Tataouine Chenini: You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into a Star Wars movie on this trip to Tataouine. George Lucas named Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine, after this desert town. First, you’ll stop at Sebhket el Melah, a huge salt lake where you can breathe in the salty air and marvel at the shimmering surface. Then, you’ll drive deeper into the desert, to Tataouine itself.
This bustling place is famous for its souks, and you’ll have time here to barter for pottery, fabrics and colourful Tunisian bowls. Next, it’s on to the Berber village of Chenini, an abandoned hilltop settlement of mudbrick houses, some of which date back to the 12th century. After a break for lunch, you’ll visit some more ‘ghorfas’ – multi-level granaries, whose vaulted cells doubled as grain stores and safe houses for the Berbers of old. They’re amazing feats of engineering and look like they’ve been plucked from a Star Wars set, so don’t forget your camera
Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotel Lobby.
Duration: Nine hours. .
Start/opening time: At 8.00am.
End/closing time: At 5.00pm.
Languages: English and Italian only in summer, German and French all year.