Join us for the Tunisia Cultural & Archaeological Tour!
8 Day, 7 Night
Tunisia has over 3,000 years of history and has seen several different cultures throughout that time. The indigenous Imazighen, Phoenicians, Romans, and Muslims have all left their impact on the country. This cultural and archaeological journey will take you to the northern part of Tunisia to witness these different influences. Explore ancient Carthaginian ruins and other important archaeological sites. Observe the Islamic influence on the art and architecture that is so common in this region. Stay in places that highlight the spectacular mountains, Mediterranian sea views, and this beautiful country’s urban settings.
This itinerary is perfect for families, couples, or small groups. Our itineraries are entirely customizable to meet your travel style, needs, and interests. Let’s explore this beautiful country together!
Welcome to Tunisia! After arriving at Tunisia-Carthage International airport, you will meet a member of the Off Season Adventures’ team who will escort you to your vehicle. You’ll meet your driver and guide, who will transfer you to your accommodations. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore Tunis or relax at your hotel.
- Arrive at Tunisia-Carthage International Airport (TUN) and meet a representative of the Off Season Adventures team
- Transfer to your accommodation
- Afternoon at your leisure
- Overnight and dinner at Dar Ben Gacem
Your first day in Tunisia will be full of exploring! Begin with a visit to The Bardo Museum. Located in a 15th-century Beylic palace, the museum houses one of the world’s largest ancient mosaics collections and traces Tunisia’s history over thousands of years. After lunch, travel to the ancient city of Carthage. Founded in the 9th century B.C. by the Phoenicians, the city was a significant center of trade and influence in the western Mediterranean. Observe Punic ruins like the former citadel and Byrsa Hill, the military center of Carthage. Visit the Thermal Baths of Antonin, the largest in Roman Africa, completed under Emperor Antonius. In the late afternoon, you will journey to the town of Sidi Bou Said.
Today head to the ancient city of Utique. Many believe 1101 B.C. is when the site was founded, which is 300 years before Carthage. Next journey to one of the oldest settlements in Tunisia and the northernmost city in Africa, Bizerte. In the afternoon, travel to Tabarka, a small town where the forest meets the ocean. Built at the start of the French Protectorate, the city is well known for the Genoese Fort overlooking the beaches below. You’ll have time this afternoon to explore the beautiful marina and visit the jewelers who make unique coral pieces.
On this day, you will visit one of the richest and best-preserved mature oak forests in the Mediterranean. Amidst the trees, you will stumble upon Ain Draham village, with scenes of whitewashed facades and red tile roofs set in an awe-inspiring landscape. Then proceed to visit the renowned archeological site Bulla Regia, unique in Tunisia because its designers constructed the domestic architecture below ground. Here most of the unique mosaics are in the original position. Next, you’ll journey to the famous archeological site of Dougga. Overlooking the Wadi Khaled Valley, this UNESCO World Heritage site is full of extraordinary remains of this once prosperous settlement. Finally, be transferred to Kairouan and enjoy dinner on the town.
After breakfast, visit Kairouan, the 4th holiest city of Islam, where you can find some of the best examples of Islamic architecture, including the Grand Mosque, the oldest and most influential Islamic building in North Africa. Next, head to the town of El Jem and visit the impressive Colosseum. Built between 230 and 238 A.D., it is almost as large as the one in Rome. Enjoy lunch before heading to Monastir to visit Bourguiba’s Mausoleum and Ribat. Have dinner and spend the night in Sousse.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Tour of Kairouan
- Transfer to El Jem and tour of the city
- Visit Bourguba’s Mausoleum and the Ribat in Monasitr
- Transfer to Sousse and dinner on the town
- Overnight at Dar Antonia
Begin your day with a visit to the Sousse Archaeological Museum, which houses influential pottery collections, sculptures, and mosaics from the Roman, Punic, and early Christian periods. Then head to the Medina, which is mostly untouched by time and is one of the best examples of original Arab architecture. After lunch, travel to the coastal town of Hammamet, a once fortified village. The city is now a popular destination full of several activities to immerse yourself in culture, history, and nature. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure to explore the marina and Medina of the city.
Today head to Hammamet’s old town to see its famous colorful pottery. After you have had time to browse and buy some unique souvenirs, begin your transfer to El Haouaria. Along the way, you’ll make stops at the archaeological site of Kerkouane and the 12th-century fort of Kelibia now a fishing village. Enjoy lunch in El Haouaria and admire the incredible panoramic views of this coastal town. Next, head to the Grottes cave system. Created by years of digging to build projects like the colosseums in Rome and El Jem, the cave system is a beautiful site along the coast. Enjoy dinner in Hammamet.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Visit the old town of Hammamet
- Tour the village of Kelibia
- Visit the Carthaginian city of Kerkouane
- Transfer to El Haoaura and lunch
- Visit the Grottes
- Dinner on the town in Hammamet
- Overnight at Dar Phoencia
Today marks the end of your Tunisia journey! After breakfast, drive to the airport for your flight home.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Transfer to Tunisia-Carthage International Airport (TUN)
- Your local, experienced driver with many years of guiding tours in Tunisia
- Lodging in Tunisia on a full room and board basis
- All cultural activities and excursions on the itinerary
- Contribution to the 501(c)(3) organization Second Look Worldwide
- Beverages while in transit, excluding while in the airports
- Driver transfer to and from airports
- Wire Transfer and other banking fees
What’s Not Included?
- International flights to & from Tunisia
- Tips for drivers, tour guides, and lodges, highly encouraged
- Alcoholic beverages
- Traveler’s insurance, highly encouraged
- Souvenirs and gifts
- Baggage weight and overages, if applicable
- Any incidental expenses
- Any visas required for entry into Tunisia
- Any Covid-19 tests required for entry into Tunisia
Dar Ben Gacem: 1 night, Bed & Breakfast Basis
Dar Said: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis
Couleurs Mediterranee: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis
Dar Allani: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis
Dar Antonia: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis
Dar Phoencia: 2 nights, Full Room & Board Basis