths. Haul-out facilities

Hammamet needs no introduction. For visitors and Tunisians alike Hammamet
is another word for vacations and its ritual of sun bathing on spotless beaches,
the gasp of cool water on bronzed skin, dinner on the patio of a beachfront
hotel, midnight swims, and discos and watching the sun rise in the mirror of the
sea.

Hammamet, the "Tunisian Saint Tropez", is all this and
more. It’s a way of life, taking the time to relax, meet old
friends and make new ones. The charms of the sea, the
sand, the sky, the sun, the palm trees combine to re-create
the image which so many people have today of the ideal
holiday spot. Simply by quoting the names of celebrities,
writers, painters and artists who have made it their rallying
point, one can measure the attraction which Hammamet has
for the bodies and souls of its visitors: Winston Churchill,
Oscar Wilde, Georges Bernanos, André Gide, Paul Klee,
and Franck Lloyd Wright.

The town greedily embraces the sea, the charm of its emerald coast unfurling
under                      an                  ever-perfect                    sky.
With its ramparts and fortress dating back to the fifteenth century, the old
Medina offers the visitor the charm of its winding streets where the pace of life
is slow and, in order not to spoil this quietude, the souk and all trading activity
is restricted here to just one narrow alley. Another equally famous monument is
the international cultural center which has been set up on land formerly owned
by Georges Sébastien, a Roman aristocrat, with its open air theatre where a
cultural festival is held every summer, attended by artists from all over the
world.
                                   El Kantaoui
Docking

This marina has been built close to the seaside town, which has shops, banks,
pharmacies as well as the usual hotels, restaurants and golf courses. It is in the
vicinity of the town of Sousse.

Port El Kantaoui Marina
300 berth marina with water, electricity and a fuel berth. 40 ton lift, security service
and repair services




The hotels that line the beachfront extend from the Sousse itself along miles of
sparkling clean sea to the Port El Kantaoui. This complex includes a modern
                             marina equipped for over 300 boats, an 18 hole golf
                             course as well as a full array of sports from water
                             skiing to riding, in a village-like setting.

                               The charm of this white and blue Tunisian style
                               village with its perfectly reproduced medina, never
                               fails to enchant, lending itself to an afternoon stroll
                               through the cobblestone streets to window shop,
                               admire the boats moored in the marina or a
                               refreshing pause at one of the sidewalk cafes. The
                               two story residential apartments that ring the
                               marina observe the same architectural style creating
                               a peaceful and pleasing harmony.
                                     Sousse
Docking

Docking in Port El Kantaoui or south in Monastir.

On the eastern coast of Tunisia,
two hours from the capital Tunis
lies Sousse, "the pearl of the
Sahel”. The mildness of its
climate, its calm and beautiful
coast and the hospitality of its
people have long captivated those
who came to conquer.
Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines
and Arabs settled in this lovely
"fertile city" each leaving their
imprint and heritage. No wonder
modern day visitors from all over the world find themselves at home and return
again and again.

The resort area of Sousse is perfectly integrated into the city and the visitor
welcomed to participate in its exuberance. Proud of its heritage, museums and
monuments are accessible and opened with pleasure to its guests and the
Medina with its tiny colorful shops overflowing with silver jewelry, pure wool
blankets, copper and carpets bustle with activity under the towering walls of the
ribat.
                                   Monastir
Docking

Marina Cap Monastir :full service marina with 400 berths, popular for wintering, fuel
                                       dock.

Situated in one of the principal zones of Tunisia, the Marina enjoys a privileged
location; within the Arab town of Monastir with its crenellated surrounding
wall flanked by small square towers and its grand mosque dominated by its
ribat.
Integrated within a residential hotel complex, it offers all types of conveniences
worth of a grand Marina.
Port installation is very modern: quay tracks, fresh water, quay electricity of
220-380 and 500 v, telephone and T.V plays for 12 meter anchorage and even
more a careening area, sanitary installations, Cap Monastir offers 386 annulus
and large availabilities for over wintering.
In the background, we find Tunisia's second main town- Sfax- principal
commercial and fishing harbor and a link to Kerknnah Islands, renowned for
the immensity of its beaches little farther, EL JEM would welcome you in its
famous roman amphitheatre in which is held a festival of classic music during
the summer.
                                  Kairouan
An hour drive from Sousse, discover Kairouan "the
city of 50 mosques”. The spiritual home of all
Tunisians, the city itself rises like a dream of ocher
and tawny beige, serene in its 13 centuries of Islamic
culture, authentic and proud of the wondrous beauty
of its mosques, the symphony of its columns and
arches, the exquisite delicacy of the stone work. The
towering and sober dignity of the Great Mosque
seems to embody the spirituality that has inspired
artists and poets from its creation until the present
day.

