Tunisia Cultural & Archaeological Tour

Description

Embark on this 8 day 7 night cultural and archaeological  journey of the northern part of Tunisia. 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 urban settings of this beautiful country.

Day 1

Welcome to Tunisia! Upon arrival, you will be met by an Off Season Adventures representative who will escort you to your vehicle and introduce you to your driver and guide. In the afternoon, enjoy the medina or old city of Tunis at your leisure.

  • Arrive at Tunisia-Carthage International Airport (TUN) and meet a representative of the Off Season Adventures team
  • Transfer to accommodation
  • Afternoon at your leisure
  • Overnight and dinner at Dar Ben Gacem

Day 2

After breakfast, embark on a full day of exploring! This morning visit The Bardo Museum, a 15th century Beylic palace, in nearby Tunis which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient mosaics, amongst many other treasures. This afternoon visit the iconic archeological and cultural sites of the ancient city of Carthage, a major center of trade and influence in the western Mediterranean founded in the 9th century B.C. by a seafaring people known as the Phoenicians. Here discover Punic ruins like the former citadel of this powerful city, Byrsa Hill, which was the military center of Carthage. Visit the Thermal Baths of Antonin, a site not to be missed. Completed under the reign of Emperor Antonius, in 165 AD these are considered to be amongst the largest baths of Roman Africa.  In the afternoon, be transferred to the town of Sidi Bou Said.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Visit the Bardo Museum 
  • Lunch in Tunis Medina 
  • Tour of ancient city of Carthage 
  • Dinner on the town
  • Overnight at Dar Said

Day 3

Today head to Utique, an important archaeological site believed to have been founded in 1101 B.C. making this city even older than Carthage. Then journey to Bizerte the northernmost city in Africa and one of the oldest settlements in Tunisia. After lunch, make your way to Tabarka. Built at the start of the French Protectorate, it is a small town where the forest meets the ocean. See the characteristic silhouette of the Genoese Fort, perched upon an islet, the emblem of Tabarka. Take a stroll to charming marina or visit the famous jewelers who make exquisite coral creations.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Visit to Utique and Bizerte 
  • Lunch in Bizerte
  • Transfer to Tabarka
  • Overnight and dinner at Couleurs Mediterranee

Day 4

On this day you will visit 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 renowned archeological site Bulla Regia, unique in Tunisia because its domestic architecture was constructed below ground. Here most of the unique mosaics are in the original position. Continue on to visit the famous Dougga archeological site, a UNESCO world heritage site and one full of substantial remains of this once flourishing settlement overlooking the fertile Wadi Khaled Valley. Have lunch and then proceed with drive to Kairouan. After you check in to your hotel enjoy dinner on the town.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Drive to Ain Drahem 
  • Visit the archaeological sites at Bulla Reggia and Dougga
  • Lunch in Dougga
  • Transfer to Kairouan
  • Overnight at Dar Allani

Day 5

After breakfast, visit of 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 important Islamic building in North Africa built in AD 672. Then proceed to the sleepy town of El Jem to visit the inspiring Coliseum, almost as big as the one in Rome and built between 230 and 238 A.D. Have lunch in the coastal city of Mahida on the way to Monastir. While in Monastir visit Bourguiba’s Mausoleum and the Ribat before departing for Sousse for the night.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Tour of Kairouan
  • Transfer to El Jem to visit the Coliseum 
  • Lunch in the coastal city of Mahdia
  • Visit Bourguba’s Mausoleum and the Ribat in Monasitr 
  • Transfer to Sousse and dinner on the town
  • Overnight at Dar Antonia

Day 6

This morning, visit the Sousse Architectural Museum, which houses significant collections of mosaics, pottery, and sculpture, from the Punic, Roman, and early Christian periods. Explore the Medina, one of the best examples of Arab architecture and largely unchanged over the centuries. In the afternoon, head to Hammamet. Once a fortified village, inhabited by a community of ascetics who watched the coast and sounded the alarm in the case of attack, now a popular coastal town with many opportunities to immerse in history, culture, and nature. Enjoy an afternoon stroll of the marina and the medina.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Tour of the highlights of Sousse, The Sahel Capital
  • Transfer to Hammamet
  • Lunch
  • Visit the marina and medina of Hammamet
  • Dinner on the town
  • Overnight at Dar Phoencia

Day 7

Begin today with a visit to the old town of Hammamet and and see their famous pottery. Then make your way to El Haouaria with stops at the fishing port of Kelibia and the archaeological site of Kerkouane along the way. Once in El Haouaria enjoy lunch while taking in the amazing panoramic views of this coastal town. In the afternoon visit the Grottes a cave system that resulted from the 1,000 years of digging done in this area to build such projects as the Colosseum in Rome and the amphitheater in El Jem. Head back to Hammamet for dinner on the town.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Visit the old town of Hammamet and their famous pottery
  • Tour Kelibia, a 12th century fort and fishing village
  • Visit to Carthaginian city of Kerkouance
  • Transfer to El Haoarua
  • Lunch with a beautiful panoramic view 
  • Visit to the Grottes 
  • Dinner on the town in Hammamet
  • Overnight at Dar Phoencia

Day 8

Today marks the end of your Tunisia journey! After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tunisia-Carthage airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Transfer to Tunisia-Carthage International Airport (TUN)

We are happy to customize additional day excursions before or after this tour if you want to get more out of your journey.

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What’s Included?

  • 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 itinerary
  • Carbon offsets for air travel, ground transportation, and accommodations
  • Contribution to the 501(c)(3) organization Second Look Worldwide
  • Beverages while in transit, excluding while in the airports
  • Driver transfers to and from airports
  • Wire Transfer and other banking fees

What’s Not Included?

  • International flights to & from Tunisia
  • Tips for your drivers, tour guides, and lodges, highly encouraged
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Traveler’s Insurance, highly encouraged
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Baggage weight overages, if applicable
  • Any incidental expenses

Accommodations

Dar Ben Gacem: 1 night, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Dar Said: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis

Dar Allani: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis

Dar Antonia: 1 night, Full Room & Board Basis

Dar Phoencia: 3 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

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THIS 8 DAY, 7 NIGHT TOUR PACKAGE IS ONLY $2365 PER PERSON, DOUBLE CAPACITY, FULL ROOM AND BOARD.

Single Supplement is $485. 

50% of the total package cost must be paid 90 days before travel to retain your reservation, and the balance must be paid 60 days prior to the date of arrival.