Tunisia vacations, Roman Sahara


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23 Dec 2016
US $ 1495
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Vacation type

Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tunisia vacations, Roman Sahara


Accommodation & Meals:
On this trip we will spend most nights in hotels and one night camping in the desert or in a troglodyte dwelling. Most of the hotels we use in Tunisia employ local staff and have their own waste management and energy conservation policies. Whilst camping or staying in the cave, they use solar energy and natural air conditioning. Where meals are not supplied, we try to show clients local restaurants in every area if possible. This boosts the economy for local people and also introduces travelers to an authentic level of cuisine e.g. we will recommend a fish place in La Goulette as this is the capital for fish dishes in Tunisia or maybe in Tozeur clients might like to try clay pot cooked camel meat. There are even instances where you can see how food is made- for instance in the Medina of Kairouan shops make date and honey pastries called ‘Makroudh’.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.


Local Craft and Culture:
We visit a number of unique villages on our tour and support the production of their crafts, which are often unique to that locality. For example, Kesra is a hilltop village we visit in central Tunisia, populated by Berber people and known for its natural beauty and for producing a special variety of figs called ‘zidi’. As there are almost no foreign tourists in Kesra, our commerce is well appreciated and this is a great chance to purchase dried figs and crafts. We also visit a traditional brick workshop in Tozeur which produces this particular type of brick and pottery stylistically dating back to the middle ages. We meet the young man who runs the shop and learn about the craftmanship and hard work which goes into the production. Clients often purchase souvenirs here, which has a beneficial effect on the local community.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. This provides clients with first- hand knowledge of the culture, customs and history of the places they visit whilst also creating employment and income for the area. The leaders will give a briefing on some responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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