I had a great time! Highlights:
- The Lars Homestead Exterior: All of my friends were jealous of the sunset picture. As I stood there, I remembered all my time as a kid pretending to be Luke Skywalker, standing in that exact spot. It was a very existential experience.
- Ben Kenobi's house and the Toche Station: It was a very cool (and beautiful) area. And you would never know from the movie that it is right by the sea.
- Lars Homestead Interior: I slept in and had a beer in Luke's house. Need I say more?
- In addition to being a Star Wars fan, I am also a historian. It was great to talk to Nader about the Arab Spring. It was also very interesting to see the Ghriba Synagogue (I had no idea that Tunisia had a significant Jewish population or would have guessed that such a significant site was there.) The Okba Ibn Nafaa mosque in Kairouan was also very interesting- oldest in Africa and "4th holiest site in Islam".
, Star Wars Tour - April 2019
First off: a great trip! For me, a onetime student of classical languages and archaeology, the level of preservation of the sites we visited was revelatory, and the introduction to the richness of the mosaic art was mind-blowing. Add in the sheer beauty of the countryside, the “exotic” cities and towns, and the exceptionally welcoming warmth we both felt from all we met, and the sum total was simply a knockout. Highlights were too numerous to count.... The other piece of information in your information package that I would edit is about changing money back at the airport in Tunisia. ATM receipts are essential, as I think you mention, but if the banks for which you have receipts have decided not to show up at the airport the day you depart, you’re stuck—virtually compelled to buy stuff with your remaining dinars or, as was suggested, use them to pay off the douane. It’s worth trying to exchange back dinars before heading for the airport… But these quibbles apart, I want to be clear that I thought Mosaic did a fantastic job. Everything went off without a hitch: We were duly met at airports—Moustapha and “Dean” at Algiers, Rehda in Tunis—and we felt cared for, comfortable, and utterly secure every minute of every day. Every request was fulfilled, every eventuality anticipated, every consideration given to our comfort and happiness—and it all worked beautifully. Our driver-guide in Algeria, Azedine, with his advanced training as an archaeologist, was particularly exceptional from our point of view because we could all indulge in our shared passion for the antiquity we were exploring. We found him a gem. In Tunisia, in a part of the world in which the driving customs often astounded, Nasr is one of the great drivers—clearly very experienced, very safe, very careful, got us there in good time every time; we figure we saw a lot of that small-ish country under his guidance. And Rehda was a delight, a charming companion as well as an astute guide. Also, his/your/the agency’s handling of our hotel “disaster” in Tozeur was smooth as silk and wonderfully done.... Bottom line, as we Americans are notorious for saying, the trip was an absolute winner and I would unhesitatingly recommend Mosaic Tours to anyone interested in traveling to your fascinating part of the world.
, Algeria and Tunisia Tour - March 2019
The trip was fabulous. Thank you for everything.... First the guides. Azeddine was a spectacular guide and driver. An exceptional guide to the archaeological sites and a wonderful guide to present day Algerian politics and life. We couldn’t have asked for more. Ridha and Nacer were also good . The dynamic was different because there were two of them but also courteous and competent and Ridha was very knowledgeable about the sites and explaining the history and present day Tunisia. Both guides were very proud of their countries and wanted us to see the best of them. Obviously Algeria was going thru an amazing time and we felt very caught up in the demonstrations and the excitement and we were thrilled to be there at that time. They seem to be making progress but the road to change is difficult as can be seen in present Tunisia.... The ruins in both countries were beyond our wildest expectations. The quality of the restorations were breathtaking and the mosaics exceptional. I would definitely recommend adding Bulla Regia to your itinerary. The mosaics on the floors of the basement rooms were some of the most spectacular we saw and they were in situ which made them exceptional. Also March was a wonderful time to go as the spring flowers were everywhere and the warm days perfect. We had a couple of cold days w snow in the mountains so warm clothes were essential.... As far as security was concerned we felt totally safe every minute. The guides were in touch with the authorities constantly it seemed and the cities felt very safe. So that issue for me at least was a non issue. All in all a trip I won’t forget. I knew only the bare bones of present day Algeria and Tunisia and it was completely an eye opening adventure to be there as well of course the Roman sites which I think are unrivaled anywhere. I would totally recommend the trip with the exception of a few of the hotels.... So thank you for everything.
, Algeria and Tunisia - March 2019
....our big thank you to you and your team for giving us a most enjoyable trip in Morocco, excellent service, the best and most beautiful and comfortable accommodations and most of all a wonderful guide in Rachid who, with his passion and extensive knowledge has given us a great appreciation of the country.
All the places we went to were magical. Morocco is a haven for photographers and painters and even writers I suppose.
Thank you for all our wonderful experiences and all the people and guides that Rachid chose for us.
As in our previous trip, you gave us excellent service.
, Morocco Tour, March 2019
We had an excellent trip, and I'm suggesting it to other colleagues here in Egypt. I think the biggest surprise was how nice the pottery stop in Djerba was. I've been to overpriced tourist junk "museums" and "artist colonies" all over the world, but this is the first one that I enjoyed. I was perfectly happy to overpay for my magic camel to have something to remind me of the experience. We also really enjoyed that Nabil balanced star wars sites with other locations of interest.
, Star Wars Tour, March 2019
Just wanted to say that I had the most incredible time in Algeria. Bluest skies and friendliest people I've come into contact with. Been to over 135 countries, so a good compliment hopefully! And Din and Mustafa, my guides, were excellent. Knowledgeable and friendly in equal measure!
I would happily recommend Mosaic North Africa. The trip was brilliantly organised, the guides were excellent and the country is stunning. A highly memorable trip.
* Michael is attempting to travel to every country in the world. He has visited 136 countries so far, and have 59 to go! Follow his travel adventures at The Traveling Ape
, Algeria Tour - March 2019
Quick thoughts: The tour guide was really fantastic and the driver was good. Good tour overall. Would recommend your tour again based on your willingness to accommodate mom and because of the tour guide. Ridha was knowledgeable, quick to accommodate our requests, and mindful of mom’s limitations.
, Tunisia Tour - February 2019
My husband and I took “The Best of Tunisia Tour -11 days/10 nights” in December 2018, and we were very happy with the organization of the tour, both pre and during the visit. In 11 days we able to see a lot of this very interesting country: the Mediterranean northern coastline, Roman ruins, several cities with their interesting medinas, oasis in the Sahara Desert and much more. The hotels were as expected, but the Dar Ben Gacem in Tunis was really a wonderful surprise. We would like to specially acknowledge the excellent services of our driver, Nacer Khefifi, and of our guide, Adel Mabrouk. It was a privilege to be with them during the entire tour. Mr. Nacer Khefifi is a competent and helpful driver and a very likable person. Mr. Adel Mabrouk is a very experienced guide and, besides being an excellent “teacher”, has a keen feeling for understanding the special interests and needs of the clients. At the end of the tour we felt that we had made friends in Tunisia. We would strongly recommend a tour in Tunisia with Mosaic Tours.
, Tunisia Tour - December 2018
We really enjoyed our time in Tunis! What a beautiful city with incredibly friendly people. We were amazed by how willing strangers were to help us. Of course, there were a few hustlers and some taxi drivers that attempted to rip us off, but overall the Tunisians were helpful and kind and seemed to genuinely want us to enjoy their city. The guide, Saber, was fantastic. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Adrienne felt like she had to be pretty insistent to get him to shorten some of the walks/excursions when she and the baby were getting tired, but in general he was sensitive to our situation and adjusted things accordingly. The medina tour was definitely a highlight and had a good mix of local flavor, shopping, history, etc.
, Tunisia Tour, Jan 2019
We had a fantastic time, much better then I thought we would. I had some apprehension traveling or visiting Tunisia. After first of couple of days I had no issues what so ever. It was a busy itinerary but did not feel like as if we did not have enough time. It is definitely unique country and so much to explore. And are very thankful to you and Mosaic North Africa. We truly feel without all the arrangements made for us we could not have enjoyed this trip as we did. There were so many highlights if not everything that we did; Sahara dessert moon rise and sunrise, quad & camel back experience in Sahara, camping in Sahara, Bardo museum, Carthage ruins, visiting local café in Sidi Bou Said, Souks, Medinas, Berber houses, stop by Chott El Jerid, surprise unexpected stop at the Sand stones on the way to Ksar Ghilane (thanks to Makram & Imed), El Jem, truly understanding Oasis & Mirage, we enjoyed local food for lunch/snack as recommended by Makram & Imed, visiting scarf weaving shop in Kairouan and so much more. As I had mentioned in my previous email regarding Makram & Imed, in addition to that Makram had funny sense of humor and made us all feel comfortable. Imed was a gentleman, very punctual and on the spot. I would ask for them to be with us if I ever visit again.
