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                                        PERMIT #59427
  Harvard University
  Harvard Museum of Natural History
  26 Oxford Street
  Cambridge, MA 02138-2902
            October 14–25, 2010
   Treasures of Tunisia
Archaeological and Cultural
                              Dear Traveler,
                              Separated from Europe by only 90 miles of sea, Tunisia is Africa’s northernmost country. Its close
                              geographical proximity to various neighboring countries has exposed Tunisia to numerous influences
                              from foreign lands throughout history. Over the course of three thousand years Phoenicians,
                              Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, Spaniards, and the French have all left evidence of their
Travel Program                presence. Today, Tunisia remains a fascinating bridge between the Western, African, and Islamic
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge MA 02138

(617) 495-2463 phone          Roughly the size of New York State, Tunisia boasts eight World Heritage sites, six of which we visit
(617) 496-8782 fax            during our stay. Our journey begins with the historic and sensory feast of the Tunis Medina and the   archaeological wonders of the Roman Empire. Traveling inland, we see the stunning 9th-century
                              mosque in the Islamic holy city of Kairouan. We continue through the gorges and oases of the Atlas
                              Mountains to the Sahara, passing through narrow ravines and rocky desert landscapes. At the exotic
                              oasis of Ksar Ghilane, we enjoy a camel ride in the desert before spending a magical night under the
                              stars in canvas tents. Drive through the Dahar Mountains, visiting Berber villages along the way, and
                              journey to the island paradise of Djerba, home to sandy beaches and beautiful palm trees, as well as
                              the Ghriba Synagogue and the world’s most ancient Torah scroll. We end our time in Tunisia with a
                              tour of the ruins at the ancient site of Carthage and a visit to the seaside town of Sidi Bou Said,
                              where we walk among its whitewashed houses and admire its stunning views of the Gulf of Tunis.

                              Tunisia possesses many treasures well beyond its sand, sea, and sunshine. On this journey into
                              wonders past and present experience the country’s lovely hill and desert regions, picturesque towns
                              and villages, and traces of a long and eventful history. Taste Tunisia’s unique cuisine—North African
                              with a French accent—and get to know the country’s friendly and hospitable people. This is Arabia
                              at its most relaxed.

                              This unique trip is limited to 22 travelers. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please
                              be sure to contact us early to reserve your space on this remarkable journey. We can be reached by
                              telephone at (617) 495-2463, by e-mail at, or by fax at (617) 496-
                              8782. This and other HMNH trips can be found on our website at

                              Kind Regards,

                              Lauren Bruck
                              Director of Travel Program
                                  Harvard Museum of Natural History presents
                          Archaeological and Cultural Treasures of Tunisia
                                                      October 14–25, 2010

ITINERARY (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)                                After lunch in the Medina, visit the Cathedral of St. Vincent-
                                                                      de-Paul. Built in 1893 and faced in neo-Romanesque style, it is the
Thursday, October 14                                                  largest existing building of Tunis’ French colonial past. Enjoy a
Depart USA / Tunis                                                    guided visit to the National Museum of the Bardo, located in a
Depart on independent international flights to Tunis. (Meals Aloft)   palace that once belonged to the ruling Beys of Tunisia. It is one of
                                                                      the best archaeological museums of the Mediterranean world and is
Friday, October 15                                                    especially known for its collection of beautiful mosaics. Tonight,
Tunis                                                                 enjoy a dinner of North Africa specialties at the Mediterranée
                                                                      Restaurant. Africa El Mouradi Hotel (B, L, D)
Arrive in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, where we are met by our
local guide and transferred to our hotel. Enjoy free time to unpack
                                                                      Sunday, October 17
and rest before dinner at Dar Hammouda Paschal, a typical
                                                                      Tunis / Dougga / Kairouan
Tunisian restaurant in the Medina. Africa El Mouradi Hotel (D)
                                                                      Travel inland to the Islamic spiritual center of Kairouan. Along the
                                                                      way, stop to see the Aqueducts of Zaghouan, which carried water
                                                                      to Carthage in Roman times. Visit the extensive ruins at Dougga, a
                                                                      UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive
                                                                      collections of Roman ruins in North Africa. The well-preserved
                                                                      temples, baths, and arches provide an excellent example of Roman
                                                                      architecture. Arrive in Kairouan, where we spend the next two
                                                                      nights. Enjoy a glass of wine or mint tea, followed by dinner at the
                                                                      hotel. Hotel Kasbah (B, L, D)

