World Heritage Sites of Tunisia

Cultural tour of Tunisia

Get US$ 150 per person OFF when you book as a party of 3 participants.

Booking Deadline 4 months prior to departure. Applicable on all 2022-23 tour dates and new bookings only.

Tunisia is a small country but with a history that goes back to the times of the ancient Phoenician city of Carthage. A journey here is a discovery of the heritage of the Mediterranean, Africa, land of the Berbers, Islamic world and a lot more. Our journey uncovers the people, history, archaeology and culture of this distinct land in addition to visiting several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  An interesting cultural interaction as we traverse through the urban, rural and the Mediterranean coastlines of Tunisia.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Amphitheatre of El Jem 2. Medina of Sousse
3. Archaeological Site of Carthage 4. Medina of Tunis
5. Archaeological Sites of Dougga & Thugga 6. Punic town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis
7. The city of Kairouan    
Tour Information
Duration : 09 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : N/A
Price (From) : US$ 2470
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Tunis
Day 02: Tunis
(B, D)
Day 03: Tunis/Dougga/Kairouan (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Kairouan/Sbeitla/Sfax (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Sfax/El Jem/Mahdia/Port El Kantaoui (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 06: Port El Kantaoui/Sousse/Hammamet(Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Hammamet/Kerkuane/Tunis (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 08: Tunis
(B, D)
Day 09: Depart Tunis
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Tunis

Bonjour and Merhaba! We are warmly welcomed to Tunisia and are driven to our hotel. People here are fluent in French and Arabic, ofcourse with a large number also speaking English. Hotel check in time starts from 1400 hrs.

Overnight: Majestic Hotel, Tunis (2 nights)

Day 02: Tunis

Camels caravan in Sahara desert

Our first exploration of this unique land starts with a visit to the Medina of Tunis*, which is one of the first Arab-Muslim towns of the Maghreb (698 A.D.). Capital of several universally influential dynasties, it represents a human settlement that bears witness to the interaction between architecture, urbanism and the effects of socio-cultural and economic changes of earlier cultures. With its souqs, urban fabric, residential quarters, monuments and gates, this ensemble constitutes a prototype among the best conserved in the Islamic world. Our next stop is the Bardo Museum, famous for its fine collection of mosaics. The Punic vestiges, array of Roman mosaics and unique sculptures in this museum are truly astounding! In the afternoon we tour Carthage*. Founded by the Phoenicians, Carthage is an extensive archaeological site, located on a hill dominating the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plains. Metropolis of Punic civilization in Africa and capital of the province of Africa in Roman times, Carthage has played a central role in Antiquity as a great commercial empire. During the lengthy Punic wars, Carthage occupied the territories that belonged to Rome, which then destroyed its rival in 146 AD. The town was rebuilt by the Romans on the ruins of the ancient city. We continue to Sidi Bou Said, a splendid Moorish village perched atop a headland. (B, D)

Day 03: Tunis/Dougga/Kairouan (Drive)

Morning, we visit the archaeological city of Dougga/Thugga* covers an area of approximately 75 ha. The various components in what was a complete city are a testimony to the more than 17 centuries of history. They are an outstanding example illustrating the synthesis between different cultures: Numidian, Punic, Hellenistic, and Roman. Continue onto Kairouan – Islam’s 4th holiest city.

Overnight: La Kasbah Hotel, Kairouan (1 night) (B, D)

Day 04: Kairouan/Sbeitla/Sfax (Drive)

Great Mosque of Kairouan

This morning we tour the holy city of Kairouan*. Founded in 670, the city flourished under the Aghlabid dynasty in the 9th century. Despite the transfer of the political capital to Tunis in the 12th century, Kairouan remained the Maghreb's principal city. Its rich architectural heritage includes the Great Mosque, with its marble and porphyry columns, and the 9th-century Mosque of the Three Gates. Afternoon, we visit Sbeitla – a small town in the central. western region of Tunisia. Sbeitla is  known for its remarkable Roman sites and its Capitol, made up of not one but three temples, dedicated to Minerva, Jupiter and Juno, the gods who protected Rome. From here we continue to the enchanting city of Sfax. After dinner recommend that you walk through Sfax.