, Tunisia Tour Nov/Dec 2018
Nice of you to send me the card. Recently my guide Ghanou sent me this photo of us at Timgad. He really looked after me extremely well. He said, “I’ll take care of you as I would my own father.” He made sure I didn’t fall or trip over the ancient stones. He picked me up at my hotel at 6:30 am to take me to the airport even though it was his day off and someone else was supposed to do it. He waited while I stood in line to check my bag to make sure everything was all right before he left. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide.
, Algeria Tour, Oct 2018
I think we all enjoyed the trip a lot, maybe some got a bit tired of seeing ruins after a few days, so then was good to see the Mareth line and the Star Wars sites, a good variety and all enjoyed Djerba. The Kasbah hotel was a big hit. The hotel in Tunis was not so great, but adequate. Salim was fine, though he tended to move really fast and begin talking before all of us were present, so we missed some of the info at times. He was very knowledgeable.....Thanks so much for arranging everything and for your hospitality while we were in Djerba....
, Tunisia Group Tour - November 2018
Your tour and the guides were excellent. Wahid, Mohammed and Nooredin were very friendly and helpful. Based the driver was polite and courteous. The people in all these three countries were very friendly and helpful and I would recommend this tour anyone. Being vegetarians we had issues with food but that is expected in very meat eating cultures. After a weeks of pasta and pizzas we were able to find our choice of food and they were all trying hard to accommodate us. All the sites were impressive. The highlight of the tour was El JEM and Bardo museum. Thanks again Kevin for giving us a great tour.
, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia Tour - Oct/Nov 2018
We had a wonderful trip. Thank you for all the planning and organizing. We can’t say enough good things about Hatim, the driver. He was professional, knowledgeable, considerate and enjoyable to be with. He is a fantastic ambassador for Morocco and we highly recommend him for future clients. All the pre-planned tour guides were excellent also. Highlights: Chefchaouen The Riads Volubilis Desert/camels Pottery tours The trip was surreal, surprising and sometimes overwhelming. The accommodations were shockingly beautiful and ornate. The sights and sounds were so rich and novel, it was helpful to have a guide for each of the Medinas. The camel ride in the desert was a highlight. The campfire and Berber dancing and drumming was a lot of fun. Hatim and the tour guides all seemed to guide us to the government set up co-operatives for shopping which, if truly fair-trade co-ops, made us feel good about supporting them. They said that they were set up so that women could sell their goods directly to the customer, pay low commissions and keep the profit. We found the pace of the trip too quick for us. In retrospect, we wished we had asked to stay a minimum of 2 nights and sometimes 3 nights at each place. We think cutting out some of the cities would have been better for us. Rather than seeing so many Medinas, we would have preferred to spend 3 days exploring one of them. The information you sent prior to the trip was very helpful. The tipping guidelines were great. Overall a fantastic trip.
, Morocco Tour, October/November 2018
Let me begin by thanking you and Kevin for organizing a truly outstanding itinerary, an excellent guide and driver, a very nice variety of accommodations and an altogether enjoyable experience for Arlene and me from the beginning to the end of our tour. We would highly recommend both our guide and our driver. Adel is extremely knowledgeable, his English is excellent and he accommodated all of our special requests (visiting specialty shops, skipping lunches, searching in vain for Coke Zero, etc.) with a smile. We very much enjoyed Dar Ben Gacem in Tunis, Dar Sidi Abdallah outside El Kef, Hotel La Kasbah in Kairouan, Dar Saida Beya in Tozeur, L'Auberge de Tamezret near Matmata, and Movenpick Resort and Marine Spa in Sousse. If we had to do it over again, I think we would opt for half board in El Kef and Tamezret (due to the rural nature of our accommodations), but would prefer to take our dinner at restaurants in Tunis, Kairouan, Tozeur and Sousse. In both Tunis and Tozeur, we were the only people at dinner, and our meals consisted of whatever the cook decided to make that evening. In Kairouan and Sousse, we found the huge buffet dinners high in quantity but low in quality. All four of these cities have an abundance of restaurants with extensive menus, which would have been more to our liking. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Tunisia, and would highly recommend you and Mosaic North Africa to anyone considering a tour of that fascinating land. Again, thank you very much for making our stay in Tunisia so enjoyable.
, Tunisia Tour, October 2018
Guide and driver in Algeria were awesome... M'hammed was very nice and supportive, and Samia was amazing! Very personable, accommodating, and highly recommended! Tunisia driver was Lodfi, and just a delight! Ridha was good, and did a nice job. Highlights for me are the people, customs, and culture. I know the tour was classic, but fit my schedule. The guides were helpful in making my trip more meaningful by allowing me to interact, discuss, and seek out my interests. You were amazing as a coordinator for the tour, and will recommend your company for sure! The experience in Carthage WWII Memorial was emotional and very special. Atef, the guide was impressive, and very invested in my story about my dad, and gave me a flag they used for 25 years on the graves. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
, Algeria/Tunisia Tour, October 2018
First of all I have to say how much I enjoyed Algeria as a beautiful country with very friendly people. I was greeted frequently and warmly as an American. I was never uncomfortable and I felt safe at all times. My guide Ghanou became a friend and was always there to help me. His English was very good and we chatted and laughed a lot as he drove to the various sites and cities. He told me a lot about life in Algeria: Islam, politics, social life, history, language, etc. Seeing the ruins of so many Roman cities was the highlight for me because of my interest in Roman history. The sites are well maintained and were thoroughly excavated years ago, so it is such a pleasure to stroll the ancient streets and see the vestiges of their former glory. The local guides were very knowledgeable though not all of them spoke English. Ghanou was an excellent translator so it was not a problem. He also gave me tours of Algiers and Constantine, both fascinating cities. The food was great; everything was fresh from the market. In most restaurants the cuisine is French, as good as you could get anywhere in France. The architecture in the cities is all French, blocks of magnificent buildings. Ghanou said people compare Algiers to Marseille. My hotels were fine, except for the Orient in Annaba. Great location but a badly designed renovation. In my room there were three polished marble steps down from the entry and bathroom to the rest of the room. No handrail. Anyone could slip on those steps. The flimsy self-contained shower unit was wobbly and felt like a time machine. A two foot high step to get in. No grab bars. A how-not-to-design a hotel room. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any other hotels on the main boulevard, so it may be the best budget hotel choice in the area. Not far away a five star Sheraton has just opened. It’s obvious that Algeria is moving rapidly forward with billions of dollars being spent on construction and infrastructure, yet the country feels like the 50’s in the US. No tattoos. Conservative. Modest dress. Not flashy. Quiet. No fast food chains. Less advertising. Not so many people on their phones. A nice change actually from the franticness of US cities. Of course, it’s strange not to be able to buy a beer or glass of wine easily. That may put off a lot of Western tourists. I enjoyed being in a country where I felt like I was the only tourist. It’s difficult to select just a few photos. I was surprised to see how beautifully situated the cities are in regard to the surrounding landscape, particularly the mountains. I hope these will give you an idea of my experiences. Thank you so much for setting up this tour for me. It surpassed my expectations.
, Algeria Tour, Oct 2018
We had a wonderful time, Slim was very knowledgeable guide & very flexible if we wanted to make a change Lofti was a very good driver & a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour.
, Tunisia Tour, Oct 2018
In brief, we had an AMAZING trip. The praise is great and the criticism minor. We felt that all three countries were different. We thought that Morocco was the most "touristy". The itinerary was super for a highlight tour. The distances between destinations weren't too far and the stops between were interesting. The food was wonderful. We really liked the idea of the guide choosing a local restaurant for dinners.