                                                                      Monday, October 18
                                                                      Kairouan / El Djem / Monastir / Sousse / Kairouan
                                                                      This morning we set out for El Djem to tour the spectacular
                                                                      Roman amphitheater. Built in 238 AD, of all the world’s Roman
                                                                      amphitheaters only the Colosseum is larger. Explore the museum
                                                                      and the excavations behind the amphitheater where beautiful
                                                                      mosaics are being unearthed. Continue to the coastal city of
                                                                      Monastir, where we visit the ramparts and the 13th-century ribat
                                                                      (small fortification) that has served as a fortress, school, and place
                                                                      of worship. Monastir is also the site of the Bourguiba Mausoleum,
                                                                      and tomb of Habib Bourguiba, who, during his 30-year presidency
                                                                      (1957-87), promoted education in Tunisia and reformed laws that
                                                                      affected women. We have lunch in Monastir before driving up the
                                                                      coast to Sousse, the site of another major ribat. Return to Kairouan
                                                                      for dinner. Hotel Kasbah (B, L, D)

                                                                      Tuesday, October 19
                                                                      Kairouan / Sbeitla / Tamerza
                                                                      Once the capital of Tunisia, the beautiful city of Kairouan, known
                                                                      as the “City of Fifty Mosques,” is considered to be one of the
                                                                      holiest sites in Islam and remains a religious center and pilgrimage
                                                                      destination. Tour the Mosque of Oqba Ibn Nafi, constructed in the
                                                                      9th century when Kairouan was a flourishing capital. Built with
                                                    Kairouan Mosque   columns of marble and porphyry along the arcade of its spacious
                                                                      courtyard, Oqba Ibn Nafi served as a model for other mosques
Saturday, October 16
                                                                      throughout the western Islamic world. We also visit the souks and
                                                                      observe women making rugs, for which the city is famed.
Visit the Medina, or Old Quarter, at the center of Tunis, the
                                                                          After lunch enjoy a guided tour of the excellent Roman ruins at
largest Medina in North Africa. With many palaces, mosques,
                                                                      Sbeitla, the site of three temples dedicated to Jupiter, Juno, and
madrasas, mausoleums, and fountains, historically Tunis is one of
                                                                      Minerva. See a magnificent forum, theaters, baths, several
the greatest cities in the Islamic world. Tour the area of the
                                                                      churches, fountains, and other artifacts of Sbeitla’s years of
Ottoman Palaces and visit the 9th-century Zitouna Mosque.
                                                                      prosperity. Leaving Sbeitla, travel to the verdant mountain oasis of
Tamerza, which overlooks Oued El Khanga ravine. In the midst of           Sunday, October 24
this breathtaking landscape is the Tamerza Palace Hotel, our home         Djerba / Tunis
for the next two nights. Tamerza Palace Hotel (B, L, D)                   Fly from Djerba to Tunis, and continue by vehicle to the nearby
                                                                          site of ancient Carthage. Founded by the Phoenicians in the 9th
Wednesday, October 20                                                     century BC, Carthage was largely destroyed when the Romans
Tamerza / Atlas Mountains / Tamerza                                       sacked it at the end of the Third Punic War in 146 BC. Envision its
Enjoy a morning at leisure—relax by the pool, take in the beautiful       former splendor as we tour the ruins of the Antonine baths,
view from the terrace, or walk among the nearby ruins. After lunch,       amphitheater, and other monuments. We also see the sites where
tour the abandonded city of Tamerza, destroyed in 1969 after a            the U.S. military campaign was waged during World War II.
record flood lasting 22 days. We then begin our half-day excursion
into the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. This afternoon, we drive
to the remote ancient oasis of Mides, located at the edge of a
dramatic, deep, narrow gorge naturally carved out by water over the
years. Continue to the oasis of Chebika, which is flanked by rocky
mountains and the flat arid desert. Witness the stunning contrast of
green palm trees competing for the scarce supply of oasis water
against the backdrop of red and pink rocky sand. This evening
enjoy the facilities and environs of our hotel before dinner.
Tamerza Palace Hotel (B, L, D)

