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Embark on a tailor-made gourmet itinerary with Sawa Taste of Tunisia

A gourmet experience in Tunisia

Our ideal 7-day itinerary is customizable. Do you have more or less time? Are you passionate about a specific culinary theme (wine, olive oil, cheese, etc.) or would you like to include a particular activity (hiking, yoga, beach, music, weaving, etc.)? We’ll be happy to put together a personalized itinerary including a cooking class, with hostesses and restaurant chefs in their kitchens, where the magic happens. You’ll prepare traditional and regional recipes, savoury and sweet, exceptional meals in places you won’t find on the internet or social networks! Market tours allow you to discover local produce and taste seasonal products, with detailed explanations, tips on recognizing freshness and authentic anecdotes. Also on the menu: tastings of Tunisian products (harissa, wine, olive oil), visits to olive-production sites, olive-picking and olive-pressing techniques (in season). What’s more, you’ll have plenty of free time to wander around and discover a variety of places: from the wonderful smells and architecture of North African souks, to the peace and quiet of rural farms.

Period: September to June

Duration : 7 days/6 nights

Participants: 2 people minimum to 10 people maximum

Accessibility : Accessible to all. No particular physical aptitude is required. Adjustments can be made for all types of dietary requirements (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.) and physical handicaps.

Languages : French, Arabic, English and Italian.

Transport: All transfers to and from the airport are included.

Type of venue/accommodation: Guest houses/b&Bs and very small hotels with a strong historical feel.

Location: 2023 Tunis and Cap Bon

Your hosts : Lamia & Jamie

Co-designers of Sawa Taste of Tunisia, Lamia and Jamie met in Tunisia through their passion for local flavors and sharing cultures.

Lamia Temimi, host and co-traveller. The daughter of an Algerian father and a Sicilian mother who met in Tunisia, Lamia, who speaks fluent Arabic, French, English and Italian, embodies all the richness of the Mediterranean cultures that intersect in Tunisia. After twenty years spent traveling the world thanks to a career in the high-end hotel industry, she now lives on a farm in the heart of the Tunisian countryside.

Jamie Furniss, co-designer and anthropologist. The son of a cook and a bush plane pilot who worked in camps in Canada’s Yukon, Jamie became mysteriously passionate about North African culture and the Arabic language as a teenager, becoming an academic and anthropologist. Above all a personal passion and a source of pleasure, culinary experiences are also a way of sharing the “taste” of and for other cultures.

Highlights of the experience

  • An anthropological – rather than “tourist” – aesthetic and ethic of travel and exploration of new cultures, geographies and traditions;
  • The belief that food is a unique compendium of cultural history and that sharing it is one of the best ways to create a sense of community;
  • If you love “Mediterranean cuisine” and think you already know it, you’ll be stunned to discover the richness of its Tunisian variant;
  • Original without being pretentious, Tunisian cuisine is accessible enough that you can easily add a few recipes to your repertoire and treat your friends and family after your return;
  • The “granary” of ancient Rome, chances are Tunisia’s terroir will surprise you with its age-old typical products (olive oil, harissa – red pepper puree) as well as more unexpected and recent ones (e.g. wines).
  • Above all, this trip will allow you to discover the natural beauty of northern Tunisia’s undulating, “Mediterranean” landscapes (olive groves, succulents, thorny plants and aromatics), where rocky massifs sometimes rise from steep slopes, as well as the built heritage of the Arab-Islamic, colonial and modern eras.

Ideal if you’re looking for activities to …

  • Food and cooking enthusiasts;
  • Original, gourmet getaways for couples;
  • Retirees;
  • Solo travelers ;
  • Women-only travelers;
  • Your company’s employees and partners (Team building) ;
  • Km0 culinary experiences;
  • Travellers who want to discover a destination differently;
  • Travelers who want to interact with the locals.

The spirit

Created by a Canadian anthropologist and a hotelier specializing in public relations and events, owner of a B&B and, what’s more, a fine Tunisian cook of Algerian-Italian origin, Sawa Taste of Tunisia is a culinary experience consisting of cooking classes, discovery and tasting of typical products, cultural encounters in markets and traditional culinary workshops, and unforgettable meals. In the company of your host, Lamia, and always focusing on small family businesses, women entrepreneurs, unusual and little-known places, you’ll explore the “best-of-the-best” experiences, places and people we’ve discovered over the years as we explore the flavors of Tunisia.

We’ve got you covered…

Day 1: Welcome to Tunisia! VIP airport pick-up and transfer to lodge. If you arrive early, we can organize a culinary workshop. Bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day 2: Welcome to Cap Bon! Authentic breakfast followed by a harissa production workshop. Light lunch before the pottery workshop and floral water distillation workshop. Vegetarian dinner. Bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day 3: Quiet day around the farm. Breakfast. Atelier Mlawi in all its forms. Visit a winery dating back to 1932. Mechoui lunch in the heart of the cellar. Return to the lodge and rest. Local cuisine workshop. Dinner of Tunisian specialities.

Day 4: Breakfast. Head west to visit the olive press. Olive oil tasting and visit to the local market. Lunch at the farm. Rest or visit the farm. Cooking classes on the farm. Dinner at the farm. Bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day 5: Breakfast. Visit Tunis’s central market and stroll through the souks with a food tour to sample fricassee & Makroudh at Café du Souk. Treasure hunt in the aromatic souk. Arrival at the guesthouse, free time to stroll through the souk or relax. Cooking class followed by dinner. Bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day 6: Breakfast. Visit Sidi Bou Saïd: bambalouni & tea at the Café des nattes. Visit to the Baron d’Erlanger Palace. Lunch in La Goulette. Wine tasting with cheese pairings. Dinner in the heart of the Medina.

Day 7: Breakfast and free time around the Medina, hammam or relaxation. Lunch in the Medina. Visit to a Stambali workshop + mini-performance. Dinner in town.

Day 8: Breakfast and VIP airport transfer.

** From spring 2024 Sahel and North-West added

** From 2025, addition of the Oases and Southern Tunisia

Price

  • On request.
  • Prices include : transport, accommodation, breakfasts, meals and snacks, visits and workshops listed in the program, workshop materials, insurance.
  • Prices do not include: flights to and from Tunisia, Hammamet, gifts.
  • Terms of payment: please consult the host.
  • Reservation and cancellation policy: consult host.

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