Dating from the 9th century its austere beauty dominates the entire city. Inside,
visitors can wonder at the exquisite elegance of the wood carved doors and
stucco arabesques, as well as the forest of columns (400) of the prayer room
with their Phoenician, Roman and Arabic capitals.

                            The medina, with its imposing walls and
                            monumental gates encloses lovely mosques, an
                            ancient well and hundreds of shops where world
                            famous Kairouan carpets of pure wool are woven
                            and sold and where the visitor can admire the
                            handicrafts of artisans in copper, leather, and in the
                            traditional jebba and burnous, ornate and richly
                            adorned or elegantly natural . The artisanat Center
                            provides an excellent exhibit on carpets and carpet
                            weaving and visitors who may be thinking of
                            buying a carpet are welcome to consult the Tunisian
                            National Handicrafts Organization or Artisanat, as
                            it is familiarly called, for advice on quality, prices,
                            styles, care and shipping their carpet home.

As Kairouan is the oldest and most renowned carpet center in Tunisia, the
selection is enormous .Undoubtedly the hand knotted pile carpet reigns
supreme with the typical design of Kairouan, Alloucha, being of natural wool
colors with a large border of parallel stripes of geometric patterns and a central
lozenge with a floral design. However, the creativity and artistry of the weavers
embroiders this basic scheme with an infinite variety of patterns and colors
creating a masterpiece of harmony and elegance.

Carpets are graded by their fineness ,the number of knots in a square
meter,with a normal weave from 10,000 to 40,000, fine weave from 65,000-
90,000 and extra fine from 160,000 - 500,000. Silk carpets may be over
500,000 knots per square meter.

Kairouan also produces a woven carpet the margoum, using mainly geometric
Berber designs, lighter in weight and in a multitude of colors.

Tunisian craftsmen have explored, with outstanding success, a blending of
traditional Tunisian patterns with modern designs creating a new line of
knotted carpets to satisfy more modern tastes.

Justly proud of the excellence of its carpets Tunisia has established a strict
quality control and only those that satisfy the high standards are given the
coveted label with the seal of the Tunisian Republic and information on the
date, size, fineness, of the carpet. It is your guarantee of excellence. Unless you
are an experienced carpet buyer, or have purchased an antique carpet, best rely
on this label of quality.

Kairouan is also noted for its brass work, intricately designed trays, vases and
bowels, embossed or engraved as well as leatherwork ranging from camel
saddles to fine slippers.
                                    El Jem
There are few sights in Tunisia more arresting than El-Jem, with its well-
preserved, ancient colosseum (almost as big as its counterpart in Rome) that
dwarfs the matchbox buildings of the modern town. Built on a plateau halfway
between Sousse and Sfax, some 210km (130mi) south of Tunis, El-Jem can be
seen from miles around, completely dominating the area.

El Jem was no doubt a thriving Roman agricultural region producing both olive
oil and wheat and the grandiose colosseum, second only in size to that of Rome
itself, attests to its wealth. Arriving at this small city from Sousse or Sfax, the
sight of this amphitheater rising in the distance like a Colossus is both
wondrous and slightly strange as the present surroundings give no hint of its
former importance.

Built around the year 200, it was the
scene of those games and circuses, often
cruel and bloody, provided by ancient
Rome. Today, the cries of martyrs and
beasts have been replaced by the
haunting strains of a concerto or the
precise beauty of a fugue as world
famous orchestras and artists perform at
the classical music festival held at the
colosseum each summer. Its seating
capacity has been estimated at 30,000 (considerably more than the population
of the town itself), making it one of the most impressive Roman monuments in
Africa. You can still climb up to the top tiers of seating and gaze down on the
arena. It's also possible to explore the two long underground passageways that
once held the animals, gladiators and other unfortunates destined for the arena.
The site is part of the UN's World Heritage List


El Jem has opened workshops where artists are re-discovering the art of
mosaics and their creations are truly worthy of this site and its history. You can
compare these artworks with those in the museum by the colosseum.
                                      Djerba
Docking

Houmt Souk is the capital of the Isle of Djerba, which in the SE of Tunisia, in the Golf
of Gabes. A relaxed island, with a Polynesian feel and surrounded by fine sandy
beaches

An island of ten thousand palm trees rising from the sea like a mirage. This
Polynesia of the Mediterranean is ringed by miles of fine sandy beaches and
luxury hotels, ultra modern or built in the fashion of the traditional Djerbian
"menzel",       stand     ready        to      welcome        the      traveler.