Thursday, October 21
Tamerza / Douz / Ksar Ghilane
Pack an overnight bag and depart after breakfast for Douz, a quiet
oasis village that serves as the “gateway to the Sahara” and hosts a
daily camel market. We stop here for lunch and a short tour before
heading to the exotic oasis of Ksar Ghilane, famous for its dunes
and hot spring, where we have the opportunity to ride a camel in
the desert. Spend the night in a canvas tent with private bath at
Pansea, a comfortable tent hotel with a swimming pool fed by a
natural spring. The silence and vastness around the camp and the
myriad of stars make for a magical and unforgettable night.
Pansea Desert Camp (B, L, D)

Friday, October, 22
Ksar Ghilane / Tataouine / Djerba
This morning drive through the Dahar Mountains to the regional
capital of Tataouine. In the Berber villages near Tataouine we visit
the troglodyte Ksours, whose houses are carved into the steep
mountainsides as protection against foreign invaders. We return to
Tataouine for lunch before setting out for the island of Djerba to
see the Ghriba Synagogue, first built in the 6th century BC. One of
the holiest Jewish sites in the world, Ghriba Synagogue holds the
world’s most ancient Torah scroll and is the destination of a large
and festive annual pilgrimage. After touring the synagogue, we
check into our spa hotel to relax before enjoying dinner.                                                                          Tunisian Oasis
Movenpick Ulysse Palace Spa Hotel (B, L, D)
                                                                              After lunch continue to the seaside town of Sidi Bou Said. Stroll
                                                                          its narrow streets past the whitewashed houses whose blue shutters
Saturday, October 23
                                                                          and doors echo the hues of the sky and the Mediterranean Sea.
                                                                          Visit an art gallery, order mint tea at a café, and take in the superb
Tour the island of Djerba, an environment so seductive that,              view of the Gulf of Tunis. Return to Tunis to enjoy a farewell
according to Homer’s Odyssey, the sailors with Odysseus—                  dinner at the hotel restaurant. Africa El Mouradi Hotel (B, L, D)
intoxicated by lotus flowers—lost all desire to leave. Stroll through
the food markets and colorful craft stalls of Houmt Souk’s lively
marketplace, and watch artisans creating pottery in the nearby            Monday, October 25
village of Guellala. After lunch at a local restaurant the afternoon is   Tunis / Home
free for independent exploration of the area or use of the hotel spa.     Depart after breakfast for Tunis Carthage Airport and independant
Later in the evening we gather for dinner at the hotel.                   international flights home. (B, Meals Aloft)
Movenpick Ulysse Palace Spa Hotel (B, L, D)
                                                      G E N E R A L I N FO R M AT I O N
Price: $3,995 per person, double occupancy                                         rocky surfaces. Typically, the weather is warm with normal humidity. The
                                                                                   average temperatures throughout are approximately 60°F for a low
Single Supplement: $495*                                                           temperature, and a high of 80°F. Accommodations are generally the best
                                                                                   available and range from luxury to a comfortable tented camp. All rooms
*Should you request to share a twin room, we will attempt to find a                have private facilities. Since some of the travel will be in remote areas,
roommate for you. However, if at the time of final payment no roommate             everyone must be flexible concerning time schedules, food, insects,
is available, the single supplement fee will be charged.                           weather, and dust. In order to enjoy this trip, a spirit of adventure,
                                                                                   anticipation, and the desire to explore spectacular natural areas are musts.
Airfare: As of October 2009, estimated roundtrip international coach               There are several long drives and travelers should be able to endure long
airfare between Boston and Tunis is $1,000. Our tour operator for the              drives and bumpy, remote roads. Travel is by regular scheduled jet aircraft,
program will be pleased to assist in booking your air arrangements; please         private motor coach, and 4x4 vehicles.
call us for details. If you wish, you are welcome to make your own
international flight arrangements. As a general rule, it is wise to refrain        Insurance: We highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation
from purchasing nonrefundable airfare until the minimum number of                  insurance. An application for trip cancellation insurance will be available
participants has been met.                                                         upon confirmation. Depending on the level of policy, the pre-existing
                                                                                   medical conditions exclusion is waived if the insurance is purchased
Tour Includes: All airport transfers; flight from Djerba to Tunis, all             within 15 days of initial deposit. Neither the Harvard Museum of Natural
activities as stated in itinerary; all accommodations as per itinerary; all        History nor the tour operator accept liability for any airline cancellation
meals as per itinerary with local beverages; welcome and farewell dinners;         penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable airline ticket or
bottled water on buses; private guide and driver throughout; luggage               other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for the tour. As
handling for one bag per person; gratuities for drivers and porters; hotel         a service to our travelers, we automatically provide $50,000 emergency
and restaurant taxes and service charges; $50,000 emergency medical and            medical evacuation insurance. You will receive detailed coverage
evacuation insurance.                                                              approximately 30 days prior to your departure.

