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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.

Douz 2-Day Sahara Desert Camel Trek

2. 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.

Tunis: Medina Guided Walking Tour

3. 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: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

4. 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

5. 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: Sousse and Monastir Sightseeing Tour

6. 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.

Tunis Governorate: Full-Day Tour

7. 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.

Tunis: Dougga & Bulla Regia Private Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

8. Tunis: Dougga & Bulla Regia Private Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

Depart from your centrally located accommodation in Tunis for the Roman archaeological site of Dougga. Begins your visit with a stop at the Theatre, built-in 168 AD by one of the town's wealthier occupants, Marcus Quadratus. Stroll through the residential quarter, where you will see temples and extensive Licinian Baths. There are some choice spots down here to photograph the Capitol. Continue on to Bulla Regia where you can explore the superbly preserved villas. Enjoy lunch before concluding your tour with a return back to your hotel in Tunis.

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

9. 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

10. 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.

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4.5 / 5

based on 76 reviews

I booked two trips with Yahoo travel: A half-day tour of Carthage and Sidi Bou Said, and the next day a trip to Dougga. My tour guide, Hussain, and driver Abdullah were both fantastic. Hussain had great historical knowledge which he combined with insights into modern Tunisian life. Abdullah managed all the travel and logistics with ease and grace including coping with early morning rush-hour traffic. I would not have booked the trip to Dougga if Hussain had not suggested it and I am so glad he did. It is well worth the trip and one of the most interesting historic sites I have ever visited. I highly recommend Yahoo travel and the sightseeing dream team of Hussain and Abduallah.

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

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 ****

We had an awesome trip to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said .We learned so much about Tunisian culture and history. I highly recommend this tour

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