                           Splendid in its diversity Djerba offers a variety of sea
                           sports, Roman sites and a pirates castle, the ancient
                           synagogue of the Griba , and the fortress like mosques
                           , potters and silversmiths still faithful to the art of their
                           craft, the bustle of the open air markets. Discover the
                           shady gardens of the interior, orchards of fig, apple
                           and pomegranate, wander through groves of olive
                           trees, gnarled trunks bearing witness to the centuries
                           past.

                           Restaurants throughout this island serve seafood
                           famed for its freshness and traditional dishes that can
                           be savored on shady patios or on cool waterside
patios.

The magnificent weather, clement in winter, warm in summer
lends itself to a variety of sports and activities, sail to the island
of the pink Flamingo, windsurf year round or tour the island by
bicycle         in        the        Spring          and          Fall.

Hospitable and friendly Djerba welcomes you to participate in its
festivals - watch the "Gougou" dancers in Midoun, join a
wedding procession following the bride hidden high on a camel
and preceded by the joyous music of tambourine and flutes. Steal
a few precious moments to share the splendor of a Mediterranean
sunset with fishermen casting their nets. Refreshed and relaxed
return again and again.
                    THE HOSPITABLE DESERT

In Douz, the tourist zone looking on to the sandy           desert.
Numerous are the agencies that put down excursions           in the
desert, which found a new outlet by the local camel         drivers
savoir-faire. Thanks to them, one can taste the nomadic     life, by
oneself or collectively (in a group) riding a real camel.

                  Nefzoua is a pre-Saharan region dominated by the ancient
                  Sahara nomads it has got a landscape of villages covered by a
                  fine mantle of white sand, silent dunes and a clump of palm
                  trees. In the south begins the great oriental erg.
                  Douz is the point of departure of the majority of the greatest
                  raids in the middle of the desert, and of the excursions towards
                  ksar ghilane, the haven of peace in the middle of the desert,
                  where one can camp in a Bedouin tent.




                      Tozeur and Nefta , these are the great southern medinas,
                      the oasis with thousands of palm trees, where one can
                      breathe the delicious undergrowth freshness. The city of
                      poets "tozeur" is remarkable by its architecture of bare briks
                      forming                 geometrical                  designs.
                      Nefta which is the city of the 20 mosques and the 100
                      marabouts, is famous by its tradition of Sufism.

                      Chott El Jerid, “the salt desert" which is an immense salty
                      lake almost totally dried out, offering a wide ranging
                      sterility as far as the eye can see .The dazzling whiteness of
                      the salt crystals represents a source of dreams.


                      The "Ksour" region offers an imposing and austere
                      landscape of cliffs and cuestas. There (ksour) we find the
                      latest Berber villages of Tunisia: chenini, guermessa,
                      douiret, the region's curiosity the ksour (the plural of ksar:
                      palace) are ancient lofts which are fortified and made up of
                      oblong cells: "les ghorfas". There’s a rustic hotel as well in
                      an ancient "ksar", "ksar haddada (in ghomrassen)".
                              ENTERTAINMENT


                             DIVING IN TUNISIA



With twenty years of experience in the domain of
tourist diving and with one of the best preserved
coasts of the Mediterranean, Tunisia enjoys every
asset to realize the pleasure of divers, either
beginners or experts the northern coasts( tabarka
and the north cap bon) has got rocky shores offering
particularly spectacular submarine scenery.



                   In tabarka, dozens of the groupers accustomed to human
                   presence, represents the first attraction for the four diving clubs
                   of the town on the eastern coasts of the country, we find easily
                   accessible depths for the beginners, colorful and rich with types
                   of fish and second world war wrecks. The most favorable period
                   for diving lasts from June to October.