Algeria is an undiscovered/unpolished gem. Between the information that you sent and the book that I purchased the bar was sent fairly low as far as expectations were concerned, and Algeria far surpassed them. Algiers was an interesting city to visit, from the botanical gardens, Monument to the Martyrs, and museums. As well as the other cities: Annaba, the bridges of Constantine. And the Roman ruins were amazing. I personally enjoy history- and the sites of Timgad and Djemila were incredible and their museums were small but packed with mosaics and artifacts. And never had we been somewhere that the people were so genuinely happy to see you as tourists. We had some nice meals at some local restaurants and a few pizzas too. Although Algeria doesn't have much of a cuisine identity we found ample selection. A lot of travel- but without that travel we never would have seen the culture of Ghadraia, the stone carvings of Taghit or the architecture and views in Oran. If Algeria were to develop its tourist infrastructure, and simplify its visa process, it could certainly compete with Morocco and Tunisia.
Talking with people we thought Tunisia was going to more resemble Morocco's commercialism, but instead we felt it more resembled Algeria's history. Again, the Roman ruins were amazing, with the coliseum of El Jem being the crown jewel. The salt pan of Chott El Jerid and the palm/date oasis were very interesting. Of minor critique of printed itinerary, our guide (Ridha) said that the Red Lizard train and the catacombs of Sousse have been closed for years and without plans for reopening. If so they should be deleted from the itinerary. And I don't know if it would be possible do have dinners at local restaurants (as in Morocco) instead of at the hotels, as in our opinion hotel buffets that serve 300-400 people per meal don't offer an authentic dining experience. (Our hotels/meals in Tunis and El Kef were unique and special). We felt all the guides did a nice job- information was educational and interesting. Illyass really went above and beyond with helping us.
Without hesitation I would recommend you (Mosaic North Africa) to anyone interested in traveling to the region. I hope to contact you in a few years for an encore!!
, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia Tour, Sept/Oct 2018
Everything went really well! The highlights for me were the fantastic Roman remains -- I saw things that I'd never seen at Roman sites before (in tact toilets with their cubicular walls at Oudna, the almonry at Makhtar, the triple temple capitolium at Sbeitla, the underground part of the Capitolium at Oudna,the subterranean houses at Bulla Regia, etc.). It's actually a good job that we'd included Oudna, since the recent deluge in Tunisia and the floods near Nabeul had made the roads to Cap Bon and Kerkouane impassable. Everywhere we went Imel said he had a surprise for me, and he did -- every site had something different and unusual. The other highlight was the lovely little local hotels in Tangiers, Chefchouan, and El Kef, they were charming! The El Kef inn especially was an outstanding experience.
Ali in Morocco was an excellent and very accommodating driver. His English was excellent, and he found really great local guides for at all the sites that we visited.
Imel Daoud, my guide, and Lotfi, my driver, in Tunisia, were also excellent. Very punctual, and reliable; Lotfi was a really good and careful driver, and a very cheerful soul! Imel was amazingly knowledgeable about all the Roman sites, and sought out some extra sights for me when he realized that I really was only interested in seeing historical sites. They both looked after me really well.
I would certainly recommend Mosaic North Africa to anyone visiting Morocco and Tunisia....
, Morocco and Tunisia Tour, September 2018
Mosaic North Africa is an excellent service! We we able to customize our tour and even make changes. Our tour guide and driver were able to pick us up at noon in order to drop us off at the airport at 8pm and still have an eight hour tour. After our pick-up we toured the Medina of Tunis, where our tour guide gave us a great informational tour and then let us have time to explore. We then were able to walk through the French and more modern area of Tunis. Next, we toured multiple historical cites of Carthage. All of these sites were included in our tour costs. Our guide was extremely informative on all locations and even added information about the area as we were driving. Again, we were able to customize our tour by being able to visit the U.S. WWII cemetery. We concluded our tour by going to Sidi Bou Said. Again, our guide gave us an informative tour and then allowed us to have free time. He helped us to get the perfect restaurant to eat and look out over the beautiful blue and white city and Mediterranean Sea at sunset. After dinner our drive and guide escorted us to the airport and made sure we were good to go before leaving. Overall, both our guide and driver were great! And Mosaic North Africa made it all possible!
, Tunisia Day Excursion, August 2018
The trip was just FANTASTIC! The drivers are great and very professional. They arrived just in time and were very kind. The service itself is great. I have widely recommended your service with my friends. I hope some will share the experience in the future. I found a part of myself in this trip. It is so unique that almost seems unreal. Only after it finishes and you see the pictures you understand that you actually traveled to another Galaxy... a journey that will last in my memory. Thanks for all!
, Star Wars Tunisia Tour, July 2018
The tour was fascinating and an eye opener. It's interesting to see the different way of life and the locals are very friendly. The drivers knew where we were going and Nader had a good knowledge of the locations. Thank you for providing the experience as it will be so difficult to do all the locations by trying to find them yourself.
, Star Wars Tunisia Tour - July 2018
We just returned from an outstanding 11 day trip in Tunisia with Mosaic North Africa. The trip was well organized by Kevin and his team. Our guide Ridha has extremely knowledgeable and willing to share his vast knowledge with us on archaeology, political science and farming. We felt like we had our own professor on the trip with us! Lotfi, our friendly outgoing driver made the trip very fun. Why go to Tunisia? If you want to see Roman ruins and mosaics without hundreds of tourists, Tunisia is the place to go. Wants to see deserts (sand, rocky and hills) and well as an Oasis, Tunisia is the place to go! Interested in Star Wars sets or a beach resort, Tunisia is the place to go! Go to Tunisia, you will be very happy you did!
, Tunisia Tour, May-June 2018
I had another fantastic tour with Mosaic North Africa! Ridha and Makram were great and so friendly, immediately putting me at ease and welcoming me to Tunisia. Ridha was very knowledgeable and very flexible, allowing me to view as much as I needed for my research. He was a great help when Chemtou, one of the sites I really needed to see, was closed by the National Guard and he suggested another site that would be of interest to me. We drove to Elles about an hour away to see the megalithic tombs I had always wanted to study. This was amazing and I am very grateful for his quick thinking! Although I had an unorthodox itinerary, Ridha and Makram were certainly up for the challenge of getting me to my obscure locations. Especially the Djebel Gorra dolmens where Ridha and I ended up scrambling up the side of the mountain to be rewarded by dozens of tombs peaking out of the mist. This was certainly a highlight! A further highlight were the rock-cut tombs of Sidi Mhamed Latrech where we were met by the local landowner and I was given the freedom to explore each tomb which was amazing. An unexpected meeting of archaeologists working on the megalithic tombs at Dougga has also led to great contacts at the forefront of on-going research in Tunisia which should lead to some very interesting insights in the future. Even though I had such a short time in Tunisia, it was packed with sites and I certainly got a lot done for my research. The flexibility of being ale to design my own itinerary coupled with the comfort and ease of having it all organised for me, allowed me to concentrate on getting the most out of each day. Thank you very much for another great trip!
, Tunisia Tour, May 2018
My friend and I just returned from Tunisia after having toured the various Star Wars filming sites around the country. We booked our tour through Mosaic North Africa (Tunisia Tours), and we had an absolutely fantastic time. From the first emails exchanged to the thank you card in the mail at the end of our trip, everything was perfect. I had been to Tunisia before and visited most of the Star Wars locations, but it was a logistical challenge and in many ways it was a stressful trip. This time around I wanted a different experience and I found the folks at Mosaic North Africa to be friendly, knowledgeable, and very flexible with our itinerary. They listened to what we were looking for, made suggestions based on their in depth knowledge of the country and the locations, and ultimately executed a perfect trip for us. As expected the Star Wars sites were amazing, and our guide and driver knew the locations very well. They were flexible with our time and made sure that we had everything we needed. For the kid who watched Star Wars on the big screen at age seven it was a magical experience. The people of Tunisia were absolutely wonderful as well, very friendly. We felt welcomed and safe everywhere we went. Perhaps the best part of our journey was having the opportunity to get to know our guide and our driver. We learned a lot about Tunisian culture and daily life through them, and it was a real pleasure to have that experience. We enjoyed meals together and even had the opportunity to meet the family of our driver. We were friends by the end of the trip! It is worth mentioning that at the beginning of our trip we faced one of the nightmares of travel – lost luggage. This was clearly not the fault of Mosaic North Africa, but they invested a tremendous amount of time and effort in helping us. They altered our itinerary to troubleshoot the issue, they went to the airport multiple times and helped us with the language barrier, and they made a number of phone calls to the airlines to help secure the bag. In the end they were successful, and without them we would not have gotten our luggage back during the trip. They really took ownership of the problem – that is just the type of organization that they are. If you are considering a trip to Tunisia then you have come to the right place. I have been fortunate to visit nearly forty countries on six continents, and I have taken a lot of tours – my experience with Tunisia Tours (a division of Mosaic North Africa) was second to none.
