Tunisia is a small country with a grand history that goes back to the days of Carthage, the ancient centre of the powerful Carthaginian Empire. A journey here is a discovery of Africa, the lan d of the Berbers and the Islamic world all at once. Our program uncovers the people, history, archaeology and culture of this unique and less-explored destination, in addition to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
|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|
|Price (From)||:||US$ 2095|
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Arrive Tunis
Bonjour and Merhaba! We are warmly welcomed to Tunisia and are driven to the hotel. Check in time starts from 1400 hrs.
Overnight: Majestic Hotel, Tunis (2 nights)
Day 02: Tunis
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.). 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, enjoy a tour of Carthage*. Founded by the Phoenicians, Carthage is an extensive archaeological site, located on a hill dominating the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plain. 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 A.D. 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 departure to visit the archaeological site of Dougga/Thugga*. These ruins of a complete city with all its components are a testimony to more than 17 centuries of history. They are an outstanding example illustrating the synthesis between different cultures: Numidian, Punic, Hellenistic, and Roman. Continue on to Kairouan.
Overnight: La Kasbah Hotel, Kairouan (1 night) (B, D)
Day 04: Kairouan/El Jem/Port El Kantaoui (Drive)
An exciting morning ahead as 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 holy 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 depart for El Jem*, where we explore the impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome. Continue to Port El Kantaoui.
Overnight: El Mouradi Hotel, Port El Kantaoui (1 night) (B, D)
Day 05: Port El Kantaoui/Sousse/Hammamet (Drive)
Our first stop 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.
Overnight: Le Sultan Hotel, Hammamet (1 night) (B, D)
Day 06: Hammamet/Kerkuane/Tunis (Drive)
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: Majestic Hotel, Tunis (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 07: Tunis
Today 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 land of their own. Its strategic location and access to trade routes made it an important establishment. (B, D)
Day 08: 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. Or, a great opportunity here to extend our adventure with some of our other small group cultural tours! (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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