Decompression chambers exist in zarzyss, tabarka and bizerta; 41 national
monitors graduates of CMAS (world sub aquatic activity confederation) work
in                                the                                 centers.
Throughout the 20 years in duty no diving accident has been reported the
diving federation(FAST) as well, manages tabarka coralis festival, which is an
international festival of marine and sub-marine pictures( ex festival of sub
marine photographs) and it takes place at the beginning of September.
                             GOLF IN TUNISIA


In the heart of the Mediterranean, just one hour from Europe, Tunisia is still the
eternal land of welcome and of different civilizations. Geographically close, but very
different on account of the wealth of its ancient and prestigious cultural heritage,
Tunisia with its captivating charms offers a never-ending voyage of discovery, across
its medina, its souks, its Ribat, its exceptionally elegant relics and ancient
monuments. The North, covered with superb, majestic forests of oak, pine and
mimosa, contrasts sharply with the Deep South with its endless dunes, its mountain
villages and its shady, peaceful palm groves. But the spellbinding orchards of
Hammamet and the soothing olive groves of Sousse and Monastir temper the
contrasts. The unity of the countryside is restored by its 1200 km coastline which
provides a note of marine freshness to the foot of the cliffs at Tabarka and the
beaches of Djerba, the rich, mythical oasis island of which dreams are made.
Tunisia's golfing vocation is felicitously demonstrated in welcoming, exotic centers,
and courses have flourished to form a chain which stretches the entire length of the
coast. These marvelous courses are open all year round, with sunshine whatever the
season, and are close to hotel facilities which offer comfort, a personal welcome and
a whole host of leisure activities.The heat of the sun and the warm welcome, the
blue of the sky and of the Mediterranean will make Tunisia the ideal destination for
indulging your passion for golf and your wish to get away from it all.




                           THALASSOTHERAPY

                   You want to take advantage of the mild climate of the
                   Mediterranean and its efficient treatments in addition to a full
                   touristic stay? Why not choosing Tunisia where you can find
                   remarkable      thalassotherapy     centers   and      services?
                   Such a service is now well settled with the two pioneer
                   establishments of Susse and Hammamet and many others opening
progressively in Gammart, Hammamet, Djerba and Zarzyss with others as well
coming in the future. Two advantages are present in these establishments: the
quality of the proposed cures and the very competitive prices.
                              BEST RESORTS
THE RESIDENCE--Tunis

With its wide, warm beaches and the waves of the Mediterranean gently lapping the
shore, the beaches of northern Africa are like nowhere else in the world.
With its exotic mixture of Spanish and Moorish architecture, The Residence is a
dramatic resort offering all the amenities and refinements of a modern luxury hotel.
Oriental decor and great comfort, the Residence-Tunis is a harbor of grace and
elegance where the Orient of "one thousand and one nights" unfurls its magic...
This palace of Arab-Andalusia architecture, a real oasis of charm and serenity, invites
you to discover the authenticity of Tunisia through its sumptuousness, its products
and its people.
Ideally located on the superb, golden sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, The
Residence is twenty minutes away from the center of Tunis, business activities, and
historical sites. Built in the grand tradition of the Arab-Andalusian style, its
outstanding architecture and refined furnishings, along with its impeccable service,
affords an ideal setting for business and leisure travelers alike.
One of the best resorts in the world classified by FORBES
Nearest City: Les Côtes de Carthage


ABOU NAWAS DIAR EL ANDALOUS – Port El Kantaoui

The five-star Abou Nawas Diar El Andalous is located in a 47 acre park with direct
access to a superb sandy beach, bordering a magnificent 27 hole-Golf course at Port
El Kantaoui. With a full-service Thalasso Spa, nautical sports, swimming pools, tennis
courts, bowling and horse back riding, your holiday will be complete.



HASDRUBAL THALASSA & SPA – Marina Yasmine Hammamet
Located in the resort of Yasmine Hammamet, facing private, white sandy
Mediterranean beach, this luxurious hotel is just moments away from two of the
area's golf courses, and is the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday.
Thalassotherapy center / 1,500-square-meter royal suite.


CLUB ABOU NAWAS -- Monastir

Club Abou Nawas Monastir is located half way between Sousse and Monastir, along a
sandy beach and bordering a beautiful 27 hole golf course. Also enjoy horseback
riding, tennis and a stunningly beautiful pool.
Nearest City: Sousse

								
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