, Star Wars Tunisia Tour, February 2018
Thanks again for your help arranging our quad bike adventure - it absolutely lived up to the title! Overall, we all had a great experience and the selections you have made for drivers, guides, and accommodations all seem very sound. Everyone was friendly and professional, and we felt safe at all times.
, Tunisia Quad Bike Adventure Tour - May 2018
Firstly we must say how wonderfully helpful Kevin Dyck was in putting together our visit to Algeria. He put together an agenda which specifically met our needs and sorted out the various issues to ensure that everything went smoothly. As well, he communicated with us regularly at all times and was extremely prompt and reliable in responding to our queries. Our tour was very complex. It was specifically tailored for the two of us to be accompanied by a guide and if necessary a driver and security personnel. We flew to Algiers from Paris and as luck would have it, Air France was on strike and at the last minute our flight was changed to Air Algerie. However Kevin contacted the local company who met us on our arrival and organised for our luggage, which did not make it, to be picked up for us the next day. All the people who looked after us did a fantastic job. The local representative, Ahcicene, met us at the airport when we first arrived and after that every time we came through Algiers during our travels. Our guide for the Eastern area of Algeria was Azeddine Medjani, who is in the last stages of completing his PhD on Roman Military buildings in Algeria. He is a delightful young man and his deep knowledge of the Roman history certainly increased understanding of what we saw. In the M’Zab Valley our guide Abdellah was a local inhabitant with a passion for the region who made our short visit very special. Our time in the West was with Azedine Aitaba, who was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Algeria. He was a little older than Azeddine and so gave us a perspective on the recent history of the country from a personal position. We were shown around old Algiers by Hammed, a delightful bouncy local who brought life to our visit by seeming to know many people in the streets as we passed by. The program that had been developed for us was very comprehensive. The history of Algeria from its earliest times to the modern day was brought alive by visiting many cities and historical sites all over the country from Oran in the West to Constantine in the East and the M’Zab Valley in the Sahara. Each had an individuality and a variety of things to see and do. They were enhanced by visits to many museums, some quite small, some large and world class. But each with fascinating collections. We came away from Algeria with a new knowledge of this country. Having travelled widely in the Middle East and North Africa (Jordan, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, Libya and Oman) one might expect that we had seen it all, but no, Algeria was indeed different, with its own special features, and well worth our visit.
, Algeria Tour, April 2018
I got with David and he said he loved the tour. Loved Star Wars Canyon, loved Kairouan's Kasbah Hotel, he loved the salt flats and Douz.
, Tunisia Tour, April 2018
The trip was great, the weather was perfect, guide and driver excellent. Adel is an amazing guide, more like a Wikipedia. Makram is an awesome driver and got us to places ahead of time. The highlight was the desert trip for sure. We also loved our first guest house and this set up the good vibes for the rest of the trip.
, Tunisia Tour, April 2018
Mohamed was great, really enjoyed the time with him and he did a good job getting us to and from locations. Having lived and worked in some places with challenging traffic I would say he did a fine job given the conditions. Things were in good order almost the entire time. A few road closures required some navigational choices but he handled it. Houcine was also a pleasure to tour with. He was knowledgeable about most of the film sites and offered additional flavor about the local sights. Overall a good experience with him and I would recommend him for future tours. Both had a sharp sense of humor which we appreciated. Highlights: The Lars Homestead, Star Wars canyon, the coliseum at El Djem and the archeological museum close by. The other bits were interesting as well but those were definite highlights. I appreciated the salt flats independently along with the bit of off-roading we did after the Neck of the Camel stop. Again, the driver made this fun. I would certainly recommend Mosaic North Africa Tours for the Star Wars tour. Without knowing the other tours I would be interested to try them out based on the organization and enjoyment of this one.
, Star Wars Tunisia Tour, April 2018
First I should mention that you were very helpful through the year between planning and executing this trip. Whenever you're traveling to an unusual destination it's nice to have someone who responds promptly and in detail to all questions.
I was so relieved when Ahcicene told me you had switched the domestic flights to car trips. I had been telling people here at home that that was the one thing I was really nervous about. Not just the bad record of Air Algerie for timeliness and safety, but the idea of spending basically 2 of 4 days going through airport rigmarole...and if a guide were not going to accompany me, I was sure Air Algerie wouldn't speak enough English to help me. I MUCH preferred the rides with Sidi, who has a fun sense of humor and tells stories about all the places you drive past.
I think Sidi is an effective guide for numerous reasons: he's an older guy who has decades of experience in the field and the culture, and in Islamic cultures people tend to be polite to older people, which helped whenever we interacted with police and other civil servants, with whom Sidi was always effusive. He also is very good at explaining the intricacies of daily life in Algeria.
My favorite things were the Algiers seaside walk, the Casbah, the mausoleum of King Jubbah, and the mountaintop trip in Oran over the ocean. The food was always great...the price of adventurous eating is often paid in the gut.
I loved the ST Hotel. The room was clean and comfortable with a nice bed, and the staff were friendly and helpful.
I can tell you that I absolutely would and will recommend Mosaic to friends who are thinking of going to North Africa. You made this yet another memorable experience for me.
, Algeria Tour, April 2018
The tour was great! Kamel and Makram both did an excellent job showing me around both the historical Roman sites as well as modern Tunisia. Highlights were definitely being able to see star wars locations and hanging out with Kamel and Makram at night at cafes eating and smoking shisha. I'd highly recommend Mosaic North Africa to anyone wanting to visit there. Ya'll provided excellent service and great attention to providing an awesome experience.
, Tunisia Tour, March 2018
Both makram and ridha were excellent!
Ridha spoke perfect english, was patient, helpful, courteous, professional, very knowledgeable, giving detailed histories of all the sites we visited. makram was very pleasant courteous and friendly....
We really enjoyed our tour.
Will certainly recommend your company and a visit Tunisia to our friends.
, Tunisia Tour, March 2018
The biggest highlight for us was the camel trip. The guides were extremely friendly and hospitable, always telling us we were like family. They took great care of us and made us feel safe and comfortable. They were great cooks, and we absolutely loved singing and dancing with them around the campfire at night. I know we would all definitely love to go back and do a longer trip someday! Faouzi was nice and was a fun driver. He did not say a whole lot and gave us a lot of space to do things on our own. But we enjoyed the trip and the sites were really cool to visit. Everything for both trips went smoothly, so we were relived and able to relax. Yes we would definitely recommend Mosaic North Africa and are very grateful for everything you guys did to make our trip a success.
, Camel Trek and Star Wars Excursion Tunisia, March 2018
Our time on the Mosaic North Africa tour in Morocco was amazing. We were able to see so much of the country and experience the culture, cuisine and people. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about not only the country history, religion and agriculture, but as well he seemed to know every nock and cranny of the country. He was wonderful, by the end of our tour we felt like he was family. We were amazing by the ever changing landscape of the country. All our hotels were very comfortable. The drives were lovely. and every site we visited took our breath away.
, Hasan and Family - Private Morocco Tour, February 2018
I am grateful for a wonderful trip to Algeria. Mosaic did a very good job of developing this for me with the St. Augustine places especially (although there is not a lot to see). I think the fact that your agency only covers a few countries makes it so much better because you concentrate on making these three countries accessible. I particularly am grateful for your kind care of me.... The weather and the temperature were excellent, too, which helped with the trip. The accommodations were also very good, especially the El Aurassi. Sid was wonderful, too.
, Carol - Algeria Tour, January 2018
We had a fabulous time - thanks. Both Makram and Slim were exceedingly friendly and helpful. Slim in particular is a superb guide and we would request him again without hesitation.
