Day 1

    Day 07-02 - Monday, March 16, 2009 - Arrive in Tunis/Welcome Drink and Dinner

    The flight back to Casablanca was at 6:15am. Our alarm went off at 3:30! It was a short night.

    The hotel had “breakfast” for us but it was only coffee and a few cookies. Both Adil...

    Day 2

    Day 08-03 - Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - City Tour and Bardo Museum/Visit Sidi Bou Said/Explore Ancient Carthage/Visit North Africa American Cemetery/Visit Sidi Bou Said

    We were back to a reasonable wake-up call – our alarm got us up at 6:30am. Breakfast was back on the first floor where we...

    Day 3

    Day 09-04 - Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - Optional Tour of Ancient Roman Dougga Archeological Site

    Today we had an optional tour of Dougga, the best-preserved ancient Roman city in North Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We were up before the alarm went off at 6:30 and then...

    Day 4

    Day 10-05 - Thursday, March 19, 2009 - Cross Cap Bon/Explore Hammamet/Travel to Sousse

    Today was a travel day so we had to have our bags out at 8:00. There were many smokers at breakfast this morning so the hostess helped us to find a non-smoking table.

    It was chilly...

    Day 5

    Day 11-06 - Friday, March 20, 2009 - Optional tour to El Djem/Roman Amphitheater/Museum/Mosaic Workshop

    We managed to jury-rig the shower so we could use it more easily this morning and were down to the breakfast buffet by 7:15. Twelve of us chose to take the optional excursion to El...

    Day 6

    Day 12-07 - Saturday, March 21, 2009 - Travel to Kairouan/Introduction to Islam Discussion and Mosque Visit/Visit Carpet Factory/Home-hosted Lunch

    The telephone rang at 6:15 this morning – someone else’s wake up call! We got up at 6:45 so we had plenty of time to pack our bags for our...

    Day 7

    Day 13-08 - Sunday, March 22, 2009 - Travel to Tozeur/Visit Sbeitla

    We had a long day on the road so we set the alarm for 6:30. Our luggage had to be out at 7:30 and then we went down to breakfast.

    The buffet this morning was as nice as...

    Day 8

    Day 14-09 - Monday, March 23, 2009 - Mountain Oases Optional Tour

    We woke up to bright blue skies and a sunny day. It was warmer today; 57º and 49% humidity here in the oasis. Some of our California friends do not like this cool weather!

    The alarm woke us...

    Day 9

    Day 15-10 - Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - Red Lizard Train Excursion/Ride in Horse-drawn Carriages Through Tozeur Oasis/Adobe Brick-making Demonstration

    Another beautiful day at the Oasis! It was 55º and 54% humidity.

    Last night at 10:30 when we finished posting the journal, Khamis told us we would have to leave...

    Day 10

    Day 16-11 - Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - Travel to Douz/Chott El Jerid/ Camel ride/Discover Bedouin Wedding Traditions

    This is a travel day so we got up a little earlier to organize our belongings. We were ready for breakfast at 7:35. Several groups were leaving this morning so the portico...

    Day 11

    Day 17-12 - Thursday, March 26, 2009 - Travel to Djerba/See Matmata Cave Dwellings/Tour Djerba and Visit El Ghriba Synagogue

    We only spent one night in Douz at the oasis. Our bags had to be out at 7:15 and were already being loaded on the bus when we left breakfast...

    Day 12

    Day 18-13 - Friday, March 27, 2009 - Galleon Cruise/Farewell Dinner

    The sun came up early but we did not have to get up until 7:00. We had a nice breakfast with Margo, Michelle, Ed and Linda.

    We left the hotel at 8:30 for our excursion and more shopping on...

    Day 13

    Day 19-14 - Saturday, March 28, 2009 - Fly from Djerba to Tunis

    This morning we flew back to the mainland and to Tunis.

    Our alarm woke us at 6:15 and we were out to breakfast by 7:00. The luggage was collected and we helped the driver to put it...

    Day 14

    Day 20-15 - Sunday, March 29, 2009 - Flight from Tunis to JFK/Visit to NYC and finally to Denver

    There were still people in the streets when I looked out the window at 2:00am. We received our wake-up call and our alarm went off right on time; double coverage on...

    Day 15

    Personal Evaluation of Overseas Adventure Travel -- Tunisia: From the Mediterranean to the Sahara

    Once we arrived in Tunis, Tunisia from our pre-trip to Morocco we quickly saw that things might be different. Our new Tour Director (TD) Khmais was waiting for us but we did not see him. We...

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