Tour Excludes: U.S. domestic and international airfare; international or           Physical Health: Participation on an HMNH program requires that
domestic departure taxes; medical immunizations; passport and visa fees;           passengers be in generally good health. It is essential that persons with any
airport departure taxes; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; optional         medical problems and related dietary restrictions make them known to us
excursions or deviation from the scheduled tour; excess baggage charges;           well before the departure. We can counsel participants on whether an
laundry; medical expenses; meals not specified in the program itinerary or         expedition is appropriate for them.
special meals not on the menu; dishes and beverages not part of included
meals; alcoholic beverages; gratuities for private archaeologist guide;            Questions: Please call the Travel Program at the Harvard Museum of
telephone or fax charges; room service and other items of a purely                 Natural History (617) 495-2463.
personal nature.
                                                                                   Responsibility: The tour operator, its owners and employees act only as
If you are arriving independently from the group, please note that you are         agents for the various independent suppliers and contractors providing
responsible for your own transfer to the hotel. If you would like the              transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services
HMNH to arrange a private transfer for you at your own cost, please                connected with this tour. Such travel and services are subject to the terms
contact our office.                                                                and conditions under which such accommodations, services and
                                                                                   transportation are offered or provided, and Harvard University, the
Reservations, Deposits and Final Payment: To reserve a space on this tour,         Harvard Museum of Natural History and the tour operator and their
please mail a nonrefundable deposit of $500 per person payable to “Harvard         respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns, accept no liability
Museum of Natural History” along with the completed reservation form to:           therefore. Harvard University, the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Travel Program, Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street,               and the tour operator, assume no liability for any injury, damage, loss,
Cambridge, MA 02138. Reservations are acknowledged in order of receipt             accident, delay or other irregularity which may be caused by the defect of
until the maximum enrollment of 22 has been reached. Final payment,                any aircraft or vehicle or the negligence or default of any company or
payable by check or money order only, is due June 11, 2010.                        person engaged in carrying out or performing any of the services involved.
                                                                                   Additionally, responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or
Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations must be made in writing to            expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, local laws, hostilities,
the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Refunds, based on the date the              wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature or other such causes. All services and
written notice is received in our office, are as follows: 125 days or more         accommodations are subject to the laws of the country in which they are
before departure: $500 deposit; 124–91 days before departure: 50% of               provided. Harvard University, and Harvard Museum of Natural History
the program price; 90 days or fewer: 100% of the program price.                    and the tour operator reserve the right to make changes in the published
                                                                                   itinerary whenever, in their sole judgment, conditions warrant, or if they
Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in   deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience or safety of the tour
a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an                participants. They reserve the right to withdraw this tour without penalty.
expedition.                                                                        The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a
                                                                                   member of the tour, or to substitute another qualified leader or special
Tour Size: This tour, exclusively designed for the Harvard Museum of               guest. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners
Natural History, is limited to 22 participants on a first-come, first-served       at all times. The price of the program is given in good faith based on
basis. The minimum group size is 12. Should the minimum not be met,                current tariffs and rates, and is subject to change. Any tariff, exchange rate,
we reserve the right to cancel the program, levy a small group surcharge,          or fuel increases will be passed onto participants. Neither Harvard
and/or send the program without a HMNH representative.                             University, the Harvard Museum of Natural History nor the tour operator
                                                                                   accepts the liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the
What to Expect: This expedition is designed for HMNH members and                   purchase of a nonrefundable ticket. The air ticket, when issued, shall
friends who are interested in learning about the history, culture, and             constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the airline
natural history of Tunisia. This is a moderately active, fast-paced program.       concerned. As a part of the consideration and right to participate in this
The most strenuous physical exercise is walking over unpaved, uneven,              tour, each participant will be asked to sign a liability release.
                              Archaeological and Cultural Treasures of Tunisia
                              R E S E R VAT I O N FO R M                                       October 14–25, 2010

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