Overnight: Concorde Sfax/Les Olivers Palace, Sfax (1 night) (B, D)

Day 05: Sfax/El Jem/Mahdia/Port El Kantaoui (Drive)

We start this exciting day with a panoramic tour of Sfax.  In the medina of Sfax, the stalls ring with the work of the small-scale craftsmen. Later we take a tour of the picturesque fish market visiting also the Great Mosque and the Kasbah, the former citadel. Leaving the old districts, we will see stunning buildings dating back from the time of the French Protectorate of the Arab-Moorish inspiration. We visit El Jem* Coliseum where we explore the impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa with a huge amphitheater that could hold up to 35,000 spectators. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome. A short drive gets us to the coastal city of Mahdia. Mahdia’s monumental gateway calls back to its glorious past. It was the first capital of the great Fatimid dynasty who would go on to reign Egypt, Syria, Yemen. Its medina stretches out along a narrow peninsula, surrounded by deep blue waters; it’s beautiful beaches delight are very popular with tourists. Certainly, a charming city with many faces. After exploring the Medina, the Skifa Kahla and the historical cemetery we drive to Port El Kantaoui.

Overnight: El Mouradi Club Kantaoui/Marhaba Hotel (1 night) (B, D)

Day 06: Port El Kantaoui/Sousse/Hammamet(Drive)

View to houses of old medina of Hammamet

It will surprise us of how rich a history Tunisia has had. Our first stop today will be Sousse*, which was an important commercial and military port during the Aghlabid period (800–909). This is a typical example of a town dating from the first centuries of Islam. With its kasbah, ramparts, medina (with the Great Mosque), Bu Ftata Mosque and typical ribat (both a fort and a religious building), Sousse was part of a coastal defense system. Next, we make our way to Hammamet, to visit the Spanish fortress and the Medina.  Continue on a short drive to Hammamet.

Overnight: Le Sultan Hotel, Hammamet (1 night) (B, D)

Day 07: Hammamet/Kerkuane/Tunis (Drive)

Tunisia is well known for its pottery and in order to see some of the majestic creation we drive to the coastal town of Nabeul, the main centre of the Tunisian pottery industry. Then we head to Kelibia, to visit the recently restored fortress overlooking the harbor. In the afternoon, we visit the Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis*. This Phoenician city was probably abandoned during the First Punic War (c. 250 B.C.) and as a result, was not rebuilt by the Romans. The ruins are the only surviving example of a Phoenician-Punic city.

Overnight: Hotel Majestic (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 08: Tunis

Traditional clay goods in shop in the medina of Tunis,Tunisia

It’s not over yet as we explore the ruins of Utica, set on a low hill, composed of several Roman villas. Their walls still preserve decorative floor mosaics. To the northwest of these villas is a Punic necropolis with Punic sarcophagi. In the afternoon, we visit Thuburmo Majus or Colonia Julia Aurelia Commoda, its Roman name. Originally a Punic town, it became a Roman veteran colony which allowed former soldiers to start their post-army lives with lands of their own. Its strategic location and access to trade routes made it an important establishment. (B, D)

Day 09: Depart Tunis

After our enlightening journey through millenary history, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

We accept payments in US$, CA$ as well as in other convertible currencies like EUR, AUD and GBP. Tour prices have been costed in US$. CA$ price shown below is an indicative amount reached at by using the conversion rate at the time of web posting and will be applicable if there is no change in the conversion rate. Should the currency conversion rate change, the US$ pricing will prevail. Bestway Tours & Safaris offers a conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

2022 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Daily Departures US$ 2470 US$ 330 - -
2023 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Daily Departures US$ 2590 US$ 370 - -
Get US$ 150 per person OFF when you book as a party of 3 participants.
Booking Deadline 4 months prior to departure. Applicable on all 2022-23 tour dates and new bookings only .
2022 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Daily Departures CA$ 3211 CA$ 429 -  
2023 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Daily Departures CA$ 3367 CA$ 481 -  
Get CA$ 195 per person OFF when you book as a party of 3 participants.
Booking Deadline 4 months prior to departure. Applicable on all 2022-23 tour dates and new bookings only
.


Notes

For travel periods from 1 July until 17 Sep, hotels in Hammamet and Sousse require a minimum of 5 night’s stay. As such the itinerary during the above period will be adjusted with most of the stays being in Tunis with day excursions to the cities/sites impacted.


Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • 8 nights accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 15 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Fees for any entry/exit vaccinations

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
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