Best of Tunisian History Tour – 8 Days

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    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Best of Tunisian History Tour – 8 Days

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    • 8 Days / 7 Nights
    • Tunisia
    • Pickup: Tunis-Carthage Airport
    • Drop-off: Tunis-Carthage Airport
    Tour Details

    The Best of Tunisian History tour will take you back thousands of years as you explore the ancient history in Carthage. Take a tour through time to explore major archaeological and historical sites to discover the rich history of Tunisia. In 8 days, you will visit ancient Roman cities, an underground Numidian capital, a roman amphitheater, marvel at the largest mosaic collection in the world, Roman temples, the 4th holiest city in Islam, renown medinas, old-walled city, a citadel, plus more!

    Departure & Return Location

    Tunis-Carthage International Airport

    Included In This Trip

    • Private Transportation and Driver
    • Professional English-Speaking Tour Guide
    • Accommodations in Half-Board (Dinner and Breakfast)
    • All Entrance Fees to Sites and Museums

    NOT Included In This Trip

    • Visas
    • International Airfare
    • Travel Insurance
    • Personal Spending
    • Lunches
    • Drinks (Water is Included in the Vehicle During Transportation)
    • Tips
    What to Expect

    Here are some highlights of what you will see and experience on the Best of Tunisian History Tour

    • Explore the Finest Roman and Islamic History in Tunisia
    • Go Back Hundreds of Years in Ancient Carthage
    • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Enjoy Tunisian Hospitality and Culture
    Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive in Tunis

    Upon arrival at Tunis-Carthage International Airport, you will be met by your private driver / guide and taken to your hotel for check-in. Depending on your arrival time, you may begin with a tour of the old Medina of Tunis (ancient city). From the charming architecture to the picturesque souks (markets), the ancient medina is well worth a visit.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

    Day 2Tunis / Carthage / Sidi Bou Said / Tunis

    After breakfast, you will visit the ancient archaeological site of Carthage, once the largest ancient city in northern Africa. This site holds ruins from many eras of history. Throughout time, the Punics, Romans, Vandals, and Byzantines all laid claim to this area. Your guide will take you to the Phoenician Cemetery, Antonin’s Bath, Punic Harbors, the Carthage Museum, and more. Depending on your time, you may want to take a drive up to the beautiful Sidi Bou Said, which overlooks the Gulf of Tunis.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

    Day 3Tunis / Dougga / Bulla Regia / El Kef

    After breakfast, you will travel to Dougga, the Roman Archaeological site. This enormous site is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Tunisia and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overlooking the vast surrounding regions, it is not uncommon to see locals herding their sheep through the Roman ruins.

    Continue north to Bulla Regia where you will find some of the best-preserved underground Roman villas. You will visit a basicila and an amphitheater with a large mosaic of a bear. St. Augustine of Hippo once visited Bulla Regia in 399 AD and stood in this amphitheater to reproach the citizens for their lack of faith.

    After your visit, travel to El Kef for the night.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse 

    Day 4Makthar / Sbeitla / Kairouan

    After breakfast, you will visit the archaeological site of Makthar. There are several notable archaeological wonders to keep an eye out for including a Trajan forum, large baths, schola juvenum (Roman minor militia club), and other pre-Roman structures. At the entrance to the archaeological site in Makthar is a museum where you can find some mosaics and other artifacts excavated from this site.

    Your next visit will be to the archaeological site of Sbeitla. As you explore this site you will see numerous ancient church sites along with intricately designed baptisteries, temples, baths, and the Arch of Diocletian. Sbeitla also has a museum that contains a variety of mosaics and other objects found at the site

    Afterward, you will depart for the famous and important Islamic city of Kairouan. You will have time to relax in the evening.

    Accommodation: La Kasbah 5★ Hotel

    Day 5El Jem / Mahdia / Monastir / Sousse

    After an early breakfast, you will want to visit the amazing mosque of Sidi Okba, the ancient medina, and the Aghlabid pool. 

    Afterward, continue to Tunisia’s most renowned site, the Coliseum of El Jem; a must-see site. Stop for a minute to imagine life in the gladiator times while discovering the history of El Jem.

    Afterward, you will travel alongside the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, passing by the coastal cities of Mahdia and Monastir.

    If time permits, you may visit the Bourguiba Mausoleum, a monumental grave of former president Habib Bourguiba, the father of Tunisian independence. Your final destination is the coastal city of Sousse.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

    Day 6Sousse

    After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to explore Sousse. Founded in 800 BC, there is plenty of history to be seen in this ancient city. The Great Mosque, Kasbah, and the archeological museum all tell a story of Sousse’s ancient past. You can spend the afternoon shopping in the medina or return to your beach resort to relax or for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

    Day 7Nabeul / Kerkouane / Haouraia / Tunis

    After breakfast, visit the coastal town of Nabeul, known for its sandy white beaches, crystal clear blue seawater, and beautiful gardens.

    Afterward, explore the picturesque peninsula Cap Bon. Your first stop here will be at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kerkouane, an ancient Punic city of importance.

    Next, you will also see the Roman Grottoes of “Ghar el Kébir” in El Haouaria (the tip of Cap Bon). Here you will see ancient quarries that prisoners and slaves once used to supply red and yellow sandstone for the construction of Carthage and ancient tombs. Huge blocks of stones were extracted from the lower rocks, hauled out of the shafts, and shipped to Carthage as building material.

    You will visit the site of Korbous, a town built on a mountainside in Cap Bon. This town is known for its natural hot spring which has temperatures reaching over 50°C (over 122°F).

    When you are ready, return to Tunis for the night.

    Accommodation: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options

    Day 8Departure from Tunis-Carthage International Airport

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure, thus ending your Best of Tunisian History Tour. 

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