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From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

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From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

From US$ 127 per person

Discover the largest Roman monument left in Africa at the El Jem amphitheater. Visit the last 2 9th-century Aghlabite Basins which were among the greatest waterworks of the Middle Ages and learn about the Kairouan golden age.

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Duration 8 hours
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Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Pickup included
Your hotel in Tunis
Wheelchair accessible
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Aghlabite Basins and learn about the Kairouan era
  • Marvel at the architecture of the El Jem Amphitheatre
  • Witness the largest Roman monument left in Africa
  • Stroll through the Medina and spend free time shopping
  • See the beautiful Great Okba Mosque and Sidi Sahbi
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Professional, local guide
  • Gratuities; it is recommended to tip the guide 15-20% at the end of the tour
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • You must remove your shoes in the mosques and places of worship
  • Please bring your passport or ID card
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The mosque in Kairouan and the colosseum in El Jem are well worth seeing. Just know that most of the tour is driving to the sites from Tunis. If you want to spend more time experiencing either city consider an overnight trip. But I was happy with the tour overall.

February 20, 2020

Our guide Fehmi and driver Haatim were punctual & very friendly. They kept us engaged the whole time. As others have said, there's a lot of driving in this trip but that's just because of the distances involved. Our car was very comfortable though. The change in scenery as you go outside Tunis is amazing. Both Fehmi & Haatim kept us up to date with the traditions of the areas we passed through. Our visits to both the old city of Kairouan & El Jem were brilliant in their own ways. Fehmi was very helpful in telling us about the histories & the vantage points for pictures etc. Lunch was a set menu affair at a recently built hotel in El Jem. We only had to pay for drinks. A great day out, highly recommended.

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January 3, 2020

It is the best excursion that can be done, the amphitheater is spectacular, just for your visit deserves to go to Tunisia. It is also very good the archaeological museum that has magnificent mosaics, it's worth it, I don't know how long they will be able to step on them.

December 10, 2019

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