Tunis Caravan Days 1 – 6 Tunis has a strong medieval Arab past and well worth spending a couple of days here before your trip begins. Carthage is only a 30 minute bus or taxi ride from Tunis.
Leaving Tunis on Day 1 is Dougga,in North Africa. Short drive to Le Kef and it’s fortified Kasbah. free day here. old Roman city of Haidra, Nefta and Tozeur, free time to explore.
Continuing via Kebili we visit Matmata, well known for its troglodyte villages.
Tunis Caravan Days 7 – 11 We cross the border into Libya at the small town of Nalut. Our first major port of call in Libya is the UNESCO World Heritage listed oasis town of Ghadames. We now cross the Hamadat al-Hamrah desert to Al Qaryat & then drive to Leptis Magna.
Tunis Caravan Days 12 - 15 We now drive along the Mediterranean coast. Our next major stop is at the ancient Greek city of Cyrene.
From Cyrene it is a short drive to Tobruk, the scene of some of the most important and viscous battles of WW 2.
Tunis Caravan Days 16 - 21 From Tobruk we cross into Egypt and visit El Alamein. Winston Churchill said ‘Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamain we never had a defeat.’ Next we stop at Alexandria, The beaches and diving here are also excellent with wrecks of Roman Galley’s, French Warships, German U-boats and Cleopatra’s Palace.
A half days drive away brings us to the bustling city of Cairo.
Tunis Caravan Day 22 – 26 The first day spent in Cairo is visiting the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza with a local guide (this also includes a camel ride around the Pyramids), we also visit the Egyptian History museum in the afternoon – the camel ride, entry fees and the Egyptologist guide are included. After dinner we take the overnight train to Aswan, We spend two days here, which gives you enough time to take a trip to Abu Simbel. On the fourth day, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Nile River from a traditional felucca sail boat.
Tunis Caravan Day 27 – 29 A short drive to Luxor where we join our truck and pitch tents for the first time. Both Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, trip by donkey to Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings.
Tunis Caravan Days 30 - 34 We drive for a day and a half through the desert passing under the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. Stop off at Mount Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery. Nearby is Dahab, on the Red Sea Coast.
Tunis Caravan Days 35 – 38 From Dahab we have a short drive to catch the ferry across the Red Sea to Aqaba in Jordan. We camp overnight in the desert at Wadi Rum. Petra - one of the main attractions in the Middle East.
Tunis Caravan Days 39 – 45 From Petra we venture down to the lowest point on earth – The Dead Sea with its dramatic views over Israel.
Syria is close by and our first stop in this fascinating country is the capital - Damascus. From Damascus we visit Crac de Chevaliers - an 800-year-old Crusader Castle, leaving Syria our final destination is market town of Aleppo.
Tunis Caravan Days 46 – 53 From the Syria border our next stop is Cappadocia. The Goreme Valley provides us with an astonishing setting in which to spend a few days investigating the region.
We then head towards the Turkish coast and stop on the way at Saklikent Gorge, On the coast we stay at both Olympus and further up the Mediterranean coast at Olu Deniz.
Tunis Caravan Day 54 - 58 We then travel via either Pamukkale or take the more visually scenic route towards Marmaris and camp in the mountains. We visit the well known ruins Ephesus, stop at the ruins of Troy before crossing the Dardanelle Straits to visit Gallipoli.
Australians and New Zealanders make a pilgrimage each year on ANZAC Day to pay their respects to their fellow countrymen who died here. We attend the dawn service on ANZAC Day.
It is about a half day drive from here to the final destination of our trip - the exiting and cosmopolitan city of Istanbul.