I was hoping to get some advice from you folks who have some experience with Tunisia travel. I am looking into booking a trip for the second week of February for myself and my girlfriend. We are very excited about possibly visiting, but are hoping to get some thoughts on the proposed itinerary, as well as some input on the current security situation.
We are speaking to a travel agent based in Hammamet, who has proposed the following itinerary:
2/15 - Depart New York City - Arrive Tunis - Tour Carthage, Sidi Bou Said, drive to Hammamet
2/16 - HAMMAMET– El DJEM– GABES– TATAOUINE
2/17 - TATAOUINE– MATMATA- DOUZ
2/18 - DOUZ - CHOTT El DJERID – CHEBIKA -TAMERZA - TOZEUR
2/19 - TOZEUR– KAIROUAN – SOUSSE- HAMMAMET
2/20 - Free day in Hammamet
2/21 - Tunis to Istanbul - overnight Istanbul
2/22 - Morning tour of Istanbul - Afternoon flight home to JFK
The agency is Inventa Tourisme (AKA Tour in Tunisia), who I have seen some good reviews of on here in the forums. So far, the agent has been very responsive and helpful, which is a good sign.
We had hoped to camp overnight in the desert, but he recommended against it due to the cold weather, and the fact that there aren't a lot of people in that area during this time of the year.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to spend the free day in Hammamet?
Also, the more I read, the more I'm beginning to become concerned about the safety of traveling to Tunisia. Some headlines involving Ansar al-Sharia have kind of made me wonder if we should consider another destination, but we were both really looking forward to booking this trip. I'm hoping some of you might be able to set my mind at ease a bit.
I should note that I'm a photographer, so I most likely will have a decent camera strapped to me at all times. I can try to be as discreet as possible with it, but for me to travel, if I can't take photos, it's not worth the trip. Other than the camera, we're both pretty smart about dressing conservatively, not wearing flashy jewelry, etc.
I appreciate any input you can give.
thanks in advance.