, Best of Tunisian History Tour, Dec 2017 to Jan 2018
‘Thank You’ for organizing such a memorable trip for me. I only have good things to say about Kamel and Makrem. They were so professional and went out of their way (on many occasions) to fulfill my numerous requests. Kamel, in particular, had loads of initiative adjusting my itinerary to suit my tour preferences where possible. I enjoyed the ancient sites very much. Especially the fact that they’ve been well-preserved/restored. I was also blessed with clear blue skies on most days. That made for great photos. The oases towns in the Sahara were stunning and the desert itself was beautiful. My only regret was that I didn’t go deep into the desert for a real desert experience. I decided against the camel ride only because I’ve ridden a camel before. So if future guests decide against camel rides for the same reason, please tell them it’s about the desert and not the ride 😉 For me, witnessing and experiencing local life in Tunisia was important. So my stay in Tunis’s Medina was really good. I’d recommend the El Patio courtyard anytime. I’d also recommend Dar Omi, in Sousse, without hesitation. Madam Rabaa is a fantastic cook! On the subject of food, Kamel made me try Tunisian street food while on tour 😉 I hung out with him and Makrem for lunch in simple, family-run establishments (no fancy restaurants). I loved it. Then I became fascinated with local produce like Tunisian olive oil, herbs and cheese. For guests who’d like authentic produce, I’d say get them while on tour (not at duty free). The North West region (Testour) has the best olive oil and cheese (in my opinion), ie if they’re sold in shops.
, Tunisia Tour, Dec 2017
We had the best week with our guide Moez & driver Mohamed. They are both very responsible, friendly guys, and showed us some incredible Star Wars (and other) sites. As a filming crew, we certainly take longer than most people in each location (I mean, we have to shoot from several angles, be careful with audio etc.), and they were so patient. We also got to learn much about the Tunisian lifestyle, clothing, religion, food (date palm trees everywhere & yummy bread made in the Sahara desert), geography, and History. It is amazing to see that everything is somehow connected to the Star Wars fictional world. Seems that Mr. George Lucas & co. were really inspired by the local culture when they came up with Tatooine!
, Star Wars Tunisia Tour, Dec 2017
Thank you so much again for making their Star Wars Tour possible. From my part I would definitely recommend your company to anyone interested in visiting Tunisia !
, Organizer for Star Wars Tunisia Tour, Dec 2017
I had such an amazing trip with my excellent guides Ahcicene for the first and last day, and Rafik for the 5 days in east Algeria as they were both so attentive and knowledgeable. As I was travelling alone I was a little apprehensive at the start but they quickly and easily made me feel completely comfortable. Some of the sites we visited were part of my ongoing doctoral research and they allowed me to spend as long as I liked at each, never hurrying me along and giving me space to explore the amazing archaeology. Every day was very enjoyable and interesting with no low moments and many highlights including friendly locals and interesting street food. Having lived and traveled in southern Africa, it was fantastic to finally visit the north and I will certainly be back for a second trip. Mosaic North Africa made this trip so easy and stress-free to organised and I would definitely recommend these tours. Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience in an incredible country!
, Algeria Tour, Oct 2017
The tours in Algeria and Tunisia were amazing. I enjoyed them in both countries. The taliormade itineraries were excellent and covered all I wanted to see. I was surprised with all the great sites in Algeria. I think Algerian tourism needs more promotion. In Algeria the guides Kader and Tewfik were excellent. They did both the guiding and the local site guiding and I was really lucky to have them as guides. Walid tried his best but in couple of sites we did not find local site guides. Special thanks to Mustafa, who was checking with me and making sure that everything was perfect during the whole trip. In Tunisia, Slim really did a perfect job. He has long experience, deep knowledge, and excellent coordination and I was so glad that he was the guide during the whole trip. The driver was very nice. I will not list any highlights from the trip because I will list the whole itinerary. It was all highlights for me. I would definitely recommend Mosaic North Africa to my friends if they are interested in visiting Algeria or Tunisia. Thank you again Kevin.
, Algeria and Tunisia Tour, Sept 2017
The driver, Mohamed, was very kind and patient.... He was punctual and professional and let us stop for ice cream. The guide, “Slim (Salim?” was very good, professional, very knowledgeable, gracious, flexible. We really liked him. The hotel Majestic was not quite majestic, but was very nice, meals big and tasty, rooms nice. The place must have been amazing in the 50s and 60s. Sidi Bou Said was amazing. We almost skipped the medina because it was late and we were tired, but we went anyway. The mosque Zitouna is closed to tourists, and has been so for a year. The sign there says that visitors can enter in the morning, but a local shopkeeper said this was not true. We knew that we couldn’t go in, so this was OK. Thank you for making all these arrangements. We enjoyed the tour!
, Tunisia Excursions: August 2017
Overall the tour was good. My major interest was the Roman sites and I have seen most of the interesting places..... I'm very happy with the driver Samir. He doesn't speak much English but he was very nice to me. Especially one night I wanted to attend a wedding party and he was very kind to be with me for the whole night. I was grateful that he fully understood my interest and tried his best to help.... I would recommend the tour (the Roman part) to anyone who is interested to see the Roman sites in Tunisia.
, Singapore - Tunisia Tour Summer 2017
I was the only member of our party who was not a professional historian or archaeologist. I have a keen, but amateur, interest in matters historical, and I am just as interested in the world as it is today. When James H-J invited me to join the group going to Algeria, I grabbed the opportunity, both for the history, and to see a country which might otherwise have remained “closed” to me. I’m glad I did. The tour, I think, met the needs of the historians and archaeologists. In the process, we covered a substantial part of north eastern Algeria: I got to see a lot of the country, which I found rugged, attractive and interesting, and we also came in contact with many friendly and welcoming people. I enjoyed the opportunities to see some of the modern cities of Algiers and Annaba. Your scheduling, so that we had around a day and a half in Algiers, and then flew to Annaba in the evening, cutting out a long drive, worked well. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Constantine and Setif, but appreciate the constraints imposed by a tour designed to meet particular needs. The travel arrangements in Algeria were excellent. Ahcicene was at the airport, waiting with our coach, when our flight arrived. Everything went well from Day 1. Ahcicene kept us on track, but was flexible and accommodating of particular interests within the group. Kader was an ideal guide, both technically competent and able to “open doors” for members of our party.... As an Australian used to driving long distances, I also very much appreciated the efforts of our driver who put in some long days on busy roads without compromising safety. I found the police escorts at first somewhat strange, but quickly got used to their presence. They were quite unobtrusive. The Arabic speakers in our group were able to converse with them, and generally found they were just ordinary people doing a job. At no time in Algeria did I have any concern about my personal safety. The hotels we stayed at varied considerably, but all provided a hot shower, a comfortable bed and – necessary today – wifi access. They may not have been “5 star”, but the hotels worked for the group in terms of facilities and cost. We ate at a wide variety of establishments – from road-side cafes to restaurants recommended in guidebooks (Annaba). The food was generally simple and sufficient. As advised, we stuck to bottled water, and I was not aware of any of us having the “stomach problems” which Australians so often encounter outside the major cities in south east Asia. One reason why I thought things worked for us was that the tour was well organized right from the start. I found your preliminary advice on what needed to be done, and when, helpful and to the point. When we “hit the ground”, I had what was needed and knew what to expect. For me, Mosaic North Africa and its Algerian partner did a great job in planning and bringing about a marvelous tour of Algeria. I shall be happy to recommend them to others.
, Australia - Algeria tour March 2017
...the tour was fantastic, and Ahcicene and Kader were superb guides. I was extremely happy with the experience. Thanks for your help!
, USA - Algeria tour March 2017
A great success. Messrs Ahcicene and Qadr were excellent in different ways. Ahcicene is a consummate professional with a deft line in gently managing foreigners. Highly efficient and unfailing gentle good humour. Qadr knows his material, and coped well with a group who in many ways knew more than he did: charming and good company. They worked hard to do what we wanted. Qadr's great advantage was his contacts: doors opened that would otherwise have stayed shut. Only thing I'd have changed: fewer sit down lunches, more picnics.
, UK - Algeria tour March 2017
It was a great trip! The tour of the Kkasbah was one of our highlights! The guide and the driver were fantastic!!
