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From Tunis: Day Trip to Kairouan, El Jem and Sousse

1. From Tunis: Day Trip to Kairouan, El Jem and Sousse

Be picked up at your accommodation in Tunis and head to Kairouan. Kairouan was established in 670 AD and flourished under the Aghlabid Dynasty. Visit the Great Mosque of Kairouan, the Aglabits Bassins, and Sidi Sahbi Mausoleum. Spend some time exploring the Kairouan Medina and enjoy a typical Kairouan lunch. After lunch, head to the small village of El Jem. Here you’ll have the opportunity to see the El Jem Amphitheater ruins. The Amphitheater is the largest colosseum in North Africa and could hold up to 35,000 people. Your next stop is Sousse. Here you’ll visit the Sousse Old Medina and the Port of El Kantaoui. Head back to Tunis and be dropped off at your accommodation in the city

From Sousse: Day Trip to Carthage, Tunis and Sidi Bou

2. From Sousse: Day Trip to Carthage, Tunis and Sidi Bou

Be picked up at your accommodation in Sousse and head to Carthage. Learn about the history of Carthage and see city ruins at The Carthage National Museum. Visit the American Cemetery, where 3000 WWII soldiers were buried. The Cemetary is a few acres in size and is filled with flowers and a variety of century-old trees. Next, you’ll head to Sidi Bou, known for its blue and white streets. Here you’ll explore the alleyways of the area and see architecture that is typical of the area. Visit the Palace Nejma Ezzahra. Built at the beginning of the 20th Century, it was once the residence of Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger. Travel to Dar Alaïa at the peak of the hill in Sidi Bou Saïd. Dar Alaïa is a tribute to Ezzedine Alai. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Bardo Museum. Famous for its collection of Roman mosaics, which is the largest and richest collection in the world. Travel to Tunis and explore Tunis Medina. See Zitouna Mosque, which is the second oldest Mosque in Africa. After you visit, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in Sousse.

From Tunis: Sousse and Monastir Sightseeing Tour

3. From Tunis: Sousse and Monastir Sightseeing Tour

Explore the Tunisian Sahel region on this sightseeing tour from Tunis. Visit Sousse and Mounastir, learn about their interesting history and wander through their centers. Depart in the morning with a pickup from your hotel. The first stop on this sightseeing tour is the city of Monastir. See the Ribat, which is the oldest fortification built by Arab conquerors in the 8th-century. After the Ribat this tour takes you to the Bourguiba mausoleum, the final resting place of the first president of the Tunisian republic. Conclude your time in Monastir with a stroll in the marina filled with quaint shops and nice cafes. Head to Sousse to enjoy lunch at a recommended restaurant with a stunning view and culinary specialties of the Mediterranean. After your tasty lunch browse through the medina. During your time in the medina gaze at the majestic minaret of the Grand Mosque of Sousse before it’s time to return to your hotel.

From Tunis: Overnight to Kairouan, El Jem, Monastir & Sousse

4. From Tunis: Overnight to Kairouan, El Jem, Monastir & Sousse

Depart Tunis for Kairouan in an air-conditioned van and explore last two 9th-century Aghlabite Basins which were among the greatest waterworks of the Middle Ages. Proceed to the 7th-century Great Okba Mosque, the oldest mosque in North Africa. Nearby is the Mosque Sidi Sahbi (Mosque of the Barber), known for its minaret and beautifully tiled courtyards. Walk through the hustle and bustle of the medina (old city) and take a picture of the camel at "Bir Barrouta." Enjoy lunch on your own and free time to explore the medina.  Regroup and travel approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to El Jem and admire its monumental amphitheatre. Built in the mid-3rd-century AD, it is the largest Roman monument left in Africa, and ranks 3rd in the Empire after those of Rome and Verona. One of the last large amphitheatres built during the Roman era, its architectural design is an improvement over that of the Colosseum of Rome. After the tour, continue to a guesthouse for dinner and overnight.  The following day, enjoy breakfast in the hotel before travelling 40 km to Mahdia. Visit the Skifa Kahla, a massive fortified gate that survives the original Fatimid city, and spend time exploring the souk (market). Regroup and travel 1 hour and 15 mintues to Monastir to visit its grand cemetery where Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia’s first president, was put to rest.  In Monastir, admire the old Ribat (fortress) which has been used as a location for films such as "Life of Brian" and "Life of Christ." Eat lunch in a local restaurant before travelling 20 km to Sousse. Wander through labyrinthic streets to visit the Grand Mosque, the Ribat, and the Dar Esid, a Tunisian Family House museum. Along with its enchanting medieval Islamic history, Sousse wears another hat as a modern resort filled with hamams and beautiful beaches. Visit the El Kantaoui port before meeting the driver for the return transfer to Tunis.

Sousse & Hammamet: Oudhna, Testour, Djebba & Dougga Day Tour

5. Sousse & Hammamet: Oudhna, Testour, Djebba & Dougga Day Tour

Get picked up directly from your accommodation and travel to the beautiful Oudhna, and ancient Roman-Berber city. Visit the well preserved archaeological site in the heart of the city, and explore the ruins. Discover the amazing amphitheater, which at one time could seat 20,000 spectators.  Next, travel to Testour, a small town nestled in the hills of Medjerda Valley. See the Great Mosque with its unique clock, famous for running counterclockwise. Then, take a break at Verger des Montagnes, a working farm that offers delicious local specialties. Next, climb up the hills for breathtaking views of the beautiful landscape, before heading to the archeological site of Dogga. Here, visit the well-preserved, UNESCO World Heritage Listed Roman ruins.  The last stop on your trip is the small hilltop village of Djebba. It is known for its archeological sites and incredible natural beauty. Check out the wide variety of fruit trees and have a taste-test before being taken back to your accommodation.

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Hichem did an extraordinary job giving me information to visit all the tourist sites of interest. He speaks perfect Spanish and gave me additional information about Tunisia that I found very interesting. The driver was very attentive and overall I am very happy with this tour. I definitely recommend it and consider going back to Tunis

The organization is perfect, departure from your hotel, the guide accompanied by a driver will pick you up to help you discover these two beautiful cities and their stories! Excellent day, excellent guide listening to what we want to discover ****

Really a great tour, guide perfect, driver very punctual, amphithearer from El Djem really a highlight, you have to see the Colosseum in Rome in the shade. Interesting guided tour in Kairouan and Sousse! Can only recommend the tour!

Interesting places and excellent support from the guide and driver. Always attentive, friendly and punctual