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HOW TO GET THERE (Tunisia)


BY BOAT

Several companies offer car-ferry services across the Mediterranean (passengers and their cars). The main route from Marseilles (France) to Tunis, is operated by the French company SNCM (Societe nationale maritimes Corse-Mediterranee - Ferrytanee) and by the CTN (Companies tunisienne de navigation). Ferries depart from La Joliette sea port in Marseilles, and arrive after a 22 - hour crossing at the Tunis-La Goulette port. Other companies provide services from Italy (Genoa, Naples and Palermo) to Tunisia.


Addresses:
SNCM, 12 rue Godotde-Mauroy, 75009 Paris, France (information and reservations: tel 49 24 24 24, telex: 211 168, fax: 49 24 24 09). SNCM-Ferryta-nee, 47 av. Farhat-Hached, Tunis tel: 246 536. Navitour, 8 rue d'Alger, Tunis, tel, 249 500.
CTN, 12 rue Godot-de Mauroy, 75009 Paris, France, tel. 47 42 17 55; 3, rue du President Carnot, 69002 Lyons, tel. 72 41 84 84; 21 rue Mazenod, 13002 Marseilles, tel 91 91 55 71: 5 av. Dag-Hammarskioled. Tunis, tel. 341 777, telex: 12475. In Britain, travel on the SNCM and CTN lines can be booked through Southern Ferries Ltd, 179 Piccadilly, London WIV 9DB, tel. (0171) 491 4968.


BY PLANE

It takes 2 hours 45 minutes to fly the safest, most comfortable and quickest way to travel - from London to Tunis (Carthage airport, 8km from the town centre).

Most of the major European airline companies fly to Tunisia's six international airports (Tunis-Carthage, monastir-Sousse /Bourguiba, Sfax - Thyna, Djerba-Zarzis, Tozeur- Nefta and Tabarka ) several times a day or per week.

British Airways, Tunisair and GB Airways regularly fly London to Tunis. Air France, Tunisair and Air Liberte run regular flight services from Paris in France to Tunis. In Britain, it is also possible to fly to Tunisia from the Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Belfast air ports, Tunisair and Air France also fly from the French towns of Lyons, Nice, Marseille, Strasbourg, Lille, Bordeaux and Toulouse. These airline companies fly not only to Tunis, but also to Monastir-Sousse ( 3 a week to Bourguiba airport), Sfax (twice a week to thyna airport), Tozeur (once a week to Nefta airport), the Isle of Djerba, in the south (3 to 4 times a week to Djerba-Zarzis airport) and to the new Tabarka airport in the north-west of the country near to the Algerian border.

If there are no places left on these flights - planes are often fully booked during the peak summer season in July and August -, it is also possible to reach Tunisia via belguim, Switzerland, Germany, or Italy. From Belgium, Sabena flies to Tunis. and Monastir. From Switzerland, Swissair flies from Geneva to Tunis from Germany, Lufthansa flies from Frankfurt to Tunis, Monastir or Djerba? From Italy, Alitalia flies from Rome to Tunis.

If you fly via Paris, be sure to check which airport you take off from on your ticket or with your travel agent: Tunisair flies from Orly-Sud may fly from Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (terminal 1 or terminal 2A, 2B, 2C, or 2D).

Individual travellers should check-in at least 45 mns. before the flight departure time, groups 60 mns. When flying vack from Tunisia, get to the airport 2 hours before the flight.


Travel classes and reductions

The major international flight companies offer three classes of seats on each flight : first (F), businnes (J), and rconomy (Y) class. Travellers wishing to benefit from reduced fares and advantageous conditions offered to young people, large families, elderly people, and, and groups, will be in economy class.

These reductions, which are only offered at certain times of the year, entail constraints: you must buy and reserve your ticket on the same day, not change the departure and return dates (otherwise you will risk having to pay the full price), and unused return tickets cannot be reimbursed.

Be sure to recinfirm the return flight ( whatever the cost of the ticket!) with your flight company at least three days before the date of departure.

Charter flights are offered on fixed days and have certain conditions attached, for example, the return ticket must be purchased, reservations and payment have to be made on the same day, and only one flight is available per week.


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