3 days On the Tracks of Star Wars
Departing from the island of Djerba, the 3-day Star Wars tour in Tunisia is the ideal itinerary for Saga enthusiasts to travel in the footsteps of George Lucas and Skywalker in the southern regions of Tunisia! Between the island of Djerba, Tataouine, and Matmata, you will visit all the filming locations of Star Wars!
About the 3-Day Star Wars Tour
- Duration: 3 days
- Departure time: 8:30 AM
- Pick-up: Djerba – Zarzis and Tataouine (Other cities involve additional charges)
- Confirmation: Immediate
- Guide: Arabic – French – English – German – Italian
- Transportation: Air-conditioned tourist vehicle
- Excursion approved by the Tunisian Tourism Office
- Cancellation: See our terms and conditions
- Enjoy pick-up from your address anywhere in Tunisia
- Explore a large part of southern Tunisia
- Discover Tataouine, its Ksours, and the troglodyte village of Chenini
- Visit all the Star Wars filming locations on the island of Djerba
- Visit Ksar Hadada and Ksar Ouled Soltane in Tataouine (Star Wars filming locations)
- Visit the Sidi Idriss hotel in Matmata (Star Wars filming location)
- Visit a troglodyte dwelling and dine with the locals
Stay overnight in an 18th-century mountain lodge
- Discover the three types of desert in Tunisia
- Explore local life and taste Tunisian cuisine
Day 1: Mos Eisley and Ben's House
During the first day, you will visit the filming locations of the “Star Wars” saga in Djerba.
The day’s visits:
Ajim (Mos Eisley – Episode IV)
Stormtrooper control: Control of Ben and Luke by the stormtroopers (“These are not the droids you’re looking for.”); The location is hardly recognizable, due to the modification of the sets at the time by the film crew…
Chalmun’s Cantina: Similar to above, the location is hard to recognize, especially since the building (an old traditional Berber bakery) is in a state of more or less advanced disrepair. Moreover, it is (was?) also threatened with disappearance to build modern buildings, which had actually led to an international movement to save it.
Millennium Falcon’s takeoff in front of the stormtroopers: The alley is a few streets south of the “stormtrooper checkpoint”. It is quite difficult to find but, on the other hand, more easily recognizable.
Ajim (Ben’s House – Episode IV)
3 km north of Ajim, on the coastal road leading to Sidi Jemour, is the old fisherman’s house that was used to film Ben Kenobi’s house during his exile on Tatooine in April 1976. It has become a 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)
About twelve kilometers north of Ajim, still along the coastal road, is the mausoleum (= domed tomb) of Sidi Jemour (or Sidi Jmour). Also considered a mosque, it is a frequented religious pilgrimage site.
Two scenes from Episode IV were filmed there in April 1976:
A cut scene outside Anchorhead: This cut scene is actually made up of two scenes: that of the 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 in Mos Eisley, has undergone many changes over the evolution of the Trilogy.
Departure to Beni Khedache and overnight in an 18th-century rural lodge
Accommodation: Ksar Jouamaa Hotel Restaurant
Day 2: The Planet Tatooine and the Slave Quarters
After breakfast, head to the city of Tataouine, from which George Lucas derived the name Tatooine, although no specific Star Wars scenes were filmed there.
The first visit will be to the famous Ksar Hadada: Like two other ksours located near Tataouine (Ksar Medenine and Ksar Ouled Soltane), it was used to film the Mos Espa sets on August 10, 1997, particularly the slave quarters, in Episode I (scene where Qui-Gon contacts Obi-Wan via comlink, and scene with Shmi “He has no father…”).
Then, head to the Berber village of Chenini to enjoy a hiking tour with a local guide.
Enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant and 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 most frequented ksours in Tunisia. It is a mountain ksar, which has 2 distinct courtyards and contains more than 400 ghorfas (storage cells), on 4 or 5 levels.
It served, like the other 2 ksours mentioned above, as a set for Mos Espa in Episode I in August 1997, for the slave quarters.
Head to Ksar Jouamaa where you will spend the night in an 18th-century attic.
Day 3: Sidi Idriss Hotel and the Troglodyte Village
After breakfast, head to Sidi Idriss, the troglodyte hotel that includes 5 interior courtyards: 4 of them being surrounded by rooms, and the fifth, named the “Star Wars courtyard,” constitutes the restaurant. This served as a backdrop for the Lars’ dining room and kitchen, as well as the courtyard.
It should be noted that the decoration of the dining room, especially the ceiling mural, was 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 identical.
The most beautiful surprise is that you will have lunch at the same table used by Skywalker in this hotel that served as a Star Wars filming location in Tunisia, before heading back.
Return to Djerba and end of our services
3 Days Following the Star Wars Trail in Pictures
Low Season: 400 euros per person
High Season: 450 euros per person