, USA - Algiers Tour, March 2017
I highly recommend Mosaic North Africa!! The Mosaic team took care of every detail so I could just relax, learn about the unique culture and enjoy the sights! I was quite impressed when I found out our tour leader actually drove early in the morning to a venue we were to visit later that day to be sure everything was A- OK. He made some adjustments and by the time we got there at noon everything was perfect and one of our most memorable times! That was the kind of attention to detail that surpassed other tours I have been on- right from airport transportation to their hospitality! I wanted some local flavour and not the normal tourist fare - and so the hotel they chose for me to stay in was one of the most unique I've ever been to - only 400 years old! All of my friends on the tour were agreed - this was an unforgettable trip and we all would highly recommend Mosaic!
, Canada - Tunisia Tour, November 2016
Our recent tour with Mosaic North Africa was great. It was well organized and all went very smoothly. The driver and tour guide were tops. Our baggage was handled carefully and securely. We visited a great variety of ancient ruins some dating back 1800 years. I was impressed with the level of Roman engineering and architecture that long ago. We saw a good cross section of Tunisia and Tunisian life. The camel ride into the desert and overnight in tents took one back thousands of years. We were well fed by this group of camel people and entertained with their traditional songs. A never to be forgotten experience. Great job, Kevin.
, Canada - Tunisia Tour, November 2016
We had a wonderful time in Algeria. We found the people pleasant, our guides knowledgeable, accommodations excellent, and all arrangements well made. The two guides that worked with us – Ahcicene and Akmed – were courteous, concerned for our welfare and personable. I particularly enjoyed intellectual conversations with both as they know their history and world events. It was a truly memorable experience. I certainly recommend your company most highly.
, USA - Algeria Tour, November 2016
We had a good time in Morocco. The local guide Abdelmalik was excellent - he was enthusiastic and engaging, wanted questions and was eager to impart his extensive knowledge. He made very good suggestions with regards food options and was prepared to put in the extra effort to make sure we had a good time. Our long tour was obviously unusual for him but he seemed to cope well. I have to say he is a rare gem in comparison to other guides I have used in north africa. The driver Aziz was also excellent - very measured and even in his driving, happy and talkative, helpful with the luggage, accommodating when we needed his services sometimes in the evenings.
, Archaeologist and Historian - Morocco, October/November 2016
We had an absolutely fantastic time in Tunisia. Some of the highlights of the trip included visiting the Roman ruins of Carthage, Oudna, Dougga, and Thuburbo Majus, sampling the delicious local food, and seeing the absolutely stunning countryside. Our driver Lucky was wonderful. He made us feel welcome and at ease right away. Being with him let us experience the local culture, as he took us to some off-the-beaten-path spots, introduced us to the best Tunisian food, and even invited us into his home to share a meal with his family. We were initially nervous about being with a driver as we are used to travelling independently, but now we can't imagine having done it any other way. Lucky was flexible and listened to our needs, such as if we wanted to spend longer at a site or add in a pitstop that wasn't scheduled. We would absolutely recommend Mosaic North Africa to anyone else visiting Tunisia. Kevin was so helpful and accommodating through the entire process, listening to what we wanted to get out of the trip and offering some great suggestions for places we might visit. He was sympathetic to our security concerns (which ended up being unfounded - we felt safe the entire time) and set our minds at ease, even accommodating last-minute changes to the hotels. His quick responses and kindness made the whole process very smooth. We are already talking about when we can plan a return trip and will absolutely organize it through Mosaic North Africa again!
, Canada - Tunisia Tour, March 2016
Highlights included the people who were polite and pleasant, the rich Roman mosaics (which seemed on the floors and walls at every museum and in situ at most sites) as well as the plethora of lessor known Roman sites where I was the only foreigner present and often the only one there apart from my guide. This included Hippo Regius (ties to St. Augustine), Khemissa (as a swimmer, the coolest ~ 50 meter Roman lap pool I've seen), Madaure, Lambesis and the Nubian Masoleum of Madracen. The Unesco Roman Sites of Timgad, Tipaza and Djemila were expansive and offered some pretty scenic settings but could have benefited from more written explanations or English guidebooks. As for non-antiquities, the National Museum in Algiers was a good warm-up for the relatively recent tumultuous history of the land, the hot sulpher springs at Hammam Meskoutine gave me a close-up view not permissible at Yellowstone in the litigious United States and the deep Rhumel Gorge in Constantine provided a sense of perspective via a series of impressive bridge spans.
, USA - Algeria Tour, Feb/March 2016
Mosaic North Africa made our family vacation easy and very fun! The staff was knowledgeable, happy to work with us on our budget and dietary needs, and planned the perfect places for us to explore together. Our guide was just the right blend of helpful and unobtrusive. In only 4 days, we made memories to last a lifetime! Thank you, Mosaic North Africa!
, Family of 6, USA - Tunisia Tour, February 2016
We were delighted with each day - always something amazing. I can't think of much to improve.... Kevin + the rest gave us everything we asked for. It was a tour of exactly what we wanted + every day was a treasure.
, USA - Tunisia Tour, November 2015
Our tour with Mosaic North Africa was amazing. The details and travel tips were sent to us in advance and were very helpful in preparing for our trip. In country travel arrangements and logistics went very smoothly and it was clear that all of the details had been covered. Our camel trek to the Sahara was a once-in-a-lifetime experience which we will never forget! Thanks to Mosaic North Africa for handling the bookings with professionalism and excellence.
, Canada - Tunisia Tour, October/November 2015
It was an unforgettable experience to ride camels out into the dunes and to camp overnight in the Sahara desert. It was really amazing to climb up the Berber fortress at Chenini - the view from the top was just breathtaking. Also really enjoyed sleeping in a cave hotel and visiting some of sites where Star Wars was filmed. Hope to go on other adventures with Mosaic North Africa in the future. Would definitely recommend Mosaic North Africa to anyone wanting to visit Tunisia or any other North African countries.
, Canada - Tunisia Tour, November 2015
The driver Mr. Slim 'he was very helpful eg when I wanted to post books back home, getting me up to see the sunrise over the dunes in the desert, talking about the exhibits in the museum at Djerba. I think I was very lucky.'
, New Zealand - Tunisia, May/June 2015
We absolutely loved Mr. Mohammed [Private driver]. He was just GREAT!!!
, USA - Tunisia Tour, May 2015
Overall the tour was amazing. The country is amazing. The tour was well planned and there was obviously good communication between the Tour Company (Mosaic) and tour guide (Lucky), as well as the hotels. Lucky was sensitive and observant toward my preferences. I felt secure with him and trusted his judgement in all circumstances. His choices for eating were great and I didn't get sick once! He is an excellent guide professional. The tour itself showed a wonderful variety of landscapes and cultures within Tunisia.
, USA - Tunisia Tour, May 2015
As I consider the highlights of our recent trip to Tunisia with Mosaic North Africa, the word "extraordinary" keeps coming to mind. We began our journey with a warm greeting from our driver Hassan at the Tunis Airport. Adventure immediately found us as he wound his way carefully into Tunis Medina through the narrow streets until we arrived at our guesthouse, The Dar Ben Gacem. This ancient former home in the medina wall was an extraordinary introduction to Tunisian culture. Although my husband and I felt as though we had just been transported back in time, we enjoyed all the comforts of the modern world. After a wonderful dinner of local fish and couscous we were encouraged to explore the rooftop. Here we discovered an absolutely charming covered sitting area from which to view the stars. Within a few minutes our server appeared delivering hot mint tea and a try of local sweets. This experience set the stage for an unforgettable two-week journey. Our Mosaic NA guide in Tunis took great care to provide a rich educational experience in each of the sites we visited. The Bardo Museum continues to show the scars from their recent tragedy but the security of this World Heritage Site made us feel very safe. The Bardo showcases North African artifacts and stunning mosaics that have made this a world-class destination not to be missed. Carthage, Dougga and El Jem were absolutely breathtaking. Think Roman Coliseum without the hoards of tourists. The security at all of these sites is a strong indicator that the Tunisian people place a high value on their rich heritage and their guests. As a Canadian, Kevin Dyck of Mosaic North Africa has an excellent understanding of the "tourist" but as a resident of North Africa, Kevin has an intimate knowledge of the local culture and off-the-beaten path treasures. We enjoyed hot springs at the edge of the dessert, were serenaded on ancient musical instruments by our camel trek guides, experienced the best of local food, slept in ancient Troglodyte homes, and explored several Star Wars sites. Kevin's love of coffee also comes in handy when looking for the best coffee shops in many parts of the country! Some of the best experiences on this trip have yet to be discovered by the "guide books"! This is truly an amazing part of the world and Mosaic North Africa made this an extraordinary trip of a lifetime.
