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From Tunis: Half-Day Tour to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

1. From Tunis: Half-Day Tour to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

Explore the history of Tunisia on this half-day tour to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said from Tunis. First you’ll visit Carthage, founded in 814 B.C. The earliest settlements can still be seen on Byrsa Hill, just below the renowned Carthage National Museum. See the remains of two port basins, evidence of Carthaginian mastery of the sea. Discover the Tophet, a burial ground and a sanctuary of ancient deities.   Continue to Sidi Bou Said, a 5-kilometer drive from Carthage. This picturesque town is perched high on a cliff top overlooking the Mediterranean. Stroll through winding cobbled streets, and admire the whitewashed buildings with contrasting blue doors and ornate window grids. Wander around the boutiques and shop for souvenirs, or relax in a Moorish cafe. Afterwards you’ll be dropped off back in Tunis.

Tunis: Medina Guided Walking Tour

2. Tunis: Medina Guided Walking Tour

Meet your tour guide at the Hôtel Royal Victoria near the Bab Bhar area of Tunis. From there, you’ll explore the city and experience all the sides of Tunis: the old and the new, the modern and the traditional. Visit Tunis University and learn about Tunisia’s pride in its modern educational system. 30% of the country’s national budget is dedicated to education. Explore the souks, a set of shops and boutiques where trading has taken place since the 13th century. Navigate the labyrinthine streets of the Medina of Tunis and see its many shops, monuments, and mosques. As you explore the city, your guide will elaborate on Tunis’ rich architectural heritage, pointing out examples of Islamic and Roman architecture. Stop by the Tourbet el Bey and see the Tunisian royal mausoleum. Stroll through the fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables at the vibrant Central Market of Tunis. 

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

3. 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

Douz 2-Day Sahara Desert Camel Trek

4. Douz 2-Day Sahara Desert Camel Trek

On day 1, following an early pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Douz, meet your Bedouin cameleers and begin your camel trek. Enjoy riding the camel through the fascinating views of the golden dunes and the amazing landscape which will change as the day progresses. At midday, break for lunch. While the chef prepares a delicious meal, take the opportunity to take photos of the impressive desert. After lunch, continue your journey and ride the camel til sunset. Watch the amazing sight of the sun setting behind the golden dunes. Arrive at the desert camp, and sit down for a traditional Berber dinner with famous flatbread prepared on an open fire. Spend the night under the starry Saharan sky, drumming around the fire. In the early morning, enjoy the charming sunrise as you eat a Berber breakfast. Continue to ride the camel through the remarkable dunes and fantastic landscape, from there, your Tunisian desert adventure will wind to a close. Trek back to the initial meeting point, where your return transportation to Douz awaits.

Bardo National Museum: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Bardo National Museum: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Get the most out of your visit to Bardo National Museum with this convenient skip-the-line entry ticket and guided tour in one. Since your museum admission is valid for the site’s full opening hours, you’ll have the flexibility to arrive at a time that’s convenient for you. Skip the lines outside and immediately start discovering the museum’s artifacts that go from ancient Roman to Islamic artwork. Get to know the museum’s exhibitions during your exclusive guided tour. The Bardo National Museum is a jewel of Tunisian heritage. It is housed in an old Beylic palace dating back to the 19th century. The museum retraces, through its collections, a big part of Tunisia’s history (from prehistory to the contemporary epoch) and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world, including the famous mosaic representing Virgil, the poet. The quality and the rarity of many of the museum’s pieces bear witness to the country’s historical richness and uniqueness.

From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

6. From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

After being picked up from your Tunis accommodation, set off for Kairouan. Start your tour with a visit to the last 2 9th-century Aghlabite Basins which were among the greatest waterworks of the Middle Ages. Witness the monuments from the top of the Tourist Information Building as you gain an introduction to the foundation of Kairouan and its glorious age. After this, continue the tour with a visit to the 7th-century Great Okba Mosque, the oldest mosque in North Africa. Appreciate the powerful and beautiful expression of faith inherent in the 9th-century architecture. Proceed to the nearby Sidi Sahbi, to visit the 17th-19th century building known for its minaret and beautiful courtyards lined with green-blue tile work and white plaster stucco. Then, arrive at the entrance to the Medina for a guided walk through the main street and up to the mystical "Bir Barrouta". Spend some free time strolling through the Medina and shopping. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  Finally, climb back into the vehicle and take a 1 hour and 15-minute transfer to the El Jem amphitheater - the main attraction of the tour and one of Tunisia's most visited sites.  Discover how this monumental amphitheater was built in the 3rd-century and is the largest Roman monument left in Africa, ranking 3rd in the Empire after those in Rome and Verona. Marvel at its architecture which was considered to be an improvement of the Colosseum in Rome, though it is a tiny bit smaller. At the end of the tour, begin your return journey to Tunis where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

