50% refund will be honored for cancellations made at least 30 days prior to quest start date. No refunds will be offered after 30 days prior to quest start date. If pandemic-related conditions obligate event postponement, travelers will be granted flexibility to transfer booking to any subsequent quest.
$9,985 plus tax (per traveler)
Includes all lodging, meals, itinerary activities, and domestic travel inside Tunisia. International airfare to/from Tunis-Carthage Airport (TUN) to be purchased separately. 35% downpayment required to confirm booking. Remaining balance due no later than 30 days prior to quest start date.
– VIP hospitality
– Elite ground transportation
– Premium accommodations
– Fine dining
– Canyon hiking
– Hot-air balloon excursion
– All-terrain vehicle (ATV) races
– Camel trek
– “Tatooine” architecture
– “Tatooine” landscape
– Exact scene & set locations
– Interactive film site experiences
– Recce site exploration
20 film & recce sites (total)
– 12 Star Wars film sites
– 7 Star Wars recce sites
– 1 Indiana Jones film site [bonus]
Star Wars is the original title of the original film as released in 1977. The 1981 theatrical re-release of the film introduced the expanded title Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. This change was made to provide continuity with the sequel Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980). For the sake of clarity, this website, unless otherwise specified, will refer to the original film as Episode IV.
The Arabic term marabout, featured prominently in the Maghreb region, is used dualistically to refer to (1) a Muslim holy man/religious teacher who traditionally lives as a hermit or nomad and is designated honorifically by a local community as a saint (sidi); and (2) a simplistic domed shrine marking the burial place of a sainted Muslim holy man/religious teacher.
Visual documentation of the entire Episode IV “studio recce wall” is not available. Only two behind-the-scenes photographs of the makeshift wall are known to exist in the public domain. The first (and most comprehensive) photograph reveals that the first column (upper and lower panels) on the left end of the wall was filled with topography shots of the Maguer Gorge/Jebel Sidi Bouhlel area. The same photograph shows a small portion of the second column from the left with pinned images of buildings, streets, and courtyards on Djerba island, to include Abu Miswar Mosque. The second photograph displays a grouping of Sidi Jemour Mosque recce photos, to include three flipped images of the site. The discovery and analysis of additional recce photographs is critical to identify the full set of sites visited during the Episode IV pre-production recce to Tunisia in mid-November 1975.
Médenine and Tataouine governorates in southeastern Tunisia are populated with over 100 ksour (singular: ksar; alternately: qasr, gasr; Arabic: “castle” or “palace”), centuries-old Amazigh (Berber) fortified granaries consisting of a series of ghorfas (elongated, vaulted storage chambers made of stone, soil-based mortar, and a protective plaster coating) stacked multiple stories high surrounding a central courtyard of various shapes and sizes. Although typically associated with ksour, ghorfas are present elsewhere, particularly on Djerba island, functioning as standalone agricultural storage chambers. The vast majority of ksour in Tunisia are no longer used for storage. Many are in ruins. A few have been repurposed as hotels or tourist attractions.