, Canada – Tunisia Tour, May 2015
Thank you for providing us with such a terrific trip! Even with various unexpected changes (cancelled flights and cancelled overnight camel safari) it was a fascinating and enjoyable trip.... I appreciated your professionalism and the detailed information and attention you provided. Mohammed was an excellent driver and guide—so personable, helpful and accommodating!
, Tunisia Tour, May 2015
We are so very happy with our superb tour of Tunisia.... Slim and Hassan were so kind to us and they made great efforts to serve us. We put many demands on them as we wanted to see so much so quickly, and they rose to the occasion. Slim and Hassan were 100% reliable, polite, helpful and lovable. I will be happy to recommend you to anyone traveling North Africa.... There was a moment when I was worried about the local tours, but everything worked out beautifully.
, USA - Tunisia tour November 2014
Beauty, novelty, mystery, and an extravagant welcome. Our tour of Tunisia organized by Mosaic North Africa was all those words…and more! Our time was well-organized and tailored to our interests. In the south we toured the beautiful beaches of Djerba Island, the synagogue of the oldest Jewish community, in North Africa, outside of Israel, and ancient Berber villages chiseled out of mountaintops. Trekking through the Sahara on top of a camel, we felt the mysterious power of the desert. As the sun descended there was nothing around us but orange sand dunes. Our Arab guides cooked a delicious supper over an open fire. Above us stars blazed like we'd never seen before. Moving north to coastal El Jem we explored the magnificent Roman coliseum—built in A.D. 258. Finally, in the capital city of Tunis we toured the Bardo Museum, home of the world's largest collection of ancient Roman mosaics. Just minutes from there we walked in Hannibal's footsteps through the 3,000 year old ruins of Carthage. In Tunis' medieval old town we spent two enchanting nights at the Dar El Medina, a charming villa once owned by members of the country's royal family. We now think Tunisia is a 'must' for every traveller. As for us, we can't wait to get back!
, Canada - Tunisia tour October 2014
Kevin I found you very attentive, and prompt in responding. Your suggestion overall matched pretty well with the information I'd give you. Lucky was a fabulous driver and companion. I'd travel again with your company to get him as a driver.
, Australia - Tunisia Tour, October 2014
Riad accommodation in Morocco was excellent.... We appreciated the ability to accommodate our timing with a personalized tour. We felt that in our limited time in both countries we were given an extensive tour that gave us a very good impression of two countries that were quite different and new to us.
, Australia - Morocco/Tunisia Tour September 2014
Well organized and all arrangements went well. Excellent itinerary although a couple of long driving days in Tunisia. Really appreciated being able to organize a trip to fit in with our dates and timeframe. Both drivers were very competent drivers. Local tour guides were good. Loved the riads of Morocco – was great to see what was behind some of the doorways.
, Australia - Morocco/Tunisia tour September 2014
So many highlights, but to choose a few... the camel trek was of course amazing. It was impossible to take a bad picture! Tunisia overall was fantastic simply for the wide variety of things we did. Sidi Bou Said was lovely, the Roman ruins with few other tourists were so cool. Then, of course, the varied and fascinating scenery in the desert, including, what else, but a Star Wars set! I loved staying in the troglodyte hotel! Another major highlight was the drivers. They were so different and so great. Abdul invited us to his home for a Moroccan feast (which I helped prepare before my mother arrived!). We really felt like he was looking out for us. Lucky was simply a lot of fun and unflappable. And, it was so interesting for us to hear his take on what the Arab Spring meant for him and his country.
, USA - Morocco and Tunisia Tour, June 2014
"The day was great, and Mr. Abdul was wonderful. He had lots of good information and knowledge to offer. He made a few great stops for us at a women's argon cooperative and at the end of the day for a camel ride in Marrakech. We appreciated it all very much."
, Canada - Morocco Day Trip
"It was in one word a very successful trip, mainly thanks to your good organization--that is the bottom line. The most admired aspect of the tour was how flexible, liberal and generous things turned out to be on the ground than the hard-line rules and regulations we had been communicating about! Do you remember my request that at least water be part of the dinners at our hotels for greater psychological effect and you said that could not be or that we each would have a quota of two people per bottle or something like that? Not only did we not pay anything in any hotel for water or any non-alcoholic beverages but, we got treated all kinds of goodies all along the tour. The one item that could possibly be improved is to try to find if some of the provincuial hotels can serve beer and wine--Western travelers after a hard day enjoy that--for example, surely Annaba would have such a hotel.... "And it was a pleasure to work with you, Kevin...Thank you for your good will and efforts."
, USA - Algeria Tour, March 2014
"I got the chance to visit Tunisia with my wife and two boys of 8 and 5 in early March. It was the trip of a lifetime! Thanks to Kevin Dyck and Mosaic we got to see things we would never have seen on our own. Our trip started out in Djerba spending time on the Mediterranean coast checking out the sights of the local markets and taking some time viewing an ancient Roman fortress. From there we traveled to Chinene to take in the town of caves dug into the side of the mountain over 1000 years ago. Then we took in the sights of one of the filming locations of the original Star Wars movies and stayed the night in a cave hotel in Matmata where we were served a traditional Tunisian meal for supper. Next we traveled into a real oasis on the edge of the Sahara where the kids got to play in the biggest sandbox in the world, swim in some natural hot springs, take a four wheel excursion into the desert, and after we retired for the night in well furnished tents in the Oasis. Amazing! Following this adventure we again traveled to another town again on the edge of the Sahara where we took a six hour camel trek into the desert where we were served a traditional Tunisian lunch, then after returning we spent the night in a four star hotel where we were treated like royalty. During our time in Tunisia we got to see its rich history and experience things that Disney and Mexican resorts can not reproduce. We strongly recommend to all you adventure seekers to ditch your commercialized North American holidays and head to North Africa where real dreams come true. With the English guides that Mosaic assigned to us we were well taken care of at all times and never had to worry about a thing from finding great local restaurants, to top notch lodging, to finding a bathroom when our 5 year old had to take a potty break. Mosaic was professional and working with them was an excellent experience that my family will never forget. Thanks Mosaic!"
, Canada - Tunisia Tour, March 2014
"I write to pass along my comments on the Algeria trip organized by Fikret..., Diane..., and Stephen... which took place between 16 and 26 March. The itinerary was extremely well organized and the trip was successful in every respect. The services provided by Mr. Amirouche, Mr. Fayçal and Mr. Wahid were outstanding. Each was exemplary in his ability to respond flexibly and creatively to requests and opportunities as they occurred and in providing interface with security details as they changed. All three were highly personable, courteous, and attentive to our every need. Mr. Wahid was very well informed and functioned superbly as a translator for the local guides on the sites."
, USA - Algeria Tour March 2014
"Essentially, every ranking for any service that was provided by you, Fayçal, Wahid, and Amirouche, I would give the highest without exception. These three did an exceptional job regardless of the challenges, and when considering the logistical challenges of not only balancing the needs to coordinate the security escorts but to attempt to rise to the challenge of flexibility (and to meet it) that our group (and me in particular) demanded, their performance (and especially Fayçal's) was even more exceptional."
, USA - Algeria Tour, March 2014
"Generally, I do not travel in groups but recognize that by reason of the location, etc. it was necessary here. I think you guys did an excellent job in a place that is not really ready for tourists. In our case it was the group that made the trip as Algeria, apart from the Roman ruins, does not compare favorably to Morocco or Tunesia in terms of amenities, food, hotels or even visual experience. The fact that we needed so much police protection says it all. Our group leaders, travel guides and the sites we saw, however, made for a unique and wonderful experience that it is unlikely to be duplicated by the average tourist."
, USA - Algeria Tour, March 2014
"We were traveling through Tunis and had a day layover so we decided to contact Mosaic to see what they could do for us while visiting. We had somewhat of an idea what the city had to offer, but thought to get the most value of our time in the city we should go with someone who knows. They assigned us a local guide fluent in English and so we spent the day touring through many ancient Roman ruins built thousands of years ago in Carthage including an aqueduct, an Ancient Bathhouse, the Carthage museum and more. We capped the day off walking through an awesome little street nestled on the side of a hill with market style shops lining both sides of the small pedestrian only roadway then eating gelatti overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Thank you so much Kevin at Mosaic for making this day a memorable one with our family! Our experience at Tunis/Carthage was great. I only wish we had more time to see all the rich historical and cultural sites located through all of North Africa, and when we do we will be giving Mosaic a call!"
