ROMAN CARTHAGE HERITAGE TOUR
For funs of the archaeology you'll have enough time to visit an examine 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
This tour includes also cultural visits.
And the tour guide for this kind of tours is specialized in archaeology.
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DAY 1: TUNIS AIRPORT / TUNIS
Arrival at the airport, welcome and greet by our guide and transfer to the boutique hotel Tunisia Palace 4*, which is located near the Medina. (UNESCO).
If time allowing, we begin with a short orientation tour by foot of the old Medina. Tunis is made up of two enclaves, the old town or Medina and the new town, built by the French as their administrative headquarters, a role it continues to fulfill today for modern Tunisia. The Medina was founded by the first Arab conquerors and it is full of monuments from both the Arab and Turkish periods, not least the Great Mosque built by the Aghlabid dynasty in the eighth century AD.
After our introductory walk we will return to the hotel for overnight.
DAY 2: TUNIS / BARDO / CARTHAGE / TUNIS
After breakfast we start the day by the visit of the finest museum of Tunisia the Bardo where the largest mosaic collection in the world is. All morning is needed to visit the old part (the ancient royal palace) and the new extension where many mosaics were moved so that they won’t be trodden on any more to preserve them for the next generations.
Continuation in the afternoon to the north of Tunis to visit as many monuments as possible in Carthage such as the baths, the Tophet, the Punic harbors, the Byrsa hill, the museum of Carthage, the Basilica of Damous Karita and the water cisterns where the 130 kilometer long aqueduct fined.
Back to the same hotel in Tunis for overnight.
DAY 3: TUNIS / DOUGGA / THUBURBO MAJUS / TUNIS
The north of Tunisia is where the only river is and where the most fertile land of the country is.
Since the Carthaginian time and more during the Roman time, the land of Tunisia was cultivated to the point that Tunisia was for a long time the granary of Rome.
Today our trip is to the north and where the most preserved UNESCO site is located. Dougga, Thugges or Thugenses was originally the royal residence of the Numidian King Massinissa who supported the Romans against the Carthaginians during the Punic wars.
The city ended Romanized but the Numidian local influence is still evident. Numidian roads, a Lybico-Punic mausoleum and several other aspects prove it.
A huge site where more than 2 hours will be needed to see the dozens of restored and excavated monuments.
On the way back to Tunis, a little detour will take us to other impressive site although it’s not as big as Dougga and less excavation took place in comparison with Dougga: Thuburbo Majus.
The olive press, the forum, the capitol, the summer baths, the winter baths, the temple of Baal, the private homes and many other monuments can be seen today on the site.
Back to Tunis and the same hotel for overnight.
DAY 4: KORBUS / HAOUARIA / KERKOUANE / KELIBIA / NABEUL / HAMMAMET
This morning, we take our luggage and we leave the hotel d heading toward the Cap Bon peninsular. Very much like a finger pointing out Italy, the Cap Bon is one of the richest areas of Tunisia.
Fishing, farming and tourism are the major activities of the local families.
We start with the mountain city of Korbous, famous for its hot natural water springs since the Roman time.
Nowadays, thousands of Tunisian families visit the place for the hot water either by going to the Hammam (separate ones for men and women) or simply go to Ain Atrous (the spring of the goat) that ends in the sea but used in the open air by locals.
We then continue to El Haouaria, the nearest point from the Tunisian land to Italy that is only 140 kilometers away.
In Haouaria, we’ll visit the roman quarries from where the stones were taken and shipped over to Carthage to build its monuments. We then continue to Kerkouane to visit the unique Carthaginian site in the world, the only site that after being destroyed by the Romans was never inhabited. We’ll visit as well the local small but interesting museum.
Before we start driving toward the administrative capital of the peninsular, we will stop at the fishing port of Kelibia where boats and ships are constructed too.
From the port we can see the imposing Carthaginian fort of the ancient Klupia.
The last stop will be at Nabeul, the capital of the pottery and ceramic works. A visit of one of the hundreds of the workshops then we end the day in the resort hotel Eden Yasmine 4* in Hammamet. Buffet dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: HAMMAMET / EL JEM / SOUSSE
Departure from Hammamet to El Jem where stands the largest monument left in North Africa tracing back to Roman time: the coliseum of El Jem, the Roman Thysdrus.
With a capacity of 30.000 spectators, it’s the 3rd largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire.
The building is in such good conditions that we can visit beneath the arena where wild animals were kept and we can also go up to the 3rd floor from where the view is spectacular.
People never made justice to the local museum of El Jem as it contain a small collection of Roman mosaics but many of them are in better conditions of any one in the Bardo museum.
An exceptional collection of status, mosaics and a fully restored Roman villa will impress any visitor.
In the afternoon we drive back to Sousse and visit of the museum where another interesting and unique mosaic collection is on exhibition.
A walk through the Medina of Sousse will change completely the atmosphere as you haggle with the shop keepers and just smell the perfumes and cakes or simply wonder around watching the world going by.
We check in at the resort hotel Riadh Palm 4*. Buffet dinner and overnight
DAY 6: SOUSSE – TUNIS AIRPORT
After breakfast, departure to Tunis for international flight back to your destination.
**End of the tour and our services**
Based on 2 participants, the price is U$ 780 per person
Based on 4 participants, the price is U$ 620 per person
- Hotels accommodation
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Licensed tour guide
- Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Driver and guide fees
- Entrance fees into places of interest/museums.
Does not Include
- Optional Activities