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

2. 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 Hammamet: Day Trip to Sidi Bou Saïd and Carthage

3. 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.

Tunis: Guided Tour with Bardo Museum, El-Zitouna, and Medina

4. Tunis: Guided Tour with Bardo Museum, El-Zitouna, and Medina

Start with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation and make your way to Tunis. Explore Tunisia's economic, cultural, and political capital with a professional guide. Visit the Bardo National Museum, which is home to a vast collection of archeological artifacts and artwork from various civilizations. See the famous Roman mosaics on display at the museum. Discover other antiquities of interest from Ancient Greece, Carthage, and modern Tunisia. Next, travel to the Medina of Tunis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the El-Zituna Mosque located at the center of the Medina. Admire the structure's stunning interior and exterior design, which is the ultimate expression of Tunisian architecture, and the second-oldest mosque in Africa. Explore some of the winding streets of the Medina, which contains over 700 significant monuments and palaces. Enjoy some lunch in a local restaurant, before being returned to your hotel.

Cape Bon Peninsula: Full-day Tour from Tunis or Hammamet

5. Cape Bon Peninsula: Full-day Tour from Tunis or Hammamet

After pickup from your hotel, start your tour with a visit to the Archeological Museum of Nabeul. Also know as Neapolis in ancient times, the city of Nabeul was founded in the 5th century BC. The Archeological Museum was renovated in 2003, and although it is only the size of a house, it boasts an amazing collection of mosaics and other rare specimens from various archaeological sites in the region of Cape Bon. Next, head to Kelibiya to explore the fortress of Kelibia, one of the most important monuments of Cape Bon. This historic fortress is built on a massive rock 150 meters high. It is the largest and best-preserved Muslim fortress in Tunisia. You’ll also stop at the nearby port of Kelibia, the fourth largest fishing port in Tunisia and enjoy spectacular views of the fortress from there. Then discover the ruins of Kerkouane, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing on to Ghar el Kebir, to visit the caves of Haouaria. These artificial caves were dug by prisoners and slaves under the authority of the Carthaginians and Romans. The blocks of stone that were extracted were shipped by sea to Carthage, on the other side of the Gulf of Tunis. Near the end of the tour, enjoy a hike along the Ras ed-Ddar 393 meters above Cape Bon. From the summit marvel at an extraordinary view that extends all the way to Sicily on a clear day. Finally, visit the hot natural baths of Korbous before heading back to your hotel.

Tunis: Full-Day Local Towns Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

6. 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.

Bardo National Museum: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. 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 Port: Tunis, Carthage, & Sidi Bou Said Tour

8. From Tunis Port: Tunis, Carthage, & Sidi Bou Said Tour

After getting picked up early in the morning, your adventure will begin with the old medina of Tunis, this UNESCO World Heritage site which represents the economic and religious heart of the Arab-Muslim civilization. Get lost in the labyrinthine alleys with your guide, admire the unique architecture, and learn more about the monuments. Visit the awe-inspiring madrasas, the Zitouna mosque, and the famous Kasbah. Then, enjoy some free time and a break for your midday meal before heading to the archaeological site of Carthage. Visit the hill of Byrsa, the Punic port, the thermal baths of Antonine and other sites, and admire this heritage which reflects the power of the Romans. At the end of the afternoon, take advantage of some free time to stroll through the cobbled streets of Sidi Bousaid. Admire these white walls and blue windows and enjoy a good tea at the “Café des Délices”.

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.

Tunis Governorate: Full-Day Tour

10. Tunis Governorate: Full-Day Tour

Set off to explore Tunis and its surroundings. The getaway will start with the Old Medina, the economic heart of the city, and a monument classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the narrow alleys and discover the monuments, the history, and the unique architecture of this site. Visit the famous Zitouna mosque, the Medresas, and the Kasbah. Then, head to the Bardo Museum, the richest in the world in terms of the Roman mosaics collection. Meet Virgil, Neptune, and learn more about the civilizations that occupied Tunisia. In the afternoon, discover the ruins of Carthage, the Punic city invaded by the Romans. Admire these monuments and discover the hill of Byrsa, the Punic port, the Antonine Baths, and other UNESCO World Heritage sites. At the end of the day, take advantage of free time to stroll in the alleys of Sidi Bou Said, with its white walls and blue doors which dominate the bay of Tunis.

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What people are saying about Tunis Governorate

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 mosque in Kairouan and the coliseum African are amazing. The mosaic museums in El Jem and Sousse are beautiful. Thanks to our guide and our driver to make this trip interesting and safe.

I had a very good time today Chedli on this tour in Tunisia. Car, driver, guide in perfect Italian. Both very helpful and on time. I highly recommend it

Top guide, very detailed and yet very entertaining. All requests have been met. Gladly again and again!!

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