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Trip Report OAT 2 week trip to Tunisia

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I recently returned from a 2 week trip to Tunisia with Overseas Adventure travel, and am posting this because there is not much on this board about travel to Tunisia. My DH and I are retired, have visited many countries, both independently and on tours, and found this trip to be as interesting as most other places we have visited. Tunisia is a country that has many excellent Roman ruins, as it is 90 miles of the coast of Sicily. It has fabulous mosaics, viewed both in situ and in museums. It also has the Sahara desert, which was a draw fo many people on our tour, though not so much for me. And it also has , very old ksars, hilltop fortified villages used by the Romans and Turks.

I won't go into the itinerary in depth as it is listed on the OAT website. I will say that the country was well worth viewing for the 2 weeks we were there. The Tunisian people are friendly and seem to like Americans, and especially Preident Obama. There is not much to buy in Tunisia, compared to other countries we have visited, with the exception of carpets,

The food is a cross between Italian and French. The breads and vegtables were very good. The meat was not so good, but you could skip the meat altogether and not be hungy.

The roads are good and you could explore the country either independently by rental car, or by formal tour. We chose the tour because we are getting lazy in our mid age (Notice I did not say old age) and wanted someone else to do the planning, driving and schlepping the luggage.

This was our first OAT tour and I was extemely happy with the organization, the customer service and the tour, with the exception of a few things. I commend OAT on their website, customer service, and their travel department that books the airfare. I know that there have been complaints about the routing the air department has booked for people on various trips, but for our trip the booking was perfect-Air France all the way-Boston to Paris to Tunisia- at reasonable departure times and reasonable amounts of time between flights. It is not OAT's fault that there was an air traffic controller's strike in France the week we were to depart, with many cancelled flights out of Charles De Gaulle Airport, as a result of the strike. Our flight from Paris to Tunis was cancelled on 3 days during the week we were to leave, but fortunately on our day of departure it took off as scheduled.

The tour leader was excellent and added a lot to the tour and the understanding of his country. My main objective in travelling is to see outstanding sights and get a better understanding of the country and its people. This trip accomplished this for me.

My main complaint was that one day was a partially "wasted" day in Tozeur, IMO because a train trip that was scheduled to take place did not, and the OAT substitution of a 2 hour trip to a date museum did not adequately take up the time or have the interest of the train ride. Hopefully they will fix this flaw in the itinerary as this train has not been running since Oct. and is not expected to run for some time as its tracks were washed out by heavy rain in Oct. (I do not know what it is with me and train rides. We are scheduled to go to Machu Pichu in May, and that train is out of commission due to flooding, also)..

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