3 days Star Wars tour Tunisia Travel Guide

3 days Star Wars tour

Description of  the 3 days Star Wars tour

Departing from the island of Djerba, the 3 days Star Wars tour in Tunisia is the ideal tour for lovers of the Saga to travel in the footsteps of George Lucas and Skywalker in southern Tunisia! Between the island of Djerba, Tataouine and Matmata, you will visit all the filming locations of Star Wars.

About the 3 days Star Wars tour


    • Duration: 3 days
    • Departure time: 8:30 a.m.
    • Pickup: Djerba – Zarzis and Tataouine (Other cities incur additional cost)
    • Confirmation: Immediate
    • Guide: Arabic – French – English – German – Italian
    • Type of transport: Air-conditioned tourist vehicle
    • Excursion approved by the Tunisian Tourist Office
    • Cancellation: free up to 7 days before the date of the excursion

Highlights

  • Take advantage of a pick-up from your address where you are in Tunisia
  • Discover a large part of southern Tunisia
  • Explore Tataouine, its Ksours and the troglodyte village of Chenini
  • Recognize all the Star Wars filming locations on the island of Djerba
  • Visit Ksar Hadada and Ksar Ouled Soltane in Tataouine (Star Wars filming locations)
  • Enter the Sidi Idriss hotel in Matmata (Star Wars filming location)
  • Spot a cave dwelling and eat with the locals
  • Spend the night in a cottage in the Berber village of Douiret
  • Discover the 3 types of desert in Tunisia
  • Explore local life and taste Tunisian cuisine

Program

Day 1: Mos Eisley and Ben’s house

Mos Eisley et la maison de Ben

During the first day, you will visit the filming locations of the Saga “Star Wars” in Djerba.

Tours of the Day:

Ajim (Mos Eisley – Episode IV)

– Stormtrooper control: Stormtrooper control of Ben and Luke (“These aren’t those droids you’re looking for.”); the place is very difficult to recognize, due to the modification of the sets at the time by the film crew…
– the Cantina de Chalmun: As above, the place is difficult to recognize, especially since the building (an old traditional Berber bakery) is in a more or less advanced state of disrepair. In addition, it is (was?) also threatened with disappearance to build modern buildings, which had given rise to an international movement to save it.
– the flight of the Millennium Falcon under the stormtroopers’ beard: The alley is a few blocks south of the “stormtrooper checkpoint”. It is quite difficult to find, but on the other hand more easily recognizable.

Ajim (House of Ben – Episode IV)

3 km north of Ajim, on the coastal road leading to Sidi Jemour, is the old fisherman’s house which was used to film, in April 1976, the house of Ben Kenobi during his exile on Tatooine. It has become a high place of “pilgrimage”, and is therefore regularly maintained.

Note that since the Special Edition of the Trilogy in 1997, the original house has been replaced in the film by a shot of a miniature and a digital painting, radically changing its appearance…

Sidi Jemour (Anchorhead, Mos Eisley – Episode IV)

A dozen kilometers north of Ajim, still by the coastal road, is the marabout (= domed tomb) of Sidi Jemour (or Sidi Jmour). Also considered a mosque, it is a popular place of religious pilgrimage.

2 scenes from Episode IV were filmed there in April 1976:

A cut scene outside of Anchorhead: This cut scene actually consists of 2: the one at Toshi Station, and the one between Luke and Biggs.
The scene of Luke and Ben arriving in a speeder at Mos Eisley: Note that this scene, like many of Mos Eisley, has undergone many changes over the course of the Trilogy.
Departure to Douiret and night in a gite

Accommodation: Hotel Dar Bhar or similar

Day 2: The planet Tatooine and the slave quarters

La planète Tatooine et les quartiers des esclaves

After breakfast, head to the town of Tataouine, where George Lucas got the name Tatooine from, but where no Star Wars scenes were actually filmed.

The first visit will be to the famous Ksar Hadada: Like two other ksours located around Tataouine (Ksar Medenine and Ksar Ouled Soltane), it was used to film, on August 10, 1997, the sets of Mos Espa, in this case the slave quarters, in Episode I (scene where Qui-Gon contacts Obi-Wan by comlink, and scene with Shmi “He has no father…”).

Next, head to the Berber village of Chenini to enjoy a hike with a local guide.

Enjoy a good typical lunch in a local restaurant then head to the second Ksar, called Ouled Soltane:

Ksar Ouled Soltane is located southeast of Tataouine. It is one of the best preserved, renovated and busiest ksours in Tunisia. It is a mountain ksar, which has 2 distinct courtyards, and has more than 400 ghorfas (storage cells), on 4 or 5 levels.

It was used, like the other 2 ksours above, as the setting for Mos Espa in Episode I, in August 1997, for the slave quarters.

Head to Djerba where you will spend the night in a hotel where Star Wars scenes were filmed.

Day 3: The Sidi Idriss hotel and the troglodyte village

Hotel Sidi Idriss

After breakfast, head to Sidi Idriss, the troglodyte hotel which includes 5 interior courtyards: 4 of them being surrounded by rooms, and the fifth, named “Star Wars courtyard”, constitutes the restaurant. It was this that served as the setting for the Lars’ dining room and kitchen, as well as the courtyard.

It should be noted that the decoration of the dining room, in particular the fresco on the ceiling, had been destroyed after the filming of Episode IV, and had to be redone for the filming of Episode II, 24 years later. It is currently still the same.

The most beautiful surprise is that you will eat in the evening and you will spend the night in this same hotel which was used as a Star Wars filming location in Tunisia.

Return to Djerba and end of our services

The 3 days Star Wars Tour in Pictures

The 3 days Star Wars Tour in Video

Itinerary

Price

The price below correspond to the proposal in the circuit. This price may change according to our exchanges of emails and the modifications you wish to make to the program. We are here to customize the circuits according to your desires!

Low Season : 400 euros per person

High Season : 450 euros per person

Low Season : 350 euros per person

High Season : 400 euros per person

Low Season : 300 euros per person

High Season : 350 euros per person

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