, Canada - Tunisia tour, March 2014
"So a big thank you overall. It was great and very good value for money. Circumstances permitting, we'll be back. We didn't realise that Tunisia had amazing Roman ruins as good as anything in Italy (eg colleseums, temples, baths, towns and amphitheaters), green belts like the UK, beautiful deserts, the Atlas mountains, oasises and old Muslim cities like 'Ali Barba'. A quick scan of the internet does not do the country justice. And February/March is a great time to go, before the high season and before the high temperatures."
, Australia - Tunisia tour, Feb 2014
"Greatly appreciated Kevin's many emails and face-to-face meeting and very impressive & helpful handouts about trip/life in area I was visiting prior to my departure. And, everything was arranged and handled enormously well, especially considering my very late trip reservation."
, USA - Tunisia tour, February 2014
"Our tour was a great success, roman sites without any tourist, unheard of. Great tour guides and very friendly people. The only thing I would have changed if I had known was the timing. The Holiday caused some slight problems, like an Hotel fully booked (the Novotel in Constantine) and closed Restaurants. The Holiday celebrations in some establishment took the rest of the week. Also closed museums & sites. Fortunately due to the Influence of Kader the tour guide up to Constantine were we able to see what we were supposed to see. Our thanks to him. We were also very happy with his replacement Omar."
, USA - 10 Day Algeria Tour, October 2013
"The Mosaic North Africa proved to be a serious undertaking, flexible, having fulfilled all the promises and 'delivering' excellent service. I had numerous contacts with Mr. Kevin who has always been affordable, fast and competent to resolve the various issues and flexible in the proposed changes."
, Brazil - Morocco and Tunisia Tour, September 2013
"...thank you very much for organizing a great trip to Algeria -- everything ran smoothly and it was a great pleasure spending time with Ahcicene and Dries. Algiers is one of the most beautiful cities that I've visited, where I felt especially safe wandering around, and the Roman sites were breathtaking (and largely devoid of tourists, so very easy to take great photos)."
, New York City - Algeria tour, May 2013
"Ahmed was an EXCELLENT driver, among the best I've had on numerous tours in Morocco and Algeria."
, Algeria Archeology Tour, March 2013
"...Mr. Faycal was an excellent tour guide who managed our needs with professionalism and care."
, Algeria Archeology Tour, March 2013
"I've just returned from a fantastic 10-day trip to Tunisia in northern Africa. I had some advance concerns about political unrest, but felt safe while there, thanks in large measure to the great planning and advice from Mosaic North Africa (https://www.mosaicnorthafrica.com) who arranged our trip and practicing common sense.This Canadian-based company with partnerships throughout North Africa arranged a rich and safe trip. Through them, we booked an English-speaking driver and guide for our 3 days in Tunis, viewing the Roman ruins of Dougga, and Carthage, visiting the medina and seaside town of Sidi Bou Said, and spending an inspiring morning in the Bardo Museum with its world-renowned collection of mosaics. Our guide, Rafiki, met us in our hotel (Majestic Hotel) each morning and walked us back into the hotel after each day of rich sightseeing. He was university-educated in Tunisian history, took great pride in his country, and was on very good terms with locals whom we met at different sites. As a result we got a customized tutorial on North African history and felt comfortable wherever we went. "Mosaic North Africa also arranged for a one-week trip down to the island of Djerba where we stayed with friends and explored this island of diverse cultures, great markets and endless beaches of white sand. We saw flocks of feeding flamingoes as they migrated north, and sampled wonderful local fish. Everywhere we ate "Brick", and soon became aficionados of this deep-fried savory pastry with a seasoned and partially cooked egg inside. On day and overnight trips to the mainland we stayed in the cave hotel in Matmata (Hotel Marhala Matmata)—a truly unique experience, explored the inhabited UNESCO heritage site of Chenini –an ancient city carved into the mountainside, and even took a short camel ride over the desert dunes, returning to eat bread cooked over ashes in the desert. "Traveling as two single women, we learned much about the different cultures, and adaptation to a demanding geography. For taking photos of people or demonstrations of crafts, we learned to ask in advance and to tip modestly, sometimes through our guides. We respectfully wore clothing that covered our arms and long jackets to cover our backsides whenever we were in any public places. Our guides were adept in Arabic, and many locals speak some English, but by practicing our rudimentary French and Arabic, we engaged with different locals in shops and taxis, learning that much more about life in Tunisia. Overall, it was a fantastic experience."
"I traveled to Tunisia in Jan 2013, and Kevin did a great job of planning an itinerary for myself and my sister. Would highly recommend visiting this country, also visited Morocco last year, & had Kevin help plan my trip. He provided expert assistance in both trips! "Thanks & keep up the great work. Both countries are such an exotic experience. "If either of these places are on your list–Go for it, & if they are not on the list…they should be. The camel trek in the desert was great, Roman ruins in Tunisia-fascinating. I hope to go again."
, Tunisia tour, January 2013
"I really appreciated the prompt feedback during the planning phase of the trip, especially since my itinerary following the stay in Algeria was more extensive than the other members on the trip. The assistance of Kevin Dyck was invaluable to making my trip coordination smooth.... "Everything was very well coordinated. Aside from acquiring more photography permissions for museums, I can't think of anything in need of improvement. The photography permissions we did acquire, however, were wonderful.... Every last detail of the trip was managed carefully, I always felt safe and comfortable while traveling, and the special permission we acquired on the trip for photographing inside museums, gaining access to the baptistery at Djemila, and seeing the storerooms at Tebessa and Guelma was an extraordinary feat of negotiation that I genuinely appreciated."
, Algeria Archeological Tour, June 2012
"What a fantastic trip! Every single day, I said, 'The cost of the trip was worth it for this day alone'. I had known that Algeria had some fascinating sites, but every single place surprised me (in a good way) with so much that I had not anticipated. At the end of the trip, many of us were agreeing that we could go back to the same sites and still find more to marvel at; we had barely scratched the surface. Having been to Tunisia so many times and having read about Algeria and Morocco extensively, I had thought that I knew North Africa. But were my assumptions ever challenged by what I saw on this trip. "In terms of my experience with MNA, I found the service excellent from beginning to end. Everything was laid out clearly, payment was easy, and questions were answered promptly and effectively.... The extra effort to which you and Mr. Faycal went to get us into additional sites and to get us photo permission was greatly appreciated. You personally were very personable and your previous experience in the country went a long way to establishing a comfortable base-line for the activities of each day. "...Particularly since Algeria is not set up for tourism, I also appreciate the lengths to which you went to ensure that we could buy lunch and water supplies, make pit stops on long bus trips, and so forth. "...I don't know what you thought, but on the tours that I have led, I couldn't have asked for more!"
, 10 Day Roman Algeria Tour, June 2012
"...I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I'm so glad I went, and I will certainly recommend Mosaic North Africa to others. Kevin, Faisal, and Mehedi were a great team to work with. I also enjoyed the other travellers—enthusiastic, knowledgeable, flexible, resourceful. The overall logistics went smoothly. One always wished for a longer time at the ancient sites, but that is bound to be the case. I am so, so grateful that Faisal made the extra effort to request special photo permissions for the group. That was a huge enhancement of the trip."
, Algeria Archeology Tour, June 2012
"Again, I really trust and like these folks. Kevin is a treasure."
, Algeria and Morocco Tour, June 2012
"Hamid [driver] was very attentive to our needs and responsive to requests. In many instances, he served as a guide as well as a driver. He is knowledgeable about the country. The only thing that did not work as well as it might have was due to his not really being a guide. He was responsive to questions.... The level of personal care and commitment to our needs and desires by the operator and the driver were truly outstanding."
, Morocco Tour, June 2012
"I personally had a very successful trip. I saw much more and learnt much more than I expected."
, Architectural Historian; Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Melbourne 9 Day Algeria Tour – September-October, 2011
"I enjoyed Morocco immensely... and would like to thank you for your help.... Hamid our driver was excellent as was Moha our camel guide"
, Morocco tour, October 2011