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Tunisia, Air/13 Nights, From $2,745

Tour Africa's northernmost country, rich in history and culture.

A tiled rooftop in Tunisia (bgaravalia/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Tunis, three nights' accommodations at the Tunisia Palace Hotel and one night at Hotel Africa in Tunis, one night at the Mehari Hotel Hammamet in Hammamet, two nights at the La Kasbah Hotel in Kairouan, three nights at the Ras El Ain Hotel in Tozeur, one night in the Ghilane Desert Camp in the Sahara, two nights at the Sangho Hotel in Tataouine, 29 meals, sightseeing tours with an English-speaking guide, group activities, one local flight, ground transportation, 19 small-group activities, and fuel surcharges, from $2,745 per person—plus about $170 in taxes and fees.

When Jan. 14, 24, 27, 28, 2011. Add $100 for Feb. 8, 14, 18, 21, 22, 25; $200 for Mar. 3, 11, 18, 21, 24; $300 for May 1, 6, 13, 16, 30; $400 for Apr. 3, 8, 15, 24.

Gateways Boston, New York City.

The Fine Print Does not include about $170 in taxes and fees. Based on single or double occupancy. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Overseas Adventure Travel, 800/493-6824, oattravel.com.

Why It's a Deal In a recent Kayak search, we found a round-trip flight from New York City to Tunis for about $960 for travel in January 2011 (Alitalia). The accommodations would cost about $755 per person. So booking independently, you would expect to pay about $1,715 per person for international airfare and accommodations. For about $1,200 more, this package includes the airfare and accommodations, plus most meals, ground transportation, an internal flight, activities, and tours with an English-speaking guide, all in one booking. OAT also provides some experiences that would be hard to book on your own, like a home-hosted lunch in Kairouan and a ride in a horse-drawn carriage in Tozeur. Keep in mind that by booking through OAT, you'll have on-the-ground support.

More Optional tours during the trip are available from $65 per person for a farmhouse excursion and Tunisian soiree, $90 per person to visit El Djem and Monastir, and $110 per person to visit ancient mountain towns and an oasis. Add a four-night pre-trip extension to Marrakech, Morocco, from $1,095 per person.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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