Tunis: Full-Day Local Towns Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

7. Tunis: Full-Day Local Towns Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your Tunis hotel and heads off on the 25 minute trip to Carthage. Arrive in this charming seaside suburb and enjoy a guided tour, marvelling at ancient landmarks and sweeping views of the coast. Learn how Carthage was destroyed by the Romans in 146 B.C. but that excavations since have revealed homes, sewage systems, and the remains of the city walls. Continue the tour to the picturesque Sidi-Bou-Said next, boasting panoramic views across the Mediterranean. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and get a taste of regional cuisine. After lunch, return to Tunis and visit the impressive National Bardo Museum where you can find Roman mosaics, early Islamic ceramics, and rare Phoenician artifacts. The final stop of the day is the bustling Tunis Medina, a UNESCO listed location. Wander around the array of colorful stalls and soak up the unique mix of sights and scents. Mingle with the locals as you follow your guide towards the Al-Zaytuna Mosque at the center of the Medina. At the end of an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to your hotel.

From Tunis: Oudhna, Testour, Djebba, and Dougga Day Tour

8. From Tunis: Oudhna, Testour, Djebba, and Dougga Day Tour

Get a head start with an early departure from your hotel. This day tour starts with a visit to Oudhna. In the heart of this former Roman city is a well preserved archaeological site where you can explore and get a feel of the layout and size of the site from when it was a hub of activity.   From Oudhna this tour will take you to Testour, a small town located on the hills of Medjerda Valley. In Testour see the Great Mosque and its unique clock, famous for running counterclockwise. After spending time in Testour, take a break at Verger des Montagnes a working farm offering delicious local dishes and specialties. Climb up the hills and mountains for breathtaking views of the landscape before heading to the archaeological site of Dogga where you will see well preserved monuments and temples. This day tour ends with a stop in Djebba. Djebba is a small hilltop village known for its great natural and archaeological wealth. Check out the wide variety of fruit trees and have a taste before heading back to your hotel.

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

9. 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.

From Hammamet: Day Trip to Sidi Bou Saïd and Carthage

10. From Hammamet: Day Trip to Sidi Bou Saïd and Carthage

Depart Hammamet for Sidi Bou Said, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the Gulf of Tunis. Discover this world-famous location, said to reflect the delicacy of its inhabitants through its architecture.  The village boasts an almost-perfect balance between its two symbolic colors, blue and white. The small Bordj, which sheltered the Mourabitounes in the 9th century, has stretched over the centuries to be transformed into a village sheltering the noblemen of Tunisia. Discover the Palace nejma ezahra, the luxurious residence that Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger built at the beginning of the 20th century. Between its paintings and musical instruments from the 20s and 30s, it is a masterpiece in the true sense of the word Visit Dar Alaïa; situated at the peak of the hill of the mythical village of Sidi Bou Saïd, it is an exhibition-tribute to the great Tunisian couturier Ezzedine alai. Depart then to visit Carthage and discover its exciting story through the ruins and a visit to the American Cemetery. The cemetery consists of a few acres of grass, flowers, and a wide variety of century-old trees that are the resting place of the 3,000 soldiers who gave their lives during the Second World War.

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What people are saying about Tunis Governorate

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 76 reviews

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

Fahmi was a wonderful guide. We had some troubles with our rented car and he even helped us with that and finding a parking spot. He made sure to adopt the tour to our needs and showed us some real cultural insights and some hidden gems in the city. He truly went above and beyond

Interesting tour of the modern and ancient city. The spectacular guide. He knows how to tell the story, point out the special points of the city

We are disappointed that the tour guide did not speak German. This was bindingly booked.

Great experience! The Faidi guide was comprehensive and very helpful! Recommended!